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1979 PGA Tour season
DurationJanuary 11, 1979 (1979-01-11) – October 28, 1979 (1979-10-28)
Number of official events44
Most wins5:
United States Tom Watson
Money winnerUnited States Tom Watson
Player of the YearUnited States Tom Watson

The 1979 PGA Tour season was played from January 11 to October 28, which marked the PGA Tour's 50th season. The season consisted of 44 official money events. Tom Watson won the most tournaments, five, and there were 11 first-time winners. The tournament results and award winners are listed below.


The following table lists official events during the 1979 season.

Date Tournament Location Purse
Winner(s)[a] Notes
Jan 14 Bob Hope Desert Classic California 300,000 United States John Mahaffey (4) Pro-Am
Jan 22 Phoenix Open Arizona 250,000 United States Ben Crenshaw (6)
Jan 28 Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational California 250,000 United States Fuzzy Zoeller (1)
Feb 4 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am California 300,000 United States Lon Hinkle (2) Pro-Am
Feb 11 Hawaiian Open Hawaii 300,000 United States Hubert Green (15)
Feb 18 Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open Arizona 250,000 United States Bruce Lietzke (4)
Feb 25 Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open California 250,000 United States Lanny Wadkins (6)
Mar 4 Bay Hill Citrus Classic Florida 250,000 United States Bob Byman (1)
Mar 11 Jackie Gleason-Inverrary Classic Florida 300,000 United States Larry Nelson (1)
Mar 18 Doral-Eastern Open Florida 250,000 United States Mark McCumber (1)
Mar 25 Tournament Players Championship Florida 440,000 United States Lanny Wadkins (7) Special event
Apr 1 Sea Pines Heritage Classic South Carolina 300,000 United States Tom Watson (14) Invitational
Apr 8 Greater Greensboro Open North Carolina 250,000 United States Raymond Floyd (11)
Apr 15 Masters Tournament Georgia 275,000 United States Fuzzy Zoeller (2) Major championship
Apr 15 Magnolia Classic Mississippi 50,000 United States Bobby Walzel (n/a) Second Tour[b]
Apr 22 MONY Tournament of Champions California 300,000 United States Tom Watson (15) Winners-only event
Apr 22 Tallahassee Open Florida 100,000 United States Chi-Chi Rodríguez (8) Alternate event
Apr 29 First NBC New Orleans Open Louisiana 250,000 United States Hubert Green (16)
May 6 Houston Open Texas 300,000 United States Wayne Levi (2)
May 13 Byron Nelson Golf Classic Texas 300,000 United States Tom Watson (16)
May 20 Colonial National Invitation Texas 300,000 United States Al Geiberger (11) Invitational
May 27 Memorial Tournament Ohio 300,000 United States Tom Watson (17) Invitational
Jun 3 Kemper Open North Carolina 350,000 United States Jerry McGee (3)
Jun 10 Atlanta Classic Georgia 300,000 United States Andy Bean (5)
Jun 17 U.S. Open Ohio 275,000 United States Hale Irwin (11) Major championship
Jun 24 Canadian Open Canada 350,000 United States Lee Trevino (24)
Jul 1 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic Tennessee 300,000 United States Gil Morgan (4)
Jul 8 Western Open Illinois 300,000 United States Larry Nelson (2)
Jul 15 Greater Milwaukee Open Wisconsin 200,000 United States Calvin Peete (1)
Jul 21 The Open Championship England £155,000 Spain Seve Ballesteros (2) Major championship
Jul 22 Ed McMahon-Jaycees Quad Cities Open Illinois 200,000 United States D. A. Weibring (1) Alternate event
Jul 29 IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic Pennsylvania 250,000 United States Lou Graham (4)
Aug 5 PGA Championship Michigan 350,000 Australia David Graham (4) Major championship
Aug 12 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open Connecticut 300,000 United States Jerry McGee (4)
Aug 19 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic New York 400,000 United States Jack Renner (1)
Aug 26 Colgate Hall of Fame Classic North Carolina 250,000 United States Tom Watson (18)
Sep 2 B.C. Open New York 275,000 United States Howard Twitty (1)
Sep 9 American Optical Classic Massachusetts 250,000 United States Lou Graham (5)
Sep 16 Buick-Goodwrench Open Michigan 150,000 United States John Fought (1)
Sep 23 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic California 300,000 United States John Fought (2)
Sep 30 World Series of Golf Ohio 400,000 United States Lon Hinkle (3) Limited-field event
Oct 7 San Antonio Texas Open Texas 250,000 United States Lou Graham (6)
Oct 14 Southern Open Georgia 200,000 United States Ed Fiori (1)
Oct 21 Pensacola Open Florida 200,000 United States Curtis Strange (1)
Oct 28 Walt Disney World National Team Championship Florida 250,000 United States George Burns (1) and
United States Ben Crenshaw (7)
Team event

Unofficial events

The following events were sanctioned by the PGA Tour, but did not carry official money, nor were wins official.

Date Tournament Location Purse
Winner(s) Notes
Sep 16 Ryder Cup West Virginia n/a Team USA Team event
Nov 11 World Cup Greece n/a United States Hale Irwin and
United States John Mahaffey
Team event
World Cup Individual Trophy United States Hale Irwin


Award Winner
Money winner United States Tom Watson
PGA Player of the Year United States Tom Watson
Scoring leader (Vardon Trophy) United States Tom Watson


  1. ^ The number in brackets after each winner's name is the number of PGA Tour events he had won up to and including that tournament. This information is only shown for PGA Tour members.
  2. ^ Official money; unofficial win.

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