Bobby Cruickshank

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Bobby Cruickshank
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Robert Allan Cruickshank
Born (1894-11-16)16 November 1894
Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland
Died 27 August 1975(1975-08-27) (aged 80)
Delray Beach, Florida
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality  Scotland
Spouse Helen "Nellie" Cruickshank [1][2][3]
Children Elsie
Career
Turned professional 1921
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 29
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 17
Other 12
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T4: 1936
U.S. Open 2nd/T2: 1923, 1932
The Open Championship 6th: 1929
PGA Championship T3: 1922, 1923
British Amateur T33: 1920

Robert Allan Cruickshank (16 November 1894 – 27 August 1975) was a prominent professional golfer from Scotland. He competed the PGA of America circuit from the early 1920s to the mid-1930s, the forerunner of today's PGA Tour.

Early years[edit]

Born in Grantown-on-Spey in rural northern Scotland,[2] Cruickshank served in the British Army in World War I. Captured in action by the Germans, he was a prisoner of war and later successfully escaped.[4]

Career[edit]

Cruickshank turned professional in 1921 and moved to the United States,[1] as suggested by his mentor and friend, Tommy Armour.[4] He rose to prominence in the U.S. after reaching the semi-finals of the PGA Championship in 1922 and 1923, but lost both times to eventual champion Gene Sarazen. Cruickshank was also the runner-up in the U.S. Open in 1923 and 1932, won by Bobby Jones and Sarazen, respectively.

Cruickshank won 17 tour events in his career and his greatest year was 1927, when he won the Los Angeles and Texas Opens and finished as the leading money winner for the year. His last victory on tour was in 1936 and he had 16 top-ten finishes in major championships.

After golf[edit]

Cruickshank was a club pro in Richmond, Virginia, in 1930s and 1940s, and later in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[5] He was also a winter pro in Florida. Cruickshank died after a brief illness at age 80 in Delray Beach, Florida.[4] His wife Nellie (1895–1965) had died ten years earlier in Pittsburgh.[3]

Professional wins (29)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (17)[edit]

Other wins (12)[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
U.S. Open DNP T26 T28 2 T4 DNP T49 T11 DNP T42
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 6
PGA Championship DNP R16 SF SF R16 R16 R32 R32 DNP DNP
The Amateur Championship R64 - - - - - - - - -
Tournament 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
Masters Tournament NYF NYF NYF NYF T28 T9 T4 17 T18 DNP
U.S. Open DNP T36 T2 T43 T3 T14 CUT 3 T46 T25
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T42 DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP QF R16 DNP DNP R16 DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Masters Tournament WD DNP T15 NT NT NT DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP NT NT NT NT T38 DNP DNP T42
The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT DNP DNP T32 DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP NT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T25 CUT DNP DNP CUT CUT DNP CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP R64 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
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

Source: British Amateur[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ""Bobby" Cruickshank to become an American citizen". Glasgow Herald. 18 June 1929. p. 12. 
  2. ^ a b "Bobby Cruickshank to become American citizen". San Jose Evening News. Associated Press. 18 June 1929. p. 11. 
  3. ^ a b "Golf pro's wife dies in Pittsburgh". Reading Eagle. Associated Press. 11 July 1965. p. 49. 
  4. ^ a b c "Deaths: 'Bobby' Cruickshank". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Associated Press. 28 August 1975. p. 9-B. 
  5. ^ "Bulla, Cruickshank sign with Pittsburgh clubs". News and Courier (Spartanburg, South Carolina). United Press. 19 December 1948. p. 3-D. 
  6. ^ "Amateur Golf". The Glasgow Herald. 9 June 1920. p. 11. 

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