1961 PGA Championship: Barber Cleans Up

The 1961 PGA Championship was the 43rd edition of this major, staged by the PGA of America., and a Barber won it.

Winner: Jerry Barber, 277

Where it was played: Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois

Tournament dates: July 27-31, 1961

Leader after first round: Art Wall, 67

Leader after second round: Jerry Barber, 136

Leader after third round: Don January, 205

Notable Notes: Jerry Barber made putts of 20, 40 and 60 feet over the final three holes of regulation to tie Don January - who had led by four strokes with three holes to play - and force a playoff. In the 18-hole playoff, Barber, age 45, beat the young January by one stroke, 67 to 68.

Final Scores

Jerry Barber 69-67-71-70—277
Don January 72-66-67-72—277
Doug Sanders 70-68-74-68—280
Ted Kroll 72-68-70-71—281
Wes Ellis Jr. 71-71-68-72—282
Doug Ford 69-73-74-66—282
Gene Littler 71-70-72-69—282
Arnold Palmer 73-72-69-68—282
Johnny Pott 71-73-67-71—282
Art Wall 67-72-73-70—282
Paul Harney 70-73-69-71—283
Cary Middlecoff 74-69-71-69—283
Jay Hebert 68-72-72-72—284
Walter Burkemo 71-71-73-70—285
Billy Casper 74-72-69-71—286
Bob Goalby 73-72-68-73—286
Ernie Vossler 68-72-71-75—286
Don Whitt 76-72-70-68—286
Gardner Dickinson 71-71-71-74—287
Jack Fleck 70-74-73-70—287
Bob Rosburg 70-71-73-73—287
George Bayer 73-71-72-72—288
Don Fairfield 70-71-74-73—288
Fred Hawkins 75-73-71-69—288
Dave Marr 72-74-73-69—288
Shelley Mayfield 70-74-72-72—288
Billy Maxwell 71-72-73-73—289
Sam Snead 72-71-71-75—289
Charles Bassler 73-73-72-72—290
Bob Keller 72-73-72-73—290
Al Mengert 72-74-72-72—290
Gary Player 72-74-71-73—290
Billy Farrell 75-72-72-72—291
Jon Gustin 75-72-75-69—291
Mac Hunter 74-71-73-73—291
Dave Ragan 73-72-73-73—291
Clarence Doser 71-75-73-73—292
Mason Rudolph 71-71-73-77—292
Ken Venturi 72-72-77-71—292
Lew Worsham 75-73-73-71—292
Manuel De La Torre 72-72-76-73—293
Dow Finsterwald 74-74-71-74—293
Bud Holscher 77-68-75-74—294
Jack McGowan 76-70-77-71—294
Buster Cupit 70-78-72-75—295
Jim Ferrier 73-73-77-72—295
Marty Furgol 71-74-72-78—295
Milon Marusic 75-73-74-73—295
Mike Souchak 72-72-74-77—295
Fred Haas Jr. 72-76-75-73—296
Charles Malchaski 72-73-77-74—296
Jack Burke Jr. 76-71-72-78—297
Chick Harbert 73-75-73-76—297
Tom Nieporte 75-72-75-75—297
Sam Bernardi 75-72-75-76—298
Pete Cooper 74-74-75-75—298
Johnny Bulla 74-73-77-76—300
Mike Krak 71-76-77-76—300
Sam Penecale 72-73-79-76—300
Bill Heinlein 69-77-79-76—301
Marshall Springer 74-71-77-80—302
J.L. McReynolds 73-74-79-78—304
Al Besselink 74-73-83-75—305
Leon Butler 75-72-77-84—308

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