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The 1969 PGA Tour season was played from January 9 to December 7. The season consisted of 50 official money events. Billy Casper, Raymond Floyd, Dave Hill, and Jack Nicklaus won the most tournaments, three each, and there were 14 first-time winners. Frank Beard was the leading money winner with earnings of $164,707. Orville Moody was voted the PGA Player of the Year[1] and Dave Hill won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average.

This is generally regarded as the first season of an independent PGA Tour.[2] The tour began to break off from the PGA of America in August 1968. The players formed a Tournament Players Division within the PGA of America, "a freestanding corporation run by a 10-member tournament policy board of four players, three PGA executives and three consulting businessmen."[3]

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Tournament resultsEdit

The following table shows all the official money events for the 1969 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 12 Los Angeles Open California   Charlie Sifford (2) 276 (−8) 20,000
Jan 12 Alameda County Open California   Dick Lotz (1) 290 (+2) 10,000
Jan 20 Kaiser International Open Invitational California   Miller Barber (4) 135 (−9) 13,500
Jan 27 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am California   George Archer (6) 283 (−5) 25,000
Feb 2 Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational California   Jack Nicklaus (28) 284 (−4) 30,000
Feb 9 Bob Hope Desert Classic California   Billy Casper (41) 345 (−15) 20,000
Feb 16 Phoenix Open Invitational Arizona   Gene Littler (21) 263 (−21) 20,000
Feb 23 Tucson Open Invitational Arizona   Lee Trevino (3) 271 (−17) 20,000
Mar 2 Doral Open Invitational Florida   Tom Shaw (1) 276 (−12) 30,000
Mar 9 Florida Citrus Open Invitational Florida   Ken Still (1) 278 (−10) 23,000
Mar 18 Monsanto Open Invitational Florida   Jim Colbert (1) 267 (−17) 20,000
Mar 23 Greater Jacksonville Open Florida   Raymond Floyd (3) 278 (−10) 20,000
Mar 30 National Airlines Open Invitational Florida   Bunky Henry (1) 278 (−10) 40,000
Apr 6 Greater Greensboro Open North Carolina   Gene Littler (22) 274 (−10) 32,000
Apr 13 Masters Tournament Georgia   George Archer (7) 281 (−7) 20,000
Apr 20 Tournament of Champions California   Gary Player (12) 284 (−4) 30,000
Apr 20 Azalea Open Invitational North Carolina   Dale Douglass (1) 275 (−9) 5,000
Apr 20 Tallahassee Open Invitational Florida   Chuck Courtney (2) 282 (−6) 5,000
Apr 27 Byron Nelson Golf Classic Texas   Bruce Devlin (4) 277 (−3) 20,000
May 4 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational Louisiana   Larry Hinson (1) 275 (−13) 20,000
May 11 Texas Open Invitational Texas   Deane Beman (1) 274 (−10) 20,000
May 18 Colonial National Invitation Texas   Gardner Dickinson (6) 278 (−2) 25,000
May 25 Atlanta Classic Georgia   Bert Yancey (5) 277 (−11) 23,000
Jun 1 Memphis Open Invitational Tennessee   Dave Hill (5) 265 (−15) 30,000
Jun 8 Western Open Illinois   Billy Casper (42) 276 (−8) 26,000
Jun 15 U.S. Open Texas   Orville Moody (1) 281 (+1) 30,000
Jun 22 Kemper Open North Carolina   Dale Douglass (2) 274 (−14) 30,000
Jun 29 Cleveland Open Invitational Ohio   Charles Coody (2) 271 (−9) 22,000
Jul 6 Buick Open Invitational Michigan   Dave Hill (6) 277 (−11) 25,000
Jul 12 British Open England   Tony Jacklin (2) 280 (−4) 10,200
Jul 13 Minnesota Golf Classic Minnesota   Frank Beard (7) 269 (−15) 20,000
Jul 20 IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic Pennsylvania   Dave Hill (7) 279 (−9) 30,000
Jul 27 American Golf Classic Ohio   Raymond Floyd (4) 268 (−12) 25,000
Jul 28 Canadian Open[4] Canada   Tommy Aaron (1) 275 (−13) 25,000
Aug 3 Westchester Classic New York   Frank Beard (8) 275 (−13) 50,000
Aug 10 Greater Milwaukee Open Wisconsin   Ken Still (2) 277 (−11) 20,000
Aug 17 PGA Championship Ohio   Raymond Floyd (5) 276 (−8) 35,000
Aug 17 Indian Ridge Hospital Open Invitational Massachusetts   Monty Kaser (1) 274 (−10) 7,400
Aug 24 AVCO Golf Classic Massachusetts   Tom Shaw (2) 280 (−4) 30,000
Sep 2 Greater Hartford Open Invitational Connecticut   Bob Lunn (3) 268 (−16) 20,000
Sep 7 Michigan Golf Classic Michigan   Larry Ziegler (1) 272 (−12) 20,000
Sep 28 Alcan Open Oregon   Billy Casper (43) 274 (−14) 55,000
Sep 28 Robinson Open Golf Classic Illinois   Bob Goalby (9) 273 (−15) 15,000
Oct 19 Sahara Invitational Nevada   Jack Nicklaus (29) 272 (−12) 20,000
Oct 26 San Francisco Open Invitational California   Steve Spray (1) 269 (−15) 20,000
Nov 3 Kaiser International Open Invitational [5] California   Jack Nicklaus (30) 273 (−15) 28,000
Nov 9 Hawaiian Open Hawaii   Bruce Crampton (7) 274 (−14) 25,000
Nov 30 Heritage Golf Classic South Carolina   Arnold Palmer (55) 283 (−1) 20,000
Dec 7 Danny Thomas-Diplomat Classic Florida   Arnold Palmer (56) 270 (−18) 25,000
Dec 7 West End Classic Bahamas   Jim Wiechers (1) 277 (−11) 5,000

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Money leadersEdit

Rank Player Country Earnings ($)
1 Frank Beard   United States 175,223
2 Dave Hill   United States 156,432
3 Jack Nicklaus   United States 140,167
4 Gary Player   South Africa 123,897
5 Bruce Crampton   Australia 118,955
6 Gene Littler   United States 112,737
7 Lee Trevino   United States 112,417
8 Raymond Floyd   United States 109,956
9 Arnold Palmer   United States 105,128
10 Billy Casper   United States 104,689

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AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Golfer of the year". The Southeast Missourian. Cape Girardeau, Missouri. AP. November 19, 1969. p. 13. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "Pro golf struggle is settled; PGA forms tourney group". Milwaukee Journal. December 14, 1968. p. 18.
  3. ^ Gorant, Jim (August 8, 2018). "War for the Tour: The day the PGA Championship nearly died". Golf.com.
  4. ^ "Aaron Captures Canadian Open". Nashua Telegraph. New Hampshire. AP. July 29, 1969. p. 10.
  5. ^ Tourney was added to schedule after Kaiser tourney in January was rain-shortened to 36 holes causing only half the prize money to be paid out.
  6. ^ "1969 winners sorted by age". PGA Tour. July 9, 2008. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  7. ^ Johnson, Sal; Seanor, Dave, eds. (2009). The USA Today Golfers Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. pp. 675–82. ISBN 978-1-60239-302-8.
  8. ^ Rew, Karen (December 26, 1969). "Frank Beard Boosting Business of Pro Golf". Mansfield News Journal. Mansfield, Ohio. AP. p. 23.

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