1974 PGA Championship

The 1974 PGA Championship was the 56th PGA Championship, played August 8–11 at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, North Carolina, a suburb southwest of Winston-Salem. Lee Trevino won the first of his two PGA Championships, one stroke ahead of defending champion Jack Nicklaus.[1] It was the fifth of Trevino's six major titles and Nicklaus was the runner-up to Trevino in a major for the fourth and final time.[3] It was the first year since 1969 in which Nicklaus did not win a major championship,[4] but he regained the title the following year.

1974 PGA Championship
Tournament information
DatesAugust 8–11, 1974
LocationClemmons, North Carolina
Course(s)Tanglewood Park,
Championship Course
Organized byPGA of America
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par70
Length7,050 yards (6,447 m)[1]
Field141 players, 78 after cut[2]
Cut149 (+9)
Prize fund$225,000
Winner's share$45,000
Champion
United States Lee Trevino
276 (−4)
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Tanglewood Park is located in the United States
Tanglewood Park
Tanglewood
Park
Location in the United States
Tanglewood Park is located in North Carolina
Tanglewood Park
Tanglewood
Park
Location in North Carolina

Three-time champion Sam Snead, age 62, finished tied for third for his third consecutive top ten finish in the event. It was the final major in which he was in contention, his next best finish was a tie for 42nd at the PGA Championship in 1979.

Trevino used a putter he found in a friend's attic only days before and had only one three-putt, on the 71st hole.[4] Tanglewood is a county-owned facility in Forsyth County.[5]

This championship coincided with the resignation of President Nixon, who left office on Friday.[6]

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, 1973 69 69 70 69 277 −3 2
Sam Snead   United States 1942, 1949, 1951 69 71 71 68 279 −1 T3
Gary Player   South Africa 1962, 1972 73 64 73 70 280 E 7
Al Geiberger   United States 1966 70 70 75 66 281 +1 8
Raymond Floyd   United States 1969 68 72 74 70 284 +4 T11
Dave Stockton   United States 1970 71 73 70 74 288 +8 T26
Bobby Nichols   United States 1964 72 74 72 73 291 +11 T39
Bob Rosburg   United States 1959 75 72 74 82 303 +23 76

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Doug Ford   United States 1955 77 77 154 +14
Dow Finsterwald   United States 1958 76 80 156 +16
Jay Hebert   United States 1960 76 80 156 +16
Lionel Hebert   United States 1957 78 78 156 +16
Jerry Barber   United States 1961 80 80 160 +20
Paul Runyan   United States 1934, 1938 84 WD

Source:[2][7][8]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, August 8, 1974

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Raymond Floyd   United States 68 −2
Hubert Green   United States
John Schlee   United States
T4 Bobby Cole   South Africa 69 −1
Jack Nicklaus   United States
Eddie Pearce   United States
Sam Snead   United States
Leonard Thompson   United States
Tom Watson   United States
T10 Jim Colbert   United States 70 E
Bruce Devlin   Australia
Al Geiberger   United States
Tom Jenkins   United States
Grier Jones   United States
Tom Nieporte   United States
Victor Regalado   Mexico
Mason Rudolph   United States
DeWitt Weaver   United States
Kermit Zarley   United States

Source:[9]

Second roundEdit

Friday, August 9, 1974

Place Player Country Score To par
1 John Schlee   United States 68-67=135 −5
2 Hubert Green   United States 68-68=136 −4
T3 Bobby Cole   South Africa 69-68=137 −3
Gary Player   South Africa 73-64=137
5 Jack Nicklaus   United States 69-69=138 −2
6 Lee Trevino   United States 73-66=139 −1
T7 Tommy Aaron   United States 73-67=140 E
Frank Beard   United States 73-67=140
Raymond Floyd   United States 68-72=140
Al Geiberger   United States 70-70=140
Leonard Thompson   United States 69-71=140
Sam Snead   United States 69-71=140

Source:[10]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, August 10, 1974

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Lee Trevino   United States 73-66-68=207 −3
T2 Bobby Cole   South Africa 69-68-71=208 −2
Jack Nicklaus   United States 69-69-70=208
T4 Frank Beard   United States 73-67-69=209 −1
Hubert Green   United States 68-68-73=209
T6 Dave Hill   United States 74-69-67=210 E
Gary Player   South Africa 73-64-73=210
John Schlee   United States 68-67-75=210
Leonard Thompson   United States 69-71-70=210
10 Sam Snead   United States 69-71-71=211 +1

Source:[11]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, August 11, 1974

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Lee Trevino   United States 73-66-68-69=276 −4 45,000
2 Jack Nicklaus   United States 69-69-70-69=277 −3 25,700
T3 Bobby Cole   South Africa 69-68-71-71=279 −1 10,957
Hubert Green   United States 68-68-73-70=279
Dave Hill   United States 74-69-67-69=279
Sam Snead   United States 69-71-71-68=279
7 Gary Player   South Africa 73-64-73-70=280 E 7,200
8 Al Geiberger   United States 70-70-75-66=281 +1 6,635
T9 Don Bies   United States 73-71-68-70=282 +2 5,850
John Mahaffey   United States 72-72-71-67=282

Source:[1][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "'Super' Lee notches PGA". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. August 12, 1974. p. 12.
  2. ^ a b "Tournament Info for: 1974 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Dan (August 19, 1974). "He left them laughing". Sports Illustrated. p. 14.
  4. ^ a b Gundelfinger, Phil (August 12, 1974). "Trevino holds off Nicklaus to win PGA". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 18.
  5. ^ "Tanglewood Park: golf". Forsyth County. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  6. ^ "Nixon Resigns". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. August 9, 1974. p. 1.
  7. ^ a b "1974 PGA Championship". databasegolf.com. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  8. ^ "Scoreboard, Golf: PGA". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. August 10, 1974. p. 3B.
  9. ^ "Swinging Sam still firing birds". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 9, 1974. p. 1D.
  10. ^ "Player chases Schlee in PGA". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 10, 1974. p. 1B.
  11. ^ "Player ignores comedian's antics". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 11, 1974. p. 3C.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
1974 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1975 Masters

Coordinates: 35°59′35″N 80°24′18″W / 35.993°N 80.405°W / 35.993; -80.405