History

1962: Player gets timely advice

Champion: Gary Player, Alaqua, Fla.
Site: Aronimink Golf Club, Newton Square, Pa.
Date: July 19-22
Purse: $69,400
Par: 35-35 - 70 (7,045 yards)
Field: 170
36 Hole cut at 151 (89 players advanced)
54 Hole cut at 222 (60 players advanced)

Before Gary Player traveled to the 44th PGA Championship, he sat down with his closest advisor and did some soul-searching about his game. His counselor was someone who knows Player's game better than he may know himself - his wife, Vivienne, an accomplished player in her own right. Player, who had been defeated in two playoffs earlier in the year, vowed he would quit attempting to mimic Arnold Palmer's game of power and play within his own capabilities. He used a 4-wood with more loft than most and used it to tame Aronimink Golf Club with a 2-under-par 278 total, holding off a late charge by Bob Goalby, who missed a 25-footer on the 72nd hole to tie. Player, a native South African, became the fifth foreign-born player to win the PGA Championship.

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