Al Besselink

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Al Besselink
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Albert Cornelius Besselink
Nickname Bessie
Born (1922-06-30) June 30, 1922 (age 92)
Merchantville, New Jersey
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 16 st)
Nationality  United States
Spouse Jo Ann Stillwagon
Career
College University of Miami
Turned professional 1949
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 20
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 5[1]
Other 15
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T3: 1952
U.S. Open T6: 1951
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T33: 1956, 1957, 1964

Albert Cornelius Besselink (born June 30, 1922) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1950s and 1960s.

Besselink grew up in Merchantville, New Jersey.[2] He attended the University of Miami and was the first UM golfer to win a national tournament. He won the Southern Invitational Championship twice before graduating in 1949.[3] He turned pro later that year.

Besselink won five PGA Tour events including the inaugural Tournament of Champions in 1953. He was called "Bessie" by the other tour players and was known for living life with a gambler's recklessness and a showman's flair.[4] One famous example of his showmanship occurred during the third round of the 1965 Colonial Invitational in Fort Worth when Besselink played the final four holes of his third round with a red rose—plucked from a bush at the 15th hole—between his teeth. Afterward, Besselink said the gesture was a nod to the "loveliness of Texas women in general and Fort Worth women in particular." The next day, locker room attendants presented Besselink with 50 roses sent by female fans.[5]

Amateur wins (2)[edit]

  • Two Southern Invitational Championships

Professional wins (20)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (5)[edit]

Other wins (15)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament DNP T20 T3 9 T9 T63 DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T12 T6 CUT CUT WD CUT DNP DNP CUT DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP R64 R64 CUT DNP
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT DNP DNP CUT DNP
PGA Championship T39 63 CUT DNP T33 DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP CUT

Note: Besselink never played in The Open Championship.
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 1 1 3 4 5 5
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 2 10 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 5
Totals 0 0 1 1 4 6 24 12
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (1950 U.S. Open – 1952 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (four times)

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