1983 PGA Championship
Finishing hole at Riviera Country Club
|Dates||August 4–7, 1983|
|Location||Los Angeles, California|
|Course(s)||Riviera Country Club|
|Organized by||PGA of America|
|Length||6,946 yards (6,351 m)|
|Field||150 players, 87 after cut|
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. Nicklaus shot a final round 66 (−5) for his 19th and final runner-up finish in a major championship. 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.
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.
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
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1963, 1971,
1973 1975, 1980
|Lee Trevino||United States||1974||70||68||74||71||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
|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|
Thursday, August 4, 1983
|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|
Friday, August 5, 1983
|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|
Saturday, August 6, 1983
|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|
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|
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