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1971 PGA Championship

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Dates  February 25–28, 1971
Tour(s)  PGA Tour
Organized by  PGA of America
Par  72
1971 PGA Championship
Location  Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Course(s)  PGA National Golf Club, (now BallenIsles Country Club, East Course)

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.

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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 British Open.

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.

Missed the cut

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First round

Thursday, February 25, 1971

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Second round

Friday, February 26, 1971

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Third round

Saturday, February 27, 1971

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Final leaderboard

Sunday, February 28, 1971

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References

1971 PGA Championship Wikipedia


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