1965 PGA Championship: Marr Staves Off Nicklaus, Casper

Dave Marr plays out of a bunker on the fourth, during a Ryder Cup match at Royal Birkdale, 9th October 1965
Dave Marr pictured in 1965, the year of his PGA Championship victory. Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Dave Marr's only major championship win - one of only three wins for Marr on the PGA Tour - came at the 1965 PGA Championship. Marr and Tommy Aaron were tied for the lead entering the final round, but Aaron blew up with a 78 (40 on the front nine).

Marr held steady, however, holding off challenges from Jack Nicklaus and Billy Casper. On the final hole, after hitting a poor drive with a 2-stroke lead, Marr chose to lay up short of the green, which was fronted by water. He then pitched over the water and sank the putt, making par the hard way and winning the trophy.

Marr's father was a PGA professional, and with this win Marr became the second son of a PGA pro to win the PGA Championship. (The first was Jack Burke Jr. in 1956.)

Ben Hogan finished tied for 15th in his final appearance in the PGA Championship.

1965 PGA Championship Scores

Results from the 1965 PGA Championship golf tournament played at the par-71 Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania:

Dave Marr 70-69-70-71--280 $25,000
Billy Casper 70-70-71-71--282 $12,500
Jack Nicklaus 69-70-72-71--282 $12,500
Bo Wininger 73-72-72-66--283 $8,000
Gardner Dickinson 67-74-69-74--284 $7,000
Bruce Devlin 68-75-72-70--285 $5,750
Sam Snead 68-75-70-72--285 $5,750
Tommy Aaron 66-71-72-78--287 $4,040
Jack Burke Jr. 75-71-72-69--287 $4,040
Jacky Cupit 72-76-70-69--287 $4,040
Rod Funseth 75-72-69-71--287 $4,040
Bob McCallister 76-68-70-73--287 $4,040
Wes Ellis Jr. 73-76-70-69--288 $2,800
R.H. Sikes 71-71-71-75--288 $2,800
Ben Hogan 72-75-70-72--289 $2,425
Mike Souchak 70-72-77-70--289 $2,425
Julius Boros 75-72-73-70--290 $2,125
Raymond Floyd 68-73-72-77--290 $2,125
Al Geiberger 74-71-71-75--291 $1,900
Bruce Crampton 77-74-70-71--292 $1,450
Jack Fleck 76-71-72-73--292 $1,450
Doug Ford 73-70-77-72--292 $1,450
Gordon Jones 72-76-71-73--292 $1,450
George Knudson 75-69-73-75--292 $1,450
Kel Nagle 74-75-71-72--292 $1,450
Mason Rudolph 67-76-75-74--292 $1,450
Doug Sanders 71-73-74-74--292 $1,450
Don Bies 71-71-75-76--293 $915
Gay Brewer 75-70-73-75--293 $915
Paul Kelly 76-71-75-71--293 $915
Gene Littler 78-70-70-75--293 $915
Johnny Pott 76-70-74-73--293 $915
Manuel De La Torre 72-73-74-75--294 $737
Ed Furgol 73-74-72-75--294 $737
Paul Harney 74-74-72-74--294 $737
Al Mengert 75-76-75-68--294 $737
Arnold Palmer 72-75-74-73--294 $737
Gary Player 74-72-74-74--294 $737
Dave Ragan 73-73-78-70--294 $737
Charles Sifford 73-75-71-75--294 $737
Walter Burkemo 72-77-73-73--295 $602
Bob Charles 75-75-73-72--295 $602
Dale Douglass 72-76-74-74--296 $572
Billy Maxwell 71-75-74-76--296 $572
Frank Beard 74-74-72-77--297 $527
Billy Farrell 76-75-75-71--297 $527
Dick Hart 72-77-72-76--297 $527
Dan Sikes 74-75-73-75--297 $527
Vic Ghezzi 73-77-74-74--298 $466
Lionel Hebert 73-73-76-76--298 $466
Vince Sullivan 72-73-79-74--298 $466
Chuck Courtney 70-76-76-77--299 $440
Steve Reid 76-75-73-75--299 $440
Billy Capps 77-74-75-74--300 $402
Bob Crowley 78-72-74-76--300 $402
Jay Hebert 72-73-78-77--300 $402
Bobby Nichols 74-75-77-74--300 $402
Tom Nieporte 75-74-83-68--300 $402
Fred Wampler 74-74-76-76--300 $402
Jim Ferree 75-75-77-74--301 $370
George Archer 74-74-78-76--302 $300
Tony Lema 71-76-75-80--302 $300
Dow Finsterwald 73-78-77-75--303 $300
Ed Griffiths 73-75-75-80--303 $300
Ted Kroll 73-75-77-78--303 $300
Dick Marshall 74-73-84-72--303 $300
T.R. Sleichter 77-71-78-77--303 $300
Mike Fetchick 76-74-75-79--304 $300
Bob Goalby 75-74-77-78--304 $300
Jon Gustin 73-77-78-76--304 $300
Chi Chi Rodriguez 72-77-77-79--305 $300
Huston Leclair 77-74-75-79--305 $300
Mike Krak 71-80-76-79--306 $300
Roland Stafford 76-74-74-82--306 $300
Hubby Habjan 78-71-75-83--307 $300
Larry Bartosek 75-75-80-80--310 $300