Billy Joe Patton

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Billy Joe Patton
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name William Joseph Patton
Born (1922-04-19)April 19, 1922
Morganton, North Carolina
Died January 1, 2011(2011-01-01) (aged 88)
Nationality  United States
Career
Status Amateur
Professional wins 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament 3rd: 1954
U.S. Open T6: 1954
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship DNP
U.S. Amateur T3: 1962
British Amateur T5: 1955
Achievements and awards
Bob Jones Award 1982

William Joseph Patton (April 19, 1922[1] – January 1, 2011[2]) was an American amateur golfer best known for almost winning the 1954 Masters Tournament.

Patton was born in Morganton, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1943.

In 1954, Patton came within one stroke of being in a three-man playoff with Ben Hogan and Sam Snead for the championship. His final round 71 included a hole-in-one on the par-3 6th hole and a double bogey on the par-5 13th hole, when he tried to reach the green in two and put his ball into Rae's Creek.

Patton won several amateur tournaments including the North and South Amateur three times and the Southern Amateur twice. He also won the Carolinas Open twice.

Patton played on five Walker Cup teams; 1955, 1957, 1959, 1963, and 1965 and was captain of the 1969 team. He played on the Eisenhower Trophy team in 1958 and 1962.

Patton was awarded the Bob Jones Award by the United States Golf Association in 1982.

Patton was inducted into several Halls of Fame:

Tournament wins[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 3 LA T49 T12 CUT 8 LA T8
U.S. Open DNP CUT DNP T36 T54 T6 LA DNP 13 T8 LA CUT DNP
U.S. Amateur R64 DNP R32 R64 DNP R64 R256 R32 R128 R64 R32
The Amateur Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP QF DNP DNP DNP R128
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972
Masters Tournament T13 LA CUT CUT 48 T37 CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP CUT DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Amateur R64 R32 SF R64 R16 T19 T26 DNP T8 CUT DNP DNP T23
The Amateur Championship DNP - - - - - - - - - - - -

LA = Low Amateur
NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
DNQ = Did not qualify for match play portion
R256, R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Source for The Masters: www.masters.com

Source for U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur: USGA Championship Database

Source for 1955 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, June 4, 1955, pg. 9.

Source for 1959 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, May 27, 1959, pg. 9.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

  • Walker Cup: 1955 (winners), 1957 (winners), 1959 (winners), 1963 (winners), 1965 (winners), 1969 (non-playing captain, winners)
  • Eisenhower Trophy: 1958, 1962 (winners)

References[edit]

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