Mason Rudolph

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Mason Rudolph
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Edgar Mason Rudolph
Born (1934-05-23)May 23, 1934
Clarksville, Tennessee
Died April 18, 2011(2011-04-18) (aged 76)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
Turned professional 1958
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 13
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 5
Other 8
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament 4th: 1965
U.S. Open T8: 1966
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T3: 1973

Edgar Mason Rudolph (May 23, 1934 – April 18, 2011)[1] was an American professional golfer who won five times on the PGA Tour.

Early years and amateur career[edit]

Rudolph was born in Clarksville, Tennessee. He won the U.S. Junior Amateur in 1950.[2] In 1956, he won the Western Amateur and the Tennessee State Open (as an amateur). He played on the 1957 Walker Cup team.[3][4]

Professional career[edit]

Rudolph turned professional in 1958; he joined the PGA Tour in 1959 and was Rookie of the Year. He won five official PGA Tour events during his career. Rudolph also won the Tennessee State Open five times as a pro (1959, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1972). He played on the 1971 Ryder Cup team.[3]

In December 1960, Rudolph took part in a controversial match against Sam Snead. Snead decided to deliberately lose the televised match during its final holes after he discovered he had too many golf clubs (more than 14) in his bag on the 12th hole of the match. The too many clubs in his bag would have caused him to be immediately disqualified After the match was over, Snead said he did not disqualify himself in order to not spoil the show.[5]

Honors and awards[edit]

Rudolph was inducted as a charter member of the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame in 1990.[3] A 9-hole, regulation-length golf course in his hometown is named for him.[6] A men's and a women's collegiate golf tournament also bears his name.

Professional wins (13)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Sep 27, 1959 Golden Gate Championship −9 (67-72-67-69=275) 2 strokes United States Dow Finsterwald, United States Bob Goalby
2 Oct 27, 1963 Fig Garden Village Open Invitational −13 (66-67-71-71=275) 3 strokes United States Tommy Aaron, United States Al Geiberger
3 Mar 2, 1964 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational −5 (68-70-70-75=283) 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus, United States Chi-Chi Rodríguez,
United States Glenn Stuart
4 Aug 15, 1966 Thunderbird Classic −10 (69-70-70-69=278) 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus
5 Sep 27, 1970 Green Island Open Invitational −6 (75-68-67-64=274) 2 strokes United States Chris Blocker

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1963 Portland Open Invitational Canada George Knudson Lost to eagle on first extra hole

Other wins (8)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP
U.S. Open CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament CUT T28 DNP T15 T18 4 CUT T10 T14 11
U.S. Open CUT T45 T28 T27 T34 T11 T8 T38 CUT CUT
PGA Championship T22 T37 DNP T23 4 T20 T22 T28 T17 CUT
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
Masters Tournament CUT DNP CUT T14 CUT
U.S. Open T27 T42 T40 CUT CUT
PGA Championship T10 T57 T36 T3 T51

Note: Rudolph never played in The Open Championship.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
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 1 2 7 14 8
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 2 17 10
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PGA Championship 0 0 1 2 3 8 14 13
Totals 0 0 1 3 6 17 45 31
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 14 (1960 PGA – 1965 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1964 PGA – 1965 Masters)

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mason Rudolph, 1959 Rookie of the Year, passes away". PGA Tour. April 19, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "1950 U.S. Junior Amateur". USGA. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame bio". Retrieved August 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "1957 Walker Cup Match". USGA. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sponsor Cancels After Snead TV Golf Incident". The Victoria Advocate (Victoria, Texas). Associated Press. April 9, 1960. p. 9. 
  6. ^ "Mason Rudolph Golf Course". Retrieved August 4, 2010. 

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