History

1967: January goes the distance

Champion: Don January, Dallas, Texas
Site: Columbine Country Club, Denver, Colo.
Date: July 20-24
Purse: $148,200
Par: 36-36 - 72 (7,436 yards)
Field: 143 Cut at 151 (73 players advanced)

Don January used a burst of birdies on the back nine, beginning with a 30-foot downhill putt on the 10th hole of an 18-hole playoff, overcoming fellow Texan Don Massengale for a victory. January became the 10th winner in the 10th edition of the medal-play format of the PGA Championship. Even though he was 0-3 for his career in playoffs, and lost the 1961 PGA Championship in extra holes to Jerry Barber, January proved steadier than Massengale. January finished with a 3-under-par 69 to Massengale's 71. January, pocketing the only major championship in his career, said not having the lead after three rounds helped his comeback. "When you're out of it in the last round, it's much easier to play," he said. Four strokes down after 54 holes, January finished the last five holes - birdie, birdie, par, birdie, par. Massengale had seven birdies for a 66, finishing an hour ahead of the rest of the contenders.

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