Champion: Hubert Green, Birmingham, Ala.
Site: Cherry Hills Country Club, Englewood, Colo.
Date: Aug. 8-11
Par: 36-36 - 72 (7,145 yards)
Field: 149 Cut at 147 (76 players advanced)
Lee Trevino's bid to become the first back-to-back PGA Champion in 50 years was thwarted by Hubert Green. After taking just 55 putts in 36 holes, Trevino had a one stroke lead. Trevino skied to a 75 during a windy third round, while Green found confidence and a three stroke advantage with a 70.
In the final round, Trevino temporarily grabbed a one stroke lead by sinking a 15-foot eagle putt on the fifth hole. He then three-putted the sixth to create a deadlock. The two-man duel continued throughout the front nine. After both players birdied the ninth hole, Green pointed at his opponent and laughed, "Let's run away and make it a two-man race." The lead exchanged hands twice before the 14th hole when Trevino three-putted the 15th green, his fourth three-putt of the round. Green held the lead for good. Trevino missed a five-foot par on the 17th, and Green enjoyed a two stroke lead. Green bunkered his approach on the 18th, but with a storm moving in to the area, quickly stepped into the bunker and blasted out to within a tap-in range.