1971 PGA Championship

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1971 PGA Championship
Tournament information
DatesFebruary 25–28, 1971
LocationPalm Beach Gardens, Florida
Course(s)PGA National Golf Club,
(now BallenIsles
Country Club, East Course)[1]
Organized byPGA of America
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Length7,096 yards (6,489 m)
Field144 players, 81 after cut[2]
Cut149 (+5)
Prize fund$202,440[2]
Winner's share$40,000
Champion
United States Jack Nicklaus
281 (−7)
← 1970
1972 →

The 1971 PGA Championship was the 53rd PGA Championship, played February 25–28 at the original PGA National Golf Club, presently known as BallenIsles Country Club (East Course)[2][3] in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Jack Nicklaus won the second of his five PGA Championships, two strokes ahead of Billy Casper, the reigning Masters champion. Nicklaus led wire-to-wire,[4][5] and held a four-stroke lead over Gary Player after 54 holes, with Casper seven shots back.[6] The two were pre-tournament favorites, along with Arnold Palmer,[7] who shot an opening round 75 and finished at 289 (+1), eight strokes back.[8]

Nicklaus became the first in history to complete the modern career Grand Slam for a second time; two victories in each of the four major championships.[8] He completed his third career grand slam at the 1978 Open Championship.

The championship was played in February rather than August, due to anticipated oppressive summer weather in Florida. The rescheduling changed the PGA Championship from the fourth and final major of the calendar year to the first in 1971, and the 1970 and 1971 editions were consecutive majors. It returned to August in 1972 at Oakland Hills in Michigan.[9]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

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Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1963 69 69 70 73 281 −7 1
Gary Player  South Africa 1962 71 73 68 73 285 −3 T4
Bob Rosburg  United States 1959 74 72 70 71 287 −1 T9
Al Geiberger  United States 1966 74 69 77 72 292 +4 T30
Julius Boros  United States 1968 71 74 72 76 293 +5 T34
Sam Snead  United States 1942, 1949, 1951 71 74 74 74 293 +5 T34
Dave Stockton  United States 1970 73 73 75 73 294 +6 T40
Bobby Nichols  United States 1964 74 72 74 75 295 +7 T46
Chandler Harper  United States 1950 73 76 80 WD
Lionel Hebert  United States 1957 72 70 WD

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Don January  United States 1967 76 74 150 +6
Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 1956 75 75 150 +6
Raymond Floyd  United States 1969 77 74 151 +7
Jay Hebert  United States 1960 74 79 153 +9
Dow Finsterwald  United States 1958 79 74 153 +9
Doug Ford  United States 1955 77 80 157 +13
Jerry Barber  United States 1961 78 80 158 +14
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922, 1923, 1933 81 79 160 +16
Walter Burkemo  United States 1953 83 79 162 +18
Denny Shute  United States 1936, 1937 81 87 168 +24

Source:[2][10][11]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, February 25, 1971

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 69 −3
T2 Bob Charles  New Zealand 70 −2
Bob Goalby  United States
Bobby Mitchell  United States
T5 Bradley Anderson  United States 71 −1
Deane Beman  United States
Julius Boros  United States
Billy Casper  United States
Bruce Devlin  Australia
Larry Hinson  United States
Johnny Miller  United States
Gary Player  South Africa
Sam Snead  United States
Lee Trevino  United States
Bert Yancey  United States

Source:[4]

Second round[edit]

Friday, February 26, 1971

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 69-69=138 −6
2 Miller Barber  United States 72-68=140 −4
3 Gibby Gilbert  United States 74-67=141 −3
T4 Gene Borek  United States 72-70=142 −2
Bruce Devlin  Australia 71-71=142
Lionel Hebert  United States 72-70=142
Bob Lunn  United States 72-70=142
Bob Murphy  United States 74-68=142
Tom Weiskopf  United States 72-70=412
Larry Ziegler  United States 74-68=412

Source:[11]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, February 27, 1971

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 69-69-70=208 −8
2 Gary Player  South Africa 71-73-68=212 −4
3 Gibby Gilbert  United States 74-67-72=213 −3
T4 Miller Barber  United States 72-68-75=215 −1
Tommy Bolt  United States 72-74-69=215
Gene Borek  United States 72-70-73=215
Billy Casper  United States 71-73-71=215
Bob Charles  New Zealand 70-75-70=215
Bob Lunn  United States 72-70-73=215
Bert Yancey  United States 71-74-70=215

Source:[6]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Sunday, February 28, 1971

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 69-69-70-73=281 −7 40,000
2 Billy Casper  United States 71-73-71-68=283 −5 22,800
3 Tommy Bolt  United States 72-74-69-69=284 −4 14,200
T4 Miller Barber  United States 72-68-75-70=285 −3 8,800
Gary Player  South Africa 71-73-68-73=285
T6 Gibby Gilbert  United States 74-67-72-73=286 −2 6,500
Dave Hill  United States 74-71-71-70=286
Jim Jamieson  United States 72-72-72-70=286
T9 Jerry Heard  United States 73-71-72-71=287 −1 4,800
Bob Lunn  United States 72-70-73-72=287
Fred Marti  United States 72-71-74-70=287
Bob Rosburg  United States 74-72-70-71=287

Source:[8][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Golf". BallenIsles Country Club. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Tournament Info for: 1971 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "Club history". BallenIsles Country Club. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Jack Nicklaus takes lead in PGA golf tournament". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. February 26, 1971. p. 19.
  5. ^ "Nicklaus takes 2-stroke lead in PGA". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. February 27, 1971. p. 12.
  6. ^ a b "Nicklaus runs four birds to increase his PGA lead". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. February 28, 1971. p. 15.
  7. ^ "Palmer, Nicklaus PGA co-favorites". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. February 25, 1971. p. 17.
  8. ^ a b c Loomis, Tom (March 1, 1971). "Jack the giant killer - 2nd PGA falls to Nicklaus". Toledo Blade. Ohio. p. 15.
  9. ^ Jenkins, Dan (March 8, 1971). "Dominance of the Smiling Bear". Sports Illustrated. p. 22. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  10. ^ a b "1971 PGA Championship". databasegolf.com. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Sports scoreboard: Golf". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. February 27, 1971. p. 3B.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1970 PGA Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1971 Masters

Coordinates: 26°49′55″N 80°07′01″W / 26.832°N 80.117°W / 26.832; -80.117