1962 PGA Championship Results

The 1962 PGA Championship was the 44th edition of this major, staged by the PGA of America. One member of what was soon called "the Big 3" won the title, while another made his tournament debut.

Winner: Gary Player, 278

Where it was played: Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

Tournament dates: July 19-22, 1962

Leader after first round: John Barnum, 66

Leader after second round: Doug Ford, 138

Leader after third round: Gary Player, 208

What Happened at the 1962 PGA Championship

Gary Player held off a late challenge from Bob Goalby to win the first of his two titles at the PGA Championship. It was Player's third major victory to this point in this career.

Player began the final round with a two-stroke lead over second-place George Bayer and Bob McCallister. Goalby, four behind at the start of the day, birdied the 14th and 16th holes of the final round to get within one. But Player and Goalby both parred the final two holes, giving Player the one-stroke win at 2-under 278. Bayer wound up third, sharing it with a professional rookie — Jack Nicklaus. It was Nicklaus' first appearance in the PGA Championship, a major he went on to win a record-tying five times. (McCallister was not a factor in the final round.)

Player had already won the 1959 British Open and the 1961 Masters, making his win here the third leg of his career grand slam. He completed that slam when he won the 1965 U.S. Open.

Making his final appearance in a PGA — and his final cut in any major — was three-time major champion Cary Middlecoff. Middlecoff went out in style, finishing tied for 15th. His second-round 66 tied for low round of the tournament.

1962 PGA Championship Final Scores

Gary Player 72-67-69-70—278
Bob Goalby 69-72-71-67—279
George Bayer 69-70-71-71—281
Jack Nicklaus 71-74-69-67—281
Doug Ford 69-69-73-71—282
Bobby Nichols 72-70-71-70—283
Jack Fleck 74-69-70-71—284
Paul Harney 70-73-72-69—284
Dave Ragan 72-74-70-68—284
Jay Hebert 73-72-70-70—285
Julius Boros 73-69-74-70—286
Dow Finsterwald 73-70-70-73—286
Chick Harbert 68-76-69-73—286
Bob McCallister 74-66-70-76—286
Cary Middlecoff 73-66-74-74—287
Doug Sanders 76-69-73-69—287
Jack Burke Jr. 73-69-71-75—288
Bruce Crampton 76-73-67-72—288
Billy Farrell 73-71-73-71—288
Arnold Palmer 71-72-73-72—288
Sam Snead 75-70-71-72—288
Frank Stranahan 69-73-72-74—288
Fred Haas Jr. 75-71-74-69—289
Tommy Jacobs 73-73-73-70—289
Gene Littler 73-75-72-69—289
Art Wall 72-75-71-71—289
Joe Campbell 70-74-74-73—291
Don January 70-74-72-75—291
Johnny Pott 71-77-71-72—291
Tommy Bolt 72-74-72-74—292
Pete Cooper 73-71-74-74—292
Buster Cupit 76-70-76-70—292
Wes Ellis Jr. 75-72-73-72—292
Dick Hart 70-73-76-73—292
Ted Kroll 73-70-76-73—292
Shelley Mayfield 74-70-74-74—292
Tom Nieporte 75-75-69-73—292
Don Whitt 74-73-70-75—292
Walter Burkemo 72-75-72-74—293
Jim Ferrier 72-71-73-77—293
Eric Monti 76-74-71-72—293
Al Nelson 79-70-72-72—293
Mike Souchak 75-73-72-73—293
Claude Harmon 73-73-75-73—294
Howie Johnson 75-75-72-72—294
Bob Kay 76-73-72-73—294
Marty Furgol 71-71-74-79—295
Bob Gajda 71-74-77-73—295
Bill Johnston 74-72-72-77—295
Pat Schwab 76-75-71-73—295
Billy Casper 74-76-70-76—296
Gardner Dickinson 73-74-75-74—296
George Knudson 72-75-74-75—296
Dave Marr 71-72-77-76—296
Ken Venturi 73-72-77-74—296
Bill Collins 73-71-74-79—297
John Barnum 66-74-77-81—298
Vic Ghezzi 76-69-74-79—298
Bob Ross 72-74-75-77—298
James Stamps 72-72-75-79—298

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