Sahara Invitational

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The Sahara Invitational was a PGA Tour event that was played in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1958 to 1976. From 1958 to 1961 it was called the Sahara Pro-Am and was not an official PGA Tour event. It was played at Paradise Valley Country Club from 1970–1971; and at Sahara Nevada Country Club from 1972–1976. It was sponsored by the Sahara Hotel.

Jack Nicklaus won Sahara four times in a seven-year span. Future PGA Tour major champions, Tony Lema, Lanny Wadkins, and John Mahaffey, all made Sahara their first tour victory.

It was announced on November 4, 1976 that the Sahara Invitational was being cancelled. Edward M. Nigro, Vice President and General Manager of Hotel Sahara, cited rising costs, scheduling conflicts, and a decline in the national promotion benefit as the reasons for the tournament's cancellation.[1]


Sahara Invitational

Year Winner Country Score To par
1976 George Archer  United States 271 −13
1975 Dave Hill  United States 270 −14
1974 Al Geiberger  United States 273 −11
1973 John Mahaffey  United States 271 −13
1972 Lanny Wadkins  United States 273 −11
1971 Lee Trevino  United States 280 −8
1970 Babe Hiskey  United States 276 −12
1969 Jack Nicklaus  United States 272 −12
1968 Chi-Chi Rodríguez  Puerto Rico 274 −10
1967 Jack Nicklaus  United States 270 −14
1966 Jack Nicklaus  United States 282 −2
1965 Billy Casper  United States 269 −15
1964 R. H. Sikes  United States 275 −9
1963 Jack Nicklaus  United States 276 −8
1962 Tony Lema  United States 270 −14

Sahara Pro-Am

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