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1966 PGA Championship
Recap and Scores for the 1966 PGA Championship Golf Tournament

The winner of the 1966 PGA Championship is actually far better known for something he did 11 years later. Al Geiberger is that winner. His win here was Geiberger's only major among his 11 PGA Tour victories.

But he's much more famous for being the first player to shoot 59 in a PGA Tour event, something that happened at the 1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic.

Geiberger shared the first-round lead in the 1966 PGA Championship with Sam Snead, and Snead held the lead alone after two rounds. But Snead's scores ballooned on the weekend, while Geiberger put together two more solid rounds for a 4-stroke win.

Today, Geiberger is remembered as "Mr. 59." But in 1966, his nickname was "The Peanut Butter Kid." That's because Geiberger kept a pocket of his golf bag full of peanut butter sandwiches and munched on them for an energy boost throughout his rounds. Following his win here - where his penchant for peanut butter first gained notoriety - Geiberger picked up a peanut butter manufacturer as one of his sponsors.

The 1966 PGA Championship is also notable as the final tournament played by Tony Lema. Lema was one of the bigger stars on Tour in the early to mid-1960s, winning 12 times from 1962-66, including the 1964 British Open. Nicknamed "Champagne Tony," he was a fan and media favorite.

Lema and his wife left Firestone Country Club and flew to Illinois where Lema was scheduled to play an exhibition. The plane they were on crashed into a water hazard of a golf course after running out of fuel. All aboard were killed.

1966 PGA Championship Scores
Results from the 1966 PGA Championship golf tournament played at the par-70 South Course at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio:

Al Geiberger 68-72-68-72--280 $25,000
Dudley Wysong 74-72-66-72--284 $15,000
Billy Casper 73-73-70-70--286 $8,333
Gene Littler 75-71-71-69--286 $8,333
Gary Player 73-70-70-73--286 $8,333
Julius Boros 69-72-75-71--287 $5,000
Jacky Cupit 70-73-73-71--287 $5,000
Arnold Palmer 75-73-71-68--287 $5,000
Doug Sanders 69-74-73-71--287 $5,000
Sam Snead 68-71-75-73--287 $5,000
Frank Beard 73-72-69-74--288 $3,500
Dow Finsterwald 74-70-73-72--289 $2,933
Jay Hebert 75-73-70-71--289 $2,933
Don January 69-71-73-76--289 $2,933
Paul Harney 74-73-71-72--290 $2,350
Bill Martindale 73-75-70-72--290 $2,350
Ken Venturi 74-75-69-72--290 $2,350
Gardner Dickinson 74-72-73-72--291 $1,862
Raymond Floyd 74-75-74-68--291 $1,862
Dave Marr 75-75-68-73--291 $1,862
Ernie Vossler 77-70-75-69--291 $1,862
Tommy Aaron 71-72-75-74--292 $1,400
Frank Boynton 73-74-73-72--292 $1,400
Billy Farrell 73-70-71-78--292 $1,400
Jack Nicklaus 75-71-75-71--292 $1,400
Mason Rudolph 74-73-76-69--292 $1,400
Gay Brewer 73-73-76-71--293 $1,100
Butch Baird 73-74-73-74--294 $900
Bruce Devlin 76-71-71-76--294 $900
Ron Howell 76-71-75-72--294 $900
Don Massengale 74-72-75-73--294 $900
R.H. Sikes 75-72-73-74--294 $900
Dan Sikes 72-76-74-72--294 $900
Miller Barber 76-71-72-76--295 $775
Buster Cupit 75-76-74-70--295 $775
Tony Lema 78-71-72-74--295 $775
Bill Bisdorf 76-72-76-72--296 $659
Gene Borek 75-76-75-70--296 $659
Chick Evans 73-75-74-74--296 $659
Fred Haas Jr. 78-73-75-70--296 $659
Babe Lichardus 72-75-73-76--296 $659
Stan Thirsk 74-77-70-75--296 $659
Manuel De La Torre 75-72-77-73--297 $542
Bruce Crampton 74-73-74-76--297 $542
Rod Funseth 73-74-74-76--297 $542
Walker Inman 71-76-76-74--297 $542
George Knudson 72-74-77-74--297 $542
Bob Rosburg 73-76-69-79--297 $542
Jim Ferrier 71-79-76-72--298 $436
Jack Fleck 71-74-78-75--298 $436
Ed Furgol 74-77-71-76--298 $436
Bob Goalby 76-73-73-76--298 $436
Bob Keller 72-76-72-78--298 $436
Larry Laoretti 73-77-72-76--298 $436
Al Mengert 72-77-76-73--298 $436
Bob Shave 78-72-77-71--298 $436
Bert Yancey 74-75-77-72--298 $436
Al Chandler 76-73-71-79--299 $340
Robert Erickson 79-71-74-75--299 $340
Ed Griffiths 73-72-73-81--299 $340
Bob McCallister 74-76-73-76--299 $340
Bo Wininger 76-75-75-73--299 $340
Joe Conrad 77-74-76-73--300 $300
Errie Ball 77-74-78-72--301 $300
Lionel Hebert 75-74-75-77--301 $300
Jack Burke Jr. 75-76-79-72--302 $300
Ed Kroll 75-75-74-78--302 $300
Horace Moore 74-74-76-78--302 $300
Ed Rubis 76-72-77-77--302 $300
Bob Verwey 76-75-78-74--303 $300
Wayne Yates 73-76-79-75--303 $300
Larry Beck 71-79-78-76--304 $300
Tom Weiskopf 75-73-80-76--304 $300
Bill Blanton 78-72-80-76--306 $300
James Riggins 76-70-82-79--307 $300

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