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The 1970 PGA Championship was the 52nd PGA Championship, played August 13–16 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dave Stockton won the first of his two PGA Championships at 279 (−1), two strokes ahead of runners-up Bob Murphy and Arnold Palmer.[4][5]

1970 PGA Championship
Tournament information
DatesAugust 13–16, 1970
LocationTulsa, Oklahoma
Course(s)Southern Hills Country Club
Organized byPGA of America
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par70
Length6,962 yards (6,366 m)[1]
Field136 players, 70 after cut[3]
Cut150 (+10)
Prize fund$200,000[2]
Winner's share$40,000
Champion
United States Dave Stockton
279 (−1)
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Southern Hills Country Club is located in the United States
Southern Hills Country Club
Southern Hills Country Club
Location in the United States
Southern Hills Country Club is located in Oklahoma
Southern Hills Country Club
Southern Hills Country Club
Location in Oklahoma

It was Palmer's third runner-up finish at the only major he never won,[6] and was his last time in contention in the final round of a PGA Championship. Stockton won his second PGA Championship six years later in 1976.

The third round was played in 101 °F (38 °C) heat, and Stockton led by three strokes after 54 holes at 206 (−4). Defending champion Raymond Floyd carded a 65 (−5) on Saturday and was in second place at 209 (−1) entering the final round, and Palmer was alone in third place at 211 (+1).[1]

It was the second major championship at Southern Hills, which hosted the U.S. Open in 1958. It later hosted the U.S. Open in 1977 and 2001 and the PGA Championship in 1982, 1994, and 2007.

Contents

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1963 68 76 73 66 283 +3 T6
Raymond Floyd   United States 1969 71 73 65 75 284 +4 T8
Gary Player   South Africa 1962 74 68 74 70 286 +6 T12
Don January   United States 1967 73 71 73 69 286 +6 T12
Sam Snead   United States 1942, 1949, 1951 70 75 68 73 286 +6 T12
Al Geiberger   United States 1966 72 74 71 71 288 +8 T16
Bobby Nichols   United States 1964 71 76 72 72 291 +11 T26
Julius Boros   United States 1968 72 71 72 76 291 +11 T26
Dave Marr   United States 1965 76 71 74 72 293 +13 T35
Jack Burke, Jr.   United States 1956 74 74 74 73 295 +15 T45
Bob Rosburg   United States 1959 72 75 74 81 302 +22 63

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Walter Burkemo   United States 1953 76 75 151 +11
Lionel Hebert   United States 1957 76 75 151 +11
Doug Ford   United States 1955 78 76 154 +14
Dow Finsterwald   United States 1958 73 81 154 +14
Jerry Barber   United States 1961 80 79 159 +19
Denny Shute   United States 1936, 1937 85 76 161 +21
Vic Ghezzi   United States 1941 79 WD

Source:[3][7][8]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, August 13, 1970

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Johnny Miller   United States 68 −2
Jack Nicklaus   United States
T3 Charles Coody   United States 69 −1
Larry Hinson   United States
T5 Homero Blancas   United States 70 E
Jacky Cupit   United States
Dick Hendrickson   United States
Arnold Palmer   United States
Mason Rudolph   United States
Sam Snead   United States
Dave Stockton   United States

Source:[9]

Second roundEdit

Friday, August 14, 1970

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Larry Hinson   United States 69-71=140 E
Dave Stockton   United States 70-70=140
T3 Mike Hill   United States 71-70=141 +1
Hale Irwin   United States 71-70=141
Mason Rudolph   United States 71-70=141
T6 Billy Casper   United States 72-70=142 +2
Dick Lotz   United States 72-70=142
Arnold Palmer   United States 70-72=142
Gary Player   South Africa 74-69=142
T10 Julius Boros   United States 72-71=143 +3
Bill Collins   United States 72-71=143
Terry Dill   United States 72-71=143
Lou Graham   United States 75-68=143
Howie Johnson   United States 71-72=143
Gene Littler   United States 72-71=143
Bob Lunn   United States 74-69=143
Billy Maxwell   United States 72-71=143
Bert Yancey   United States 74-69=143

Source:[8]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, August 15, 1970

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Dave Stockton   United States 70-70-66=206 −4
2 Raymond Floyd   United States 71-73-65=209 −1
3 Arnold Palmer   United States 70-72-69=211 +1
4 Gene Littler   United States 72-71-69=212 +2
T5 Bob Lunn   United States 74-69-70=213 +3
Sam Snead   United States 70-75-68=213
T7 Larry Hinson   United States 69-71-74=214 +4
Mason Rudolph   United States 71-70-73=214
T9 Julius Boros   United States 72-71-72=215 +5
Mike Hill   United States 71-70-74=215
Johnny Miller   United States 68-77-70=215
Bob Murphy   United States 71-73-71=215

Source:[10]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, August 16, 1970

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Dave Stockton   United States 70-70-66-73=279 −1 40,000
T2 Bob Murphy   United States 71-73-71-66=281 +1 18,500
Arnold Palmer   United States 70-72-69-70=281
T4 Larry Hinson   United States 69-71-74-68=282 +2 8,800
Gene Littler   United States 72-71-69-70=282
T6 Bruce Crampton   Australia 73-75-68-67=283 +3 6,800
Jack Nicklaus   United States 68-76-73-66=283
T8 Raymond Floyd   United States 71-73-65-75=284 +4 5,650
Dick Lotz   United States 72-70-75-67=284
T10 Billy Maxwell   United States 72-71-73-69=285 +5 4,800
Mason Rudolph   United States 71-70-73-71=285

Source:[4][5][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Stockton gets three-stroke PGA lead". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 16, 1970. p. 1B.
  2. ^ "PGA of America - PGA Championships - history - total purses and first prize money". Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Tournament Info for: 1970 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Stockton prevails over Arnie – and his army". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. August 17, 1970. p. 3B.
  5. ^ a b Kienzl, Ray (August 17, 1970). "Stockton makes a name for himself". Pittsburgh Press. p. 31.
  6. ^ Jenkins, Dan (August 24, 1970). "The one that got away again". Sports Illustrated. p. 12.
  7. ^ a b "1970 PGA Championship". databasegolf.com. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Big Three trailing close on heels of Hinson, Stockton in PGA golf". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 15, 1970. p. 1B.
  9. ^ "Jack seeks 2nd title sweep". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 14, 1970. p. 3B.
  10. ^ "Sports scoreboard: golf". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. August 16, 1970. p. 6B.

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