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1969 PGA Championship
Recap and Scores for the 1969 PGA Championship Golf Tournament

Raymond Floyd began to fulfill his promise at the 1969 PGA Championship, which is also noted as a tournament at which the social turmoil of the 1960s broke into the well-cacooned world of professional golf.

One of golf's greatest, Gary Player, hailed from a country, South Africa, that at that time employed a policy of enforced racial segregation and discrimination known as apartheid. Player's history with apartheid is complicated, but by this point in his career he was working, mostly quietly, to improve the situation in his homeland.

Apartheid protesters interruped the 1969 PGA Championship in the third round, and hounded Player throughout the tournament. Player told Golf magazine, in an article published in 2009, that the protesters "they threw ice at my face, threw telephone books at the top of my backswing, said they would kill me. I had policemen guarding me. It cost me seven strokes, and I lost by one."

The golfer Player lost to was Floyd, who barely held off Player in the final round. Floyd, after shooting three rounds in the 60s, took a 5-stroke lead into the final round, then shot 74 to Player's 70. The final margin of victory was one stroke.

Floyd first won on the PGA Tour in 1963, and much later in his career he was one of the most-respected players on tour, with a reputation for steely-eyed precision and toughness. In 1969, however, his reputation was that of a party boy who hadn't lived up to his potential.

His win here was Floyd's first major championship title and his fifth win on the PGA Tour. He didn't win again until 1975, so that reputation didn't change overnight as a result of this victory. But Floyd did begin the process of shirking that reputation here.

1969 PGA Championship Scores
Results from the 1969 PGA Championship golf tournament played at the par-71 South Course at NCR Country Club in Dayton, Ohio:

Raymond Floyd 69-66-67-74--276 $35,000
Gary Player 71-65-71-70--277 $20,000
Bert Greene 71-68-68-71--278 $12,400
Jimmy Wright 71-68-69-71--279 $8,300
Miller Barber 73-75-64-68--280 $6,725
Larry Ziegler 69-71-70-70--280 $6,725
Charles Coody 69-71-72-69--281 $5,143
Orville Moody 70-68-71-72--281 $5,143
Terry Wilcox 72-71-72-66--281 $5,143
Frank Beard 70-75-68-69--282 $4,375
Don Bies 74-64-71-74--283 $3,543
Bunky Henry 69-68-70-76--283 $3,543
Larry Mowry 69-71-69-74--283 $3,543
Jack Nicklaus 70-68-74-71--283 $3,543
Chi Chi Rodriguez 72-72-71-69--284 $2,712
Bruce Crampton 70-70-72-72--284 $2,712
Dave Hill 74-75-67-68--284 $2,712
Don January 75-70-70-69--284 $2,712
Howie Johnson 73-68-72-72--285 $2,137
Johnny Pott 69-75-71-70--285 $2,137
Ron Cerrudo 74-66-70-76--286 $1,718
Bobby Cole 72-74-71-69--286 $1,718
Bob Lunn 69-74-73-70--286 $1,718
Tom Shaw 69-75-73-69--286 $1,718
Julius Boros 72-74-70-71--287 $1,300
Gay Brewer 74-71-76-66--287 $1,300
Bob Dickson 74-72-70-71--287 $1,300
Tony Jacklin 73-70-73-71--287 $1,300
George Knudson 70-75-67-75--287 $1,300
Fred Marti 73-70-71-73--287 $1,300
Dan Sikes 71-74-69-73--287 $1,300
Butch Baird 71-71-75-71--288 $1,055
Bruce Devlin 70-78-69-71--288 $1,055
Al Mengert 74-72-72-70--288 $1,055
Billy Casper 72-74-70-73--289 $890
Bob Charles 75-73-72-69--289 $890
Al Geiberger 69-72-77-71--289 $890
Mac McLendon 73-68-75-73--289 $890
Steve Reid 72-75-71-71--289 $890
Dave Stockton 75-67-71-76--289 $890
Pete Brown 77-72-70-71--290 $686
Gardner Dickinson 72-70-72-76--290 $686
Dick Hart 73-73-72-72--290 $686
Harold Henning 74-73-70-74--291 $512
Larry Hinson 75-74-70-72--291 $512
Bobby Nichols 74-71-75-71--291 $512
Tom Weiskopf 70-76-70-75--291 $512
Bobby Brue 73-71-74-74--292 $289
Dale Douglass 73-76-72-71--292 $289
Gene Littler 73-76-71-72--292 $289
Dick Lotz 75-73-69-75--292 $289
Dave Marr 78-68-71-75--292 $289
Bobby Mitchell 73-71-75-73--292 $289
Phil Rodgers 70-72-75-75--292 $289
Lee Trevino 73-71-72-76--292 $289
Dudley Wysong 72-76-73-71--292 $289
Tommy Aaron 70-72-79-72--293 $241
Jacky Cupit 70-73-75-75--293 $241
Howell Fraser 72-76-71-75--294 $241
Pat Schwab 75-72-73-74--294 $241
Mike Souchak 75-73-74-72--294 $241
Kermit Zarley 75-74-69-76--294 $241
Dick Crawford 73-72-75-76--296 $241
Jay Hebert 75-74-73-74--296 $241
Davis Love Jr. 73-71-76-76--296 $241
Billy Maxwell 76-73-75-72--296 $241
Bob Murphy 74-71-75-76--296 $241
Sam Snead 75-72-71-78--296 $241
George Archer 75-74-71-77--297 $241
Jack Burke Jr. 74-75-74-74--297 $241
Stan Dudas 76-70-76-75--297 $241
Jack McGowan 76-73-72-76--297 $241
Ed Kroll 72-70-79-77--298 $241
Bob Stanton 77-72-73-76--298 $241
Stan Thirsk 73-75-75-75--298 $241
John Cook 77-69-73-80--299 $241
Dow Finsterwald 75-73-75-76--299 $241
Jim Turnesa 74-74-77-74--299 $241
Eddie Merrins 75-70-77-80--302 $241

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