Jerry Pate

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Jerry Pate
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Jerome Kendrick Pate
Born (1953-09-16) September 16, 1953 (age 60)
Macon, Georgia
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Pensacola, Florida
Career
College University of Alabama
Turned professional 1975
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 15
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 8
Japan Golf Tour 2
Champions Tour 2
Other 3
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T3: 1982
U.S. Open Won: 1976
The Open Championship T15: 1977
PGA Championship 2nd: 1978

Jerome Kendrick "Jerry" Pate (born September 16, 1953) is an American professional golfer.

Jerry Pate was born in Macon, Georgia,[1] and attended the University of Alabama, where he played on the Crimson Tide golf team. Pate had a distinguished amateur career. He won the U.S. Amateur in 1974, and the following year he was a member of victorious U.S. teams at the Walker Cup and the Eisenhower Trophy. He was also the low amateur at the U.S. Open in 1975.

Pate turned professional in 1975[1] and was the medalist at the 1975 PGA Tour Qualifying School.[2] During his rookie season in 1976, he won the U.S. Open, his only major championship victory, and the Canadian Open. Pate was selected as the Rookie of the Year and Co-Player of the Year. Six more PGA Tour victories followed between 1977 and 1982, as well as several other titles around the world. He was a member of the victorious Ryder Cup team in 1981, but shoulder injuries curtailed his career; his final win on the PGA Tour came at age 28.[3] That final victory was the Tournament Players Championship, the first held at TPC at Sawgrass. Pate celebrated by throwing course designer Pete Dye and PGA Tour chief Deane Beman into the lake adjacent to the 18th green, then jumped in himself.[4]

Pate later served as a broadcast analyst for ABC, CBS and the BBC and set up a golf course design practice and a turf and irrigation company.[3] During the years between his regular and senior careers, Pate returned to the University of Alabama to complete his Bachelor of Administrative Science degree;[1] his daughter, Jenni, received her degree at the same graduation ceremony in 2001.[3] He designed the Kiva Dunes in 1995 and the Ol' Colony Golf Complex in 2000,[5] which is the home course for the Alabama Crimson Tide golf team. In 2006, he earned his first Champions Tour win at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. Pate has been forced by health problems, including arthroscopic left-knee surgery in 2010, to begin limiting his Champions Tour appearances.[3] He lives in Pensacola, Florida.

Amateur wins (1)[edit]

Professional wins (15)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (8)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jun 20, 1976 U.S. Open −3 (71-69-69-68=277) 2 strokes United States Al Geiberger, United States Tom Weiskopf
2 Jul 25, 1976 Canadian Open −13 (69-67-68-63=267) 4 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus
3 Jan 9, 1977 Phoenix Open −7 (67-67-70-73=277) Playoff United States Dave Stockton
4 Oct 23, 1977 Southern Open −14 (64-67-69-66=266) 7 strokes United States Phil Hancock, United States Mac McLendon,
United States Johnny Miller, United States Steve Taylor
5 Sep 10, 1978 Southern Open −11 (67-67-66-69=269) 1 stroke United States Phil Hancock
6 Jun 28, 1981 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic −14 (69-70-66-69=274) 2 strokes United States Tom Kite, United States Bruce Lietzke
7 Oct 18, 1981 Pensacola Open −13 (66-69-65-71=271) 3 strokes United States Steve Melnyk
8 Mar 21, 1982 Tournament Players Championship −8 (70-73-70-67=280) 2 strokes United States Brad Bryant, United States Scott Simpson

PGA Tour playoff record (1–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1977 Phoenix Open United States Dave Stockton Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1978 PGA Championship United States John Mahaffey, United States Tom Watson Mahaffey won with birdie on second extra hole
3 1980 Sea Pines Heritage United States Doug Tewell Lost to par on first extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (2)[edit]

Other wins (3)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 Feb 26, 2006 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am −11 (68-68-66=202) 1 stroke United States Morris Hatalsky, United States Hale Irwin, England Mark James
2 Jan 27, 2008 Turtle Bay Championship −5 (71-70-70=211) 2 strokes South Africa Fulton Allem, United States Jim Thorpe

Champions Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2005 Senior PGA Championship United States Dana Quigley, United States Mike Reid Reid won with birdie on first extra hole

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
1976 U.S. Open 2 shot deficit −3 (71-69-69-68=277) 2 strokes United States Al Geiberger, United States Tom Weiskopf

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament 37 DNP T14 T18 T41
U.S. Open T18 LA 1 CUT T16 T2
The Open Championship DNP CUT T15 WD T26
PGA Championship DNP T4 5 2 T5
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament T6 T5 T3 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT T26 CUT CUT DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP CUT
The Open Championship T16 T19 DQ DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T10 T11 T9 T23 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2010 2011
Masters Tournament DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP CUT

LA = Low amateur
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
DQ = Disqualified
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"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 3 5 7 7
U.S. Open 1 1 0 2 2 4 12 5
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 4
PGA Championship 0 1 0 4 6 8 12 8
Totals 1 2 1 4 11 20 38 24
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (1980 Open Championship – 1982 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (twice)

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "PGA Tour Profile – Jerry Pate". PGA Tour. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ "PGA Tour career". Jerry Pate's official site. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "PGA Tour Media Guide – Jerry Pate". Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ Jenkins, Dan (March 29, 1982). "Last one in is a winner". Sports Illustrated: 24. 
  5. ^ "Jerry Pate Golf Course Design". Retrieved April 29, 2011. 

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