Jerry McGee

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Jerry McGee
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1943-07-21) July 21, 1943 (age 70)
New Lexington, Ohio
Height 5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
College Ohio State University
Turned professional 1966
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 5
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 4
Other 1
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T5: 1972
U.S. Open T13: 1971
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T6: 1977

Jerry McGee (born July 21, 1943) is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.

McGee was born in New Lexington, Ohio. He attended Ohio State University and was a member of the golf team. He turned pro in 1966 and joined the PGA Tour in 1967.

McGee won four PGA Tour events in the latter half of the 1970s. In 1979, he won twice: a one shot win over Jerry Pate at the Kemper Open, and a couple months later a one stroke win over Jack Renner at the Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open. His best finish in a major championship was T-5 at the 1972 Masters Tournament.[1] He was a member of the 1977 Ryder Cup team.

McGee was known for his superb play around the greens. At 5 feet 9½ inches tall and a slim 160 pounds, distance in the ball striking phase of the game was a constant problem for him. He was also plagued by injuries and illnesses during his career. McGee retired from the PGA Tour in 1981 largely due to health problems. He took a club pro job at Oak Tree Country Club in Pennsylvania just across the border from his East Palestine, Ohio home.

McGee returned to competitive golf on the Senior PGA Tour in 1993 upon reaching the age of 50. His best finish in this venue is a T-2 at the 1997 BankBoston Classic. In 1999, he underwent treatment for oropharyngeal, squamous cell carcinoma.

McGee's son, Mike McGee, a golf agent/businessman, and one-time record-setting pitcher at Mt. Union College, is married to LPGA Tour golfer Annika Sörenstam.[2][3]

Professional wins (5)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
1 Apr 20, 1975 Pensacola Open -13 (69-66-66-70=271) 2 strokes United States Wally Armstrong
2 Jul 31, 1977 IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic -12 (70-68-65-69=272) 4 strokes New Zealand John Lister, Australia Bob Shearer
3 Jun 3, 1979 Kemper Open -16 (61-74-69-68=272) 1 stroke United States Jerry Pate
4 Aug 12, 1979 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open -17 (68-67-67-65=267) 1 stroke United States Jack Renner

PGA Tour playoff record (0-1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1976 World Open Golf Championship United States Raymond Floyd Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (1)[edit]

  • 1982 Tri-State Open

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Golf Major Championships". 
  2. ^ "Sorenstam engagement 'a lovely surprise'". PGA Tour. 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  3. ^ Ron Sirak (2007-11-23). "Newsmakers 2007: Annika Sorenstam". Golf World. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 

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