Rod Curl

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Rod Curl
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Rodney Curl
Nickname Little Beaver[1]
Born (1943-01-09) January 9, 1943 (age 71)
Redding, California
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Jupiter, Florida
Career
Turned professional 1968
Professional wins 1
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T15: 1975
U.S. Open T30: 1978
The Open Championship CUT: 1975
PGA Championship T20: 1980

Rodney Curl (born January 9, 1943) is an American professional golfer best known for being the first full-blooded Native American to win a PGA Tour event.

Curl was born in Redding, California. He is a Wintu Indian. Before taking up golf at age 19, he was an outstanding baseball player at Central Valley High School in Shasta County, California.[2]

Curl joined the PGA Tour in 1969 and played regularly through 1978. He had 42 top-10 finishes in official PGA Tour events including one win and a half-dozen second and third place finishes. He beat Jack Nicklaus to win the 1974 Colonial National Invitation by one stroke after Nicklaus made a bogey on the 17th hole.[3]

Curl played in a limited number of Champions Tour events after reaching the age of 50 in 1993. He has two sons who are professional golfers. Rod Curl, Jr. is a club pro in Florida. Jeff Curl plays on the Nationwide Tour. Jeff is a veteran of the eGolf Tour and Gateway Tour and won the Tarheel Tour's (former name of eGolf Tour) 2004 and 2006 Emerald Lake Classic; he made his PGA Tour debut as a Monday qualifier at the 2012 Puerto Rico Open, finishing T71. Curl lives in Jupiter, Florida and is a corporate instructor with VIP Golf Academy.

Professional wins (1)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 May 19, 1974 Colonial National Invitation –4 (70-67-71-68=276) 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus

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