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1983 PGA Championship

The 1983 PGA Championship was the 65th PGA Championship, held August 4–7 at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, California. Hal Sutton led wire-to-wire to win his only major title, one stroke ahead of runner-up Jack Nicklaus, a five-time champion.[2] Nicklaus shot a final round 66 (−5) for his 19th and final runner-up finish in a major championship.[3] Sutton was under scrutiny as he entered the weekend; two weeks earlier in Virginia, he had a six-shot lead after 54 holes, shot a final round 77, and finished third.[4]

1983 PGA Championship
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Finishing hole at Riviera Country Club
Tournament information
DatesAugust 4–7, 1983
LocationLos Angeles, California
Course(s)Riviera Country Club
Organized byPGA of America
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par71
Length6,946 yards (6,351 m)
Field150 players, 87 after cut[1]
Cut147 (+5)
Prize fund$600,000
Winner's share$100,000
Champion
United States Hal Sutton
274 (−10)
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Riviera CC is located in the United States
Riviera CC
Riviera CC
Location in the United States
Riviera CC is located in California
Riviera CC
Riviera CC
Location in California

It was the second major at Riviera, following the U.S. Open in 1948, won by Ben Hogan. The PGA Championship returned to the course in 1995, and it hosts a regular event on the PGA Tour, originally known as the Los Angeles Open.

Only the third PGA Championship in California, it was preceded by 1929 in Los Angeles at Hillcrest and 1977 at Pebble Beach. The 1962 event was originally awarded to Brentwood in L.A., but was moved to Philadelphia at Aronimink.[5][6]

This was the first major championship to award a six-figure winner's share, $100,000, up substantially from the $65,000 of the previous year. The first five-figure winner's share in a major was the 1958 Masters and the 2001 Masters was the first to break seven figures.

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
73 65 71 66 275 −9 2
Lee Trevino   United States 1974 70 68 74 71 283 −1 T14
David Graham   Australia 1979 70 69 74 70 283 −1 T14
Raymond Floyd   United States 1969, 1982 69 75 71 69 284 E T20
Larry Nelson   United States 1981 72 68 68 80 288 +4 T36
Bobby Nichols   United States 1964 75 69 74 70 288 +4 T36
Gary Player   South Africa 1962, 1972 74 68 73 74 289 +5 T42

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
John Mahaffey   United States 1978 77 72 149 +7
Al Geiberger   United States 1966 74 75 149 +7
Lanny Wadkins   United States 1977 70 80 150 +8
Dave Stockton   United States 1970, 1976 78 74 152 +10
Jerry Barber   United States 1961 80 83 163 +21

Source:[7]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, August 4, 1983

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Hal Sutton   United States 65 −6
T2 Scott Simpson   United States 66 −5
Buddy Whitten   United States
T4 Danny Edwards   United States 67 −4
John Fought   United States
Bruce Lietzke   United States
T7 Ben Crenshaw   United States 68 −3
Keith Fergus   United States
Jay Haas   United States
Pat McGowan   United States
Jim Thorpe   United States

Source:[8]

Second roundEdit

Friday, August 5, 1983

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Hal Sutton   United States 65-66=131 −11
2 Ben Crenshaw   United States 68-66=134 −8
3 Pat McGowan   United States 68-67=135 −7
T4 John Fought   United States 67-69=136 −6
Gibby Gilbert   United States 70-66=136
Buddy Whitten   United States 66-70=136
T7 Keith Fergus   United States 68-70=138 −4
Bruce Lietzke   United States 67-71=138
Jack Nicklaus   United States 73-65=138
Lee Trevino   United States 70-68=138

Source:[9]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, August 6, 1983

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Hal Sutton   United States 65-66-72=203 −10
2 Ben Crenshaw   United States 68-66-71=205 −8
3 John Fought   United States 67-69-71=207 −6
T4 Bruce Lietzke   United States 67-71-70=208 −5
Pat McGowan   United States 68-67-73=208
Larry Nelson   United States 68-67-73=208
T7 Jay Haas   United States 68-72-69=209 −4
Jack Nicklaus   United States 73-65-71=209
Scott Simpson   United States 66-73-70=209
Buddy Whitten   United States 66-70-73=209

Source:[10]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, August 7, 1983

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Hal Sutton   United States 65-66-72-71=274 −10 100,000
2 Jack Nicklaus   United States 73-65-71-66=275 −9 60,000
3 Peter Jacobsen   United States 73-70-68-65=276 −8 40,000
4 Pat McGowan   United States 68-67-73-69=277 −7 30,000
5 John Fought   United States 67-69-71-71=278 −6 25,000
T6 Bruce Lietzke   United States 67-71-70-71=279 −5 19,000
Fuzzy Zoeller   United States 72-71-67-69=279
8 Dan Pohl   United States 72-70-69-69=280 −4 16,000
T9 Ben Crenshaw   United States 68-66-71-77=282 −2 10,880
Jay Haas   United States 68-72-69-73=282
Mike Reid   United States 69-71-72-70=282
Scott Simpson   United States 66-73-70-73=282
Doug Tewell   United States 74-72-69-67=282

Source:[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tournament Info for: 1983 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  2. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (August 8, 1983). "Out of Bear's reach, Sutton wins PGA". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 21.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Dan (August 15, 1983). "There's a new bear on the loose". Sports Illustrated: 16.
  4. ^ "Peete wins from 6 back". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. July 25, 1983. p. 13.
  5. ^ "PGA opens its doors to Negroes, world golfers". Florence Times. Alabama. Associated Press. November 10, 1961. p. 4, section 2.
  6. ^ "PGA group abolishes 'Caucasian'". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Florida. Associated Press. November 10, 1961. p. 22.
  7. ^ a b "1983 PGA Championship". databasegolf.com. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  8. ^ "PGA Championship". Milwaukee Sentinel. August 5, 1983. p. 4, part 2.
  9. ^ "Golf: PGA Championship". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. August 6, 1983. p. 18.
  10. ^ Boswell, Thomas (August 7, 1983). "Can Sutton win the PGA?". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (Washington Post). p. 1B.

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