Chick Harbert

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Chick Harbert
— Golfer —
Chick Harbert - 1959.jpg
Harbert in 1959
Personal information
Full name Melvin R. Harbert
Nickname Chick
Born (1915-02-20)February 20, 1915
Dayton, Ohio
Died September 1, 1992(1992-09-01) (aged 77)
Ocala, Florida
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
Turned professional 1940
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 18
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 7
Other 11
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament 3rd: 1948
U.S. Open T8: 1946, 1957
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship Won: 1954

Melvin R. "Chick" Harbert (February 20, 1915 – September 1, 1992) was an American professional golfer.

Harbert won seven times on the PGA Tour, including one major championship, the 1954 PGA Championship, then a match play event. A three-time finalist, he was also that event's runner-up twice, in 1947 (falling to Jim Ferrier) and 1952 (to Jim Turnesa). Harbert was one of the great PGA Championship match play competitors, compiling a 24–10 (.706) record between 1946, his first appearance, and 1957, the final year of the match play format.

In 1949, Harbert played on the Ryder Cup team, winning his singles match against Sam King, 4 and 3, at Ganton Golf Club in Scarborough, England. He was playing-captain of the U.S. team in 1955, with a singles victory against Syd Scott (3 and 2) to his credit.

In 1955, he represented the United States at the Canada Cup team competition at Columbia Country Club outside Washington, D.C. He teamed with Ed Furgol, with the duo outdueling Australia's team of Peter Thomson and Kel Nagle by nine strokes. He finished fourth in the individual competition, two strokes out of the Furgol, Thomson and Flory Van Donck playoff that Furgol won.

After turning 50, he made two official Senior PGA Tour appearances. He tied for 43rd at the 1981 Michelob Senior Classic and then tied for 40th in the same tournament the following year. In addition, he played in nine Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf team events, with his top showing a fifth-place performance in the inaugural event in 1978, when he teamed with Bob Toski.

Harbert was born in Dayton, Ohio and died in Ocala, Florida. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Amateur wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins (7)[edit]

Major championship is shown in bold.

Other wins[edit]

this list is probably incomplete

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Runner-up
1954 PGA Championship 4 & 3 United States Walter Burkemo

Note: The PGA Championship was match play until 1958

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP T18 LA
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Masters Tournament T33 DNP T10 NT NT NT T7 T34 3 WD
U.S. Open CUT CUT NT NT NT NT T8 12 T28 T23
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP NT DNP DNP R64 2 QF DNP
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament T24 T44 DNP T5 T12 T32 T40 CUT T17 T14
U.S. Open DNP CUT T24 T42 DNP T34 CUT T8 T52 T26
PGA Championship R16 R32 2 R64 1 R32 R32 R128 CUT T28
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament T39 35 43 CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T31 T29 DNP CUT T50 DNP CUT CUT DNP DNP
PGA Championship T32 T52 T11 CUT T44 CUT CUT T67 DNP DNP
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP WD

Note: Harbert never played in The Open Championship.
NT = No tournament
LA = Low Amateur
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
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 1 2 4 9 21 17
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 2 5 22 13
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PGA Championship 1 2 0 4 5 9 22 17
Totals 1 2 1 6 11 23 65 47
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 12 (1951 PGA – 1956 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (1942 Masters – 1946 U.S. Open)

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Professional

See also[edit]