1981 PGA Championship: Home-Field Advantage

The 1981 PGA Championship was the 63rd time the tournament was played. It was a home-field victory for the champ.

Winner: Larry Nelson, 273

Where it was played: Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course) in Duluth, Georgia

Tournament dates: August 6-9, 1981

Leader after first round: Bob Murphy, 66

Leader after second round: Bob Murphy, 135

Leader after third round: Larry Nelson, 202

Notable Notes: Larry Nelson, who lived near the course, trailed the 36-hole leader by one stroke, but outplayed everyone on the weekend. Nelson seized the tournament with a 66 in the third round, then followed with a solid 71 to close. His margin of victory was four strokes. It was the first of Nelson's three career wins in majors.

Final Scores

Larry Nelson 70-66-66-71—273
Fuzzy Zoeller 70-68-68-71—277
Dan Pohl 69-67-73-69—278
Bruce Lietzke 70-70-71-68—279
Jack Nicklaus 71-68-71-69—279
Keith Fergus 71-71-69-68—279
Tom Kite 71-67-69-72—279
Greg Norman 73-67-68-71—279
Bob Gilder 74-69-70-66—279
Isao Aoki 75-68-66-70—279
Jerry Pate 71-68-70-71—280
Vance Heafner 68-70-70-72—280
Andy North 68-69-70-73—280
Tommy Valentine 73-70-71-66—280
J.C. Snead 70-71-70-70—281
David Edwards 71-69-70-72—282
Hale Irwin 71-74-68-69—282
Bob Murphy 66-69-73-75—283
Don January 70-72-70-72—284
Raymond Floyd 71-70-71-72—284
Tom Purtzer 70-70-73-71—284
John Cook 72-69-70-73—284
Joe Inman 73-71-67-73—284
Gil Morgan 70-69-74-71—284
Jay Haas 73-68-74-69—284
Don Pooley 74-70-69-71—284
Tom Weiskopf 71-72-72-70—285
Hubert Green 71-74-71-69—285
Curtis Strange 73-72-74-66—285
Peter Jacobsen 74-71-71-69—285
Bill Rogers 72-75-66-72—285
Bobby Clampett 75-71-70-69—285
Seve Ballesteros 71-73-72-70—286
Ed Fiori 73-73-67-73—286
Mark Hayes 70-74-68-74—286
Greg Powers 70-70-74-72—286
Lanny Wadkins 70-71-74-71—286
Bob Eastwood 67-69-72-78—286
Jim Thorpe 71-72-72-72—287
D.A. Weibring 71-74-74-68—287
Terry Diehl 72-74-71-70—287
Lon Hinkle 69-76-69-73—287
Calvin Peete 74-71-74-69—288
Howard Twitty 74-71-74-69—288
Dave Stockton 70-75-70-73—288
Bruce Fleisher 73-72-68-75—288
Rod Curl 75-72-69-72—288
David Graham 75-69-74-70—288
Jack Renner 74-70-73-72—289
Wayne Levi 70-71-73-75—289
Gary Player 75-72-71-71—289
Lee Elder 75-71-74-69—289
Ron Streck 69-77-75-68—289
Rex Caldwell 68-72-71-78—289
Doug Tewell 71-73-76-70—290
Tom Jenkins 73-73-73-72—291
Mark McCumber 70-74-73-74—291
Mike Sullivan 70-72-74-75—291
Jim Colbert 72-75-71-73—291
Mark Lye 67-76-74-74—291
Don Padgett 74-71-73-74—292
Leonard Thompson 75-72-71-74—292
Roger Maltbie 69-78-76-69—292
Mike Morley 72-71-71-78—292
Danny Edwards 73-71-70-78—292
John Fought 74-71-78-69—292
Bobby Wadkins 73-74-72-74—293
Al Geiberger 73-74-77-69—293
Barry Jaeckel 72-74-69-78—293
George Burns 74-71-74-75—294
Ed Sneed 71-75-72-76—294
Mark O'Meara 72-71-74-77—294
George Cadle 74-72-74-75—295
Charles Coody 69-74-78-75—296
John Jackson 75-70-76-76—297
Arnold Palmer 74-73-74-77—298
Bruce Summerhays 73-74-75-80—302
David Glenz 72-73-77-84—306

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