1973 PGA Championship

The 1973 PGA Championship was the 55th PGA Championship, played August 9–12 at Canterbury Golf Club in Beachwood, Ohio, a suburb east of Cleveland. Ohio native Jack Nicklaus won the third of his five PGA Championships, four strokes ahead of runner-up Bruce Crampton.[2]

1973 PGA Championship
Tournament information
DatesAugust 9–12, 1973
LocationBeachwood, Ohio
Course(s)Canterbury Golf Club
Organized byPGA of America
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par71
Length6,852 yards (6,265 m)
Field148 players, 74 after cut[1]
Cut149 (+7)
Prize fund$225,000
Winner's share$45,000
Champion
United States Jack Nicklaus
277 (−7)
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Canterbury Golf Club is located in the United States
Canterbury Golf Club
Canterbury
Golf Club
Location in the United States
Canterbury Golf Club is located in Ohio
Canterbury Golf Club
Canterbury
Golf Club
Location in Ohio

It was the twelfth of Nicklaus' eighteen major titles as a professional.[3] At the time, the holder of the most major titles was the late Bobby Jones, with thirteen. As a lifelong amateur, his majors were the Open and amateur championships in the U.S. and Britain. Including his two U.S. Amateur titles, Nicklaus now had 14 majors, surpassing Jones.[2] With his 12th professional major win Nicklaus also usurped Walter Hagen's record of 11 professional major victories. As of May 2019 these records still stand.

Sam Snead, age 61, shot even-par each day and finished in the top ten for the second straight year; he tied for ninth after a tie for fourth in 1972 and would improve on those in 1974.

This was the third major at Canterbury, which hosted the U.S. Open twice in the 1940s, both decided in playoffs. Lawson Little was the champion in 1940 with a three-stroke win over Gene Sarazen. Following World War II in 1946, the first U.S. Open in five years was played at the course. Lloyd Mangrum won in the second 18-hole playoff round, one stroke ahead of major winners Byron Nelson and Vic Ghezzi.

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, 1971 72 68 68 69 277 −7 1
Sam Snead   United States 1942, 1949, 1951 71 71 71 71 284 E T9
Dave Stockton   United States 1970 72 69 75 69 285 +1 T12
Al Geiberger   United States 1966 67 76 74 69 286 +2 T18
Raymond Floyd   United States 1969 70 73 73 74 290 +6 T35
Gary Player   South Africa 1962, 1972 73 72 71 78 294 +10 T51
Bobby Nichols   United States 1964 73 76 72 73 294 +10 T51
Jack Burke, Jr.   United States 1956 73 73 76 73 295 +11 T56
Doug Ford   United States 1955 73 76 73 73 295 +11 T56
Bob Rosburg   United States 1959 71 76 73 78 298 +14 T66

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Julius Boros   United States 1968 77 74 151 +9
Lionel Hebert   United States 1957 74 77 151 +9
Dow Finsterwald   United States 1958 79 75 154 +12
Jerry Barber   United States 1961 82 76 158 +16
Jim Ferrier   Australia 1947 79 84 163 +21
Paul Runyan   United States 1934, 1938 88 83 171 +29
Chick Harbert   United States 1954 82 WD
Vic Ghezzi   United States 1941 84 WD

Source:[1][4]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, August 6, 1973

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Al Geiberger   United States 67 −4
Don Iverson   United States
T3 Bob Dickson   United States 69 −2
Mike Hill   United States
Don Iverson   United States
T6 Don Bies   United States 70 −1
Bob Brue   United States
Raymond Floyd   United States
Gibby Gilbert   United States
Tony Jacklin   England
Tom Weiskopf   United States

Source:[5]

Second roundEdit

Friday, August 10, 1973

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Don Iverson   United States 67-72=139 −3
Mason Rudolph   United States 69-70=139
T3 Gibby Gilbert   United States 70-70=140 −2
Jack Nicklaus   United States 72-68=140
Dan Sikes   United States 72-68=140
T6 Tony Jacklin   England 70-70=141 −1
Dave Stockton   United States 72-69=141
Tom Weiskopf   United States 70-71=141
T9 Don Bies   United States 70-72=142 E
Bob Brue   United States 70-72=142
Jim Colbert   United States 72-70=142
Mike Hill   United States 69-73=142
Sam Snead   United States 71-71=142
Lanny Wadkins   United States 73-69=142

Source:[6]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, August 11, 1973

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jack Nicklaus   United States 72-68-68=208 −5
T2 Don Iverson   United States 67-72-70=209 −4
Mason Rudolph   United States 69-70-70=209
4 Dennis Lyons   United States 73-70-67=210 −3
T5 Bruce Crampton   Australia 71-73-67=211 −2
Jim Colbert   United States 72-70-69=211
T7 Dan Sikes   United States 72-68-72=212 −1
Tom Weiskopf   United States 70-71-71=212
T9 Don Bies   United States 70-72-71=213 E
Gibby Gilbert   United States 70-70-73=213
Sam Snead   United States 71-71-71=213
Lanny Wadkins   United States 73-69-71=213

Source:[7][8]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, August 12, 1973

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jack Nicklaus   United States 72-68-68-69=277 −7 45,000
2 Bruce Crampton   Australia 71-73-67-70=281 −3 25,700
T3 Mason Rudolph   United States 69-70-70-73=282 −2 11,909
J. C. Snead   United States 71-74-68-69=282
Lanny Wadkins   United States 73-69-71-69=282
T6 Don Iverson   United States 67-72-70-74=283 −1 7,312
Dan Sikes   United States 72-68-72-71=283
Tom Weiskopf   United States 70-71-71-71=283
T9 Hale Irwin   United States 76-72-68-68=284 E 5,625
Sam Snead   United States 71-71-71-71=284
Kermit Zarley   United States 76-71-68-69=284

Source:[4][9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Tournament Info for: 1973 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Jenkins, Dan (August 20, 1973). "Jack goes one up on a legend". Sports Illustrated. p. 18.
  3. ^ "Jack fires final round 69 for four shot win in PGA". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. August 13, 1973. p. 12.
  4. ^ a b "1973 PGA Championship". databasegolf.com. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  5. ^ "Iverson's 67 shares PGA lead". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. August 10, 1973. p. 1, part 2.
  6. ^ "Rabbit and vet pace PGA". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 11, 1973. p. 1B.
  7. ^ "Nicklaus muscles way into PGA lead". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. UPI. August 12, 1973. p. 1B.
  8. ^ "Sports scoreboard: Golf". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. August 12, 1973. p. 6B.
  9. ^ "PGA scorecard". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. August 13, 1973. p. 15.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
1973 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1974 Masters

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