1981 PGA Championship

The 1981 PGA Championship was the 63rd PGA Championship, held August 6–9 at Atlanta Athletic Club in Duluth, Georgia, a suburb northeast of Atlanta. Larry Nelson won the first of his three major titles, four strokes ahead of runner-up Fuzzy Zoeller.[3][4]

1981 PGA Championship
Tournament information
DatesAugust 6–9, 1981
LocationDuluth, Georgia
Course(s)Atlanta Athletic Club,
Highlands Course
Organized byPGA of America
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par70
Length7,070 yards (6,465 m)
Field147 players, 78 after cut[1]
Cut147 (+7)[2]
Prize fund$401,050
Winner's share$60,000
Champion
United States Larry Nelson
273 (−7)
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Lee Trevino, 1974 champion, did not sign his scorecard after an opening round 74 and was disqualified after turning himself in.[5][6] Bob Murphy led after each of the first two rounds,[7][8] but was 8-over on the weekend and finished ten strokes back in 18th place.[3] After a second consecutive 66 on Saturday, Nelson held the 54-hole lead, four strokes ahead of Zoeller[9]

Tom Watson was the PGA Tour money list leader in August 1981, but missed the cut by a stroke.[8]

It was the second major held at the Highlands Course, which hosted the U.S. Open in 1976. The PGA Championship returned in 2001 and 2011.

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 1975, 1980
71 68 71 69 279 −1 T4
Raymond Floyd   United States 1969 71 70 71 72 284 +4 T19
Don January   United States 1967 70 72 70 72 284 +4 T19
Lanny Wadkins   United States 1977 70 71 74 71 286 +6 T33
David Graham   Australia 1979 75 69 74 70 288 +8 T43
Dave Stockton   United States 1970, 1976 70 75 70 73 288 +8 T43
Gary Player   South Africa 1962, 1972 75 72 71 71 289 +9 T49
Al Geiberger   United States 1966 73 74 77 69 293 +13 T67

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Lionel Hebert   United States 1957 73 77 150 +10
John Mahaffey   United States 1978 76 75 151 +11
Bobby Nichols   United States 1964 77 79 156 +16
Doug Ford   United States 1955 79 WD
Sam Snead   United States 1942, 1949, 1951 79 WD
Lee Trevino   United States 1974 74 DQ [5][6]

Source:[1][10]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, August 6, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bob Murphy   United States 66 −4
T2 Bob Eastwood   United States 67 −3
Mark Lye   United States
T4 Rex Caldwell   United States 68 −2
Vance Heafner   United States
Andy North   United States
T7 Charles Coody   United States 69 −1
Lon Hinkle   United States
Roger Maltbie   United States
Dan Pohl   United States
Ron Streck   United States

Source:[11]

Second roundEdit

Friday, August 7, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bob Murphy   United States 66-69=135 −5
T2 Bob Eastwood   United States 67-69=136 −4
Larry Nelson   United States 70-66=136
Dan Pohl   United States 69-67=136
5 Andy North   United States 69-68=137 −3
T6 Vance Heafner   United States 68-70=138 −2
Tom Kite   United States 71-67=138
Fuzzy Zoeller   United States 70-68=138
T9 Gil Morgan   United States 70-69=139 −1
Jack Nicklaus   United States 71-68=139
Jerry Pate   United States 71-68=139

Source:[10]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, August 8, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Larry Nelson   United States 70-66-66=202 −8
2 Fuzzy Zoeller   United States 70-68-68=206 −4
T3 Tom Kite   United States 71-67-69=207 −3
Andy North   United States 69-68-70=207
T5 Bob Eastwood   United States 67-69-72=208 −2
Vance Heafner   United States 68-70-70=208
Bob Murphy   United States 66-69-73=208
Greg Norman   Australia 73-67-68=208
T9 Isao Aoki   Japan 75-68-66=209 −1
Jerry Pate   United States 71-68-70=209
Dan Pohl   United States 69-67-73=209

Source:[12]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, August 9, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Larry Nelson   United States 70-66-66-71=273 −7 60,000
2 Fuzzy Zoeller   United States 70-68-68-71=277 −3 40,000
3 Dan Pohl   United States 69-67-73-69=278 −2 25,000
T4 Isao Aoki   Japan 75-68-66-70=279 −1 13,146
Keith Fergus   United States 71-71-69-68=279
Bob Gilder   United States 74-69-70-66=279
Tom Kite   United States 71-67-69-72=279
Bruce Lietzke   United States 70-70-71-68=279
Jack Nicklaus   United States 71-68-71-69=279
Greg Norman   Australia 73-67-68-71=279

Source:[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "1981 PGA Championship". databasegolf.com. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  2. ^ "Tournament Info for: 1981 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Kindred, Dave (August 9, 1981). "Nelson tears up 'choke' label and PGA". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (Washington Post). p. 1C.
  4. ^ Jenkins, Dan (August 17, 1981). "A drive down easy street". Sports Illustrated. p. 48.
  5. ^ a b "Golf's honest men". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. wire services. August 7, 1981. p. 2D.
  6. ^ a b Parascenzo, Marino (August 7, 1981). "Trevino disqualified, Murphy leads PGA". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 11.
  7. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (August 8, 1981). "Murphy grabs slim PGA lead". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 9.
  8. ^ a b "Murphy's fat, happy, and leading". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 8, 1981. p. 1B.
  9. ^ "Nelson's 66 captures PGA lead". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. UPI. August 9, 1981. p. 1B.
  10. ^ a b "Murphy's fat, happy and leading". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 8, 1981. p. 1B.
  11. ^ Kindred, Dave (August 7, 1981). "Murphy's accuracy pays off". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (Washington Post). p. 1D.
  12. ^ "Nelson's 66 captures PGA lead". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. UPI. August 9, 1981. p. 1B.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
1981 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1982 Masters

Coordinates: 34°00′14″N 84°11′35″W / 34.004°N 84.193°W / 34.004; -84.193