1973 PGA Championship

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1973 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates August 9–12, 1973
Location Beachwood, Ohio
Course(s) Canterbury Golf Club
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 71
Length 6,852 yards (6,265 m)
Field 148 players, 74 after cut[1]
Cut 149 (+7)
Prize fund $225,000
Winner's share $45,000
Champion
United States Jack Nicklaus
277 (−7)
CanterburyGolf Club is located in the US
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Canterbury
Golf Club
Location in the United States
CanterburyGolf Club is located in Ohio
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Canterbury
Golf Club
Location in Ohio

The 1973 PGA Championship was the 55th PGA Championship, played August 9–12 at Canterbury Golf Club in Beachwood, Ohio, a suburb east of Cleveland. Ohio native Jack Nicklaus won the third of his five PGA Championships, four strokes ahead of runner-up Bruce Crampton.[2]

It was the twelfth of Nicklaus' eighteen major titles as a professional.[3] At the time, the holder of the most major titles was the late Bobby Jones, with thirteen. As a lifelong amateur, his majors were the Open and amateur championships in the U.S. and Britain. Including his two U.S. Amateur titles, Nicklaus now had 14 majors, surpassing Jones.[2]

Sam Snead, age 61, shot even-par each day and finished in the top ten for the second straight year; he tied for ninth after a tie for fourth in 1972 and would improve on those in 1974.

This was the third major at Canterbury, which hosted the U.S. Open twice in the 1940s, both decided in playoffs. Lawson Little was the champion in 1940 with a three-stroke win over Gene Sarazen. Following World War II in 1946, the first U.S. Open in five years was played at the course. Lloyd Mangrum won in the second 18-hole playoff round, one stroke ahead of major winners Byron Nelson and Vic Ghezzi.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1963, 1971 72 68 68 69 277 −7 1
Sam Snead  United States 1942, 1949, 1951 71 71 71 71 284 E T9
Dave Stockton  United States 1970 72 69 75 69 285 +1 T12
Al Geiberger  United States 1966 67 76 74 69 286 +2 T18
Raymond Floyd  United States 1969 70 73 73 74 290 +6 T35
Gary Player  South Africa 1962, 1972 73 72 71 78 294 +10 T51
Bobby Nichols  United States 1964 73 76 72 73 294 +10 T51
Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 1956 73 73 76 73 295 +11 T56
Doug Ford  United States 1955 73 76 73 73 295 +11 T56
Bob Rosburg  United States 1959 71 76 73 78 298 +14 T66

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Julius Boros  United States 1968 77 74 151 +9
Lionel Hebert  United States 1957 74 77 151 +9
Dow Finsterwald  United States 1958 79 75 154 +12
Jerry Barber  United States 1961 82 76 158 +16
Jim Ferrier  Australia 1947 79 84 163 +21
Paul Runyan  United States 1934, 1938 88 83 171 +29
Chick Harbert  United States 1954 82 WD
Vic Ghezzi  United States 1941 84 WD

Source:[1][4]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, August 6, 1973

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Al Geiberger  United States 67 −4
Don Iverson  United States
T3 Bob Dickson  United States 69 −2
Mike Hill  United States
Don Iverson  United States
T6 Don Bies  United States 70 −1
Bob Brue  United States
Raymond Floyd  United States
Gibby Gilbert  United States
Tony Jacklin  England
Tom Weiskopf  United States

Source:[5]

Second round[edit]

Friday, August 10, 1973

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Don Iverson  United States 67-72=139 −3
Mason Rudolph  United States 69-70=139
T3 Gibby Gilbert  United States 70-70=140 −2
Jack Nicklaus  United States 72-68=140
Dan Sikes  United States 72-68=140
T6 Tony Jacklin  England 70-70=141 −1
Dave Stockton  United States 72-69=141
Tom Weiskopf  United States 70-71=141
T9 Don Bies  United States 70-72=142 E
Bob Brue  United States 70-72=142
Jim Colbert  United States 72-70=142
Mike Hill  United States 69-73=142
Sam Snead  United States 71-71=142
Lanny Wadkins  United States 73-69=142

Source:[6]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, August 11, 1973

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 72-68-68=208 −5
T2 Don Iverson  United States 67-72-70=209 −4
Mason Rudolph  United States 69-70-70=209
4 Dennis Lyons  United States 73-70-67=210 −3
T5 Bruce Crampton  Australia 71-73-67=211 −2
Jim Colbert  United States 72-70-69=211
T7 Dan Sikes  United States 72-68-72=212 −1
Tom Weiskopf  United States 70-71-71=212
T9 Don Bies  United States 70-72-71=213 E
Gibby Gilbert  United States 70-70-73=213
Sam Snead  United States 71-71-71=213
Lanny Wadkins  United States 73-69-71=213

Source:[7][8]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, August 12, 1973

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 72-68-68-69=277 −7 45,000
2 Bruce Crampton  Australia 71-73-67-70=281 −3 25,700
T3 Mason Rudolph  United States 69-70-70-73=282 −2 11,909
J. C. Snead  United States 71-74-68-69=282
Lanny Wadkins  United States 73-69-71-69=282
T6 Don Iverson  United States 67-72-70-74=283 −1 7,312
Dan Sikes  United States 72-68-72-71=283
Tom Weiskopf  United States 70-71-71-71=283
T9 Hale Irwin  United States 76-72-68-68=284 E 5,625
Sam Snead  United States 71-71-71-71=284
Kermit Zarley  United States 76-71-68-69=284

Source:[4][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tournament Info for: 1973 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Jenkins, Dan (August 20, 1973). "Jack goes one up on a legend". Sports Illustrated. p. 18. 
  3. ^ "Jack fires final round 69 for four shot win in PGA". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. August 13, 1973. p. 12. 
  4. ^ a b "1973 PGA Championship". databasegolf.com. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Iverson's 67 shares PGA lead". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. August 10, 1973. p. 1, part 2. 
  6. ^ "Rabbit and vet pace PGA". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 11, 1973. p. 1B. 
  7. ^ "Nicklaus muscles way into PGA lead". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. UPI. August 12, 1973. p. 1B. 
  8. ^ "Sports scoreboard: Golf". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. August 12, 1973. p. 6B. 
  9. ^ "PGA scorecard". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. August 13, 1973. p. 15. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1973 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1974 Masters

Coordinates: 41°28′08″N 81°31′16″W / 41.469°N 81.521°W / 41.469; -81.521