Chandler Harper

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Chandler Harper
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name John Chandler Harper
Nickname Old Bones[1]
Born (1914-03-10)March 10, 1914
Portsmouth, Virginia
Died November 8, 2004(2004-11-08) (aged 90)
Portsmouth, Virginia
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
Turned professional 1934
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 20
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 7
Other 13
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T8: 1947
U.S. Open T15: 1946
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship Won: 1950

John Chandler Harper (March 10, 1914 – November 8, 2004) was an American professional golfer, best known for winning the PGA Championship in 1950. He won seven times on the PGA Tour and played in the Ryder Cup in 1955.[2]

Harper was born, raised and lived his entire life in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was prominent in Virginia golf, winning the Virginia State Amateur three times (1930, 1932, 1934) and the Virginia State Open nine times (1932, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1952, 1960, 1967, 1968, 1970), a record which stands today. His golfing career was interrupted by service in the U.S. Navy during World War II.[2][1]

Harper's competitive career lasted from 1938 to 1955; and like most professional golfers of his generation, he spent most of his time as a club professional. Harper compensated for his lack of driving distance with a strong short game; Ben Hogan said that Harper was the best putter on Tour.[2][1]

After Curtis Strange's father died when he was 14, Harper became Strange's mentor. He was also a long-time friend of Bobby Jones. He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1973 and to the PGA Hall of Fame in 1968. In 1956, Harper founded Bide-A-Wee Golf Course in his hometown of Portsmouth, and managed the course until he retired in 1992.[1] He died at the age of 90 of complications from pneumonia.[2]

Professional wins (20)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (7)[edit]

Major championship is shown in bold.

Other wins (12)[edit]

Senior wins[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Runner-up
1950 PGA Championship 4 & 3 United States Henry Williams, Jr.

Note: The PGA Championship was match play until 1958

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP CUT DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Masters Tournament DNP DNP 13 NT NT NT 19 T8 T40 DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP NT NT NT NT T15 WD WD CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP NT DNP DNP R32 R32 R32 R16
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament DNP WD T38 T10 WD WD DNP CUT CUT T14
U.S. Open DNP DNP T41 WD CUT WD DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship 1 R64 R32 R64 DNP DNP R16 R128 CUT WD
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament CUT WD T49 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DQ DNP DNP
Tournament 1970 1971
Masters Tournament DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP WD

Note: Harper never played in The Open Championship.
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
DQ = Disqualified
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"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 2 5 14 7
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 11 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PGA Championship 1 0 0 1 3 7 14 10
Totals 1 0 0 1 5 13 39 19
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (twice)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (five times)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Ducibella, Jim (November 9, 2004). "Local golf legend, mentor and Hall of Famer, dies". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Litsky, Frank (November 12, 2004). "Chandler Harper, Winner of 7 Professional Golf Tournaments, Dies at 90". New York Times. Retrieved April 25, 2008. 

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