Jack Nicklaus wins the PGA Championship and breaks Bobby Jones' record for most major victories with his 14th.



1974
Deane Beman is elected as the second PGA TOUR commissioner.

Roberto DeVicenzo scores six birdies, an eagle, and three more birdies for a record 11-under par for ten holes, at Valla Allende GC, Argentina.

The World Golf Hall of Fame is opened in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Mike Austin hits a 515-yard drive at the 1974 National Seniors Open in Las Vegas, Nev., the longest drive ever recorded in competition.

Jack Nicklaus' Golf My Way is published.

Tom Weiskopf strikes a 420-yard drive in the greenside bunker on the 10th hole at Augusta National-the longest drive in Masters history.

Tom Weiskopf
Tom Weiskopf

Muirfield Village Golf Club opens from a Desmond Muirhead/Jack Nicklaus design.

The Tournament Players Championship is inaugurated.

1975
Lee Elder becomes the first black golfer to play in the Masters.

Lee Trevino, Jerry Heard and Bobby Nichols are struck by lightning during the 1975 Western Open. The incident prompts new safety standards in weather preparedness at PGA events, but four spectators are killed when struck by lightning during the 1991 U.S. Open at Hazeltine National.

Lee Trevino
Lee Trevino

1976
Judy Rankin becomes the first LPGA professional to earn more than $100,000 in a season.

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