Al Geiberger

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Al Geiberger
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Allen Lee Geiberger, Sr.
Nickname Mr. 59, Skippy
Born (1937-09-01) September 1, 1937 (age 76)
Red Bluff, California
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
College USC
Turned professional 1959
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 30
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 11
Japan Golf Tour 1
Champions Tour 10
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T12: 1972
U.S. Open T2: 1969, 1976
The Open Championship T13: 1974
PGA Championship Won: 1966

Allen Lee Geiberger, Sr. (born September 1, 1937) is an American former professional golfer.

Professional career[edit]

Geiberger won 11 tournaments on the PGA Tour, one of which was the 1966 PGA Championship, a major title.[1] He won the Tournament Players Championship in 1975, and played on the Ryder Cup teams in 1967 and 1975. Geiberger also won 10 times on the Senior PGA Tour, now called the Champions Tour.

Mr. 59[edit]

During the second round of the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic in 1977, Geiberger became the first player in history to post a score of 59 (−13) in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event. Starting on the 10th tee of the Colonial Country Club in Cordova, Tennessee, he shot a bogey-free round of six pars, 11 birdies, and an eagle on the 7,193-yard (6,577 m) layout.[2] Geiberger won the tournament, though not handily. He shot even-par 72 in the first and third rounds and was two strokes down to Gary Player on Sunday after a 38 (+2) on the front nine put him at 241 (−11) for 63 holes. He regained the lead with a 32 (−4) on the back nine to finish at 273 (−15), two strokes ahead of Player and Jerry McGee.[3]

Scorecard: Friday, June 10, 1977[2]

Hole  10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18    1     2    3   4   5   6   7   8   9 
Par 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 5 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 4
Score 3 4 2 4 4 2 4 3 4 3 3 2 4 3 3 4 4 3
To par −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −3 −4 −5 −6 −8 −9 −10 −10 −10 −11 −12 −12 −13

Personal life[edit]

Geiberger was born in Red Bluff, California, the son of Ray and Mabel Geiberger. His first big tournament win was the 1954 National Jaycee Championship. He graduated from Santa Barbara High School, attended Menlo College and graduated from the University of Southern California in 1959. He turned pro in 1959 and joined the PGA Tour in 1960. His first PGA Tour win was the 1962 Ontario Open.[4][5]

Geiberger has six children. His son Brent is also a professional golfer who won two PGA Tour events. Another son, John, is the coach of the Pepperdine University golf team, winners of the NCAA Championship in 1997.[4]

Geiberger had surgery in 1980 to remove his colon due to inflammatory bowel disease and has an ileostomy.

Professional wins (30)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (11)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Oct 21, 1962 Ontario Open Invitational 69-67-70-70=276 −8 1 stroke United States Gardner Dickinson, United States Bob Goalby
United States Tommy Jacobs, United States Chuck Rotar
United States John Ruedi
2 Nov 3, 1963 Almaden Open Invitational 69-67-67-74=277 −11 1 stroke United States Dutch Harrison, United States Dick Lotz
3 Aug 29, 1965 American Golf Classic 70-69-69-72=280 E 4 strokes United States Arnold Palmer
4 Jul 24, 1966 PGA Championship 68-72-68-72=280 E 4 strokes United States Dudley Wysong
5 Oct 6, 1974 Sahara Invitational 70-68-66-69=273 −11 3 strokes United States Wally Armstrong, United States Jerry Heard
United States Dave Hill, United States Mike Hill
6 Apr 27, 1975 MONY Tournament of Champions 67-67-70-73=277 −11 Playoff South Africa Gary Player
7 Aug 24, 1975 Tournament Players Championship 66-68-67-69=270 −10 3 strokes United States Dave Stockton
8 Apr 4, 1976 Greater Greensboro Open 70-65-65-68=268 −16 2 strokes United States Lee Trevino
9 Jun 27, 1976 Western Open 71-71-73-73=288 +4 1 stroke United States Joe Porter
10 Jun 12, 1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic 72-59-72-70=273 −15 2 strokes United States Jerry McGee, South Africa Gary Player
11 May 12, 1979 Colonial National Invitation 68-69-64-73=274 −6 1 stroke United States Don January, United States Gene Littler

PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1967 Carling World Open United States Billy Casper Lost to par on first extra hole
2 1975 MONY Tournament of Champions South Africa Gary Player Won with birdie on first extra hole

Major championship is shown in bold.

Other wins (7)[edit]

Senior PGA Tour wins (10)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Oct 4, 1987 Vantage Championship 72-67-67=206 −4 2 strokes United States Dave Hill
2 Oct 18, 1987 Seniors International Golf Championship 70-68-71=209 −4 Playoff United States Jim Ferree
3 Oct 25, 1987 Las Vegas Senior Classic 68-73-62=203 −13 4 strokes United States Chi-Chi Rodríguez
4 Mar 20, 1988 The Pointe/Del E. Webb Arizona Classic 63-69-67=199 −17 1 stroke United States Orville Moody
5 Aug 20, 1989 GTE Northwest Classic 68-68-68=204 −12 3 strokes United States Frank Beard
6 Jul 7, 1991 Kroger Senior Classic 66-69-68=203 −10 1 stroke United States Larry Laoretti
7 Jan 12, 1992 Infiniti Senior Tournament of Champions 71-67-71-73=282 −6 3 strokes Australia Bruce Crampton, United States Chi-Chi Rodríguez
8 Jan 10, 1993 Infiniti Senior Tournament of Champions 70-70-69-71=280 −8 2 strokes United States Jim Dent
9 Mar 7, 1993 GTE West Classic 67-65-66=198 −12 2 strokes Japan Isao Aoki, United States George Archer
10 Feb 11, 1996 Greater Naples IntelliNet Challenge 68-63-71=202 −14 1 stroke Japan Isao Aoki

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1-1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1987 Seniors International Golf Championship United States Jim Ferree Won with birdie on second extra hole
2 1999 Toshiba Senior Classic United States Allen Doyle, United States John Jacobs,
United States Gary McCord
McCord won with birdie on fifth extra hole
Doyle and Geiberger eliminated with eagle on first hole

Other senior wins (2)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
1966 PGA Championship 4 shot lead E (68-72-68-72=280) 4 strokes United States Dudley Wysong

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament DNP CUT DNP T13 T24 T44 T36 T30 T13
U.S. Open T12 CUT CUT T14 T4 T30 T28 T9 T2
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP T5 T19 19 1 T5 T8 T35
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament T45 T24 T12 T37 T31 CUT T15 CUT T42 DNP
U.S. Open CUT T55 T21 T13 T18 T38 T2 T10 T53 T19
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T13 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T16 T30 CUT T18 8 T33 CUT T6 CUT T65
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP T67 CUT CUT CUT T74 DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 6 17 13
U.S. Open 0 2 0 3 5 11 20 16
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
PGA Championship 1 0 0 3 6 10 23 16
Totals 1 2 0 6 11 28 62 46
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 20 (1963 PGA – 1970 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (twice)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenkins, Dan (August 1, 1966). "A Happy Stroll For Golf's Smiling Gei". Sports Illustrated: 16. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Geiberger fires PGA mark 59, 11 birds, eagle". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 11, 1977. p. 11. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Geiberger turns off Player, McGee bids". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 13, 1977. p. 18. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Kelley, Brent. "Al Geiberger profile". About.com. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ Ballard, Sarah (May 15, 1989). "Building A New Life". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 

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