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The Sahara Invitational was a PGA Tour event that was played in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1958 to 1976. From 1958 to 1961 it was called the Sahara Pro-Am and was not an official PGA Tour event. It was played at Paradise Valley Country Club from 1970–1971; and at Sahara Nevada Country Club from 1972–1976. It was sponsored by the Sahara Hotel.

Jack Nicklaus won Sahara four times in a seven-year span. Future PGA Tour major champions, Tony Lema, Lanny Wadkins, and John Mahaffey, all made Sahara their first tour victory.

It was announced on November 4, 1976 that the Sahara Invitational was being cancelled. Edward M. Nigro, Vice President and General Manager of Hotel Sahara, cited rising costs, scheduling conflicts, and a decline in the national promotion benefit as the reasons for the tournament's cancellation.[1] The Las Vegas Founders returned the PGA Tour to Las Vegas in 1983 with the Panasonic Las Vegas Pro Celebrity Classic, a tournament that since 2007 has been organised by the Shriners Hospitals for Children.


Sahara Invitational

Year Winner Country Score To par
1976 George Archer   United States 271 −13
1975 Dave Hill   United States 270 −14
1974 Al Geiberger   United States 273 −11
1973 John Mahaffey   United States 271 −13
1972 Lanny Wadkins   United States 273 −11
1971 Lee Trevino   United States 280 −8
1970 Babe Hiskey   United States 276 −12
1969 Jack Nicklaus   United States 272 −12
1968 Chi-Chi Rodríguez   Puerto Rico 274 −10
1967 Jack Nicklaus   United States 270 −14
1966 Jack Nicklaus   United States 282 −2
1965 Billy Casper   United States 269 −15
1964 R. H. Sikes   United States 275 −9
1963 Jack Nicklaus   United States 276 −8
1962 Tony Lema   United States 270 −14

Sahara Pro-Am

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