1983 PGA Championship

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1983 PGA Championship
RivieraCountryClub18th.jpg
Finishing hole at Riviera Country Club
Tournament information
DatesAugust 4–7, 1983
LocationLos Angeles, California
Course(s)Riviera Country Club
Organized byPGA of America
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par71
Length6,946 yards (6,351 m)
Field150 players, 87 after cut[1]
Cut147 (+5)
Prize fund$600,000
Winner's share$100,000
Champion
United States Hal Sutton
274 (−10)
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Riviera CC is located in the United States
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Riviera CC is located in California
Riviera CC
Riviera CC
Location in California

The 1983 PGA Championship was the 65th PGA Championship, held August 4–7 at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, California. Hal Sutton led wire-to-wire to win his only major title, one stroke ahead of runner-up Jack Nicklaus, a five-time champion.[2] Nicklaus shot a final round 66 (−5) for his 19th and final runner-up finish in a major championship.[3] Sutton was under scrutiny as he entered the weekend; two weeks earlier in Virginia, he had a six-shot lead after 54 holes, shot a final round 77, and finished third.[4]

It was the second major at Riviera, following the U.S. Open in 1948, won by Ben Hogan. The PGA Championship returned to the course in 1995, and it hosts a regular event on the PGA Tour, originally known as the Los Angeles Open.

Only the third PGA Championship in California, it was preceded by 1929 in Los Angeles at Hillcrest and 1977 at Pebble Beach. The 1962 event was originally awarded to Brentwood in L.A., but was moved to Philadelphia at Aronimink.[5][6]

This was the first major championship to award a six-figure winner's share, $100,000, up substantially from the $65,000 of the previous year. The first five-figure winner's share in a major was the 1958 Masters and the 2001 Masters was the first to break seven figures.

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
73 65 71 66 275 −9 2
Lee Trevino  United States 1974 70 68 74 71 283 −1 T14
David Graham  Australia 1979 70 69 74 70 283 −1 T14
Raymond Floyd  United States 1969, 1982 69 75 71 69 284 E T20
Larry Nelson  United States 1981 72 68 68 80 288 +4 T36
Bobby Nichols  United States 1964 75 69 74 70 288 +4 T36
Gary Player  South Africa 1962, 1972 74 68 73 74 289 +5 T42

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
John Mahaffey  United States 1978 77 72 149 +7
Al Geiberger  United States 1966 74 75 149 +7
Lanny Wadkins  United States 1977 70 80 150 +8
Dave Stockton  United States 1970, 1976 78 74 152 +10
Jerry Barber  United States 1961 80 83 163 +21

Source:[7]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, August 4, 1983

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Hal Sutton  United States 65 −6
T2 Scott Simpson  United States 66 −5
Buddy Whitten  United States
T4 Danny Edwards  United States 67 −4
John Fought  United States
Bruce Lietzke  United States
T7 Ben Crenshaw  United States 68 −3
Keith Fergus  United States
Jay Haas  United States
Pat McGowan  United States
Jim Thorpe  United States

Source:[8]

Second round[edit]

Friday, August 5, 1983

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Hal Sutton  United States 65-66=131 −11
2 Ben Crenshaw  United States 68-66=134 −8
3 Pat McGowan  United States 68-67=135 −7
T4 John Fought  United States 67-69=136 −6
Gibby Gilbert  United States 70-66=136
Buddy Whitten  United States 66-70=136
T7 Keith Fergus  United States 68-70=138 −4
Bruce Lietzke  United States 67-71=138
Jack Nicklaus  United States 73-65=138
Lee Trevino  United States 70-68=138

Source:[9]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, August 6, 1983

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Hal Sutton  United States 65-66-72=203 −10
2 Ben Crenshaw  United States 68-66-71=205 −8
3 John Fought  United States 67-69-71=207 −6
T4 Bruce Lietzke  United States 67-71-70=208 −5
Pat McGowan  United States 68-67-73=208
Larry Nelson  United States 68-67-73=208
T7 Jay Haas  United States 68-72-69=209 −4
Jack Nicklaus  United States 73-65-71=209
Scott Simpson  United States 66-73-70=209
Buddy Whitten  United States 66-70-73=209

Source:[10]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, August 7, 1983

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Hal Sutton  United States 65-66-72-71=274 −10 100,000
2 Jack Nicklaus  United States 73-65-71-66=275 −9 60,000
3 Peter Jacobsen  United States 73-70-68-65=276 −8 40,000
4 Pat McGowan  United States 68-67-73-69=277 −7 30,000
5 John Fought  United States 67-69-71-71=278 −6 25,000
T6 Bruce Lietzke  United States 67-71-70-71=279 −5 19,000
Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 72-71-67-69=279
8 Dan Pohl  United States 72-70-69-69=280 −4 16,000
T9 Ben Crenshaw  United States 68-66-71-77=282 −2 10,880
Jay Haas  United States 68-72-69-73=282
Mike Reid  United States 69-71-72-70=282
Scott Simpson  United States 66-73-70-73=282
Doug Tewell  United States 74-72-69-67=282

Source:[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tournament Info for: 1983 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  2. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (August 8, 1983). "Out of Bear's reach, Sutton wins PGA". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 21.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Dan (August 15, 1983). "There's a new bear on the loose". Sports Illustrated: 16.
  4. ^ "Peete wins from 6 back". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. July 25, 1983. p. 13.
  5. ^ "PGA opens its doors to Negroes, world golfers". Florence Times. Alabama. Associated Press. November 10, 1961. p. 4, section 2.
  6. ^ "PGA group abolishes 'Caucasian'". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Florida. Associated Press. November 10, 1961. p. 22.
  7. ^ a b "1983 PGA Championship". databasegolf.com. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  8. ^ "PGA Championship". Milwaukee Sentinel. August 5, 1983. p. 4, part 2.
  9. ^ "Golf: PGA Championship". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. August 6, 1983. p. 18.
  10. ^ Boswell, Thomas (August 7, 1983). "Can Sutton win the PGA?". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (Washington Post). p. 1B.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1983 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1984 Masters

Coordinates: 34°03′00″N 118°30′04″W / 34.050°N 118.501°W / 34.050; -118.501