Calvin Peete

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Calvin Peete
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name Calvin Peete
Born (1943-07-18) July 18, 1943 (age 71)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality  United States
Residence Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, U.S.
Career
Turned professional 1975
Retired 2001
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 14
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 12
Japan Golf Tour 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T11: 1986
U.S. Open T4: 1983
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T3: 1982
Achievements and awards
Vardon Trophy 1984
Byron Nelson Award 1984

Calvin Peete (born July 18, 1943) is an American professional golfer. He was the most successful African-American on the PGA Tour, with 12 wins, before the emergence of Tiger Woods.

Peete was born in Detroit, Michigan. He played on the 1983 and 1985 U.S. Ryder Cup teams. He won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average in 1984. He was in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for several weeks when they debuted in 1986.[1]

Peete did not begin playing golf until he was in his 20s, but immediately excelled at a game most pros learn as young children. He learned the game while peddling goods to migrant workers in Rochester, New York, playing on the public course at Genesee Valley Park. Growing up poor, Peete suffered a badly broken arm that was never properly set.[2] He was the leader in driving accuracy on the PGA Tour for 10 straight years, 1981–90. Peete was inducted into the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.[3]

Family[edit]

Peete and his first wife, Christine, who divorced in 1987, are the parents of Charlotte, Calvin, Rickie, Dennis and Kalvanetta Peete. He is now married to Pepper Peete; they have two daughters.

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins (12)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jul 15, 1979 Greater Milwaukee Open −19 (69-67-68-65=269) 5 strokes Mexico Victor Regalado, United States Jim Simons,
United States Lee Trevino
2 Jul 11, 1982 Greater Milwaukee Open −14 (70-66-69-69=274) 2 strokes Mexico Victor Regalado
3 Jul 25, 1982 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic −10 (66-68-69=203) 2 strokes United States Bruce Lietzke
4 Sep 5, 1982 B.C. Open −14 (69-63-64-69=265) 7 strokes United States Jerry Pate
5 Oct 24, 1982 Pensacola Open −16 (65-66-72-65=268) 7 strokes Canada Dan Halldorson, United States Hal Sutton
6 May 22, 1983 Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic −10 (68-75-63=206) 2 strokes United States Jim Colbert, United States Don Pooley,
United States Chip Beck
7 Jul 24, 1983 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic −8 (66-75-66-69=276) 1 stroke United States Tim Norris
8 Oct 7, 1984 Texas Open −14 (67-67-66-66=266) 3 strokes United States Bruce Lietzke
9 Jan 20, 1985 Phoenix Open −14 (65-65-72-68=270) 2 strokes United States Morris Hatalsky, United States Doug Tewell
10 Mar 31, 1985 Tournament Players Championship −14 (70-69-69-66=274) 3 strokes United States D. A. Weibring
11 Jan 11, 1986 MONY Tournament of Champions −21 (68-67-64-68=267) 6 strokes United States Mark O'Meara
12 Mar 23, 1986 USF&G Classic −19 (68-67-66-68=269) 5 strokes United States Pat McGowan

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1986 Houston Open United States Curtis Strange Lost to birdie on third extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (2)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP T19 T21 T30 49 T15 T31 T11 T33 DNP
U.S. Open T23 DNP DNP T11 T28 T14 T10 T4 DNP DNP T24 CUT DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP T42 DNP T43 T3 T36 4 T18 T30 WD T38

Note: Peete never played in The Open Championship.
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
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 4 8 8
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 2 6 8 7
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PGA Championship 0 0 1 2 2 3 9 8
Totals 0 0 1 3 4 13 25 23
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 22 (1976 U.S. Open – 1987 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1982 U.S. Open – 1982 PGA)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ White Jr., Gordon S. (March 27, 1988). "Peete Returns to the Ranks of Leaders". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ 2002 United States Inductees[dead link]

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