1981 Tournament Players Championship

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1981 Tournament Players Championship
Tournament information
DatesMarch 19–23, 1981
LocationPonte Vedra Beach, Florida
Course(s)Sawgrass Country Club,
East-West course
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Length7,000 yards (6,400 m)[1]
Field143 players, 74 after cut
Cut151 (+7)
Prize fund$440,000
Winner's share$72,000
United States Raymond Floyd
285 (−3), playoff
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Sawgrass CC is located in Florida
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Sawgrass CC
Location in Florida

The 1981 Tournament Players Championship was a golf tournament in Florida on the PGA Tour, held March 19–23 at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, southeast of Jacksonville. The eighth Tournament Players Championship, it was the fifth consecutive at Sawgrass and the champion was Raymond Floyd.

The final round on Sunday was washed-out by thunderstorms and played on Monday.[2] After 72 holes, three players were tied at 285 (−3): Floyd, Barry Jaeckel, and Curtis Strange. The playoff began at the par-3 15th hole, where Floyd made par and the other two had bogeys.[3][4]

In addition to the winner's share of $72,000, Floyd won a $250,000 bonus for consecutive victories during the tour's Florida swing; he won at Doral near Miami the previous week.[3][4]

Defending champion Lee Trevino finished four strokes back, in a tie for twelfth place.


This was the fifth and last Tournament Players Championship held at Sawgrass Country Club; it moved to the nearby TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course in 1982. The new course was scheduled to make its debut in 1981,[5][6] but heavy rains during construction pushed it back a year.[7]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Lee Trevino  United States 1980 73 73 70 73 289 +1 T12
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1974, 1976, 1978 75 68 74 76 293 +5 T29
Mark Hayes  United States 1977 74 72 75 73 294 +6 T34


Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Lanny Wadkins  United States 1979 79 74 153 +9


Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, March 20, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Dave Eichelberger  United States 68 −4
Mike Morley  United States
T3 Jim Dent  United States 69 −3
Barry Jaeckel  United States
T5 Dan Halldorson  Canada 70 −2
Mike Sullivan  United States
T7 Gary Hallberg  United States 71 −1
Roger Maltbie  United States
Johnny Miller  United States
Gil Morgan  United States
Mark O'Meara  United States
Tom Purtzer  United States
Leonard Thompson  United States


Second round[edit]

Friday, March 20, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Barry Jaeckel  United States 69-70=139 −5
T2 Danny Edwards  United States 72-68=140 −4
Dan Halldorson  Canada 70-70=140
4 Jim Simons  United States 73-68=141 −3
5 Jim Dent  United States 69-73=142 −2
T6 John Mahaffey  United States 73-70=143 −1
Jack Nicklaus  United States 75-68=143
T8 Dave Eichelberger  United States 68-76=144 E
Gary Hallberg  United States 71-73=144
Mark O'Meara  United States 71-73=144
Dan Pohl  United States 72-72=144
Tom Purtzer  United States 71-73=144
Curtis Strange  United States 72-72=144


Third round[edit]

Saturday, March 21, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Barry Jaeckel  United States 69-70-72=211 −5
T2 Dan Halldorson  Canada 70-70-74=214 −2
John Mahaffey  United States 73-70-71=214
Jim Simons  United States 73-68-73=214
5 Curtis Strange  United States 72-72-71=215 −1
T6 Jim Colbert  United States 78-69-69=216 E
Frank Conner  United States 74-72-70=216
Gary Hallberg  United States 71-73-72=216
Bruce Lietzke  United States 73-75-68=216
Mark O'Meara  United States 71-73-72=216
Lee Trevino  United States 73-73-70=216


Final round[edit]

Monday, March 23, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Raymond Floyd  United States 72-74-71-68=285 −3 Playoff
Barry Jaeckel  United States 69-70-72-74=285
Curtis Strange  United States 72-72-71-70=285
T4 Miller Barber  United States 72-78-69-68=287 −1 15,750
Jim Colbert  United States 78-69-69-71=287
Bruce Lietzke  United States 73-75-68-71=287
Jim Simons  United States 73-68-73-73=287
T8 Frank Conner  United States 74-72-70-72=288 E 11,200
Gary Hallberg  United States 71-73-72-72=288
Dan Halldorson  Canada 70-70-74-74=288
Leonard Thompson  United States 71-76-72-69=288



The sudden-death playoff began and ended at the par-3 15th hole.

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Raymond Floyd  United States 3 E 72,000
T2 Barry Jaeckel  United States 4 +1 35,200
Curtis Strange  United States 4 +1


  1. ^ a b c "TPC results". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). Associated Press. March 24, 1981. p. 10.
  2. ^ "Thunderstorms postpone TPC". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. (Florida). Associated Press. March 23, 1981. p. 3-D.
  3. ^ a b c d "Floyd wins playoff for record payoff - $322,000". Chicago Tribune. wire services. March 24, 1981. p. 3, sec. 6.
  4. ^ a b c d "Floyd recoups his losses, takes golf's biggest check". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. March 24, 1981. p. 4C.
  5. ^ "Trevino says TPC no major, but he beat the best to win". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). UPI. March 24, 1980. p. 5C.
  6. ^ Jenkins, Dan (March 31, 1980). "Seems like old times". Sports Illustrated. p. 18.
  7. ^ McDermott, Barry (March 15, 1982). "Target golf is the aim". Sports Illustrated. p. 38.
  8. ^ a b "Even TPC leader miffed by winds". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. March 21, 1981. p. 2B.
  9. ^ "Eichelberger likes calm, but thrives in wind". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. March 20, 1981. p. 5B.
  10. ^ "Jaeckel anxious to take gut check". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. March 22, 1981. p. 9B.

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