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Runner-up: Jack Nicklaus.

Margin: 4 shots.

Earnings: $30,000.

Recap: Lee Trevino captured his first PGA Tour event in memorable fashion. He tied the U.S. Open record of 275 that Jack Nicklaus had set the previous year at Baltusrol, and he became the first player in any major championship to post all four round sin the 60s. Trevino opened with rounds of 69-68-69, but that still left him one shot behind Bert Yancey, who set the U.S. Open record with a 54-hole total of 205. Yancey faded badly to a 76. Nicklaus, seven shots behind going into Sunday, charged with a 67. But it wasn’t enough to catch Trevino, who closed with a 69.

Quote: “I was so nervous I couldn’t get my shorts airborne.” _ Lee Trevino.


Year: 1980.

Event: PGA Championship.

Winner: Jack Nicklaus.

Score: 274.

Runner-up: Andy Bean.

Margin: 7 shots.

Earnings: $60,000.

Recap: The only other major Nicklaus had an easier time winning was his nine-shot victory in the 1965 Masters. He didn’t take the lead until a 66 in the third round gave him a three-shot margin over Lon Hinkle, and Nicklaus sailed home to a seven-shot win by closing with a 69, one of only three sub-70s scores in the final round. Nicklaus joined Ben Hogan (1948) and Gene Sarazen (1922) as the only players to win the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship in the same year. It was even more satisfying because Nicklaus was 40, supposedly past his prime of winning majors. He tied Walter Hagen with his fifth PGA Championship title, and it was his 17th career major. One more was to follow in the 1986 Masters.

Quote: “I played as fine a finishing round in a major as I’ve ever played.” _ Jack Nicklaus.

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