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1961 PGA Championship
Recap and Scores for the 1961 PGA Championship Golf Tournament

Known as one of the better putters of his day, Jerry Barber proved it at the 1961 PGA Championship. Barber and Don January were trading the lead at the tournament, Barber leading after the second round and January after the third.

January held a 4-stroke edge over Barber with three holes to play. But January stumbled a bit down the stretch, and Barber took advantage by sinking 120 feet worth of putts over those three remaining holes. Barber made a 20-footer for birdie on the 16th, a 40-footer for par on the 17th, then a monster 60-foot birdie putt on the final hole.

And that display of putting sent Barber and January into an 18-hole playoff the following day, the first playoff of the PGA Championship's stroke-play era. And Barber won that playoff, shooting 67 to January's 68.

Barber was 45 years, 3 months and 6 days old at the time of his win, which made him the oldest winner of a PGA Championship (a record later broken). He also set a record (later broken) as oldest winner of a major in the post-1900 history of the game.

January later took part in the second playoff of the PGA's stroke-play era, beating Don Massengale to win the 1967 PGA Championship.

Gary Player played the PGA Championship for the first time this year, and finished tied for 29th.

1961 PGA Championship Scores
Results from the 1961 PGA Championship golf tournament played at the par-70 Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois (x-won playoff):

x-Jerry Barber 69-67-71-70--277 $11,000
Don January 72-66-67-72--277 $5,500
Doug Sanders 70-68-74-68--280 $3,600
Ted Kroll 72-68-70-71--281 $3,100
Wes Ellis Jr. 71-71-68-72--282 $2,208
Doug Ford 69-73-74-66--282 $2,208
Gene Littler 71-70-72-69--282 $2,208
Arnold Palmer 73-72-69-68--282 $2,208
Johnny Pott 71-73-67-71--282 $2,208
Art Wall 67-72-73-70--282 $2,208
Paul Harney 70-73-69-71--283 $1,650
Cary Middlecoff 74-69-71-69--283 $1,650
Jay Hebert 68-72-72-72--284 $1,500
Walter Burkemo 71-71-73-70--285 $1,400
Billy Casper 74-72-69-71--286 $1,225
Bob Goalby 73-72-68-73--286 $1,225
Ernie Vossler 68-72-71-75--286 $1,225
Don Whitt 76-72-70-68--286 $1,225
Gardner Dickinson 71-71-71-74--287 $1,016
Jack Fleck 70-74-73-70--287 $1,016
Bob Rosburg 70-71-73-73--287 $1,016
George Bayer 73-71-72-72--288 $780
Don Fairfield 70-71-74-73--288 $780
Fred Hawkins 75-73-71-69--288 $780
Dave Marr 72-74-73-69--288 $780
Shelley Mayfield 70-74-72-72--288 $780
Billy Maxwell 71-72-73-73--289 $575
Sam Snead 72-71-71-75--289 $575
Charles Bassler 73-73-72-72--290 $425
Bob Keller 72-73-72-73--290 $425
Al Mengert 72-74-72-72--290 $425
Gary Player 72-74-71-73--290 $425
Billy Farrell 75-72-72-72--291 $262
Jon Gustin 75-72-75-69--291 $262
Mac Hunter 74-71-73-73--291 $262
Dave Ragan 73-72-73-73--291 $262
Clarence Doser 71-75-73-73--292 $250
Mason Rudolph 71-71-73-77--292 $250
Ken Venturi 72-72-77-71--292 $250
Lew Worsham 75-73-73-71--292 $250
Manuel De La Torre 72-72-76-73--293 $225
Dow Finsterwald 74-74-71-74--293 $225
Bud Holscher 77-68-75-74--294 $225
Jack McGowan 76-70-77-71--294 $225
Buster Cupit 70-78-72-75--295 $225
Jim Ferrier 73-73-77-72--295 $225
Marty Furgol 71-74-72-78--295 $225
Milon Marusic 75-73-74-73--295 $225
Mike Souchak 72-72-74-77--295 $225
Fred Haas Jr. 72-76-75-73--296 $225
Charles Malchaski 72-73-77-74--296 $225
Jack Burke Jr. 76-71-72-78--297 $225
Chick Harbert 73-75-73-76--297 $225
Tom Nieporte 75-72-75-75--297 $225
Sam Bernardi 75-72-75-76--298 $225
Pete Cooper 74-74-75-75--298 $225
Johnny Bulla 74-73-77-76--300 $225
Mike Krak 71-76-77-76--300 $225
Sam Penecale 72-73-79-76--300 $225
Bill Heinlein 69-77-79-76--301 $225
Marshall Springer 74-71-77-80--302 $225
J.L. McReynolds 73-74-79-78--304 $225
Al Besselink 74-73-83-75--305 $225
Leon Butler 75-72-77-84--308 $225

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