St. Petersburg Open PGA Tour Tournament

The St. Petersburg Open is a former PGA Tour golf tournament, part of the tour's contingent of Florida events from the 1930s into the 1960s.

First played: 1930

Last played: 1964

In his victory here in 1961, Bob Goalby became the first player in PGA Tour history to sink eight consecutive birdies. It happened in his final round 65, and it didn't happen again until 1976. Goalby also set the tournament's 72 hole scoring record that year with a 261 winning total.

When Raymond Floyd won in 1963 (his first victory on tour), he was 20 years, 6 months old, the youngest PGA Tour winner to that point in the post-World War II era. The final champ, Bruce Devlin, also earned his first PGA Tour win here.

Sam Snead had the tournament record for wins with three. The largest margin of victory was eight strokes by Jack Burke Jr. in 1952.

Also known as: St. Petersburg Open Invitational

Winners of the St. Petersburg Open

1964 — Bruce Devlin, 272
1963 — Raymond Floyd, 274
1962 — Bobby Nichols, 272
1961 — Bob Goalby, 261
1960 — George Bayer, 282 (defeated Jack Fleck in playoff)
1959 — Cary Middlecoff, 275
1958 — Arnold Palmer, 276
1957 — Pete Cooper, 269
1956 — Mike Fetchick, 275 (def. Lionel Hebert in playoff)
1955 — Cary Middlecoff, 274
1954 — Not played
1953 — Dutch Harrison, 266
1952 — Jack Burke Jr., 266
1951 — Jim Ferrier, 268
1950 — Jack Burke Jr., 272
1949 — Pete Cooper, 275
1948 — Lawson Little, 272
1947 — Jimmy Demaret, 280
1946 — Ben Hogan, 269
1943-45 — Not played
1942 — Sam Snead, 286
1941 — Sam Snead, 279
1940 — Jimmy Demaret, 211 (54 holes)
1939 — Sam Snead, 207 (54 holes, def. Henry Picard in playoff)
1938 — Johnny Revolta, 282 (def. Chandler Harper in playoff)
1937 — Harry Cooper, 284 (def. Ralph Guldahl, Horton Smith in playoff)
1936 — Leonard Dodson, 283 (def. Harry Cooper in playoff)
1935 — Not played
1934 — Paul Runyan, 141 (36 holes)
1933 — Bob Stupple, 144 (36 holes)
1932 — Willie Macfarlane, 209 (54 holes)
1931 — Not played
1930 — Jock Collins, 141 (36 holes)

Golf Courses: The tournament was played a three courses over its lifespan: St. Petersburg Country Club, Pasadena Country Club and Sunset Golf Club.

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