Rik Massengale

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Rik Massengale
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Rik Massengale
Born (1947-02-06) February 6, 1947 (age 68)
Jacksboro, Texas
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
College University of Texas
Turned professional 1969
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 3
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T3: 1977
U.S. Open T14: 1975
The Open Championship T26: 1977
PGA Championship T30: 1976

Rik Massengale (born February 6, 1947) is a former American professional golfer who played full-time on the PGA Tour from 1970–1982.

Massengale was born and raised in Jacksboro, Texas. He developed an interest in golf as a result of his older brother, Don, being a professional golfer. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and was a member of the golf team. Massengale was known as a "wild man" at fraternity parties in college; however, he changed his ways and became a born-again Christian in 1975.[1] He turned pro in 1969 and joined the PGA Tour in 1970.

Massengale won three events on the PGA Tour during in the mid-1970s. His first win was at the 1975 Tallahassee Open. His second came a year later at the Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open. The biggest win of his career came in 1977 at the Bob Hope Desert Classic; he established a new tournament record (337) breaking Arnold Palmer's 17-year-old record by one stroke. Massengale shot a blistering 64 on the first day and led this event wire-to-wire. His career year was 1977 when he had seven top-10 finishes, $126,736 in earnings, and finished 13th on the money list.[2] His best finish in a major was a T-3 at the 1977 Masters.[3]

A back injury led Massengale to retire from the PGA Tour in 1983. After turning 50 in 1997, he played in a limited number of tournaments on the Senior PGA Tour (now known as the Champions Tour). His best finish in this venue was a T-6 at the 1997 Cadillac NFL Golf Classic.

Today Massengale is in the business of selling residential and commercial real estate[4] in the Dallas metroplex with his wife, Cindy. They have four grown children named John, Jake, Jessica and Ashlee and several grandchildren. They live in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas.

Amateur wins[edit]

  • 1964 Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament
  • 1967 Cotton States Invitational
  • 1968 Western Amateur, Southwest Conference Championship (individual medalist)

PGA Tour wins[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of
Victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Apr 27, 1975 Tallahassee Open -14 (67-67-68-72=274) 2 strokes Spike Kelley, United States Bert Yancey
2 Aug 22, 1976 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open -18 (65-65-70-66=266) 2 strokes United States Al Geiberger, United States J.C. Snead
3 Feb 13, 1977 Bob Hope Desert Classic -23 (64-66-70-70-67=337) 6 strokes United States Bruce Lietzke

PGA Tour playoff record (0-1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1975 Sahara Invitational United States Dave Hill Lost to par on first extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP T23 T3 CUT DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP T30 T14 T33 T39 CUT CUT DNP T26
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T26 DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP CUT T30 T36 CUT DNP WD DNP

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

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