3/17/1963: Raymond Floyd wins his 1st PGA Tour title at the St. Petersburg Open

Raymond Floyd

Raymond Floyd takes St. Pete’s at 20 years old

On this date, Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd won his first PGA Tour event at the St. Petersburg Open.   In his first four months on tour,  Floyd hadn’t won a dollar, but after March 17th, 1963 he was $3,500 richer.  He won the event at 20 years 6 months of age becoming the youngest player to win a PGA Tour event since 1928.

Floyd shot a five under par, 67 in the first round then slid to a 71 in the second.  He bounced back with another 67 in the third before scrambling to victory on the final day.  He shot a 69 the final day to edge the third round leader Dave Marr by one stroke.  Floyd said of his final round…

“I came in here at the beginning of the week just trying to make a cut”…”I hit the ball terribly today, but I scrambled so good.”

-Ray Floyd

While Floyd had much fortune with his scrambling, Dave Marr was having an even tougher time in the final round.  After having a three stroke advantage on the rookie Floyd, he lost it by the back nine.  Starting the back he was one over par and couldn’t do much but watch the youngster stroll to the win.  Marr eventually fluttered to a disappointing 73 on the Lakewood Country Club layout.

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