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1973: The Year in Golf


Arnold Palmer 1973

Arnold Palmer's final win on the PGA Tour happened in 1973.

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In one of golf's greatest final-round performances, Johnny Miller shoots 63 at Oakmont Country Club to win the U.S. Open.

Tom Wieskopf wins five tournaments in two months, including the British Open. Weiskopf is the last golfer to win a British Open using the smaller "British ball."

Jack Nicklaus' PGA Championship victory is his third in that event and his 14th major (professional and amateur combined), surpassing Bobby Jones' mark of 13 majors (professional and amateur combined).

Arnold Palmer wins the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, his fifth win in the event. It is his 62nd win on the PGA Tour - and his last.

Playing in the British Open at age 71, Gene Sarazen records a hole-in-one on Royal Troon's "Postage Stamp" hole.

Ben Crenshaw joins the PGA Tour and wins his first tournament as a professional, the Texas Open.

Following many years of stroke play, the U.S. Amateur returns to a match-play format. Craig Stadler is the winner.

The du Maurier Classic, at this point called the La Canadienne, is held for the first time. The du Maurier would be one of women's golf's four majors from 1979-2000. Jocelyne Bourassa wins the first event.

Mickey Wright wins the Colgate Dinah Shore Winner's Circle, her 82nd - and final - LPGA victory. Her 82 wins are second only to Kathy Whitworth's 88.

For the seventh time in eight years, Kathy Whitworth is named LPGA Player of the Year.

Born This Year:

• Charlotta Sorenstam, LPGA Tour
• Lee Westwood, PGA European Tour
• Wendy Ward, LPGA Tour
• Stewart Cink, PGA Tour
• Janice Moodie, LPGA Tour
• Sophie Gustafson, Women's European Tour, LPGA Tour

Died This Year:

Lloyd Mangrum, 36-time winner on PGA Tour

Money Leaders:

PGA: Jack Nicklaus, $308,362.10
LPGA: Kathy Whitworth, $82,864
European: Tony Jacklin, England, £ 24,839

Scoring Leaders:

PGA (Vardon Trophy): Bruce Crampton, 70.57
LPGA (Vare Trophy): Judy Rankin, 73.08

Men's Major Championship Winners:

The Masters: Tommy Aaron
U.S. Open: Johnny Miller
British Open: Tom Weiskopf
PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus

Women's Major Championship Winners:

LPGA: Mary Mills
U.S. Open: Susie Maxwell Berning

Amateur Champions
U.S.: Craig Stadler
British: Dick Siderowf
U.S. Women's: Carol Semple
British Women's: Ann Irvin

Ryder Cup
U.S. 19, Great Britain and Ireland 13

Walker Cup
U.S. 6, Great Britain and Ireland 5

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