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The 1969 PGA Championship was the 51st PGA Championship, played August 14–17 at the South Course of NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio, a suburb south of Dayton. Raymond Floyd, age 26, won the first of his four major titles, one stroke ahead of runner-up Gary Player.[2][3]

1969 PGA Championship
Tournament information
DatesAugust 14–17, 1969
LocationKettering, Ohio
Course(s)NCR Country Club,
South Course
Organized byPGA of America
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par71
Length6,915 yards (6,323 m)
Field139 players, 79 after cut [1]
Cut149 (+7)
Prize fund$175,000[1]
Winner's share$35,000
Champion
United States Raymond Floyd
276 (−8)
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Floyd held a five-shot lead after the third round, at 202 (−11),[4] and carded a 74 (+3) on Sunday.[5]

During the tournament's third round, demonstrators tried to disrupt the play of Player and Jack Nicklaus. Ice was thrown in Player's face and one spectator yelled while Nicklaus prepared to putt.[6][7] Security was stepped up for the final round on Sunday.[3][8]

This was the first PGA Championship after the formation of the "Tournament Players Division" in December 1968,[9][10][11] later renamed the PGA Tour. It also marked the permanent move of the PGA Championship to August, excluding 1971, which was played in Florida in February. Except for 1965, it had been played in July in the 1960s; five times during the decade it was held the week immediately after The Open Championship in Britain, including 1968. The new scheduling allowed more players to participate in both majors, cementing the concept of the modern grand slam.

The attendance on Sunday was 23,543 and a new record was set for the four days at 80,847; including practice days, the week's attendance was 106,043.[5]

Contents

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Gary Player   South Africa 1962 71 65 71 70 277 −7 2
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1963 70 68 74 71 283 −1 T11
Don January   United States 1967 75 70 70 69 284 E T15
Julius Boros   United States 1968 72 74 70 71 287 +3 T25
Al Geiberger   United States 1966 69 72 77 71 289 +5 T35
Bobby Nichols   United States 1964 74 71 75 71 291 +7 T44
Dave Marr   United States 1965 78 68 71 75 292 +8 T48
Jay Hebert   United States 1960 75 74 73 74 296 +12 T63
Sam Snead   United States 1942, 1949, 1951 75 72 71 78 296 +12 T63
Jack Burke, Jr.   United States 1956 74 75 74 74 297 +13 T69
Dow Finsterwald   United States 1958 75 73 75 76 299 +15 T76
Jim Turnesa   United States 1952 74 74 77 74 299 +15 T76

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Lionel Hebert   United States 1957 76 74 150 +8
Bob Rosburg   United States 1959 72 78 150 +8
Jerry Barber   United States 1961 75 76 151 +9
Jim Ferrier   Australia 1947 74 79 153 +11
Doug Ford   United States 1955 79 74 153 +11
Denny Shute   United States 1936, 1937 85 80 165 +23

Source:[1]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, August 14, 1969

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Charles Coody   United States 69 −2
Raymond Floyd   United States
Al Geiberger   United States
Bunky Henry   United States
Bob Lunn   United States
Larry Mowry   United States
Johnny Pott   United States
Tom Shaw   United States
Larry Ziegler   United States
T10 Tommy Aaron   United States 70 −1
Frank Beard   United States
Bruce Crampton   Australia
Jacky Cupit   United States
Bruce Devlin   Australia
George Knudson   Canada
Jack Nicklaus   United States
Phil Rodgers   United States
Tom Weiskopf   United States

Source:[12][13]

Second roundEdit

Friday, August 15, 1969

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Raymond Floyd   United States 69-66=135 −7
2 Gary Player   South Africa 71-65=136 −6
3 Bunky Henry   United States 69-68=137 −5
T4 Don Bies   United States 74-64=138 −4
Orville Moody   United States 70-68=138
Jack Nicklaus   United States 70-68=138
T7 Bert Greene   United States 71-68=139 −3
Jimmy Wright   United States 71-68=139
T9 Ron Cerrudo   United States 74-66=140 −2
Charles Coody   United States 69-71=140
Bruce Crampton   Australia 70-70=140
Larry Mowry   United States 69-71=140
Larry Ziegler   United States 69-71=140

Source:[14]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, August 16, 1969

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Raymond Floyd   United States 69-66-67=202 −11
T2 Bert Greene   United States 71-68-68=207 −6
Bunky Henry   United States 69-68-70=207
Gary Player   South Africa 71-65-71=207
5 Jimmy Wright   United States 71-68-69=208 −5
T6 Don Bies   United States 74-64-71=209 −4
Orville Moody   United States 70-68-71=209
Larry Mowry   United States 69-71-69=209
T9 Ron Cerrudo   United States 74-66-70=210 −3
Larry Ziegler   United States 69-71-70=210

Source:[15]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, August 17, 1969

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Raymond Floyd   United States 69-66-67-74=276 −8 35,000
2 Gary Player   South Africa 71-65-71-70=277 −7 20,000
3 Bert Greene   United States 71-68-68-71=278 −6 12,400
4 Jimmy Wright   United States 71-68-69-71=279 −5 8,300
T5 Miller Barber   United States 73-75-64-68=280 −4 6,725
Larry Ziegler   United States 69-71-70-70=280
T7 Charles Coody   United States 69-71-72-69=281 −3 5,144
Orville Moody   United States 70-68-71-72=281
Terry Wilcox   United States 72-71-72-66=281
10 Frank Beard   United States 70-75-68-69=282 −2 4,375

Source:[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Tournament Info for: 1969 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Taylor, Jim (August 18, 1969). "Angelic Floyd Holds Off Mob". Toledo Blade. Ohio. p. 15. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Jenkins, Dan (August 25, 1969). "Golf gets a look at the real world". Sports Illustrated. p. 24.
  4. ^ "Floyd holds five-stroke lead after third round of PGA meet". Telegraph-Herald. Dubuque, Iowa. Associated Press. August 17, 1969. p. 24.
  5. ^ a b Gundelfinger, Phil (August 18, 1969). "Floyd scrambles to one-shot PGA win". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 30.
  6. ^ "Civil rights demonstrators disrupt PGA championships". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 17, 1969. p. 4B.
  7. ^ "Gary Player attacked". Telegraph-Herald. Dubuque, Iowa. Associated Press. August 17, 1969. p. 24.
  8. ^ "Escort new to Floyd". Toledo Blade. Ohio. August 18, 1969. p. 15.
  9. ^ "Tour golfers, PGA settle fuss over tourney control". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. December 14, 1968. p. 15.
  10. ^ "Pro golf struggle is settled; PGA forms tourney group". Milwaukee Journal. December 14, 1968. p. 18.
  11. ^ "Dispute in U.S. settled". Glasgow Herald. Scotland, U.K. December 16, 1968. p. 5.
  12. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (August 15, 1969). "Nine deadlock for lead in PGA 1st round". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 17.
  13. ^ "9 share opening PGA lead at 69". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. August 15, 1969. p. 1, part 2.
  14. ^ "'Irritable' Ray Floyd starts fire, nabs lead". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 16, 1969. p. 1B.
  15. ^ "PGA Championship(s)". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 17, 1969. p. 6B.

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