Hal Sutton achieved his dream ending his rookie season with a win in 1982
On this day, In 1982 Hal Sutton won his 1st PGA title at the Walt Disney World Golf Classic over Bill Britton. “It’s a dream come true from me” said Sutton after his record setting rookie season. He broke the heart of Britton, a winless three year pro, with a 15 foot putt on the fourth hole of the sudden death playoff. Sutton’s biggest help came in the second round where he carded a 63.
“It’s a dream come true from me” – Hal Sutton
Hal Sutton, the 1980 U.S. Amateur champion had two goals for his rookie season. Number one, he wanted to break Jerry Pate’s money-winning record, two get in the top 30 money winners, and three win a tournament. Two of the three had been completed just the week before his first triumph.
Sutton reached the playoff by making a 15 foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole, finishing off a closing round of 67, which brought him from five shots off pace, for a 269 total, 19 strokes under par. Bill Britton would let his opportunity slip away but finally got a win in 1989 at the now defunct Centel Classic. Britton made the most of his Masters bid the following year finishing T-7.
This would be the start of a very successful career for Sutton who didn’t stop here. In 1983, he continued his winning ways with a victory at the Players Championship the next March. On August 7th, 1983 Sutton won the PGA Championship by one stroke over Jack Nicklaus.
Josh Morris is the Editor of Golf History Today. A proud USGA Volunteer and golf enthusiast. In his free time he enjoys being a weekend caddie as well as playing as much as he can.