1963 PGA Championship

The 1963 PGA Championship was the 45th PGA Championship, played July 18–21 at the Blue Course of Dallas Athletic Club in Dallas, Texas. Jack Nicklaus won the first of his five PGA Championship titles, two strokes ahead of runner-up Dave Ragan.[3][4] It was the second major win of the year for Nicklaus, and the third of his eighteen major titles.[5]

1963 PGA Championship
Tournament information
DatesJuly 18–21, 1963
LocationDallas, Texas
Course(s)Dallas Athletic Club
Blue Course
Organized byPGA of America
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par71
Length7,046 yards (6,443 m)[1]
Field165 players, 83 after cut
Cut151 (+9)
Prize fund$80,900[2]
Winner's share$13,000
Champion
United States Jack Nicklaus
279 (−5)
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Location in the United States
Dallas  is located in Texas
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Location in Texas

Nicklaus entered the final round in third place, three shots behind 54-hole leader Bruce Crampton.[1][6] He shot a three-under 68 while Crampton fell back to third with 74 (+3) in the Texas heat, with temperatures over 100 °F (38 °C).[5][7] At the trophy presentation in the bright sunshine, Nicklaus grasped the very hot Wanamaker Trophy with the aid of a towel.[4][8] The temperature in downtown Dallas on Sunday reached a high of 110 °F (43 °C).[3][5]

With the victory, Nicklaus at age 23 joined Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, and Ben Hogan as the only winners of all three American majors: the Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championship.[2][9] Nicklaus completed the first of his three career grand slams three years later at Muirfield in 1966.

The Open Championship was played the previous week in northwest England at Lytham St Annes, one of five times in the 1960s that these two majors were played in consecutive weeks in July. Nicklaus bogeyed the last two holes at Lytham and finished a stroke out of the 36-hole Saturday playoff, won by Bob Charles.[10] The PGA Championship moved permanently to August in 1969 (except 1971, when it was played in late February to avoid Florida's summer). After cool temperatures in Britain, the oppressive July heat in Dallas was difficult for many to adjust to.[5]

Nicklaus won the Masters in April, the first of his six green jackets, marking only the third time that the Masters champion won the PGA Championship in the same calendar year. He was preceded by Sam Snead in 1949 (May) and Jack Burke, Jr. in 1956. Through 2016, it has been accomplished only four times, twice by Nicklaus, and most recently 45 years ago in August 1975.

On Wednesday, Nicklaus set a record in the long drive contest at over 341 yards (312 m); breaking the record set in 1952 by twelve yards (11 m).[11]

Course layoutEdit

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 521 407 356 573 206 396 229 445 402 3,535 474 428 543 206 459 424 216 341 420 3,511 7,046
Par 5 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 4 36 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4 35 71

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Dow Finsterwald   United States 1958 72 72 66 72 282 −2 T3
Jim Ferrier   Australia 1947 73 73 70 69 285 +1 7
Gary Player   South Africa 1962 75 74 67 70 286 +2 T8
Doug Ford   United States 1955 70 72 71 77 290 +6 T27
Sam Snead   United States 1942, 1949, 1951 71 73 70 76 290 +6 T27
Jack Burke, Jr.   United States 1956 75 72 73 71 291 +7 T34
Jerry Barber   United States 1961 74 73 72 74 293 +9 T40
Jay Hebert   United States 1960 75 76 73 69 293 +9 T40
Bob Rosburg   United States 1959 72 75 74 72 293 +9 T40

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Walter Burkemo   United States 1953 79 73 152 +10
Lionel Hebert   United States 1957 78 76 154 +12
Chick Harbert   United States 1954 77 78 155 +13
Vic Ghezzi   United States 1941 79 77 156 +14
Jim Turnesa   United States 1952 81 76 157 +15

Source:[2]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, July 18, 1963

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Dick Hart   United States 66 −5
T2 Julius Boros   United States 69 −2
Bob Charles   New Zealand
Shelley Mayfield   United States
Jack Nicklaus   United States
Mason Rudolph   United States
T7 Charles Congdon   United States 70 −1
Bruce Crampton   Australia
Doug Ford   United States
Bernie Haas   United States
Tony Lema   United States
Earl Stewart   United States

Source:[12][13]

Second roundEdit

Friday, July 19, 1963

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Dick Hart   United States 66-72=138 −4
T2 Julius Boros   United States 69-72=141 −1
Tony Lema   United States 70-71=141
Shelley Mayfield   United States 69-72=141
T5 Manuel de la Torre   Spain 71-71=142 E
Doug Ford   United States 70-72=142
Jack Nicklaus   United States 69-73=142
T8 Bruce Crampton   Australia 70-73=143 +1
Bill Johnston   United States 71-72=143
Gene Littler   United States 71-72=143
Doug Sanders   United States 74-69=143

Source:[14]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, July 20, 1963

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bruce Crampton   Australia 70-73-65=208 −5
2 Dow Finsterwald   United States 72-72-66=210 −3
3 Jack Nicklaus   United States 69-73-69=211 −2
4 Dave Ragan   United States 75-70-67=212 −1
T5 Doug Ford   United States 70-72-71=213 E
Billy Maxwell   United States 73-71-69=213
Doug Sanders   United States 74-69-70=213
T8 Julius Boros   United States 69-72-73=214 +1
Al Geiberger   United States 72-73-69=214
Dick Hart   United States 66-72-76=214
Dave Hill   United States 73-72-69=214
Sam Snead   United States 71-73-70=214

Source:[1][6]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, July 21, 1963

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jack Nicklaus   United States 69-73-69-68=279 −5 13,000
2 Dave Ragan   United States 75-70-67-69=281 −3 7,000
T3 Bruce Crampton   Australia 70-73-65-74=282 −2 3,750
Dow Finsterwald   United States 72-72-66-72=282
T5 Al Geiberger   United States 72-73-69-70=284 E 3,125
Billy Maxwell   United States 73-71-69-71=284
7 Jim Ferrier   Australia 73-73-70-69=285 +1 2,750
T8 Gardner Dickinson   United States 72-74-74-66=286 +2 2,090
Tommy Jacobs   United States 74-72-70-70=286
Bill Johnston   United States 71-72-72-71=286
Gary Player   South Africa 74-75-67-70=286
Art Wall Jr.   United States 73-76-66-71=286

Source:[2][3][9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Crampton snatches PGA lead". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. July 21, 1963. p. 1B.
  2. ^ a b c d "Tournament Info for: 1963 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Bartlett, Charles (July 22, 1963). "Nicklaus wins P.G.A. on 30-foot putt". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 3.
  4. ^ a b Petersen, Leo (July 22, 1963). "Birdie putt on 15th clinches PGA tourney victory for Nicklaus at Dallas". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). UPI. p. 19.
  5. ^ a b c d Wright, Alfred (July 29, 1963). "Hottest man in a furnace". Sports Illustrated. p. 16.
  6. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (July 21, 1963). "Crampton leads P.G.A. meet on 208". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 2.
  7. ^ "Nicklaus fires final round 68, wins PGA". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 22, 1963. p. 21.
  8. ^ "The making of a major". Golf. (photos). Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Nicklaus wins PGA title". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. July 22, 1963. p. 3B.
  10. ^ Brown, Gwilym S. (22 July 1963). "The Ham and the Knife". Sports Illustrated. pp. 10–11, 43–45.
  11. ^ "Nicklaus drive of 341 yards wins contest". Chicago Tribune. Associated Press. July 18, 1963. p. 5, sec. 3.
  12. ^ Bartlett, Charles (July 19, 1963). "Hinsdale gets ace, 66, P.G.A. lead". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 3.
  13. ^ "Hart takes early lead in PGA, shoots ace, 66". Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. July 19, 1963. p. 25.
  14. ^ "PGA Scores". Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. July 20, 1963. p. 14.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
1963 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1964 Masters

Coordinates: 32°50′28″N 96°38′42″W / 32.841°N 96.645°W / 32.841; -96.645