A FANTASTIC 1960'S PHOTO DATED ON BACK AND FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER ARCHIVES OF PROFESSIONAL PGA GOLFER DAN SIKES. Was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. Sikes won nine tournaments as a pro, including six PGA Tour events. He was influential as the chairman of the tournament players committee in the late 1960s, prior to the formation of the PGA Tour. (December 7, 1929 - December 20, 1987) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour.
Senior PGA Tour wins (3). Born in Wildwood, Florida, Sikes was raised in Jacksonville and attended Andrew Jackson High School. He enrolled the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he played for the Florida Gators' golf team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1951 to 1953. He was recognized as an All-American in 1952-the University of Florida's first All-American golfer.  Sikes graduated from Florida with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1953, and was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a Gator Great. Although he later earned a law degree from the university's College of Law and was known as the "golfing lawyer, " he never actually practiced law. He was the chairman and spokesman of the controversial tournament players' committee prior to the formation of the "Tournament Players Division" in late 1968, which was later renamed the PGA Tour. Amateur Public Links championship in 1958 while in law school.
He turned professional in 1960 and won six tournaments on the PGA Tour, half in his home state of Florida. He was also the 54-hole leader at the PGA Championship and finished one shot out of the playoff, in a tie for third with Jack Nicklaus.  Due to disputes with the PGA of America, the championship was nearly boycotted by the top tournament players.  Sikes played on the Ryder Cup team in 1969 at Royal Birkdale. Sikes later represented caddies on tour in 1970 and was instrumental in helping organize the Senior PGA Tour, later renamed the Champions Tour.He won three times on the senior tour, the first at the rain-shortened Hilton Head Seniors International in 1982, which Sikes and Miller Barber were leading when play was stopped. Sikes died in Jacksonville at age 58 in late 1987.  He was posthumously inducted into the Jacksonville Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. PGA Tour playoff record (0-2). United States Bobby Nichols, United States Jack Nicklaus.
Nichols won with eagle on first extra hole after 18-hole playoff. Lost to par on first extra hole.
Shared title with United States Miller Barber. Gatlin Brothers Seniors Golf Classic. Note: The 1982 Hilton Head Seniors International was shortened to 36 holes due to inclement weather.
Senior PGA Tour playoff record (0-2). Daytona Beach Seniors Golf Classic. United States Orville Moody, United States Arnold Palmer. Moody won with birdie on second extra hole.
Citizens Union Senior Golf Classic. United States Lee Elder, United States Orville Moody.Elder won with birdie on third extra hole. Moody eliminated with birdie on second hole. Note: Sikes never played in The Open Championship. CUT = missed the half-way cut. "T" indicates a tie for a place. Most consecutive cuts made - 21 1962 U. Longest streak of top-10s - 1 (five times). List of American Ryder Cup golfers. List of Florida Gators men's golfers on the PGA Tour.
List of golfers with most PGA Tour wins. List of Levin College of Law graduates.
List of University of Florida alumni. List of University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame members. Dan Sikes, the first local golfer to win the local PGA Tour event, was described as abrasive and kind, guarded and gentle, aloof and interesting. The University of Florida law school graduate (or "Lawyer Dan, " as some fellow pros called him) won six PGA Tour titles, the most by a Jacksonville player until Mark McCumber matched it by winning the 1988 Players Championship - only four months after Sikes died at age 58 from complications due to stomach surgery. More than 20 years before McCumber's victory - and 50 years ago on March 19, 1967 - Sikes won the Greater Jacksonville Open at the Deerwood Country Club, opening with a 67 in wind-swept conditions and holding on to finish at 9-under-par 279.On a Sunday day with 50-degree temperatures and 30-mph wind, Sikes made a 40-foot birdie putt at No. 16 to take a three-shot lead with two holes to play and three-putted for bogey on the final two holes to edge Bill Collins by one shot, with Gay Brewer, Jim Colbert, Bob Goalby and Chuck Courtney tying for third, another shot behind. "When I made that birdie on the 16th, the tournament was over, " Sikes said after his round. Sikes' first-place check, which was presented by Florida Gov. At the time, Sikes was the area's only Tour player of significance. Names such as Melnyk, McCumber, Duval, Furyk, Funk, Love and Kuchar would follow in the coming decades - especially after the PGA Tour moved its headquarters to Ponte Vedra Beach, the TPC Sawgrass was built and The Players Championship replaced the GJO. As a result, the pressure was on Sikes that week at Deerwood - especially since it was two years after he blew the 54-hole GJO lead at Selva Marina with a 75 that enabled Bert Weaver to back into the title.
"I think I would have won it if it had been anywhere but Jacksonville, " Sikes said about that experience after his first round at Deerwood. I love to play in front of people I know.
Sikes was up to the task at Deerwood and led wire-to-wire. "No win was ever as sweet as this one, " Sikes said after his final round. The victory was against a field that included World Golf Hall of Fame members Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Raymond Floyd and Julius Boros and occurred during a tumultuous year for Sikes - and for professional golf. At the time, the PGA operated the Tour and still required the top players to take classes and obtain their certification as club pros.
Sikes and other players had little interest learning how to arrange pro shop apparel and wanted autonomy for players as independent contractors. A year later, the touring professionals broke away from the PGA. After Sikes died, Goalby said at the funeral that the rebellion - historically credited to superstars Nicklaus and Palmer - would not have been possible at the time without Sikes."Deane Beman has done a great job with the tour, " Goalby said of the Tour commissioner at the time of Sikes' death. And [former USGA director] Joe Dey's name lent stability [as the first commissioner] when it was first organized.
But it never would have happened without Dan ramrodding it. With his law degree, he was smarter than the rest of us.
He helped get the regular tour off the ground. Beman said Sikes took a lot of heat for his public stance. "It was Dan and other guys like Gardner Dickinson, Don January and Doug Ford who were out front about it, " Beman said.
Jack and Arnold were involved. When asked, they would agree with the idea but were reluctant to get out front because it was controversial. Eventually, they needed Jack and Arnie because they were the two biggest stars.
But Dan and those other guys were the ones who carried the water for the rest of the players. Sikes was one of the top players on the PGA Tour for a decade-long period between 1963 to 1973. McCumber remembers, at age 14, watching Sikes win the GJO with his slow, smooth swing, with a pronounced pause at the top, followed by strong action from his long legs, to hit one towering draw after another off the tee, followed by lasered iron shots. "Jack Nicklaus said once that Dan was one of the best drivers of the golf ball on the Tour, " McCumber said.His swing reminded you of Larry Nelson, very quiet. The club would cross the plane, with a very definitive pause at the top. Fred Seely, the Times-Union's sports editor and golf writer at the time, said Sikes was on a tier of players just below Hall of Famers such as Nicklaus, Palmer, Lee Trevino, Billy Casper and Gary Player. "Dan might have been the best with long irons outside of Nicklaus, " Seely said. Not many guys could win out there during those years.
He was one of them. He won two more times in 1968. Sikes might have also have had a bit more notoriety on the PGA Tour, but lagged behind other stars of the 1960s in the charisma department. Whether that was by design or by nature, few really knew. "Dan had a very, very tight circle of friends on the Tour and he was not very social, " Steve Melnyk, an early member at Hidden Hills along with Sikes when it was first built in 1966.He didn't like to play much golf there. He'd come out, hit a few balls, have a few drinks. It was hard to get to know Dan. McCumber said penetrating the layers to Sikes was difficult.
"He was not an easy guy to get to know, " McCumber said. But once you did, you found out how smart and interesting he was.
"If he knew you, we was a great guy, " Seely said. I had a lot of delightful times with him over dinner, at a bar, talking on the range. But it was hard to get to know him. Sikes was born in Wildwood and his family moved to Jacksonville at an early age.
He graduated from Jackson High School and learned to play golf at the Brentwood Country Club. It was there that Woody Blackburn, who played high school golf at Parker and then at the University of Florida, met Sikes when he was about 10 years old.
"My earliest memories were of my father and Dan going out to the 13th hole at Brentwood late in the afternoon to hit balls, while I shagged them, " said Blackburn, who won twice on the PGA Tour. Dan influenced me in my decision to go to Florida and he was very helpful when I got to the Tour. Sikes went to the University of Florida and while playing for the Gators, won the 1958 U. He turned pro in 1960 and while not an immediate hit, turned in a solid rookie season with nine top-25 finishes and three top-10s - two in his final three starts.Sikes' fluid swing and the ability to bail out of almost any situation when he hit an off-line shot was frequently betrayed by a balky putting stroke and a bit of a defeatist attitude at times. "Dan was never as good a putter as he thought he should be, but that didn't mean he was a bad putter, " Blackburn said. We all think we should make more putts. Dan was like that and it really bothered him.
Sikes won his six tournaments in a six-year span. However, Sikes sometimes wondered if his game was suffering because of his work on the separation from the PGA and other player-related issues. Or maybe he simply couldn't help getting involved.
In a sport that was still regarded as elitist and slow to change, Sikes liked a battle of right vs. Wrong as much as hitting a 7-iron 2 feet from the pin. Arthur Johnson, a retired Jacksonville businessman, got to know Sikes when he was a caddie at Brentwood. At the time, the two public courses in Jacksonville, Brentwood and Hyde Park, had restrictions on when African-Americans could play golf.Each course allowed them to play one day a week. Until a landmark court case in 1963 forced the city to allow African-Americans to play those courses at any time, Johnson said the restrictions were broken, to the best of his knowledge, only by Dan Sikes.
"Dan came to Brentwood one day with Ted Rhodes and Pete Brown, " Johnson said of two early African-American players on the PGA Tour who faced frequent discrimination. It wasn't the day for blacks to play at Brentwood but Dan told [head pro] Roland Hurley they were playing. Roland argued for a minute and Dan just told the guys,'come on,' and they went to the first tee.Tour players recognized Sikes' legal mind and leadership skills and voted him to the players' committee in 1963, only his third year on Tour. Sikes became the chairman in 1967 and soon led the push for independence for touring pros from the PGA. The established golf media accused Sikes of inciting a "player revolt" and one newspaper headline from a tournament in 1967, when Sikes had moved to the top of a leaderboard, said: PGA rebel grabs lead. Since Sikes' role in the divorce from the PGA was well-known to insiders, he was asked to help with another cause. PGA Tour caddies enlisted Sikes in 1970 to help improve working conditions on the Tour and to end the practice of many private clubs who forced players to use their caddies instead of their own loopers when Tour events came to their courses. Sikes took the issue to Dey, who influenced the USGA to allow players to use their own caddies at the U. Other organizations and private clubs soon followed suit. In an Associated Press article on the issue, veteran golf writer Bob Green called Sikes one of the most influential players on the Tour. However, his health was becoming an issue and two years after making 18 Senior Tour starts in 1985, he played in only four tournaments and withdrew once. Sikes' alcohol intake became so problematic that friends and family staged at least two interventions. Sikes was married twice and had one daughter, Karen Anne, who is now a realtor in St. McCumber said the last conversation he ever had with Sikes was the day after McCumber finished second to Nelson in the PGA Championship at Palm Beach Gardens. McCumber, in a controversial decision, hit driver off the deck for his second shot at the par-5 18th hole at PGA National when he was trailing Nelson by one shot. A lay-up and a wedge onto the green could have set up a short birdie putt for a playoff.
The ball fell into the water and McCumber was criticized for taking an unnecessary risk. "Dan called me the next day, " McCumber said. He told me he was proud of me for that shot. You were trying to win,' he said.
Sikes then told McCumber that he saw something on TV about his move at the top of his backswing. "He said I got a little quick at the top, " McCumber said. Then he told me,'come over to Hidden Hills and we'll work on it.
I never got over there, which I regretted later. 18 of that year, Sikes complained of stomach pain and was admitted to St. He was bleeding internally and doctors performed emergency surgery.
Sikes went into a coma after the surgery and never woke up. He died two days later at the age of 58. Sikes' funeral at the Hardage-Giddens Guardian Chapel on Main Street drew PGA Tour winners such as McCumber, Beman, Blackburn, Goalby and Dickinson.
During his eulogy, Goalby said: He was the impetus behind both [tours]. He loved the game of golf and gave himself to it.He was an unsung hero. But Sikes was never unsung in Jacksonville. And not on that windy March week at Deerwood 50 years ago. Golfer Dan Sikes:'Unsung Hero' of U. Dan Sikes was a 6-time winner on the PGA Tour in the 1960s. But his impact on golf was far greater than his tournament successes. Behind the scenes, Sikes helped create the modern PGA Tour and, later, the Champions Tour. Full name: Daniel David Sikes Jr. Date of birth: December 7, 1929. Place of birth: Wildwood, Florida.
Date and place of death: December 20, 1987 in Jacksonville, Florida. Nickname: Called "Lawyer Dan" by some of his fellow pros, "the Golfing Lawyer" by some in the media during his career.
Dan Sikes is credited with six wins on the PGA Tour. 1968 Florida Citrus Open Invitational.
Sikes also won three times on the Champions Tour. 1982 Hilton Head Seniors International. 1984 Gatlin Brothers Seniors Golf Classic.
1984 United Virginia Bank Seniors. (Sikes tied with Miller Barber - due to poor weather there was no playoff, they were named co-champions). Sikes never played the British Open, but had Top 10 finishes in each of the other three majors.
His first major was the 1962 U. Open and his last the 1975 Masters. His best finish was a tie for third at the 1967 PGA Championship, followed by solo fifth at the 1965 Masters.He had five Top 10s total in major championships, the last a tie for sixth at the 1973 PGA Championship. It is a little ironic that Sikes' best showing was at the 1967 PGA, a tournament that a Sikes-led coalition of top players threatened to boycott (see following section). Sikes was the third-round leader and began the final round with a 2-stroke lead. But he shot 73 in that final round and wound up tied for third with Jack Nicklaus, one stroke out of a playoff. Sikes' Behind-the-Scene Influence On Tours. Sikes is arguably one of the most-influential tour players in golf history who was never a major star and that most fans today have never heard of. He played key roles in leading tour players away from the PGA of America and into the formation of the modern PGA Tour, and in creating the Champions Tour.
Sikes' potential for leadership was recognized early by his peers on tour when, in 1963, just his third year on tour, he was voted onto the Tournament Players' Committee. At the time, the tour was part of the PGA of America, and the Tournament Players' Committee was one of the only ways the golfers had input into tour operations. His peers were impressed with Sikes' legal background as well as his willingness to commit to something he believed in. In the early 1960s, Sikes defied the segregation laws then in place in his hometown of Jacksonville's golf scene by showing up to a local golf course with African-American pros Ted Rhodes and Pete Brown and daring the course to stop him from playing with his friends. By 1967, Sikes had become chairman of and spokesman for the committee, as tour players' grievances with the PGA of America grew.
The PGA, at that time, treated tour players the same as it treated club pros: They were required to, for example, attend business classes on running pro shops and acquire certifications as club pros. The tour players wanted to simply play tournaments and operate as independent contractors. When the PGA of America nixed a potential Frank Sinatra-hosted, high-dollar tournament, tour players had enough. Sikes led them (with Arnold Palmer's and Jack Nicklaus' support) in threatening to boycott the 1967 PGA Championship if their complaints weren't addressed.
Only a couple weeks before the tournament, the PGA gave in on several points. In 1968, the players were able to create the Tournament Players Division, an automonous organization. With Sikes pushing all along the way, the Tournament Players Division became the PGA Tour in 1975. Eulogizing Sikes at his funeral, 1968 Masters champion Bob Goalby said of the players' breakaway from the PGA to govern themselves, It never would have happened without Dan ramrodding it.Sikes later served on the new PGA Tour's Tournament Policy Board. In 1980, Sikes helped create another tour, the Champions Tour. The senior circuit came into being at a meeting on Jan. 16, 1980, attended by Gardner Dickinson, Sam Snead, Julius Boros, Don January, Goalby and Sikes. Sikes, in the early 1970s, had also taken up the cause of PGA Tour caddies, helping improve working conditions and opening up more opportunities for them. At Sikes' funeral, Goalby explained. He was the impetus behind both (the PGA Tour and Champions Tour).
Sikes had a temper on the golf course and could be a prickly character off it - but he was loyal, friendly and interesting to those he let into his circle. Sikes was once described by the Jacksonville newspaper as "abrasive and kind, guarded and gentle, aloof and interesting, " and, the paper noted, Sikes was frequently betrayed by a balky putting stroke. As a golfer, Sikes' strength was his driver.Peter Alliss wrote of him, Sikes favored low, drawn shots, and was both a long and a consistent player, having a pause at the top of his swing. That pause at the top of his swing is something that really stood out about his game. Sikes' pause was "followed by strong action from his long legs, to hit one towering draw after another off the tee, followed by lasered iron shots, " according to the Jacksonville newspaper. One of the greatest compliments I heard was when Jack Nicklaus called (Sikes) one of the best drivers that he'd ever seen. From a physical standpoint, what I remember from the times we played is his tee shots were long and straight. He was also a fierce competitor. He hated to lose and just never quit on a round. PGA Tour player and Jacksonville native Mark McCumber. Sikes played college golf at the University of Florida from 1951-53, in 1953 becoming the school's first All-American in the sport. That same year he received entry into the PGA Tour Jacksonville Open, his first appearance on the tour.
Sikes graduated with a degree in business administration. He then spent several years in the United States Army, and won the 1955 All-Army Championship golf tournament. After getting out of the military, Sikes entered Florida's College of Law.
While in law school, he won the 1958 U. Amateur Public Links, a USGA championship. Sikes turned pro that year and his rookie year on the PGA Tour was 1961. Sikes' first brush with PGA Tour victory was at 1962 Houston Classic, where he played an 18-hole playoff against Jack Nicklaus and Bobby Nichols.
Nicklaus was eliminated after 18, but Sikes and Nichols were still tied. Nichols beat Sikes on the 19th hole. It was only one more year until victory No. 1 arrived, however: Sikes beat Sam Snead by one stroke to win that 1963 Doral Open.The year 1967 was Sikes' best: He had two wins (including his hometown Jacksonville Open), was third at the PGA Championship, and had two runner-up finishes (including to Nicklaus at the Westchester Classic). Also in 1969, he was part of Team USA in the Ryder Cup. Sikes didn't win after 1968, but lost a playoff to Lanny Wadkins at the 1973 Byron Nelson Golf Classic, and posted his final runner-up finish in 1974. For his PGA Tour career, Sikes made the cut in 367 of 422 tournaments played, had 12 second-place and nine third-place showings, and 94 Top 10 finishes. His final appearance in a PGA Tour tournament was at the 1981 Bay Hill Classic. After helping create the Champions Tour, Sikes spent several years among its better players. In all, Sikes made 82 senior tour starts, finished in the Top 10 38 times, and was runner-up six times. He played three Champions Tour events in 1987, the last at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, before health problems forced him to stop. Years of heavy drinking took their toll (despite friends and family staging two interventions). In December of 1987, Sikes was experiencing stomach pain. He was admitted to a Jacksonville hospital, where doctors discovered internal bleeding. Emergency surgery was performed, but Sikes slipped into a coma.
He died two days later, only 58 years old. Sikes is a member of the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame and of the Jacksonville Sports Hall of Fame. The PGA Championship (often referred to as the US PGA Championship or USPGA outside the United States) is an annual golf tournament conducted by the Professional Golfers' Association of America. It is one of the four major championships in professional golf.
It was formerly played in mid-August on the third weekend before Labor Day weekend, serving as the fourth and final major of the golf season. Beginning in 2019, the tournament is played in May on the weekend before Memorial Day, as the season's second major. In line with the other majors, winning the PGA gains privileges that improve career security. PGA champions are automatically invited to play in the other three majors Masters Tournament, U. Open, and The Open Championship and The Players Championship for the next five years, and are eligible for the PGA Championship for life.
They receive membership on the PGA Tour for the following five seasons and on the European Tour for the following seven seasons. The PGA Championship is the only one of the four majors that is exclusively for professional players. The PGA Championship has been held at various venues. Some of the early sites are now quite obscure, but in recent years, the event has generally been played at a small group of celebrated courses.
Summary by course, state and region. This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (November 2015) (Learn how and when to remove this template message).In 1894, with 41 golf courses operating in the United States, two unofficial national championships for amateur golfers were organized. One was held at Newport Country Club in Rhode Island, and the other at St. Andrew's Golf Club in New York. In addition, and at the same time as the amateur event, St. Andrew's conducted an Open championship for professional golfers.
None of the championships was officially sanctioned by a governing body for American golf, causing considerable controversy among players and organizers. Later in 1894 this led to the formation of the United States Golf Association (USGA), which became the first formal golf organization in the country. After the formation of the USGA, golf quickly became a sport of national popularity and importance. In February 1916 the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) was established in New York City. One month earlier, the wealthy department store owner Rodman Wanamaker hosted a luncheon with the leading golf professionals of the day at the Wykagyl Country Club in nearby New Rochelle.The attendees prepared the agenda for the formal organization of the PGA; consequently, golf historians have dubbed Wykagyl The Cradle of the PGA.  The new organization's first president was Robert White, one of Wykagyl's best-known golf professionals.
The first PGA Championship was held in October 1916 at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, New York. The champion is also awarded a replica of the Wanamaker Trophy, which was also donated by Wanamaker, to keep for one year, and a smaller-sized keeper replica Wanamaker Trophy. Initially a match play event, the PGA Championship was originally played in early fall but varied from May to December. Following World War II, the championship was mostly played in late May or late June, then moved to early July in 1953 and a few weeks later in 1954, with the finals played on Tuesday. As a match play event (with a stroke play qualifier), it was not uncommon for the finalists to play over 200 holes in seven days.
Network television broadcasters, preferring a large group of well-known contenders on the final day, pressured the PGA of America to make the format change. During the 1960s, the PGA Championship was played the week following The Open Championship five times, making it virtually impossible for players to compete in both majors. The 2016 event was moved to late July, two weeks after the Open Championship, to accommodate the 2016 Summer Olympics in August.
Before the 2017 edition, it was announced that the PGA Championship would be moved to May on the weekend before Memorial Day, beginning in 2019. The PGA Tour concurrently announced that it would move its Players Championship back to March the same year; it had been moved from March to May in 2007. The PGA of America cited the addition of golf to the Summer Olympics, as well as cooler weather enabling a wider array of options for host courses, as reasoning for the change. The PGA Championship is primarily played in the eastern half of the United States; only eleven times has it ventured west. The most recent was in 2020 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco,  the first for the Bay Area, and returning to California after a quarter century.The Mountain time zone has hosted three editions, all in suburban Denver, in 1941, 1967, and 1985. The state of New York has hosted thirteen times, followed by Ohio (11) and Pennsylvania (9).
The tournament was previously promoted with the slogan "Glory's Last Shot". In 2013, the tagline had been dropped in favor of "The Season's Final Major", as suggested by PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem while discussing the allowance of a one-week break in its schedule before the Ryder Cup. PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua explained that they had also had discussions with CBS, adding that it was three entities that all quickly came to the same conclusion that, you know what, there's just not much in that tag line and we don't feel it's doing much for the PGA Championship, so let's not stick with it. Let's think what else is out there. " For a time, the tournament used the slogan "This is Major as a replacement.
The Wanamaker Trophy, named after business man and golfer Rodman Wanamaker, stands nearly 2.5 feet (75 cm) tall and weighs 27 pounds (12 kg). The trophy was lost, briefly, for a few years until it showed up in 1930 in the cellar of L.
Ironically, this cellar was in the factory which made the clubs for the man responsible for losing it, Walter Hagen. The PGA Championship was established for the purpose of providing a high-profile tournament specifically for professional golfers at a time when they were generally not held in high esteem in a sport that was largely run by wealthy amateurs. This origin is still reflected in the entry system for the Championship. It is the only major that does not explicitly invite leading amateurs to compete (it is possible for amateurs to get into the field, although the only viable ways are by winning one of the other major championships, or winning a PGA Tour event while playing on a sponsor's exemption), and the only one that reserves so many places, 20 of 156, for club professionals.
These slots are determined by the top finishers in the club pro championship, which is held in late April. Since December 1968, the PGA Tour has been independent of the PGA of America. The PGA Tour is an elite organization of tournament professionals, but the PGA Championship is still run by the PGA of America, which is mainly a body for club and teaching professionals. The PGA Championship is the only major that does not explicitly grant entry to the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, although it invariably invites all of the top 100 (not just top 50) players who are not already qualified.List of qualification criteria to date. Winners of the last five U. Winners of the last five Masters.
Winners of the last five Open Championships. Winners of the last three The Players Championships.
The current Senior PGA Champion. The low 15 scorers and ties in the previous PGA Championship. The 20 low scorers in the last PGA Professional Championship. Members of the most recent United States and European Ryder Cup Teams, provided they are in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking as of one week before the start of the tournament. Any tournament winner co-sponsored or approved by the PGA Tour since the previous PGA Championship.
The PGA of America reserves the right to invite additional players not included in the categories listed above. The total field is a maximum of 156 players. Main article: List of PGA Championship champions. Baltusrol Golf Club, Lower Course. Oak Hill Country Club, East Course.Rochester, New York[N 2]. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Ocean Course. Atlanta Athletic Club, Highlands Course. Johns Creek, Georgia[N 3]. Oakland Hills Country Club, South Course. Medinah Country Club, Course No. Winged Foot Golf Club, West Course. Pacific Palisades, California[N 5].
United States Jim Gallagher Jr. Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club. PGA National Resort & Spa.Congressional Country Club, Blue Course. Firestone Country Club, South Course. NCR Country Club, South Course. Dallas Athletic Club, Blue Course. United States Henry Williams, Jr. Manito Golf and Country Club.
Not held due to World War II. Hershey Country Club, West Course.The Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort. Twin Hills Golf & Country Club.
Blue Mound Golf & Country Club. Baltimore Country Club, East Course. Salisbury Golf Club, Red Course. French Lick Springs Resort, Hill Course. Not held due to World War I.^ These players were British born, but they were based in the United States when they won the PGA Championship, and they became U. Tommy Armour - Born in Scotland but moved to the U. In the early 1920s and became a U. Jock Hutchison - Born in Scotland. The table below lists the field sizes and qualification methods for the match play era. All rounds were played over 36 holes except as noted in the table. 1st four rounds, consolation matches (3rd-8th place). In 1921, the field consisted of the defending champion and the top 31 qualifiers from the 1921 U. Most wins: 5, Jack Nicklaus, Walter Hagen. Most runner-up finishes: 4, Jack Nicklaus.
Oldest winner: Julius Boros in 1968 (48 years, 142 days). Youngest winner: Gene Sarazen in 1922 (20 years, 174 days). Greatest winning margin in the match play era: Paul Runyan beat Sam Snead 8 & 7 in 1938. Greatest winning margin in the stroke play era: 8 strokes, Rory McIlroy in 2012.
Lowest absolute 72-hole score: 264, Brooks Koepka (69-63-66-66), 2018. Lowest 72-hole score in relation to par: -20, Jason Day (68-67-66-67=268) in 2015.This is the lowest score in relation to par at any major championship. Koepka's 2018 score was -16. The 2018 site, Bellerive Country Club, played to par 70, while the 2015 site, the Straits Course at Whistling Straits, played to par 72. Bellerive played to par 71 when it hosted in 1992, and the Straits Course also played to par 72 when it hosted in 2004 and 2010. Lowest 18-hole score: 63 - Bruce Crampton, 2nd round, 1975; Raymond Floyd, 1st, 1982; Gary Player, 2nd, 1984; Vijay Singh, 2nd, 1993; Michael Bradley, 1st, 1995; Brad Faxon, 4th, 1995; José María Olazábal, 3rd, 2000; Mark O'Meara, 2nd, 2001; Thomas Bjørn, 3rd, 2005; Tiger Woods, 2nd, 2007; Steve Stricker, 1st, 2011; Jason Dufner, 2nd, 2013; Hiroshi Iwata, 2nd, 2015; Robert Streb, 2nd, 2016; Brooks Koepka, 2nd, 2018; Charl Schwartzel, 2nd, 2018; Brooks Koepka, 1st, 2019.
4 PGA Championships: Southern Hills Country Club - 1970, 1982, 1994, 2007, (2022, 2030 planned). 3 PGA Championships: Atlanta Athletic Club, Highlands Course - 1981, 2001, 2011. 3 PGA Championships: Firestone Country Club, South Course - 1960, 1966, 1975. 3 PGA Championships: Oakland Hills Country Club, South Course - 1972, 1979, 2008.3 PGA Championships: Oakmont Country Club - 1922, 1951, 1978. 3 PGA Championships: Oak Hill Country Club, East Course - 1980, 2003, 2013, (2023 planned). 3 PGA Championships: Valhalla Golf Club - 1996, 2000, 2014, (2024 planned). 3 PGA Championships: Whistling Straits, Straits Course - 2004, 2010, 2015. Further information: List of PGA Championship broadcasters. The PGA Championship is televised in the United States by CBS and ESPN.
Beginning 2020, ESPN holds rights to early-round and weekend morning coverage, and will air supplemental coverage through its digital subscription service ESPN+ prior to weekday coverage and during weekend broadcast windows. CBS holds rights to weekend-afternoon coverage. Both contracts run through 2030, with ESPN's contract replacing a prior agreement with TNT. CBS has televised the PGA Championship since 1991, when it replaced ABC. The ESPN telecasts are co-produced with CBS Sports, mirroring the broadcast arrangements used by ESPN for the Masters Tournament. Southern Hills Country Club[a]. Aronimink Golf Club. Southern Hills Country Club.
1970, 1982, 1994, 2007, 2022. Trump National Golf Club Bedminster was originally chosen to host the 104th PGA Championship, but the PGA of America terminated the deal in the wake of Donald Trump's supporters storming the Capitol following his presidential election defeat. Golf in the United States. The course has a Kohler postal address, but is located in the unincorporated community of Haven.The club has a Rochester postal address, but is located in the adjacent town of Pittsford. The club is in a portion of the postal area of Duluth that became part of the newly incorporated city of Johns Creek in 2006. Although the club continues to be served by the Duluth post office, it now states its postal address as Johns Creek. At that time, the club had a Louisville postal address, but was located in unincorporated Jefferson County.
In 2003, the governments of Louisville and Jefferson County merged, putting the club within the political boundaries of Louisville. Pacific Palisades is a neighborhood in Los Angeles with its own postal identity. The club has a St. Louis postal address, but is located in the suburb of Town and Country.The 1955 All-Army golf team, chosen on medal scores in the All-Army championship at Fort Meade. L to R: SF C Murray Jacobs, Pfc Dan Sikes, Sp. HENEVE R George Cobb, golf course. Architect, comes to Fort Meade, Md. For a day or two of work on the new 18. Now under construction, I try to make it. A point to go around with him.
Fort Meade received approval of the construction of a second 18 holes, I was most. Insistent that an experienced golf course.
Years in the Army, I have seen too many. Golf courses, laid out by some eager Sunday golfer, with uninteresting holes.Makes maintenance difficult and play boring. I ran into George Cobb's work first at. Probably its finest 18-hole golf course. Cobb designed it shortly after World War. II, and today, with a division at Jackson. Thousands of soldiers are enjoying golf.
On one of the top courses in the Southeast. The value of a good architect is further. Revealed on Army courses at Fort Benning, Ga. Unfortunately, many of the other Army golf. Courses are unimaginative areas of closely.Cropped grass, chiefly due to false. Economy in not employing a good architect. At Benning, with numerous soldiers. Passing through attending the Infantry. School, and with a combat division there. On permanent duty, the old 18 holes could. Not handle the number of players. Benning called in Robert Trent Jones, who. Designed nine new holes to give Benning. One of the finest nines anywhere.
At West Point, the Army Athletic. Association also employed Jones to design. Holes have been completed in very rugged. Course is actually built right on the side.
Of a mountain, it is a beautiful layout. And a real test of golf. His job so that there are very few holes. Where the player must chug straight uphill. Without an architect, West Point.
Would not have had a real championship. Course for their golf teams and individual cadets to use.
Have shown steady improvement on this. Course and beat Princeton this year for. George Cobb feels that his 18 a t Fort. Meade will be an equal to Fort Jackson.
The terrain is similar; rolling, pine-covered sandy. Financially, not one cent of taxpayer.
Post Exchanges and Post Theatres and. Similar facilities made available to the. Soldiers go into a Welfare Fund, which.
Must be expended for the welfar e of the. Such funds not only help with golf. Courses, but among other things they.Build swimming pools, tennis courts. Bowling alleys and provide good shows. And dance bands for soldier entertainment. The new course a t Meade, when opened.
For play sometime in the summe r of 1956. Will ease a very tight golfing situation. At present, during the week, we average. About 150 golfers a day from the soldiers.In the Fort Meade area. Grea t majority of this number arrives at.
The course between 5 and 6 p. Quick nine holes before dark. Naturally, with such numbers, many of.Them can't even finish their nine holes. And even those who finish must stand and. For a game-more golfers than many. Large clubs carry on their membership. Even with a system of starting. Times spaced a t six-minute intervals and. Beginning a t 7:00 a. And ending a t 4:30. The course is jammed with players. Taking a minimum of four hours to play. The fact tha t many beginners ar e coming out for golf also slows up play. The juniors get good golf at Fort Meade.
Brewer is putting on the tenth hole during the. 1955 Fort Meade Junior Invitational. In the play-off in the "13 and under" division to. John Boyce of Fort Belvoir, Va. Gardless of the resultant slowness of play.
We strive to get more beginners playing. I personally encourage other golfers to.Be considerate of beginners and help them. In learning the rules and etiquette of the. To give these beginners greate r enjoyment of the game, we have a club pro. And two excellent enlisted instructors, who.
Devote a majo r portion of every day to. Instruction of the new soldier golfer.
In addition to soldier beginners, we have. An active junior program aimed at getting. The youngsters of our post personnel inLieut.
Parks, 2nd Army commander, recently won his third AllArmy seniors' title. General Parks during his long military experience has been conspicuously. Successful in combat, planning, training and executive capacities. Formal recognition of his professional achievements is strongly endorsed by the high regard.In which General Parks is held by men who have served under his command. The General's remarks about the place of golf in the recreation, physical. Training and morale program of the armed services are of deep interest to all. In the golf business, particularly. The armed services are getting more and better golf courses for the reasons. That General Parks sets forth and which are known to other commanding officers at military installations. Recently, at the Air Force world-wide conference of Special Services, Lyle.
(Bud) Werring, pro at Elgin Field Fla. Air Force Base, headquarters of. The Air Proving Ground Command, detailed the ffolf operations at that ba«e.
Jack Isaacs, pro at Lanfjley Va. Air Force Base, where the Air Force World. Wide tournament won by 2nd Lieut. Kay Terry and Interservice matches won. By Air Force Team were held in August, has told in GOLFDOM of the important service a pro must give in properly supplying military personnel and.Their families with golf equipment and programs. Now for the first time in a golf magazine the basic reasons for good courses. Well operated, at military installations is told by a high ranking military. Our pro gives free group. Lessons every Friday during the summer.
For the juniors and we have an annual. Fort Meade Junior Invitational Tournamen t which brings junior golfers from. The Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis.
Area s to Fort Meade for a day of golf. All of this adds up to very heavy play. Pleasant Use of Fre e Time.
With mor e personnel moving into the. Fort Meade area all the time, the number.Of golfers will probably increase at least. 50 percent, which simply means tha t many. Golfers ar e not going to play golf because. Of the long waiting during play and the. Necessity of getting startin g times in advance. Such a situation will certainly force. The soldier with time on his hands out into the neighboring communities and cities. Many of us know wha t can result from. The new course a t Meade, and those. Being built a t other military installations. Will help to answer the question every. Soldier faces of wha t to do with his fre e. Army golf is aimed at providing. Healthy, enjoyable recreation for the. Up much of the free time a soldier might. Otherwise use in less desirable activities. The game helps to maintain the soldier.
In good physical condition, especially his. In a motorized army the foot soldier. Marche s very little a s compared to thirty. Told me tha t golf courses he had built. Helped thousands of men climb the hills.The availability of an on-post golf. Course gives soldiers an expense fre e opportunity to learn a sport which cannot.
Fail to emphasize and develop the personal. Qualities of characte r and integrity. For many young Americans in the Armed. Services, they learn a sport which is. Widely enjoyed outside the Army and.Which will give them years of pleasurable. Companionship even afte r they leave the. Army Golf Clubs Well Run. Most Army golf clubs are active and. Provide a number of tournaments with. Handicaps or different flights so tha t every. Golfer, par or 120 shooter, has a crack a t.
In addition, the Welfare Fund buys. Clubs and bags so that the soldier who. Wants to learn the game can get equipment for no charge. Tha t on almost every Army course you. Will see privates and generals trying to.Ge t the ball into the cup. Most clubs organize golf teams and. Challenge other golf teams, military and.
My regula r partner on the Fort. Meade team is Sergeant Max Deckard.There is no ran k on the golf course-it's. The old business of distance and direction. As my old golfing friend, Col. Russell ("Red") Reeder, used to say: A. Golf ball doesn't care who hits it, whethe r. A general or a private, but where it goes. Depends on how it is hit.
Every year the Army has an All-Army. A t the smallest posts and units and their.Teams are sent to the next higher tourna. Looking from green to tee on the 440 yd. 17th of Fort Meade's first I s'l^lei.
Playing in inter-club or city. Championship - for each 18. Assignment to PG A tournament-for each 18 holes caddied.
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A n y first-class caddy receiving. A fai r grade %. Second-class rate as a disciplinary measure V2.
NOTE : All penalty charges are reviewed each week by a member of the. Carolyn Stroupe, West Palm Beach, Fla. At Fred Waring's Shawnee Inn CC, Shawneeon-Delaware, Pa. Harry claims that into his. Pro shop come the world's most beautiful.Harry's interest in the pulchritudinous. Deep love affair with the shop cash register. Miss Stroupe in the nation's Sweetheart. Of Sigma Chi, the fraternity that has in. Addition to its formal roster, a million. Eventually, all of the major commands send teams to the All-Army Tournament.
This year the All-Army was held. At For t George G. Second Army Team winning the championship by one stroke. Dan Sikes of For t Meade, won the championship, in a play-off.Afte r the All-Army tournament the AllArmy team is selected to play against the. Other services at the Interservice Tournament. This tournament gives the soldier. A chance to play against other very good. Service golfers and to play different.
Since Arm y pay is hardly sufficient to allow most of the soldiers to. Play in the many tournaments held about. And other incidental tournament costs.
The future of golf in the Arm y is. Probably the same as in the country at. It is going to increase.
Are being built to meet the present need. And help with the future demand. Other posts to employ golf course architects for their new construction. Who has never played before or doesn't.
Play well, is liable to want to play a lot. More golf on an interesting, well laid-out.Course than on some sun burned, dry. Soldier who is healthfully playing a round. Of golf will be one less soldier who might.
Be on a street corner, in a bar, or trying. To drive an automobile a thousand miles.
On a week-end pass, a practice which has. Resulted in an alarming loss of life and. Limb to service men in traffic accidents. Morale-wise, a long putt "clunking" into.The cup goes a good long way towards. Keeping anybody happy and contented! 1960s GOLF STARS HISTORY MAKER GOLF. (Date after the golfer's name denotes the year they turned professional). Seven of Archer's 13 PGA Tour victories came in the 60s, including the 1969 Masters, and at 6 ft.
The tallest ever golfer to win a major. Archer was barely able to read or write, and since his death in 2005, the. Standing at just 5 ft. And often referred to in the media as "little Jerry Barber, " he was one of the top. Putters of his era and recorded seven PGA Tour victories, including the PGA Championship in 1961.
Remembered for his unusual swing with a flying right elbow, Barber holds the record for combined PGA Tour. And Champions Tour starts at 1,297. He won 11 times on the PGA Tour in the 1960s and 70s, and his 24.
Victories on the Champions Tour place him sixth on the all-time list. Tall and thick set,'Big John' Barnum played part-time on the PGA Tour in the 1950s and 60s, and is one of only. Seven golfers ever to win a PGA Tour event after turning 50, and the only player to win his first PGA Tour event. Past the age of 50 (the Cajun Classic, in 1962). The businesslike and bespectacled Beard had 11 wins on the PGA Tour, eight of which came in the 60s, and he.
He is probably best known as the author of Pro, the revealing story of. His year on the tour in 1969. Beman was a short hitter by top-class standards but possessed an outstanding short game. On the PGA Tour between 1969 and 1973, and after injuries curtailed his playing career, he served as the.
Second commissioner of the PGA Tour from 1974 until 1994. Bolt did not turn professional until he was 30 but still managed 15 victories on the PGA Tour, including the. Nicknamed "Thunder" and "Terrible Tommy" due to his fiery disposition and penchant for.
Throwing - and even breaking! Noted for his effortless-looking swing and quick pace of play, Boros won 18 times on the PGA Tour in the 1950s.
And 60s, including the U. Open in 1952 and 1963, and - at the age of 48 - the PGA Championship in 1968. Known for his jovial personality and his unusual'loopy' golf swing, Brewer won nine times on the PGA Tour in. The 1960s, culminating with the 1967 Masters, which was the first golf tournament to be broadcast live on. Television from the United States to Europe.Most prominent in the 1950s, Burke won 16 PGA Tour events, including both the Masters and PGA. At the Masters, he rallied from a remarkable eight strokes behind to overtake the thenamateur Ken Venturi in the final round. A highly successful amateur golfer, Campbell turned professional in 1958, joined the PGA Tour in 1959 and. He received Golf Digest's Rookie-of-the-Year award in 1959. His 43 top ten finishes.
Included three wins, seven runner-up and six third-place finishes. Respected for his extraordinary putting and short-game skills, Casper was one of the most prolific tournament. Winners in PGA Tour history, He won 51 times between 1956 and 1975, placing him seventh on the all-time list.And his victories included three majors: the U. Open in 1959 and 1966 and the Masters in 1970. BOB CHARLES (New Zealand) 1960.
One of the most successful left-handed golfers of all time, Charles was the first lefty to win a major 1963 Open. Championship, and he won more than 70 titles over the course of his career, including six victories on the PGA. Tour between 1963 and 1974.
Clark finished tenth on the European Tour Order of Merit in the tour's first official season in 1972 and was a. Member of the 1973 Great Britain & Ireland Ryder Cup team. He left the European Tour in the late 1970s and. Became well known as a commentator for the BBC and CBS.Remarkable for his consistency and durability, Coles claimed 50 professional wins and was five times a top-ten. Finisher in the Open Championship. Even at the peak of his career though, he made few appearances in the. United States because of his fear of flying. Collins won four events on the PGA Tour between 1959 and 1962 and was a member of the victorious. American Ryder Cup team in 1961, but back surgery in 1963 limited both his appearances and effectiveness. Coody won only three times on the PGA Tour, but one of those victories came at the 1971 Masters. Seven other top ten finishes at major championships, but there were to be no further wins on Tour after his. Courtney played on the PGA Tour for more than a decade in the 1960s and 70s, recording two wins and more. Than two dozen top ten finishes. Bruce Crampton had 14 career wins on the PGA Tour between 1961 and 1975 and was runner up in four major. Championships - one Masters, one U. Open, and two PGA Championships - all to Jack Nicklaus. Cupit had four victories on the PGA Tour between 1961 and 1966 and won the PGA's Rookie of the Year award. His best finish in a major was runner-up at the U. Open in 1963, when he and Arnold Palmer lost to. Julius Boros in a three-way playoff. ROBERTO DE VICENZO (Argentina) 1938. Won a record 230 professional tournaments worldwide in his career, including eight on the PGA Tour and, most. Famously, the 1967 Open Championship. However, he is perhaps best remembered for signing an incorrect. Scorecard that kept him out of a playoff for the 1968 Masters Tournament. During his PGA Tour career, Devlin had eight victories, all of which occurred between 1964 and 1972, and he. Also recorded 16 top ten finishes in major championships between 1964 and 1982. Nicknamed the "Slim Man" because of his 5-foot-10-inch, 130-pound frame, Dickinson won seven times on the. PGA Tour and was one of the founders of the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour). He played on the 1967. And 1971 Ryder Cup teams and holds the record for best winning percentage (minimum of seven matches). Douglass won just three times in almost 25 years on the PGA Tour, but his fortunes improved dramatically after. The age of 50, with 11 wins in just over 10 years on the Senior PGA Tour. Fairfield enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War, and after returning from service he played full-time on. The PGA Tour between 1956 and 1963, winning three times. Best known for winning the 1958 PGA Championship, Finsterwald won 11 Tour titles between 1955 and 1963.
Played on four Ryder Cup teams, and served as non-playing captain for the 1977 U. Fleck served in the U. Navy in World War II and took part in the D-Day landings. He won three times on the. PGA Tour in the 1950s and early 60s, the first of which came at the 1955 U.Open at the Olympic Club in San. Francisco, where he beat his idol, Ben Hogan, by three strokes in an 18-hole Sunday playoff. While still an amateur, Fleckman played in the U. Open at Baltusrol in 1967 and led after the first and third.
Rounds, but he shot 80 on Sunday and finished tied for 18th place. Later in the same year Fleckman won the. Cajun Classic in his first start on the PGA Tour, his first - and only - victory as a professional. Ray Floyd notched 22 victories in a long career on the PGA Tour, with five of those victories coming in the.
1960s, culminating with the 1969 PGA Championship, the first of his four majors. Floyd's short game was. Considered exemplary, and he is often acknowledged as one of the greatest chippers the game has ever seen.Despite not turning pro until he was 27 years of age, Ford ended his career with 19 wins on the PGA Tour. Including two major championships, the 1955 PGA Championship and the 1957 Masters. Showed enough promise as a baseball player that he received a contract offer from the New York Yankees. Al Geiberger won 11 tournaments on the PGA Tour, including the 1966 PGA Championship, but he is perhaps. Best known for becoming the first player to post a score of 59 on Tour, at the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic.
Goalby won 11 times on the PGA Tour between 1958 and 1971, and famously won the 1968 Masters when. Roberto De Vicenzo, with whom he was tied after 72 holes, signed for an incorrect scorecard to give Goalby a. Goalby's nephew is 9-time PGA Tour winner, Jay Haas. Tall and lean, Greene played on the PGA Tour from 1967 to 1975.His one Tour victory, the 1973 Liggett Myers. Open, came less than a year after he had accidently shot himself in the foot when a pistol in his golf bag. Discharged whilst he was loading the bag into his car. After serving in the U. Navy during the Korean War, Harney played full-time on the PGA Tour from 1955 to. 1962, and part-time from 1963 to 1973. He won six Tour events and also recorded six top ten finishes at major.
Won seven times on the PGA Tour between 1957 and 1961, including the 1960 PGA Championship, a. Tournament that had been won by his younger brother, Lionel, in 1957. Hebert was wounded in the left thigh at. The Battle of Iwo Jima and awarded a Purple Heart.Lionel Hebert won five times on the PGA Tour between 1957 and 1966, including the PGA Championship in. 1957, the last edition held at match play. HAROLD HENNING (South Africa) 1953. Nicknamed'The Horse', Henning was born into a golfing family, with his three brothers also playing. A much-travelled golfer, Henning won 41 events internationally during his career, including two. Victories on the PGA Tour in 1966 and 1970.
Dave Hill, whose younger brother, Mike, also played on the PGA Tour, won 13 times between 1961 and 1976. But he was perhaps better known for his quick wit and biting sarcasm.
He frequently led the tour in fines and. Was once suspended for two months after he deliberately broke his putter on national television. Huggett won sixteen events on the European circuit, including two after the formal start of the European Tour in.
He also played in the Ryder Cup six times, and in 1970 was ranked as high as tenth in the world. Hunt was a leading player on the European circuit in the 1950s and 1960s.He topped the Order of Merit three. Times, and between 1953 and 1969 he represented Great Britain in the Ryder Cup eight times out of nine. Jacklin was the most successful British player of his generation, winning two major championships, the 1969. Open Championship and the 1970 U. He was also Ryder Cup captain from 1983 to 1989, Europe. Winning two and tying another of these four events. Jacobs won four PGA Tour events between 1958 and 1964, and twice finished runner-up in major. Championships, first at the 1964 U. Open and then at the 1966 Masters, where he and Gay Brewer lost to. Jack Nicklaus after an 18-hole Monday playoff. January won ten PGA Tour titles, most notably the 1967 PGA Championship. During the 1963 Phoenix Open, he. Had a putt stop on the lip of the hole; he waited for seven minutes for the ball to drop (it never did), and the. Rules of golf were changed as a consequence so that now players must tap the ball in within ten seconds.
Knudson, along with Mike Weir, holds the record for the Canadian with the most wins on the PGA Tour, with. Knudson's best finish in a major championship was a tie for second at the 1969 Masters.One shot behind champion George Archer. A tall, handsome man, "Champagne Tony" was hugely popular and had 12 victories on Tour, including the 1964. Open Championship, before tragedy struck in 1966 when his private jet ran out of fuel and crashed landed on a.
Golf course in Lansing, near Chicago. All on board died, including Lema and his wife Betty. In a career of sustained excellence, Littler won 29 PGA Tour tournaments, including the 1961 U. Only once from 1954 to 1979 did he finish out of the top 60 on the.Father of Davis Love III, Davis Love Jr. Spent most of his professional career as a respected teaching. He never played full-time on the PGA Tour, but he played in 13 major championships and finished. Tied for sixth place at the 1969 British Open.
Lunn's best years in professional golf were 1968-72, during which time he won six tournaments on the PGA. Perhaps more well known for his work as a golf analyst for ABC in the 1970s and 80s, Marr won three times on.
The PGA Tour, with the last of those victories coming at the 1965 PGA Championship, played at Laurel Valley. PA, the home course of his close friend, Arnold Palmer. Massengale had two wins and 32 top ten finishes on the PGA Tour, with both his victories coming in 1966. Best finish in a major was a 2nd at the 1967 PGA Championship where he lost to Don January in an 18-hole. Massengale's younger brother, Rik, won three times on the PGA Tour in the 1970s.Army, Maxwell began a professional golf career in 1954 that saw him win seven times. On the PGA Tour and finish eight times in the top ten at the Masters, U. McCallister played full-time on the Tour throughout the 1960s after serving in the U. Recording 18 top ten finishes. He retired in 1969 after being affected by early onset arthritis.
Moody gave up his military career in favour of a run at professional golf - his nickname on the Tour was. "Sarge" - and his sole victory on the PGA Tour came at the 1969 U. Open, which he won having come. Through local and sectional qualifying. Amateur in 1965 whilst still a student at the University of Florida, and after turning.
Professional he won five tournaments on the PGA Tour between 1968 and 1986. Nagle won 94 professional tournaments around the world during his long career and won at least one.Tournament each year from 1949 to 1975, but he is best known for his shock victory at The Open. Won 12 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1964 PGA Championship. In his youth, Nichols recovered from. Serious injuries sustained in an automobile accident resulting from a 100-mph joy ride, and in 1975 he, Jerry.
Heard, and Lee Trevino all survived unscathed after being struck by lightning at the Western Open. "The Golden Bear" is widely considered to be the greatest golfer of all time, with 73 PGA Tour victories. Including a record 18 majors. His first professional victory came at the 1962 U. Open, and when he won the.
Open Championship in 1966, he became, at age 26, the youngest player to complete a career Grand Slam. He played full-time on the PGA Tour for five years, but like most professional golfers of his generation, he spent. Most of his career earning his living as a club pro. Nieporte won three PGA Tour events between 1959 and. 1967, and his best finish in a major was T5 at the 1964 PGA Championship.
Sufficiently revered in his home country to be known simply as "Himself, " O'Connor recorded 64 professional. Victories, finished in the top ten at the Open Championship on ten occasions, and competed in every Ryder Cup. Generally regarded as one of the greatest and most charismatic players in the history of golf.
62 PGA Tour titles, including seven majors, from 1955 to 1973 and is widely credited, along with Jack Nicklaus. And Gary Player, with popularizing and commercializing the sport around the world during the 1960s. GARY PLAYER (South Africa) 1953.
Widely considered to be one of the greatest golfers ever, Player won over 150 professional tournaments on six. Continents, including 24 victories on the PGA Tour between 1958 and 1978. He won nine majors, and he is the. Only non-American to win the career Grand Slam. Pott won five times on the PGA Tour in the 1960s, and he was a member of three Ryder Cup teams; 1963.1965, and 1967, although he injured his back in 1965 and did not play. His best finish in a major was T-5 at. Ragan played on the PGA Tour in the late 1950s and 1960s, winning three times. He finished second to Jack. Nicklaus in the 1963 PGA Championship and was a member of the 1963 Ryder Cup team.
Rees' career spanned from the 1930s to the 1960s. He won numerous tournaments in Britain, Europe and. South Africa, and finished as runner-up in three Open Championships.
He played in nine Ryder Cups and was. Captain on five occasions, famously leading the British team to a rare victory in 1957. Rodgers won five times on the PGA Tour between 1962 and 1966, and at the 1963 Open Championship he lost. To Bob Charles in a 36-hole playoff. After a stint on the Senior PGA Tour, Rodgers became a much sought-after.
Teacher, specializing in the short game, with one of his first pupils being Jack Nicklaus. Recorded 37 professional victories, including 8 on the PGA Tour between 1963 and 1979. He quickly became a fan favourite for his habit of covering the hole with his straw hat after making a birdie, or.Waving his putter like a swordsman after holing a putt of any length. Rosburg won six times on the PGA Tour, his biggest win being the 1959 PGA Championship, where he came. From six strokes behind entering the final round.
Rosburg went on to become a commentator for ABC Sports. Television, pioneering the now-common practice of roving on the golf course and reporting from the fairways. Rudolph joined the PGA Tour in 1959 and was Rookie of the Year, and he went on to win five official PGA Tour.Known for his consistency, he made the cut in 409 of 430 career starts, was in the. Following a successful amateur career, Rule turned professional at the start of the 1960s and played on the. PGA Tour full-time between 1962 and 1967, winning twice and recording 19 top ten finishes.
Known as the "Peacock of the Fairways" for his flamboyant dress sense, Sanders won 20 times on the PGA. Tour between 1956 and 1972 and had 13 top ten finishes in majors.
He lost the 1970 Open Championship in. A playoff to Jack Nicklaus after missing a 30-inch putt on the final hole for the title. Shaw won four PGA Tour events and had over two dozen top ten finishes.
In 1966, he was seriously injured in a. Car accident on the way to the Bob Hope Classic, but he recovered and enjoyed his best year on Tour in 1971. In 1961, Charlie Sifford became the first African-American to play on the PGA Tour, going on to win the 1967. Greater Hartford Open and the 1969 Los Angeles Open, and in 2004 he became the first African-American to.
Be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Known as the "golfing lawyer" (he was a qualified lawyer but never actually practiced), he was the chairman.Of the tournament players committee in the late 1960s, prior to the formation of the modern PGA Tour. Richard Horace Sikes (no relation to Dan) had a stellar amateur and college career before joining the PGA Tour. He won twice on Tour and recorded 43 top ten finishes in total between 1964 and 1971. "Slammin' Sammy" was said to have had the "perfect swing" and is widely regarded as one of the greatest. He won seven majors and a record 82 PGA Tour titles in all a number since equalled by.
Tiger Woods, and in 1965 he became, at 52 years and 10 months, the oldest winner of a PGA TOUR event. Souchak won 15 times on the PGA Tour between 1955 and 1964, and whilst he never won a major, he had. Eleven top ten finishes at major championships, including third place at the U. Open in both 1959 and 1960.Spray recorded one victory and 14 top ten finishes on the PGA Tour between 1966 and 1972 and finished T5. He was hampered by injuries during the last years of his career, including tendinitis in. His left thumb that forced him to change his grip and back surgery that caused him to miss almost all of 1974. Still played in 489 events during a long career on the PGA Tour, winning three times and finishing in the top ten. Two of those top ten finishes came at major championships: a fifth-place finish at the 1970. Open, and a T-6 at The Masters in 1971. Renowned as a great putter, Stockton won ten times on the PGA Tour between 1967 and 1976, including two. PGA Championships in 1970 and 1976.
Stockton's son, Dave Jr. Also played professionally on the PGA Tour. Thomas was one of Britain's leading golfers during the 1950s and 1960s and was runner-up at The Open. Championship in 1958 and 1966. He was renowned for his long, straight, driving, and once hit a drive during a.
Practice round for the 1967 Open at Hoylake onto the green at the 420-yard second hole. An infrequent competitor on the PGA Tour, Thomson was a prolific tournament champion around the world. Winning 95 professional tournaments during his career. He won the Open Championship five times between. 1954 and 1965, including three times in succession in 1954, 1955 and 1956.
Known for his unorthodox, compact swing and for his sense of humour, "Supermex" is regarded as one of the. Greatest shot-makers in golf history, winning 92 career titles, including six majors and 29 events on the PGA. Tour between 1968 and 1984. Venturi first gained national attention in 1956 when, at age 24, he finished second in the Masters while still an. He eventually won 14 events on the PGA Tour, including the 1964 U.
Open, and after injuries forced. His retirement from playing in 1967, he spent the next 35 years working as a commentator and analyst for CBS. Vossler won three times on the PGA Tour between 1958 and 1960, and in 1958 he finished T-5 at the U.Later in life he became widely known as one of golf's leading course designers and developers. Wall won 14 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1959 Masters, with his last win coming in 1975 at the age of. 51 years and seven months, making him the second-oldest ever winner on Tour behind Sam Snead. Notable for sinking 45 holes-in-one in his career (including casual rounds), a world record for many years.
He won 16 PGA Tour titles between 1968 and 1982, including the 1973 Open Championship at Royal Troon. And was also a four-time runner-up at The Masters and had a T2 finish at the 1976 U. And his displays of temper on the golf course earned him the nickname of "The Towering Inferno".Wininger won six times on the PGA Tour between 1955 and 1963 and also recorded several runner-up finishes. His best finish at a major was fourth place at the 1965 PGA Championship, but two years later, at the age of.
Just 45, he died after suffering a stroke. A career club professional, Wright played part-time on the PGA Tour between 1962 and 1972, with his most. Notable achievement being a fourth-place finish at the 1969 PGA Championship.Wysong recorded two wins and 16 top ten finishes on the PGA Tour, which he played full-time between 1963. He twice finished in the top ten at a major championship, including a runner-up finish at the 1966. Yancey, who suffered from bipolar disorder, won seven PGA Tour events between 1966 and 1972, and also. Had six top-5 finishes in major championships. Yancey's illness resurfaced in 1974 and led him to be involved. In a series of bizarre incidents, for which he was at various times arrested, incarcerated, and institutionalized.