History

1980: Awaking a slumbering bear

Champion: Jack Nicklaus, North Palm Beach, Fla.
Site: Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, N.Y.
Date: Aug. 7-10
Purse: $376,400
Par: 35-35 - 70 (6,964 yards)
Field: 148 Cut at 149 (77 players advanced)

As Jack Nicklaus approached his third decade of professional golf, many believed the "Golden Bear" had long past his prime. Nicklaus struggled through the 1979 season, his worst year in his career. But Nicklaus answered the same critics with a victory in the U.S. Open in June of 1980, and capped his remarkable summer by winning the 62nd PGA Championship two months later. Nicklaus was the only player under par, and a third round 66 vaulted him into command. His seven-stroke winning margin over Andy Bean was the widest victory margin since the PGA switched from match to stroke play in 1958. Nicklaus' fifth Championship victory (1963, '71, '73, '75 and '80) tied Walter Hagen's record.

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