1974 PGA Championship
|Dates||August 8–11, 1974|
|Location||Clemmons, North Carolina|
|Organized by||PGA of America|
|Length||7,050 yards (6,447 m)|
|Field||141 players, 78 after cut|
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. 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. It was the first year since 1969 in which Nicklaus did not win a major championship, but he regained the title the following year.
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. Tanglewood is a county-owned facility in Forsyth County.
This championship coincided with the resignation of President Nixon, who left office on Friday.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|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 cut
|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|
Thursday, August 8, 1974
Friday, August 9, 1974
|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|
Saturday, August 10, 1974
|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|
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|
- "'Super' Lee notches PGA". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. August 12, 1974. p. 12.
- "Tournament Info for: 1974 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
- Jenkins, Dan (August 19, 1974). "He left them laughing". Sports Illustrated. p. 14.
- Gundelfinger, Phil (August 12, 1974). "Trevino holds off Nicklaus to win PGA". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 18.
- "Tanglewood Park: golf". Forsyth County. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
- "Nixon Resigns". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. August 9, 1974. p. 1.
- "1974 PGA Championship". databasegolf.com. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
- "Scoreboard, Golf: PGA". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. August 10, 1974. p. 3B.
- "Swinging Sam still firing birds". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 9, 1974. p. 1D.
- "Player chases Schlee in PGA". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 10, 1974. p. 1B.
- "Player ignores comedian's antics". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 11, 1974. p. 3C.
1974 Open Championship
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