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The 1961 PGA Tour season was played from January 6 to December 10. The season consisted of 48 official money events. Arnold Palmer won the most tournaments, six, and there were nine first-time winners. Gary Player was the leading money winner with earnings of $64,540. Jerry Barber was voted the PGA Player of the Year[1] and Palmer won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average.

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Tournament resultsEdit

The following table shows all the official money events for the 1961 season. "Date" is the ending date of the tournament. The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names are the number of wins they had on the tour up to and including that event. Majors are shown in bold.

Date Tournament Location Winner Score 1st prize ($)
Jan 9 Los Angeles Open California   Bob Goalby (3) 275 (−9) 7,500
Jan 15 San Diego Open Invitational California   Arnold Palmer (22) 271 (−13) 2,800
Jan 22 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am California   Bob Rosburg (5) 282 (−6) 5,300
Jan 29 Lucky International California   Gary Player (3) 272 (−12) 9,000
Feb 5 Palm Springs Golf Classic California   Billy Maxwell (5) 345 (−14) 5,300
Feb 13 Phoenix Open Invitational[2] Arizona   Arnold Palmer (23) 270 (−10) 4,300
Feb 19 Home of the Sun Open Arizona   Dave Hill (1) 269 (−11) 2,800
Feb 26 Baton Rouge Open Invitational Louisiana   Arnold Palmer (24) 266 (−14) 2,800
Mar 5 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational Louisiana   Doug Sanders (4) 272 (−16) 4,300
Mar 12 Pensacola Open Invitational Florida   Tommy Bolt (15) 275 (−13) 2,800
Mar 19 St. Petersburg Open Invitational Florida   Bob Goalby (4) 261 (−23) 2,800
Mar 26 Sunshine Open Invitational Florida   Gary Player (4) 273 (−15) 3,500
Apr 2 Azalea Open North Carolina   Jerry Barber (5) 213 (−3) 1,200
Apr 10 Masters Tournament Georgia   Gary Player (5) 280 (−8) 20,000
Apr 16 Greater Greensboro Open North Carolina   Mike Souchak (13) 276 (−8) 3,200
Apr 24 Houston Classic[3] Texas   Jay Hebert (6) 276 (−4) 7,000
Apr 30 Texas Open Invitational Texas   Arnold Palmer (25) 270 (−14) 4,300
May 7 Tournament of Champions Nevada   Sam Snead (81) 273 (−15) 10,000
May 7 Waco Turner Open Oklahoma   Butch Baird (1) 281 (−11) 2,800
May 14 Colonial National Invitation Texas   Doug Sanders (5) 281 (+1) 7,000
May 21 Hot Springs Open Invitational Arkansas   Doug Sanders (6) 273 (−15) 2,800
May 28 500 Festival Open Invitation Indiana   Doug Ford (16) 273 (−11) 9,000
Jun 4 Memphis Open Invitational Tennessee   Cary Middlecoff (39) 266 (−14) 4,300
Jun 17 U.S. Open Michigan   Gene Littler (17) 281 (+1) 14,000
Jun 25 Western Open Michigan   Arnold Palmer (26) 271 (−13) 5,000
Jul 3 Buick Open Invitational[4] Michigan   Jack Burke, Jr. (15) 284 (−4) 9,000
Jul 9 St. Paul Open Invitational Minnesota   Don January (3) 269 (−19) 4,300
Jul 15 Canadian Open Canada   Jacky Cupit (1) 270 (−10) 4,300
Jul 15 British Open England   Arnold Palmer (27) 284 (−4) 3,920
Jul 23 Milwaukee Open Invitational Wisconsin   Bruce Crampton (1) 272 (−8) 4,300
Jul 31 PGA Championship Illinois   Jerry Barber (6) 277 (−3) 11,000
Aug 6 Eastern Open Invitational Maryland   Doug Sanders (7) 275 (−13) 5,300
Aug 13 Insurance City Open Invitational Connecticut   Billy Maxwell (6) 271 (−13) 4,300
Aug 20 Carling Open Invitational Maryland   Gay Brewer (1) 277 (−3) 5,300
Aug 27 American Golf Classic Ohio   Jay Hebert (7) 278 (−2) 9,000
Sep 4 Dallas Open Invitational Texas   Earl Stewart (3) 278 (−2) 4,300
Sep 10 Denver Open Invitational Colorado   Dave Hill (2) 263 (−21) 3,500
Sep 17 Greater Seattle Open Invitational Washington   Dave Marr (1) 265 (−15) 3,500
Sep 24 Portland Open Invitational Oregon   Billy Casper (14) 273 (−15) 3,500
Oct 1 Bakersfield Open California   Jack Fleck (3) 276 (−8) 3,500
Oct 15 Ontario Open California   Eric Monti (3) 277 (−3) 2,800
Oct 22 Orange County Open Invitational California   Bob McCallister (1) 278 (−6) 2,400
Nov 5 Almaden Open Invitational California   Jim Ferrier (18) 279 (−9) 1,200
Nov 12 Beaumont Open Invitational Texas   Joe Campbell (1) 277 (−7) 2,800
Nov 19 Cajun Classic Open Invitational Louisiana   Doug Sanders (8) 270 (−14) 2,000
Nov 26 Mobile Sertoma Open Invitational Alabama   Gay Brewer (2) 275 (−13) 2,000
Dec 3 West Palm Beach Open Invitational Florida   Gay Brewer (3) 274 (−14) 2,800
Dec 10 Coral Gables Open Invitational Florida   George Knudson (1) 273 (−11) 2,800

Source:[5][6]

Money leadersEdit

Rank Player Country Earnings ($)
1 Gary Player   South Africa 64,540
2 Arnold Palmer   United States 61,091
3 Doug Sanders   United States 57,428
4 Billy Casper   United States 37,767
5 Jay Hebert   United States 35,583
6 Johnny Pott   United States 33,268
7 Gay Brewer   United States 31,150
8 Bob Goalby   United States 30,919
9 Gene Littler   United States 29,246
10 Billy Maxwell   United States 28,335

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AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pro Golfers Vote Barber Top Player". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. AP. October 8, 1961. p. 2. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  2. ^ "Palmer Ruins Sanders, Par To Win At Phoenix". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. AP. February 14, 1961. p. 2-C.
  3. ^ "Hebert Wins Houston Golf in Sudden Death". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pennsylvania. AP. April 25, 1961. p. 23.
  4. ^ "Burke Captures Flint Open Golf Playoff". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pennsylvania. AP. July 4, 1961. p. 38.
  5. ^ "1961 winners sorted by age". PGA Tour. July 9, 2008. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  6. ^ Johnson, Sal; Seanor, Dave, eds. (2009). The USA Today Golfers Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. pp. 623–30. ISBN 978-1-60239-302-8.
  7. ^ "Gary Player Top Money Winner". The Montreal Gazette. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. AP. December 15, 1961. p. 32. Retrieved March 19, 2013.

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