1975 PGA Championship

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1975 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates August 7–10, 1975
Location Akron, Ohio
Course(s) Firestone Country Club
South Course
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 70
Length 7,180 yards (6,565 m)[1]
Field 136 players, 71 after cut[2]
Cut 148 (+8)
Prize fund $225,000
Winner's share $45,000
Champion
United States Jack Nicklaus
276 (−4)
Firestone CC is located in the US
Firestone CC
Firestone CC
Location in the United States
Firestone CC is located in Ohio
Firestone CC
Firestone CC
Location in Ohio

The 1975 PGA Championship was the 57th PGA Championship, played August 7–10 at the South Course of Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Jack Nicklaus, an Ohio native, won the fourth of his five PGA Championships and the fourteenth of his eighteen major titles, two strokes ahead of runner-up Bruce Crampton.[3] Nicklaus was the 54-hole leader, four strokes ahead of Crampton.[4]

It was the second major of the year for Nicklaus, who won his fifth green jacket in April at the Masters,[3][5] and the fourth of five times that he won two majors in the same calendar year.[1]

Through 2015, this was the fourth and last time a player won the Masters and PGA Championship in the same calendar year. Nicklaus had previously won both in 1963, preceded by Jack Burke, Jr. in 1956 and Sam Snead in 1949.

This was the third PGA Championship at the South Course, which previously hosted in 1960 and 1966. It is the current venue for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which began in 1976 as the "World Series of Golf" on the PGA Tour, preceded by the American Golf Classic, which debuted in 1961.

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, 1973 70 68 67 71 276 −4 1
Raymond Floyd  United States 1969 70 73 72 71 286 +6 T10
Don January  United States 1967 72 70 71 73 286 +6 T10
Al Geiberger  United States 1966 70 70 80 71 291 +11 T33
Gary Player  South Africa 1962, 1972 72 70 73 76 291 +11 T33
Bobby Nichols  United States 1964 72 75 72 72 291 +11 T33
Julius Boros  United States 1968 71 73 78 70 292 +12 T40
Lee Trevino  United States 1974 73 72 78 74 297 +17 T60
Dow Finsterwald  United States 1958 75 73 76 81 305 +25 T70

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Doug Ford  United States 1955 78 71 149 +9
Lionel Hebert  United States 1957 76 73 149 +9
Sam Snead  United States 1942, 1949, 1951 75 74 149 +9
Jerry Barber  United States 1961 79 72 151 +11
Dave Stockton  United States 1970 77 74 151 +11

Source:[6]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, August 7, 1975

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Mark Hayes  United States 67 −3
T2 Bob Benson  United States 68 −2
Larry Hinson  United States
T4 Billy Casper  United States 69 −1
Ed Dougherty  United States
Fred Wampler  United States
Bob Wynn  United States
T8 Jim Dent  United States 70 E
Bruce Devlin  Australia
Raymond Floyd  United States
Al Geiberger  United States
Mike Morley  United States
Jack Nicklaus  United States
Art Wall Jr.  United States
Tom Watson  United States
Tom Weiskopf  United States

Source:[7]

Second round[edit]

Friday, August 8, 1975

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bruce Crampton  Australia 71-63=134 −6
2 Hale Irwin  United States 72-65=137 −3
T3 Jack Nicklaus  United States 70-68=138 −2
Mark Hayes  United States 67-71=138
Bob Wynn  United States 69-69=138
T6 Ed Dougherty  United States 69-70=139 −1
John Schlee  United States 71-68=139
T8 Al Geiberger  United States 70-70=140 E
J. C. Snead  United States 73-67=140
Maurice VerBrugge  United States 72-68=140

Source:[8]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, August 9, 1975

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 70-68-67=205 −5
2 Bruce Crampton  Australia 71-63-75=209 −1
3 Hale Irwin  United States 72-65-73=210 E
T4 Ed Dougherty  United States 69-70-72=211 +3
Tom Weiskopf  United States 70-71-70=211
T6 David Graham  Australia 72-70-70=212 +2
Bob Murphy  United States 75-68-69=212
Tom Watson  United States 70-71-71=212
T9 Billy Casper  United States 69-72-72=213 +3
Mark Hayes  United States 67-71-75=213
Mike Hill  United States 72-71-70=213
Larry Hinson  United States 68-73-72=213
Don January  United States 72-70-71=213
Gene Littler  United States 76-71-66=213

Source:[4]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, August 10, 1975

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 70-68-67-71=276 −4 45,000
2 Bruce Crampton  Australia 71-63-75-69=278 −2 25,700
3 Tom Weiskopf  United States 70-71-70-68=279 −1 16,000
4 Andy North  United States 72-74-70-65=281 +1 10,500
T5 Billy Casper  United States 69-72-72-70=283 +3 8,663
Hale Irwin  United States 72-65-73-73=283
T7 Dave Hill  United States 71-71-74-68=284 +4 6,918
Gene Littler  United States 76-71-66-71=284
9 Tom Watson  United States 70-71-71-73=285 +5 6,075
T10 Buddy Allin  United States 73-72-70-71=286 +6 4,468
Ben Crenshaw  United States 73-72-71-70=286
Raymond Floyd  United States 70-73-72-71=286
David Graham  Australia 72-70-70-74=286
Don January  United States 72-70-71-73=286
John Schlee  United States 71-68-75-72=286
Leonard Thompson  United States 74-69-72-71=286

Source:[1][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Parascenzo, Marino (August 11, 1975). "Nicklaus manhandles Firestone". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 16. 
  2. ^ "Tournament Info for: 1975 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Nicklaus rules PGA again". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. August 11, 1975. p. 10. 
  4. ^ a b "Mini miracle at 16 sparks Nicklaus". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 10, 1975. p. 3B. 
  5. ^ Jenkins, Dan (August 18, 1975). "Swinging on a star". Sports Illustrated. p. 16. 
  6. ^ a b "1975 PGA Championship". databasegolf.com. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Top players trail at PGA". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 8, 1975. p. 1D. 
  8. ^ "Crampton after that major crown". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 9, 1975. p. 1B. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1975 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1976 Masters

Coordinates: 41°00′29″N 81°30′29″W / 41.008°N 81.508°W / 41.008; -81.508