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1982 Tournament Players Championship

Coordinates: 30°11′53″N 81°23′38″W / 30.198°N 81.394°W / 30.198; -81.394
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1982 Tournament Players Championship
Tournament information
DatesMarch 18–21, 1982
LocationPonte Vedra Beach, Florida
30°11′53″N 81°23′38″W / 30.198°N 81.394°W / 30.198; -81.394
Course(s)TPC Sawgrass,
Stadium Course
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Length6,857 yards (6,270 m)[1]
Field147 players, 82 after cut[2]
Cut148 (+4)
Prize fund$500,000
Winner's share$90,000
United States Jerry Pate
280 (−8)
Location map
TPC Sawgrass is located in the United States
TPC Sawgrass
TPC Sawgrass
Location in the United States
TPC Sawgrass is located in Florida
TPC Sawgrass
TPC Sawgrass
Location in Florida
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The 1982 Tournament Players Championship was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour, held March 18–21 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, southeast of Jacksonville. It was the ninth Tournament Players Championship and the first at the new course.[3][4][5]

Playing an orange ball,[6] Jerry Pate shot a final round 67 (−5) to win by two strokes over runners-up Scott Simpson and Brad Bryant.[7] Pate started the final round three strokes behind the leaders, in a tie for sixth place.[2][8] Following his win, Pate pushed tour commissioner Deane Beman and course designer Pete Dye into the lake along the 18th green, and then joined them.[7][9][10][11]

Notables to miss the cut included hall of famers Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and, Lee Trevino.[12]

Defending champion Raymond Floyd finished eleven strokes back, in a tie for 22nd place.


This was the first Tournament Players Championship held at the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course;[3][4][5] its 1982 setup measured 6,857 yards (6,270 m).[13] The debut was delayed a year due to heavy rains during construction.[4]

Eligibility requirements[edit]

  1. All designated players
  2. Winners of major TPA Tour co-sponsored or approved events beginning with the 1981 Tournament Players Championship and concluding with the tournament immediately preceding the 1982 TPC
  3. The current British Open champion
  4. Leaders in the TPA Tour Official Standings as necessary to complete the field, beginning with the 1981 TPC and concluding with the Bay Hill Classic, which concludes March 7, 1982



John Adams, Buddy Allin, Isao Aoki, George Archer, Seve Ballesteros, Jim Barber, Miller Barber, Dave Barr, Beau Baugh, Andy Bean, Chip Beck, Woody Blackburn, Jim Booros, Bill Britton, Brad Bryant, George Burns, Bob Byman, George Cadle, Rex Caldwell, Bill Calfee, Bobby Clampett, Lennie Clements, Jim Colbert, Bobby Cole, Frank Conner, Charles Coody, John Cook, Fred Couples, Ben Crenshaw, Rod Curl, Jim Dent, Bruce Devlin, Terry Diehl, Mike Donald, Ed Dougherty, Bruce Douglass, Bob Eastwood, Danny Edwards, David Edwards, Dave Eichelberger, Lee Elder, Nick Faldo, Keith Fergus, Forrest Fezler, Ed Fiori, Bruce Fleisher, Raymond Floyd, Gibby Gilbert, Bob Gilder, David Graham, Lou Graham, Thomas Gray, Hubert Green, Jay Haas, Joe Hager, Gary Hallberg, Dan Halldorson, Phil Hancock, Morris Hatalsky, Mark Hayes, Vance Heafner, Jerry Heard, Skeeter Heath, Scott Hoch, Mike Holland, Joe Inman, Hale Irwin, Peter Jacobsen, Barry Jaeckel, Don January, Tom Jenkins, Grier Jones, Tom Kite, Billy Kratzert, Wayne Levi, Don Levin, Bruce Lietzke, Pat Lindsey, Lyn Lott, Mark Lye, John Mahaffey, Roger Maltbie, Rik Massengale, Terry Mauney, John Mazza, Gary McCord, Mike McCullough, Mark McCumber, Pat McGowan, Allen Miller, Johnny Miller, Jeff Mitchell, Gil Morgan, Mike Morley, Bob Murphy, Jim Nelford, Larry Nelson, Jack Nicklaus, Mike Nicolette, Lonnie Nielsen, Andy North, Mark O'Meara, Peter Oosterhuis, Arnold Palmer, Jerry Pate, Calvin Peete, Mark Pfeil, Gary Player, Dan Pohl, Don Pooley, Greg Powers, Tom Purtzer, Sammy Rachels, Victor Regalado, Mike Reid, Jack Renner, Chi-Chi Rodríguez, Bill Rogers, John Schroeder, Bob Shearer, Jim Simons, Scott Simpson, Tim Simpson, J. C. Snead, Sam Snead, Ed Sneed, Craig Stadler, Dave Stockton, Curtis Strange, Ron Streck, Mike Sullivan, Doug Tewell, Barney Thompson, Leonard Thompson, David Thore, Jim Thorpe, Lee Trevino, Gary Trivisonno, Howard Twitty, Tommy Valentine, Bobby Wadkins, Lanny Wadkins, Denis Watson, Tom Watson, D. A. Weibring, Tom Weiskopf, Fuzzy Zoeller

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, March 18, 1982

Place Player Score To par
T1 United States George Burns 67 −5
United States Lyn Lott
United States Larry Nelson
T4 United States Vance Heafner 68 −4
United States Skeeter Heath
United States Pat Lindsey
United States Scott Simpson
United States Ed Sneed
T9 United States George Archer 69 −3
United States Bob Eastwood
United States Bruce Fleisher
United States Gibby Gilbert
United States Don January
United States Bruce Lietzke
United States Roger Maltbie
United States Jim Simons
United States Jim Thorpe


Second round[edit]

Friday, March 19, 1982
Saturday, March 20, 1982

Place Player Score To par
T1 United States Vance Heafner 68-70=138 −6
United States Hale Irwin 70-68=138
United States Lyn Lott 67-71=138
United States Scott Simpson 68-70=138
United States Tim Simpson 72-66=138
T6 United States Brad Bryant 70-69=139 −5
United States Larry Nelson 67-72=139
United States Ed Sneed 68-71=139
United States Craig Stadler 71-68=139
T10 United States George Burns 67-73=140 −4
United States Gibby Gilbert 69-71=140


Third round[edit]

Saturday, March 20, 1982

Place Player Score To par
T1 United States Brad Bryant 70-69-71=210 −6
United States Bruce Lietzke 69-72-69=210
T3 United States Vance Heafner 68-70-73=210 −5
United States Scott Simpson 68-70-73=211
5 United States George Archer 69-73-70=212 −4
T6 United States Hale Irwin 70-68-75=213 −3
United States Jerry Pate 70-73-70=213
United States Tim Simpson 72-66-75=213
United States Ed Sneed 68-71-74=213
T10 Spain Seve Ballesteros 73-72-69=214 −2
United States Gibby Gilbert 69-71-74=214
United States Scott Hoch 72-70-72=214
United States Don January 69-73-72=214
United States Roger Maltbie 69-72-73=214
United States Craig Stadler 71-68-75=214
United States Tom Watson 70-76-68=214


Final round[edit]

Sunday, March 21, 1982

(c) = past champion
Place Player Score To par Money ($)
1 United States Jerry Pate 70-73-70-67=280 −8 90,000
T2 United States Brad Bryant 70-69-71-72=282 −6 44,000
United States Scott Simpson 68-70-73-71=282
4 United States Bruce Lietzke 69-72-69-73=283 −5 24,000
5 United States Roger Maltbie 69-72-73-70=284 −4 20,000
T6 Spain Seve Ballesteros 73-72-69-72=286 −2 16,187
United States Hubert Green 73-75-70-68=286
United States Craig Stadler 71-68-75-72=286
United States Tom Watson 70-76-68-72=286
T10 United States Jim Booros 73-72-71-71=287 −1 12,500
United States Larry Nelson 67-72-77-71=287
United States Ed Sneed 68-71-74-74=287



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