Roberto De Vicenzo

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Roberto De Vicenzo
— Golfer —
Roberto De Vicenzo (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Roberto De Vicenzo
Born (1923-04-14) 14 April 1923 (age 91)
Villa Ballester, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality  Argentina
Career
Turned professional 1938
Retired 2006
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Senior PGA Tour
Professional wins 230+
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 8
Champions Tour 2
Other 221+
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament 2nd: 1968
U.S. Open T8: 1958
The Open Championship Won: 1967
PGA Championship T5: 1954
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 1989 (member page)
Bob Jones Award 1970
Olimpia Award 1967, 1970

Roberto De Vicenzo (born 14 April 1923) is a former professional golfer from Argentina. He won more than 230 tournaments worldwide in his career including eight on the PGA Tour[1] and most famously the 1967 Open Championship.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

De Vicenzo was born in Villa Ballester, a northern suburb of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was raised in the Villa Pueyrredón neighborhood of Buenos Aires, and acquired the game of golf as a caddie. He developed his skills at the Ranelagh Golf Club, and later relocated to the town of the same name.

He won his first Argentine tournament, the Abierto del Litoral, in 1942; his first World Cup in 1953; and a major tournament, The Open Championship, in 1967. De Vicenzo is best remembered for his misfortune in the 1968 Masters Tournament.[2] On the par-4 17th hole, Roberto De Vicenzo made a birdie, but playing partner Tommy Aaron inadvertently entered a 4 instead of 3 on the scorecard.[4] He did not check the scorecard for the error before signing it, and according to the Rules of Golf the higher score had to stand and be counted. If not for this mistake, De Vicenzo would have tied for first place with Bob Goalby, and the two would have met in an 18-hole playoff the next day. His quote afterwards became legendary for its poignancy: "What a stupid I am!"[5]

In 1970 he was voted the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.

De Vicenzo subsequently found great success in the early days of the Senior PGA Tour, winning the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf two times and the inaugural U.S. Senior Open in 1980. Also won the 1974 PGA Seniors' Championship, and represented Argentina 17 times in the Canada Cup/World Cup (leading Argentina to victory in 1953).

De Vicenzo was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989, and officially retired on 12 November 2006, at age 83 with over 200 international victories. The Museum of Golf was organized in Berazategui on his initiative, and was named in his honor upon its inaugural in 2006.[6]

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins (8)[edit]

Major championship is shown in bold.

European wins (9)[edit]

Argentine Tour wins (131)[edit]

this list is incomplete

World Cup wins (3)[edit]

South American wins (62)[edit]

  • 1946 Chile Open (tie with Enrique Bertolino), Viña del Mar Open (Chile)
  • 1947 Cali Open (Colombia)
  • 1948 Uruguay Open
  • 1949 Uruguay Open
  • 1951 Cali Open (Colombia), Bogota Open (Colombia), Barranquilla Open (Colombia), Mexican Open
  • 1952 Panama Open, Santo Domingo Open (Chile)
  • 1953 Panama Open, Mexican Open, Peru Open
  • 1954 Brazil Open, Peru Open, Barranquilla Open (Colombia) Bogota Open (Colombia)
  • 1955 Mexican Open, PGA of Mexico, Jamaica Open, Medellin Open (Colombia)
  • 1956 Jamaica Open, Barranquilla Open (Colombia), Bogota Open (Colombia), PGA of Mexico
  • 1957 Brazil Open, Jamaica Open
  • 1958 Peru Open, Medellin Open (Colombia), PGA of Mexico
  • 1959 PGA of Mexico
  • 1960 Brazil Open, Barranquilla Open (Colombia), Bogota Open (Colombia)
  • 1961 Chile Open, Colombian Open, Barranquilla Open (Colombia)
  • 1962 Barranquilla Open (Colombia)
  • 1963 Brazil Open
  • 1964 Brazil Open, Uruguay Open, Bogota Open (Colombia)
  • 1965 Lagartos Grand Prix (Colombia)
  • 1966 Lagartos Grand Prix (Colombia)
  • 1968 Lagartos Grand Prix (Colombia)
  • 1969 PGA of Mexico, Lagartos Grand Prix (Colombia)
  • 1970 Itanhanga Open (Brazil)
  • 1971 Panama Open
  • 1972 Venezuela Open, San Pablo Open (Brazil), Rio Grande Open (Brazil)
  • 1973 Panama Open, Venezuela Open, Brazil Open
  • 1974 Panama Open, Lagartos Grand Prix (Colombia), Raleigh Cup (Mexico)
  • 1978 Santiago Open (Chile)
  • 1979 Santo Tome Open, Oro Negro Open (Venezuela)

Senior PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 29 Jun 1980 U.S. Senior Open −3 (74-73-68-70=285) 4 strokes United States William Campbell (a)
2 15 Jul 1984 Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Commemorative Pro-Am 8 (70-70-65=205) 2 strokes United States Gardner Dickinson

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1986 Denver Post Champions of Golf South Africa Gary Player Lost to par on fourth extra hole

Senior major championship is shown in bold.

Other senior wins (16)[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1967 The Open Championship 2 shot lead −10 (70-71-67-70=278) 2 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1948 1949
Masters Tournament DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP
The Open Championship T3 3
PGA Championship DNP DNP
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament T12 T20 DNP DNP DNP DNP T17 DNP CUT DNP
U.S. Open DNP T29 DNP DNP DNP DNP T27 T8 CUT DNP
The Open Championship 2 DNP DNP 6 DNP DNP 3 T35 DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP R16 DNP QF DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament DNP T22 T33 DNP DNP DNP T22 T10 2 CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T24 DNP
The Open Championship T3 DNP DNP DNP 3 4 T20 1 T10 T3
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament CUT T9 T22 T51 DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T17 T11 DNP T28 T51 T28 T32 T48 CUT CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
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 1 0 1 3 9 15 11
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 4
The Open Championship 1 1 6 9 11 14 22 20
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2
Totals 1 2 6 10 17 27 44 37
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 14 (1948 Open Championship – 1957 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (twice)

Champions Tour major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
1980 U.S. Senior Open −3 (74-73-68-70=285) 4 strokes United States William Campbell (a)

Teams appearances[edit]

  • World Cup (representing Argentina): 1953 (winners), 1954, 1955, 1962 (individual winner), 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970 (individual winner), 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974
  • World Cup (representing Mexico): 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Barkow, Al (November 1989). The History of the PGA TOUR. Copyright PGA Tour. Doubleday. pp. 250–1, 254. ISBN 0-385-26145-4. 
  2. ^ a b Evans, Farrell (14 July 2008). "Roberto De Vicenzo". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 5 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "1967 Roberto De Vicenzo". The Open. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Pelanda, Brian. "What's a 'Bunker'?: The Curious Case of How Dustin Johnson Lost the 2010 PGA Championship and Why the PGA Must Revise the Now Infamous Local Rule at Whistling Straits". Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal. 22 (Fall/Winter 2011): 69. 
  5. ^ "Loser Said He Was Stupid". Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, Florida). AP. 15 April 1968. p. 20. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Museo del Golf Roberto de Vicenzo". Municipalidad de Berazategui. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Argentina Horacio Accavallo
Olimpia de Oro
1967
Succeeded by
Argentina Nicolino Locche
Preceded by
Argentina Alberto Demiddi
Olimpia de Oro
1970
Succeeded by
Argentina Alberto Demiddi