1965 PGA Championship Winner and Scores

The 1965 PGA Championship was the 47th edition of this major, staged by the PGA of America. Dave Marr won the title over a pair of superstar runners-up.

Winner: Dave Marr, 280

Where it was played: Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania

Tournament dates: August 12-15, 1965

Leader after first round: Tommy Aaron, 66

Leader after second round: Tommy Aaron, 137

Leader after third round: Tommy Aaron and Dave Marr, 209

What Happened in the 1965 PGA Championship

The co-leaders after the third round were Tommy Aaron and Dave Marr. Aaron had not yet won on the PGA Tour, while Marr had just two victories. And Marr is the one who held his nerve in the final round. Aaron got off to a poor start and shot 40 on the front nine en route to a 78.

Marr played steady, if unspectacular, golf. On the final hole, after hitting a poor drive with a 2-stroke lead, Marr chose to lay up out of a bunker short of the green, which was fronted by water. He then pitched over the water and sank the putt, making par the hard way for a 71 and the trophy.

More impressive about Marr's victory was the pair of golfers who finished tied for second place, two strokes behind him: superstars Jack Nicklaus and Billy Casper. They began the final round tied for fourth place, two strokes behind, but couldn't make up any ground. Nicklaus and Casper, like Marr, carded 71s in the final round. Nicklaus won the PGA Championship five times, and this was the second of four times he finished runner-up in this major.

Marr won only three times total on the PGA Tour in his career, and this was the last of those wins. Marr's father was a PGA professional, and with this win Marr became the fourth son of a PGA pro to win the PGA Championship. (The first was Chick Harbert in 1954.) Aaron, who fell to eighth place, went on to win the 1973 Masters.

Fifty-three-year-old Ben Hogan finished tied for 15th in his final appearance in the PGA Championship. Jack Burke Jr., who won two majors including the 1956 PGA Championship, tied for eighth — his final Top 10 finish in any major. Another 2-time major winner (including the 1939 PGA Championship), Henry Picard, missed the cut in his final appearance in the PGA Championship.

1965 PGA Championship Final Scores

Dave Marr 70-69-70-71—280
Billy Casper 70-70-71-71—282
Jack Nicklaus 69-70-72-71—282
Bo Wininger 73-72-72-66—283
Gardner Dickinson 67-74-69-74—284
Bruce Devlin 68-75-72-70—285
Sam Snead 68-75-70-72—285
Tommy Aaron 66-71-72-78—287
Jack Burke Jr. 75-71-72-69—287
Jacky Cupit 72-76-70-69—287
Rod Funseth 75-72-69-71—287
Bob McCallister 76-68-70-73—287
Wes Ellis Jr. 73-76-70-69—288
R.H. Sikes 71-71-71-75—288
Ben Hogan 72-75-70-72—289
Mike Souchak 70-72-77-70—289
Julius Boros 75-72-73-70—290
Raymond Floyd 68-73-72-77—290
Al Geiberger 74-71-71-75—291
Bruce Crampton 77-74-70-71—292
Jack Fleck 76-71-72-73—292
Doug Ford 73-70-77-72—292
Gordon Jones 72-76-71-73—292
George Knudson 75-69-73-75—292
Kel Nagle 74-75-71-72—292
Mason Rudolph 67-76-75-74—292
Doug Sanders 71-73-74-74—292
Don Bies 71-71-75-76—293
Gay Brewer 75-70-73-75—293
Paul Kelly 76-71-75-71—293
Gene Littler 78-70-70-75—293
Johnny Pott 76-70-74-73—293
Manuel De La Torre 72-73-74-75—294
Ed Furgol 73-74-72-75—294
Paul Harney 74-74-72-74—294
Al Mengert 75-76-75-68—294
Arnold Palmer 72-75-74-73—294
Gary Player 74-72-74-74—294
Dave Ragan 73-73-78-70—294
Charles Sifford 73-75-71-75—294
Walter Burkemo 72-77-73-73—295
Bob Charles 75-75-73-72—295
Dale Douglass 72-76-74-74—296
Billy Maxwell 71-75-74-76—296
Frank Beard 74-74-72-77—297
Billy Farrell 76-75-75-71—297
Dick Hart 72-77-72-76—297
Dan Sikes 74-75-73-75—297
Vic Ghezzi 73-77-74-74—298
Lionel Hebert 73-73-76-76—298
Vince Sullivan 72-73-79-74—298
Chuck Courtney 70-76-76-77—299
Steve Reid 76-75-73-75—299
Billy Capps 77-74-75-74—300
Bob Crowley 78-72-74-76—300
Jay Hebert 72-73-78-77—300
Bobby Nichols 74-75-77-74—300
Tom Nieporte 75-74-83-68—300
Fred Wampler 74-74-76-76—300
Jim Ferree 75-75-77-74—301
George Archer 74-74-78-76—302
Tony Lema 71-76-75-80—302
Dow Finsterwald 73-78-77-75—303
Ed Griffiths 73-75-75-80—303
Ted Kroll 73-75-77-78—303
Dick Marshall 74-73-84-72—303
T.R. Sleichter 77-71-78-77—303
Mike Fetchick 76-74-75-79—304
Bob Goalby 75-74-77-78—304
Jon Gustin 73-77-78-76—304
Chi Chi Rodriguez 72-77-77-79—305
Huston Leclair 77-74-75-79—305
Mike Krak 71-80-76-79—306
Roland Stafford 76-74-74-82—306
Hubby Habjan 78-71-75-83—307
Larry Bartosek 75-75-80-80—310

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