Forty-six years ago today -- Feb. 28, 1971 -- Jack Nicklaus won the PGA Championship at the original PGA National Golf Club (now known as BallenIsles Country Club (the East Course hosted the PGA Championship), just east of the current PGA National there in Palm Beach Gardens.
The PGA Championship was played in February that year so that PGA National could host while avoiding the South Florida heat in August. So, the 1970 and 1971 PGA Championships were both contested in between the 1970 Open Championship and 1971 Masters.
In 1972, the PGA Championship went back to its August date on the schedule.
IN a 2014 Instagram post, Nicklaus recalled that 1971 PGA:
"The 1971 PGA Championship was uniquely special," he said. "I got to compete in a major on a course virtually in my backyard; it was the last time the PGA Championship was held in February, rather than in August, and most important, the victory came on Feb. 28, my wife Barbara’s birthday. Without her, I would have never been the golfer I was fortunate to become."
"Also, Gary Player stayed with us that week and we had a lot of fun," he added. "That was when Gary claimed to have switched plates with me at the table, in case Barbara put something in his food. Then he was convinced Barbara's prune cake got to him by week's end. It was just a week of good-natured jokes and a lot of fun."
That PGA Championship was the ninth of the Golden Bear's record 18 major championships and the second of his five PGA Championship triumphs.