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The 1966 PGA Tour season was played from January 6 to November 27. The season consisted of 40 official money events. Billy Casper won the most tournaments, four, and there were six first-time winners. Casper was the leading money winner with earnings of $121,945. He was voted the PGA Player of the Year[1] and also 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 1966 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   Arnold Palmer (46) 273 (−11) 11,000
Jan 16 San Diego Open Invitational California   Billy Casper (29) 268 (−16) 5,800
Jan 23 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am California   Don Massengale (1) 283 (−4) 11,000
Jan 31 Lucky International Open California   Ken Venturi (14) 273 (−11) 8,500
Feb 6 Bob Hope Desert Classic California   Doug Sanders (15) 349 (−11) 15,000
Feb 14 Phoenix Open Invitational Arizona   Dudley Wysong (1) 278 (−6) 9,000
Feb 20 Tucson Open Invitational Arizona   Joe Campbell (3) 278 (−10) 9,000
Mar 7 Pensacola Open Invitational Florida   Gay Brewer (7) 272 (−16) 10,000
Mar 13 Doral Open Invitational Florida   Phil Rodgers (4) 278 (−10) 20,000
Mar 20 Florida Citrus Open Invitational Florida   Lionel Hebert (5) 279 (−5) 21,000
Mar 27 Jacksonville Open Florida   Doug Sanders (16) 273 (−15) 13,500
Apr 3 Greater Greensboro Open North Carolina   Doug Sanders (17) 276 (−8) 20,000
Apr 11 Masters Tournament Georgia   Jack Nicklaus (18) 288 (E) 20,000
Apr 17 Azalea Open Invitational North Carolina   Bert Yancey (1) 278 (−10) 3,200
Apr 18 Tournament of Champions Nevada   Arnold Palmer (47) 283 (−5) 20,000
Apr 26 Dallas Open Invitational Texas   Roberto De Vicenzo (5) 276 (−8) 15,000
May 1 Texas Open Invitational Texas   Harold Henning (1) 272 (−8) 13,000
May 16 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational Louisiana   Frank Beard (3) 276 (−12) 20,000
May 22 Colonial National Invitation Texas   Bruce Devlin (2) 280 (E) 22,000
May 29 Oklahoma City Open Invitational Oklahoma   Tony Lema (12) 271 (−17) 8,500
Jun 5 Memphis Open Invitational Tennessee   Bert Yancey (2) 265 (−15) 20,000
Jun 12 Buick Open Invitational Michigan   Phil Rodgers (5) 284 (−4) 20,000
Jun 20 U.S. Open California   Billy Casper (30) 278 (−2) 26,500
Jun 26 Western Open Illinois   Billy Casper (31) 283 (−1) 20,000
Jul 9 British Open Scotland   Jack Nicklaus (19) 282 (−2) 5,880
Jul 17 Minnesota Golf Classic Minnesota   Bobby Nichols (7) 270 (−14) 20,000
Jul 24 PGA Championship Ohio   Al Geiberger (4) 280 (E) 25,000
Jul 31 500 Festival Open Invitation Indiana   Billy Casper (32) 277 (−11) 16,400
Aug 7 Cleveland Open Ohio   R. H. Sikes (2) 268 (−16) 20,000
Aug 14 Thunderbird Classic[2] New Jersey   Mason Rudolph (4) 278 (−10) 20,000
Aug 21 Insurance City Open Invitational Connecticut   Art Wall, Jr. (13) 266 (−18) 20,000
Aug 28 Philadelphia Golf Classic Pennsylvania   Don January (5) 278 (−10) 21,000
Sep 3 Carling World Open England   Bruce Devlin (3) 286 (−6) 35,000
Sep 18 Portland Open Invitational Oregon   Bert Yancey (3) 271 (−17) 6,800
Sep 25 Greater Seattle-Everett Classic Washington   Homero Blancas (1) 266 (−18) 6,600
Oct 2 Canadian Open Canada   Don Massengale (2) 280 (−4) 20,000
Oct 15 Sahara Invitational Nevada   Jack Nicklaus (20) 282 (−2) 20,000
Oct 30 Hawaiian Open Hawaii   Ted Makalena (1) 271 (−17) 8,500
Nov 20 Houston Champions International[3] Texas   Arnold Palmer (48) 275 (−9) 21,000
Nov 27 Cajun Classic Louisiana   Jacky Cupit (4) 271 (−17) 4,850

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Money leadersEdit

Rank Player Country Earnings ($)
1 Billy Casper   United States 121,945
2 Jack Nicklaus   United States 111,419
3 Arnold Palmer   United States 110,468
4 Doug Sanders   United States 80,096
5 Gay Brewer   United States 75,688
6 Phil Rodgers   United States 68,360
7 Gene Littler   United States 68,345
8 R. H. Sikes   United States 67,349
9 Frank Beard   United States 66,041
10 Al Geiberger   United States 63,220

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AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Casper Is Named Golfer Of Year; Billy Burke is Selected for Hall of Fame by P.G.A." The New York Times. UPI. November 2, 1966. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "Rudolph Holds Off Bear". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. AP. August 15, 1966. p. 1-C.
  3. ^ Rescheduled to November after original May 5–8 tourney was rained out.
  4. ^ "1966 winners sorted by age". PGA Tour. July 9, 2008. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  5. ^ Johnson, Sal; Seanor, Dave, eds. (2009). The USA Today Golfers Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. pp. 656–62. ISBN 978-1-60239-302-8.
  6. ^ "Casper Leads Golf Earnings". Playground Daily News. Fort Walton Beach, Florida. AP. November 29, 1966. p. 7.

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