1981 PGA Championship

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1981 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates August 6–9, 1981
Location Duluth, Georgia
Course(s) Atlanta Athletic Club,
Highlands Course
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 70
Length 7,070 yards (6,465 m)
Field 147 players, 78 after cut[1]
Cut 147 (+7)[2]
Prize fund $401,050
Winner's share $60,000
Champion
United States Larry Nelson
273 (−7)
Atlanta AC is located in the US
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Location in the United States
Atlanta AC is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
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Location in Georgia

The 1981 PGA Championship was the 63rd PGA Championship, held August 6–9 at Atlanta Athletic Club in Duluth, Georgia, a suburb northeast of Atlanta. Larry Nelson won the first of his three major titles, four strokes ahead of runner-up Fuzzy Zoeller.[3][4]

Lee Trevino, 1974 champion, did not sign his scorecard after an opening round 74 and was disqualified after turning himself in.[5][6] Bob Murphy led after each of the first two rounds,[7][8] but was 8-over on the weekend and finished ten strokes back in 18th place.[3] After a second consecutive 66 on Saturday, Nelson held the 54-hole lead, four strokes ahead of Zoeller[9]

Tom Watson was the PGA Tour money list leader in August 1981, but missed the cut by a stroke.[8]

It was the second major held at the Highlands Course, which hosted the U.S. Open in 1976. The PGA Championship returned in 2001 and 2011.

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 1975, 1980
71 68 71 69 279 −1 T4
Raymond Floyd  United States 1969 71 70 71 72 284 +4 T19
Don January  United States 1967 70 72 70 72 284 +4 T19
Lanny Wadkins  United States 1977 70 71 74 71 286 +6 T33
David Graham  Australia 1979 75 69 74 70 288 +8 T43
Dave Stockton  United States 1970, 1976 70 75 70 73 288 +8 T43
Gary Player  South Africa 1962, 1972 75 72 71 71 289 +9 T49
Al Geiberger  United States 1966 73 74 77 69 293 +13 T67

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Lionel Hebert  United States 1957 73 77 150 +10
John Mahaffey  United States 1978 76 75 151 +11
Bobby Nichols  United States 1964 77 79 156 +16
Doug Ford  United States 1955 79 WD
Sam Snead  United States 1942, 1949, 1951 79 WD
Lee Trevino  United States 1974 74 DQ [5][6]

Source:[1][10]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, August 6, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bob Murphy  United States 66 −4
T2 Bob Eastwood  United States 67 −3
Mark Lye  United States
T4 Rex Caldwell  United States 68 −2
Vance Heafner  United States
Andy North  United States
T7 Charles Coody  United States 69 −1
Lon Hinkle  United States
Roger Maltbie  United States
Dan Pohl  United States
Ron Streck  United States

Source:[11]

Second round[edit]

Friday, August 7, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bob Murphy  United States 66-69=135 −5
T2 Bob Eastwood  United States 67-69=136 −4
Larry Nelson  United States 70-66=136
Dan Pohl  United States 69-67=136
5 Andy North  United States 69-68=137 −3
T6 Vance Heafner  United States 68-70=138 −2
Tom Kite  United States 71-67=138
Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 70-68=138
T9 Gil Morgan  United States 70-69=139 −1
Jack Nicklaus  United States 71-68=139
Jerry Pate  United States 71-68=139

Source:[10]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, August 8, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Larry Nelson  United States 70-66-66=202 −8
2 Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 70-68-68=206 −4
T3 Tom Kite  United States 71-67-69=207 −3
Andy North  United States 69-68-70=207
T5 Bob Eastwood  United States 67-69-72=208 −2
Vance Heafner  United States 68-70-70=208
Bob Murphy  United States 66-69-73=208
Greg Norman  Australia 73-67-68=208
T9 Isao Aoki  Japan 75-68-66=209 −1
Jerry Pate  United States 71-68-70=209
Dan Pohl  United States 69-67-73=209

Source:[12]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, August 9, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Larry Nelson  United States 70-66-66-71=273 −7 60,000
2 Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 70-68-68-71=277 −3 40,000
3 Dan Pohl  United States 69-67-73-69=278 −2 25,000
T4 Isao Aoki  Japan 75-68-66-70=279 −1 13,146
Keith Fergus  United States 71-71-69-68=279
Bob Gilder  United States 74-69-70-66=279
Tom Kite  United States 71-67-69-72=279
Bruce Lietzke  United States 70-70-71-68=279
Jack Nicklaus  United States 71-68-71-69=279
Greg Norman  Australia 73-67-68-71=279

Source:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "1981 PGA Championship". databasegolf.com. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tournament Info for: 1981 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Kindred, Dave (August 9, 1981). "Nelson tears up 'choke' label and PGA". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (Washington Post). p. 1C. 
  4. ^ Jenkins, Dan (August 17, 1981). "A drive down easy street". Sports Illustrated. p. 48. 
  5. ^ a b "Golf's honest men". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. wire services. August 7, 1981. p. 2D. 
  6. ^ a b Parascenzo, Marino (August 7, 1981). "Trevino disqualified, Murphy leads PGA". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 11. 
  7. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (August 8, 1981). "Murphy grabs slim PGA lead". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 9. 
  8. ^ a b "Murphy's fat, happy, and leading". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 8, 1981. p. 1B. 
  9. ^ "Nelson's 66 captures PGA lead". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. UPI. August 9, 1981. p. 1B. 
  10. ^ a b "Murphy's fat, happy and leading". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 8, 1981. p. 1B. 
  11. ^ Kindred, Dave (August 7, 1981). "Murphy's accuracy pays off". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (Washington Post). p. 1D. 
  12. ^ "Nelson's 66 captures PGA lead". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. UPI. August 9, 1981. p. 1B. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1981 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1982 Masters

Coordinates: 34°00′14″N 84°11′35″W / 34.004°N 84.193°W / 34.004; -84.193