Bill Rogers wins the Texas Open, the last of four victories in 1981, which included winning the Open Championship at Royal St George's by four shots from Bernhard Langer. Rogers played the PGA Tour for 13 years between 1975 and 1988, although he never enjoyed all the travelling. In all he only won once before and once after 1981, and ironically of his six wins, two came in Britain, with The Open and the 1979 Suntory World Match Play at Wentworth.
He ended 1981 as PGA Player of the Year, finished second in Mark McCormack's (now The Official) World Golf Ranking and played inthe Ryder Cup, his career was waning from then on. He retired form compettive golf in 1988 to become Director of Gofl at the San Antonio Country Club.
The first US Open Championship is held in one day over 36 holes at Newport Country Club, Rhode Island, with 11 players in the field. The winner was Englishman Horace Rawlins, a recent immigrant to the US who had taken up the position of assistant professional at Newport. Originally from the Isle of Wight, Rawlins had been the pro at Mid Herts before leaving England and had played in just two tournaments before the US Open, which he won by two shots from the much more experienced Wille Dunn with scores of 91 and 82 for a 173 total.