Champion: Raymond Floyd, Miami, Fla.
Site: Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Okla.
Date: Aug. 5-8
Par: 35-35 - 70 (6,862 yards)
Field: 150 Cut at 145 (74 players advanced)
Raymond Floyd was on a tear at Souther Hills Country Club of record proportions. He opened with a record-tying 63, never three-putted in 72 holes and sped to his second PGA Championship and third major title in three decades. On his way to a wire-to-wire victory, Floyd set a 36-hole scoring record (132), a 54-hole mark (200) and spoiled an otherwise artistic week by taking a double bogey on the 18th hole. His 8-under-par 272 total was a stroke higher than Bobby Nichols' 72 hole record. Floyd averaged 28.5 putts on the slick greens. One example of his concentration occurred during the final round, when an explosion near the sixth green rocked the ground and startled the gallery. Floyd, who had pitched to the green, looked over his shoulder. Moments later, he was informed a large can of Freon, used in air conditioners and freezers had burst in a concession tent. When the smoke cleared, Floyd almost made his birdie putt.
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