|Dates||February 25–28, 1971|
|Location||Palm Beach Gardens, Florida|
|Course(s)||PGA National Golf Club,|
Country Club, East Course)
|Organized by||PGA of America|
|Length||7,096 yards (6,489 m)|
|Field||144 players, 81 after cut|
The 1971 PGA Championship was the 53rd PGA Championship, played February 25–28 at the original PGA National Golf Club, presently known as BallenIsles Country Club (East Course) in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Jack Nicklaus won the second of his five PGA Championships, two strokes ahead of Billy Casper, the reigning Masters champion. Nicklaus led wire-to-wire, and held a four-stroke lead over Gary Player after 54 holes, with Casper seven shots back. The two were pre-tournament favorites, along with Arnold Palmer, who shot an opening round 75 and finished at 289 (+1), eight strokes back.
Nicklaus became the first in history to complete the modern career Grand Slam for a second time; two victories in each of the four major championships. He completed his third career grand slam at the 1978 Open Championship.
The championship was played in February rather than August, due to anticipated oppressive summer weather in Florida. The rescheduling changed the PGA Championship from the fourth and final major of the calendar year to the first in 1971, and the 1970 and 1971 editions were consecutive majors. It returned to August in 1972 at Oakland Hills in Michigan.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1963||69||69||70||73||281||−7||1|
|Gary Player||South Africa||1962||71||73||68||73||285||−3||T4|
|Bob Rosburg||United States||1959||74||72||70||71||287||−1||T9|
|Al Geiberger||United States||1966||74||69||77||72||292||+4||T30|
|Julius Boros||United States||1968||71||74||72||76||293||+5||T34|
|Sam Snead||United States||1942, 1949, 1951||71||74||74||74||293||+5||T34|
|Dave Stockton||United States||1970||73||73||75||73||294||+6||T40|
|Bobby Nichols||United States||1964||74||72||74||75||295||+7||T46|
|Chandler Harper||United States||1950||73||76||80||WD|
|Lionel Hebert||United States||1957||72||70||WD|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Don January||United States||1967||76||74||150||+6|
|Jack Burke, Jr.||United States||1956||75||75||150||+6|
|Raymond Floyd||United States||1969||77||74||151||+7|
|Jay Hebert||United States||1960||74||79||153||+9|
|Dow Finsterwald||United States||1958||79||74||153||+9|
|Doug Ford||United States||1955||77||80||157||+13|
|Jerry Barber||United States||1961||78||80||158||+14|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1922, 1923, 1933||81||79||160||+16|
|Walter Burkemo||United States||1953||83||79||162||+18|
|Denny Shute||United States||1936, 1937||81||87||168||+24|
Thursday, February 25, 1971
|1||Jack Nicklaus||United States||69||−3|
|T2||Bob Charles||New Zealand||70||−2|
|Bob Goalby||United States|
|Bobby Mitchell||United States|
|T5||Bradley Anderson||United States||71||−1|
|Deane Beman||United States|
|Julius Boros||United States|
|Billy Casper||United States|
|Larry Hinson||United States|
|Johnny Miller||United States|
|Gary Player||South Africa|
|Sam Snead||United States|
|Lee Trevino||United States|
|Bert Yancey||United States|
Friday, February 26, 1971
|1||Jack Nicklaus||United States||69-69=138||−6|
|2||Miller Barber||United States||72-68=140||−4|
|3||Gibby Gilbert||United States||74-67=141||−3|
|T4||Gene Borek||United States||72-70=142||−2|
|Lionel Hebert||United States||72-70=142|
|Bob Lunn||United States||72-70=142|
|Bob Murphy||United States||74-68=142|
|Tom Weiskopf||United States||72-70=412|
|Larry Ziegler||United States||74-68=412|
Saturday, February 27, 1971
|1||Jack Nicklaus||United States||69-69-70=208||−8|
|2||Gary Player||South Africa||71-73-68=212||−4|
|3||Gibby Gilbert||United States||74-67-72=213||−3|
|T4||Miller Barber||United States||72-68-75=215||−1|
|Tommy Bolt||United States||72-74-69=215|
|Gene Borek||United States||72-70-73=215|
|Billy Casper||United States||71-73-71=215|
|Bob Charles||New Zealand||70-75-70=215|
|Bob Lunn||United States||72-70-73=215|
|Bert Yancey||United States||71-74-70=215|
Sunday, February 28, 1971
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Jack Nicklaus||United States||69-69-70-73=281||−7||40,000|
|2||Billy Casper||United States||71-73-71-68=283||−5||22,800|
|3||Tommy Bolt||United States||72-74-69-69=284||−4||14,200|
|T4||Miller Barber||United States||72-68-75-70=285||−3||8,800|
|Gary Player||South Africa||71-73-68-73=285|
|T6||Gibby Gilbert||United States||74-67-72-73=286||−2||6,500|
|Dave Hill||United States||74-71-71-70=286|
|Jim Jamieson||United States||72-72-72-70=286|
|T9||Jerry Heard||United States||73-71-72-71=287||−1||4,800|
|Bob Lunn||United States||72-70-73-72=287|
|Fred Marti||United States||72-71-74-70=287|
|Bob Rosburg||United States||74-72-70-71=287|
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1970 PGA Championship
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