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1981 PGA Championship
Recap and Scores for the 1981 PGA Championship Golf Tournament

Raised in Georgia and residing less than an hour from Atlanta Athletic Club, Larry Nelson was a fan favorite at the 1981 PGA Championship. He didn't disappoint.

Nelson seized control of the tournament with back-to-back scores of 66 in the second and third rounds, grabbing a four-stroke lead heading into the final round. And Nelson held onto that lead, winning by four over Fuzzy Zoeller.

It was Nelson's first win in a major championship (he later added two more, including the 1987 PGA Championship), and the fifth of his 10 career PGA Tour victories.

A year after winning his fifth PGA title at the 1980 PGA Championship, Jack Nicklaus finished tied for fourth, but the Bear never seriously challenged Nelson.

1981 PGA Championship Scores
Results from the 1981 PGA Championship golf tournament played on the par-70 Highlands Course at Atlanta Athletic Club in Duluth, Georgia:

Larry Nelson 70-66-66-71--273 $60,000
Fuzzy Zoeller 70-68-68-71--277 $40,000
Dan Pohl 69-67-73-69--278 $25,000
Bruce Lietzke 70-70-71-68--279 $13,146
Jack Nicklaus 71-68-71-69--279 $13,146
Keith Fergus 71-71-69-68--279 $13,146
Tom Kite 71-67-69-72--279 $13,146
Greg Norman 73-67-68-71--279 $13,146
Bob Gilder 74-69-70-66--279 $13,146
Isao Aoki 75-68-66-70--279 $13,146
Jerry Pate 71-68-70-71--280 $6,750
Vance Heafner 68-70-70-72--280 $6,750
Andy North 68-69-70-73--280 $6,750
Tommy Valentine 73-70-71-66--280 $6,750
J.C. Snead 70-71-70-70--281 $5,500
David Edwards 71-69-70-72--282 $4,875
Hale Irwin 71-74-68-69--282 $4,875
Bob Murphy 66-69-73-75--283 $4,500
Don January 70-72-70-72--284 $3,631
Raymond Floyd 71-70-71-72--284 $3,631
Tom Purtzer 70-70-73-71--284 $3,631
John Cook 72-69-70-73--284 $3,631
Joe Inman 73-71-67-73--284 $3,631
Gil Morgan 70-69-74-71--284 $3,631
Jay Haas 73-68-74-69--284 $3,631
Don Pooley 74-70-69-71--284 $3,631
Tom Weiskopf 71-72-72-70--285 $2,850
Hubert Green 71-74-71-69--285 $2,850
Curtis Strange 73-72-74-66--285 $2,850
Peter Jacobsen 74-71-71-69--285 $2,850
Bill Rogers 72-75-66-72--285 $2,850
Bobby Clampett 75-71-70-69--285 $2,850
Seve Ballesteros 71-73-72-70--286 $2,250
Ed Fiori 73-73-67-73--286 $2,250
Mark Hayes 70-74-68-74--286 $2,250
Greg Powers 70-70-74-72--286 $2,250
Lanny Wadkins 70-71-74-71--286 $2,250
Bob Eastwood 67-69-72-78--286 $2,250
Jim Thorpe 71-72-72-72--287 $1,750
D.A. Weibring 71-74-74-68--287 $1,750
Terry Diehl 72-74-71-70--287 $1,750
Lon Hinkle 69-76-69-73--287 $1,750
Calvin Peete 74-71-74-69--288 $1,250
Howard Twitty 74-71-74-69--288 $1,250
Dave Stockton 70-75-70-73--288 $1,250
Bruce Fleisher 73-72-68-75--288 $1,250
Rod Curl 75-72-69-72--288 $1,250
David Graham 75-69-74-70--288 $1,250
Jack Renner 74-70-73-72--289 $912
Wayne Levi 70-71-73-75--289 $912
Gary Player 75-72-71-71--289 $912
Lee Elder 75-71-74-69--289 $912
Ron Streck 69-77-75-68--289 $912
Rex Caldwell 68-72-71-78--289 $912
Doug Tewell 71-73-76-70--290 $825
Tom Jenkins 73-73-73-72--291 $810
Mark McCumber 70-74-73-74--291 $810
Mike Sullivan 70-72-74-75--291 $810
Jim Colbert 72-75-71-73--291 $810
Mark Lye 67-76-74-74--291 $810
Don Padgett 74-71-73-74--292 $782
Leonard Thompson 75-72-71-74--292 $782
Roger Maltbie 69-78-76-69--292 $782
Mike Morley 72-71-71-78--292 $782
Danny Edwards 73-71-70-78--292 $782
John Fought 74-71-78-69--292 $782
Bobby Wadkins 73-74-72-74--293 $760
Al Geiberger 73-74-77-69--293 $760
Barry Jaeckel 72-74-69-78--293 $760
George Burns 74-71-74-75--294 $750
Ed Sneed 71-75-72-76--294 $750
Mark O'Meara 72-71-74-77--294 $750
George Cadle 74-72-74-75--295 $750
Charles Coody 69-74-78-75--296 $750
John Jackson 75-70-76-76--297 $750
Arnold Palmer 74-73-74-77--298 $750
Bruce Summerhays 73-74-75-80--302 $750
David Glenz 72-73-77-84--306 $750

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