Leonard Thompson (golfer)
|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Leonard Stephen Thompson|
January 1, 1947 |
Laurinburg, North Carolina
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg; 15.4 st)|
|Residence||Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida|
|College||Wake Forest University|
|Current tour(s)||Champions Tour|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||T7: 1979|
|U.S. Open||T21: 1974|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|PGA Championship||T10: 1975|
Thompson was born in Laurinburg, North Carolina. He attended Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and was a member of the golf team. He was a teammate of future fellow PGA Tour players Joe Inman and Lanny Wadkins. He graduated in 1969 and turned pro in 1971.
Thompson had more than 70 top-10 finishes in PGA Tour events during his career, winning 3 times. His first win came in 1974 at Jackie Gleason's Inverrary Classic. His best finish in a major championship was T7 at The Masters in 1979.
During his late forties, Thompson, like so many of his colleagues, played some on the Nationwide Tour to prepare for the Champions Tour. His best finish in that venue was a 6th at the 1996 NIKE Tallahassee Open.
After turning 50 at the beginning of 1997, Thompson began play on the Senior PGA Tour (now known as the Champions Tour). He has three wins on this Tour. He played in his milestone 1000th PGA Tour and Champions Tour event combined at the 2009 SAS Championship.
Thompson was inducted into the Wake Forest University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997. He lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Amateur wins (1)
- 1969 Sunnehanna Amateur
Professional wins (8)
PGA Tour wins (3)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner(s)-up|
|1||Feb 24, 1974||Jackie Gleason-Inverrary Classic||–10 (72-69-69-68=278)||1 stroke||Hale Irwin|
|2||Oct 30, 1977||Pensacola Open||–16 (70-65-65-68=268)||2 strokes||Curtis Strange|
|3||Jul 30, 1989||Buick Open||–15 (65-71-69-68=273)||1 stroke|| Billy Andrade, Payne Stewart,
Other wins (2)
this list may be incomplete
Champions Tour wins (3)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Aug 9, 1998||Coldwell Banker Burnet Classic||–10 (68-66=134)||Playoff||Isao Aoki|
|2||Ju1 9, 2000||State Farm Senior Classic||–11 (67-69-69=205)||Playoff||Isao Aoki|
|3||May 13, 2001||Enterprise Rent-A-Car Match Play Championship||1 up||Vicente Fernandez|
Champions Tour playoff record (2–0)
|1||1998||Coldwell Banker Burnet Classic||Isao Aoki||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|2||2000||State Farm Senior Classic||Isao Aoki||Won with birdie on second extra hole|