1982: Raymond Floyd wins the PGA Championship wire-to-wire at Southern Hills

Southern Hills

Floyd wins the PGA Championship at Southern Hills

On this day, In 1982 Raymond Floyd captured his third major title and second PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A few weeks shy of age 40, Floyd shot an opening round 63 (−7) and led wire-to-wire . He won his first PGA Championship thirteen years earlier, in 1969.  Behind Floyd during the first 18 holes was Bob Gilder & Greg Norman at four under par. 

Floyd couldn’t reproduce the magic that he had in the first round but luckily didn’t need to.  Shooting a 69, 68, and a final round of 72 he won wire-to-wire & three stroke victory over trailing Lanny Wadkins.  Behind Wadkins was Jack Nicklaus who was making a bid to become the man with the most PGA Championships.

The total purse was $450,000 and Floyd share of $65,000 was the last in five figures at the PGA Championship. It rose over 50% to $100,000 the following year and to $125,000 in 1984, nearly doubling in just two years.  Floyd had an opportunity to break the PGA’s 72-hole record of 271, set 18 years earlier by Bobby Nichols in 1964, but double-bogeyed the final hole. The record lasted a dozen more years, until broken by Nick Price in 1994.

Josh Morris

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.

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