History

1963: The Golden Bear steps forward

Champion: Jack Nicklaus, North Palm Beach, Fla.
Site: Dallas Athletic Club, Dallas, Texas
Date: July 18-21
Purse: $80,900
Par: 36-35 - 71 (7,046 yards)
Field: 165 Cut at 151 (82 players advanced)

Jack Nicklaus said he began charting courses in 1961 at the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach, California. Nicklaus' charting a course, along with his distance off the tee and mental ability under pressure aided his domination of the field in the 45th PGA Championship. "Using these cards removes all element of doubt for me," he said. "I know precisely how many steps I can hit every iron in my bag. If I have 181 steps to the green from a certain spot, all I do is pull out the club I can hit 181 steps." Nicklaus pulled out the right clubs to defeat Dave Ragan by two strokes. Nicklaus arrived at Dallas Athletic Club exhausted from his trip to the British Open, where he finished third and a stroke out of a playoff. But two things got him in the frame of mind to bid for his first PGA Championship - getting 10 hours of sleep each night and winning the long drive contest with a 341-yard, 17-inch effort. During the week, there was only one sign of a Nicklaus power outage. The scorching Texas heat had made the Rodman Wanamaker Trophy too hot even for the Golden Bear to Handle. He needed a towel to grasp the top prize.

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