Champion: Al Geiberger, Solvang, Calif.
Site: Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio
Date: July 21-24
Par: 35-35 - 70 (7,180 yards)
Field: 162 Cut at 151 (76 players advanced)
Al Geiberger, a thin and nervous California kid, began the habit of nibbling peanut butter sandwiches between shots to aid his stamina. In the 48th PGA Championship, Geiberger munched his way to a first-round 68, sharing the lead with Sam Snead. The 28-year-old trailed Snead after 36 holes, but a third-round 68 gave him a four stroke lead. He opened the final round with bogeys on three of the first four holes. He again reached in his bag to munch some more, and birdied the fifth hole. It restored his shaken nerve, and he finished with a 2-over-par 72 for the only major championship of his career.
Geiberger cashed in on the moment, signing a contract for an exhibition tour - sponsored by a peanut butter company.