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The 1981 PGA Tour season was played from January 8 to October 25, with 44 official money events. Bill Rogers won the most tournaments, four, and there were five first-time winners. The tournament results, leaders, and award winners are listed below.

The tour changed its name to the "TPA Tour" in late August, for the "Tournament Players Association".[1][2] After less than seven months, it reverted to the "PGA Tour" in mid-March 1982.[3][4]

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Tournament resultsEdit

The following table shows all the official money events for the 1981 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 Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
Jan 11 Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open Arizona   Johnny Miller (20) 265 (−15) 300,000 54,000
Jan 18 Bob Hope Desert Classic California   Bruce Lietzke (6) 335 (−25) 250,000 50,000
Jan 25 Phoenix Open Arizona   David Graham (6) 268 (−16) 300,000 54,000
Feb 2 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am California   John Cook (1) 209 (−7) 225,000 40,500
Feb 8 Wickes-Andy Williams San Diego Open California   Bruce Lietzke (7) 278 (−10) 250,000 45,000
Feb 14 Hawaiian Open Hawaii   Hale Irwin (12) 265 (−23) 325,000 58,500
Feb 22 Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open California   Johnny Miller (21) 270 (−14) 300,000 54,000
Mar 1 Bay Hill Classic Florida   Andy Bean (7) 266 (−18) 300,000 54,000
Mar 8 American Motors Inverrary Classic Florida   Tom Kite (3) 274 (−14) 300,000 54,000
Mar 15 Doral-Eastern Open Florida   Raymond Floyd (13) 273 (−15) 250,000 45,000
Mar 23 Tournament Players Championship Florida   Raymond Floyd (14) 285 (−3) 400,000 72,000
Mar 29 Sea Pines Heritage South Carolina   Bill Rogers (2) 278 (−6) 300,000 54,000
Apr 5 Greater Greensboro Open North Carolina   Larry Nelson (4) 281 (−7) 300,000 54,000
Apr 12 Masters Tournament Georgia   Tom Watson (26) 280 (−8) 365,000 60,000
Apr 19 Tallahassee Open Florida   Dave Eichelberger (4) 271 (−17) 100,000 18,000
Apr 19 MONY Tournament of Champions California   Lee Trevino (28) 273 (−15) 300,000 54,000
Apr 26 USF&G New Orleans Open Louisiana   Tom Watson (27) 270 (−18) 350,000 63,000
May 2 Michelob-Houston Open Texas   Ron Streck (2) 198 (−15) 262,500 47,250
May 10 Byron Nelson Golf Classic Texas   Bruce Lietzke (8) 281 (+1) 300,000 54,000
May 17 Colonial National Invitation Texas   Fuzzy Zoeller (3) 274 (−6) 300,000 54,000
May 24 Memorial Tournament Ohio   Keith Fergus (1) 284 (−4) 350,000 63,000
May 31 Kemper Open Maryland   Craig Stadler (3) 270 (−18) 400,000 72,000
Jun 7 Atlanta Classic Georgia   Tom Watson (28) 277 (−11) 300,000 54,000
Jun 14 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic New York   Raymond Floyd (15) 275 (−9) 400,000 72,000
Jun 21 U.S. Open Pennsylvania   David Graham (7) 273 (−7) 360,000 55,000
Jun 28 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic Tennessee   Jerry Pate (6) 274 (−14) 300,000 54,000
Jul 5 Western Open Illinois   Ed Fiori (2) 277 (−11) 300,000 54,000
Jul 12 Greater Milwaukee Open Wisconsin   Jay Haas (2) 274 (−14) 250,000 45,000
Jul 19 British Open England   Bill Rogers (3) 276 (−4) 400,000 50,000
Jul 19 Quad Cities Open Illinois   Dave Barr (1) 270 (−10) 200,000 36,000
Jul 26 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic Virginia   John Mahaffey (6) 276 (−8) 300,000 54,000
Aug 2 Canadian Open Canada   Peter Oosterhuis (1) 280 (−4) 425,000 76,500
Aug 9 PGA Championship Georgia   Larry Nelson (5) 273 (−7) 400,000 60,000
Aug 16 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open Connecticut   Hubert Green (17) 264 (−20) 300,000 54,000
Aug 23 Buick Open Michigan   Hale Irwin (13) 277 (−11) 350,000 63,000
Aug 30 World Series of Golf Ohio   Bill Rogers (4) 275 (−5) 400,000 100,000
Sep 6 B.C. Open New York   Jay Haas (3) 270 (−14) 275,000 49,500
Sep 13 Pleasant Valley Jimmy Fund Classic Massachusetts   Jack Renner (2) 273 (−11) 300,000 54,000
Sep 20 LaJet Classic Texas   Tom Weiskopf (15) 278 (−10) 350,000 63,000
Sep 27 Hall of Fame North Carolina   Morris Hatalsky (1) 275 (−9) 250,000 45,000
Oct 1 Texas Open Texas   Bill Rogers (5) 266 (−14) 250,000 45,000
Oct 11 Southern Open Georgia   J. C. Snead (7) 271 (−9) 200,000 36,000
Oct 18 Pensacola Open Florida   Jerry Pate (7) 271 (−17) 200,000 36,000
Oct 25 Walt Disney World National Team Championship Florida   Vance Heafner (1)
  Mike Holland (1)
246 (−42) 400,000 36,000
(each)

Source:[5]

LeadersEdit

Scoring Average leaders

Rank Player Country Average
1 Tom Kite   United States 69.80
2 Bruce Lietzke   United States 70.01
3 Raymond Floyd   United States 70.20
4 Jerry Pate   United States 70.47
5 Curtis Strange   United States 70.60

Source:[6]

Money List leaders

Rank Player Country Earnings ($) Events Wins
1 Tom Kite   United States 375,699 26 1
2 Raymond Floyd   United States 359,360 23 3
3 Tom Watson   United States 347,660 21 3
4 Bruce Lietzke   United States 343,446 24 3
5 Bill Rogers   United States 315,411 26 4

Source:[7]

Career Money List leaders

Rank Player Country Earnings ($) Wins
1 Jack Nicklaus   United States 3,759,425 70
2 Lee Trevino   United States 2,608,792 28
3 Tom Watson   United States 2,549,900 28
4 Tom Weiskopf   United States 2,006,810 15
5 Hale Irwin   United States 1,966,373 13

Source:[8]

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pro golf tour changes name". The New York Times. August 31, 1981. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  2. ^ "Touring pros get new name - TPA". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. August 31, 1981. p. 2B.
  3. ^ "Tour changes its name again". The New York Times. March 20, 1982. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  4. ^ "Professional golf gets a new look". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. March 20, 1982. p. H10.
  5. ^ "1981 Schedule". PGA Tour.
  6. ^ "Scoring Average – 1981". PGA Tour.
  7. ^ "Money Leaders – 1981". PGA Tour.
  8. ^ "Career Money Leaders – 1981". PGA Tour.

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