History

1959: You got a line on that one, Rossi?

Champion: Bob Rosburg, Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Site: Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minn.
Date: July 30 - Aug. 2
Purse: $51,175
Par: 35-35 - 70 (6,850 yards)
Field: 174
36 Hole cut at 150 (97 players advanced)
54 Hole cut at 221 (63 players advanced)

Before he joined television as a golf commentator, Bob Rosburg was a standout player, who battled his way to his only major championship with a brilliant display of putting in the final round of the 41st PGA Championship. Rosburg made five birdies on the front nine, posting a record-tying 30 to match third-round leader Jerry Barber. The five birdies matched Rosburg's total production of the first three rounds. He opened the final round six strokes behind Jerry Barber, before knocking home birdie putts of 25 feet on the second hole, 15 feet on the third and 12 feet on the fifth. He added birdies on the eighth and ninth holes.

Barber, playing three holes behind Rosburg, birdied the 15th hole to go one stroke ahead. "Well, here we go again," said Rosburg, who heard the gallery roar as he reached the 18th tee. Rosburg parred out and waited an agonizing hour before Barber bogeyed the final two holes. Rosburg refused to watch Barber's finish on television, and went to the locker room where friends gave him reports. After Barber putted out, a misty-eyed Rosburg emerged from the clubhouse and kissed his eight-year-old son, Bobby Jr., promising him a Palamino pony.

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