1982 Tournament Players Championship

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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; -81.394Coordinates: 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 Country Score To par
T1 George Burns  United States 67 −5
Lyn Lott  United States
Larry Nelson  United States
T4 Vance Heafner  United States 68 −4
Skeeter Heath  United States
Pat Lindsey  United States
Scott Simpson  United States
Ed Sneed  United States
T9 George Archer  United States 69 −3
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  United States


Second round[edit]

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

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


Third round[edit]

Saturday, March 20, 1982

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


Final round[edit]

Sunday, March 21, 1982

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



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