Bobby Cole (golfer)

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Bobby Cole
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1948-05-11) 11 May 1948 (age 66)
Springs, South Africa
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality  South Africa
Residence Florida, U.S.
Career
Turned professional 1967
Former tour(s) South African Tour
PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 11
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
Sunshine Tour 8
Other 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T15: 1975
U.S. Open T13: 1971
The Open Championship T3: 1975
PGA Championship T3: 1974
Achievements and awards
South African Tour
Order of Merit winner
1972/73

Bobby Cole (born 11 May 1948) is a South African professional golfer.

Cole was born in Springs, South Africa. As a child, he was influenced by the careers of Bobby Locke and Gary Player.

After suffering a bicycle accident related knee injury, Cole took up golf at the age of eleven. He won both the South Africa junior golf championship and the Vaal Amateur.[1]

Cole made more than 150 cuts in PGA Tour tournament play. In 1966, Cole won the British Amateur at Carnoustie, Scotland, at age 18, the youngest winner to that stage. In 1974 he claimed both the team and the individual wins in the World Cup. Cole is a two-time winner of the South African Open, 1974 and 1980. In 1986, he won the South African PGA Championship.

On the U.S. PGA Tour, Cole won the 1977 Buick Open. He has had eight top-10 finishes in the PGA Championship, the U.S. Open, and the British Open, and he finished tied for third in the 1975 Open Championship, one stroke back of Tom Watson and Jack Newton, who played off for the win. During the 1975 Open, Cole shot back-to-back rounds of 66, setting and then matching the course record at Carnoustie.

Cole held the record at age 18 for youngest winner of the British Amateur, until Matteo Manassero won the Amateur in 2009, at age 16. Cole also held the record as the youngest player to play in and make the cut at the Masters Tournament, in 1967, at just short of 19 of agee, until Manassero, in 2010, again beat his record, becoming the youngest player ever to make the cut at 16 years, 11 months and 22 days.

Cole played on the Champions Tour from 1998 to 2001.

Cole is married to author Linda Parker. He resides in Windermere, Florida where he teaches private lessons, corporate retreats, and plays ProAms and other golf events. Cole was twice married to LPGA Tour player Laura Baugh, and the couple had seven children together.[2]

Amateur wins (1)[edit]

Professional wins (12)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

South African wins (8)[edit]

Other wins (3)[edit]

  • 1974 World Cup (team with Dale Hayes and individual)
  • 1985 Seattle-Everett Open (PGA Tour Tournament Players' Series event)[3]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament DNP T44 DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP CUT T31
The Open Championship T30 CUT T13 CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP T21
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP T15 47 28 DNP DNP
U.S. Open T12 T13 T47 DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T28 DNP DNP DNP T7 T3 T32 T15 DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T3 T40 DNP DNP T54 DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T43

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"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 0 0 0 1 5 4
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 4
The Open Championship 0 0 1 1 2 4 9 7
PGA Championship 0 0 1 1 1 2 5 5
Totals 0 0 2 2 3 9 26 20
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 10 (1974 Open Championship – 1978 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1974 Open Championship – 1974 PGA)

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

  • World Cup (representing South Africa): 1969, 1974 (winners, individual winner), 1976

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cole falls of bicycle, ends up on golf course
  2. ^ "Beneath The Glitter". Sports Illustrated. 3 May 1999. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "In the Everett Open". The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. 5 August 1985. p. C2. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 

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