Phil Rodgers

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Phil Rodgers
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1938-04-03) April 3, 1938 (age 76)
San Diego, California
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
College University of Houston
Turned professional 1961
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 5
Other 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T7: 1974
U.S. Open T3: 1962
The Open Championship 2nd: 1963
PGA Championship T7: 1972

Phil Rodgers (born April 3, 1938) is an American professional golfer.

Rodgers was born in San Diego, California. He won the 1958 NCAA Division I Championship while playing at the University of Houston. Immediately after, he was placed in the first position on the first team of the 1958 All-American golf team, which included many well known professionals including future winners of the PGA Championship, Al Geiberger and Bobby Nichols and Masters Tournament winner, Tommy Aaron.

While in the Marine Corps, Rodgers won virtually every service tournament (he was even pulled out of Boot Camp to play in the All Services tournament), then turned professional in 1961. He won five times on the PGA Tour in the 1960s. Playing sparingly in 1961, but winning the "unofficial" 54-hole Sahara Pro-Am in Las Vegas, Nevada, Rodgers started his first full year on the PGA Tour in 1962, which began with the Los Angeles Open. Tied for the lead after 54 holes with Fred Hawkins at 206, Rodgers ran away from the field shooting a 9-under-par 62 making 9 birdies and 9 pars to win his first championship by 9 strokes.

Despite some sensational wins, Rodgers seems better known for two losses. He lost to Bob Charles in a 36-hole playoff in the 1963 Open Championship. Lesser known is that he lost the 1962 U.S. Open by two strokes despite going 6-over-par on two holes. In the first round, he took a quadruple bogey 8 on the 17th hole, and 4-putted the 12th hole in the third round. Still, after chipping in for a birdie on the 12th hole in the final round, he stood at 2-under-par with six holes left, needing 6 pars to win. Instead he made 3 bogeys enabling Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus to finish regulation play tied for first at 1-under-par. Nicklaus went on to win the playoff and scored his first victory as a professional.

After a stint on the Senior PGA Tour, Rodgers has become a much sought-after teacher, specializing in the short game. One of his first pupils was Jack Nicklaus, who publicly credited Rodgers with teaching him more precise wedge play which helped him win his 4th U.S. Open championship in 1980 at age 40. For several years,Golf Magazine has ranked Rodgers in their top 100 teachers.

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Jan 8, 1962 Los Angeles Open −16 (67-71-68-62=268) 9 strokes United States Bob Goalby, United States Fred Hawkins
2 Feb 18, 1962 Tucson Open Invitational −17 (64-68-65-66=263) 3 strokes United States Jim Ferrier
3 Apr 28, 1963 Texas Open Invitational −12 (66-71-65-66=268) 2 strokes United States Johnny Pott
4 Mar 13, 1966 Doral Open Invitational −10 (69-69-70-70=278) 1 stroke United States Jay Dolan, United States Kermit Zarley
5 Jun 12, 1966 Buick Open Invitational −4 (70-73-71-70=284) 2 strokes United States Johnny Pott, United States Kermit Zarley

PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1963 The Open Championship New Zealand Bob Charles Lost 36-hole playoff (Charles: 69-71=140, Rodgers: 72-76=148)
2 1965 Azalea Open United States Dick Hart Lost to par on eighth extra hole

Other wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament DNP DNP 22 CUT
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament DNP DNP CUT CUT T25 DNP T17 T36 DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP T3 T32 DNP CUT 6 CUT DNP T13
The Open Championship DNP DNP T3 2 T19 CUT T4 T43 DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP CUT CUT DNP DNP CUT T28 DNP T48
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977
Masters Tournament CUT DNP DNP 23 T7 CUT DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T48 CUT T7 T71 DNP DNP DNP DNP

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 0 1 5 11 6
U.S. Open 0 0 1 1 2 3 12 4
The Open Championship 0 1 1 3 3 3 7 5
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 9 5
Totals 0 1 2 4 7 12 39 20
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (twice)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (twice)

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