Tom Weiskopf

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Tom Weiskopf
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Thomas Daniel Weiskopf
Born (1942-11-09) November 9, 1942 (age 72)
Massillon, Ohio
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Nationality  United States
Spouse Laurie
Career
College Ohio State University
Turned professional 1964
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Senior PGA Tour
Professional wins 28
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 16
European Tour 1
Champions Tour 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T2: 1969, 1972, 1974, 1975
U.S. Open T2: 1976
The Open Championship Won: 1973
PGA Championship 3rd: 1975

Thomas Daniel Weiskopf (born November 9, 1942) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. His most successful decade was the 1970s, and he won 16 PGA Tour titles between 1968 and 1982. After winding down his tournament career, Weiskopf has become a noted golf course architect.

Weiskopf was born in Massillon, Ohio. He attended Benedictine High School in Cleveland, and Ohio State University, where he played on the golf team. He turned professional in 1964.

Weiskopf's first win on the PGA Tour came at the Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational in 1968, and fifteen more followed by 1982. His career season was 1973, when he won seven tournaments around the world, including The Open Championship at Royal Troon,[1][2] and he would finish that year ranked second in the world according to Mark McCormack's world golf rankings. This was to remain his only major championship victory, but he was a four-time runner-up at The Masters and also had a T2 finish at the 1976 U.S. Open.[3]

Weiskopf won the Canadian Open in 1973 and 1975; the latter win was achieved in dramatic fashion, with a one-hole playoff win over archrival Jack Nicklaus, when Weiskopf nearly holed his approach on the 15th hole at the Royal Montreal Golf Club's Blue Course. Weiskopf was a member of the United States team in the 1973 and 1975 Ryder Cups. He qualified as well for the 1977 team, but decided to skip the competition in order to go big-game hunting.[1]

Weiskopf's swing was much admired in the golf world. He hit the ball high, generated enormous power and had very good control as well, a rare combination. Weiskopf's displays of temper on the golf course earned him the nickname of "The Towering Inferno".

Weiskopf joined the Senior PGA Tour in 1993 and won several senior tournaments, including one senior major, the 1995 U.S. Senior Open.[1][4]

Weiskopf got into golf course design working initially with Jay Morrish, but now has his own established practice.[1] He has at least 40 courses to his credit in many parts of the world, including the Monument and Pinnacle courses at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona;[5] and Loch Lomond, venue of the Scottish Open from 1995 to 2010.[1] Many of the courses have received considerable praise. He has also worked as a golf analyst for CBS Sports,[1] covering the 1981 and 1985 to 1995 Masters. Since 2008, he has contributed to ABC Sports and ESPN's coverage of The Open Championship.

Amateur wins (1)[edit]

Professional wins (28)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (16)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Feb 11, 1968 Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational −15 (66-68-71-68=273) 1 stroke United States Al Geiberger
2 Jul 7, 1968 Buick Open Invitational −8 (73-67-71-69=280) 1 stroke United States Mike Hill
3 Jun 13, 1971 Kemper Open −11 (66-72-70-69=277) Playoff United States Dale Douglass, South Africa Gary Player,
United States Lee Trevino
4 Aug 22, 1971 IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic −14 (67-71-66-70=274) 1 stroke United States Dave Hill
5 Feb 27, 1972 Jackie Gleason's Inverrary Classic −10 (69-72-69-68=278) 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus
6 May 13, 1973 Colonial National Invitation −4 (69-68-70-69=276) 1 stroke Australia Bruce Crampton, United States Jerry Heard
7 Jun 3, 1973 Kemper Open −17 (65-70-68-68=271) 3 strokes United States Lanny Wadkins
8 Jun 10, 1973 IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic −14 (67-71-65-71=274) 4 strokes United States Jim Barber
9 Jul 14, 1973 The Open Championship −12 (68-67-71-70=276) 3 strokes England Neil Coles, United States Johnny Miller
10 Jul 29, 1973 Canadian Open −10 (67-73-68-70=278) 2 strokes United States Forrest Fezler
11 Apr 6, 1975 Greater Greensboro Open −9 (64-71-72-68=275) 3 strokes United States Al Geiberger
12 Jul 27, 1975 Canadian Open −6 (65-74-68-67=274) Playoff United States Jack Nicklaus
13 Jun 5, 1977 Kemper Open −11 (67-71-69-70=277) 2 strokes United States George Burns, United States Bill Rogers
14 Mar 12, 1978 Doral-Eastern Open −16 (67-70-67-68=272) 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus
15 Sep 20, 1981 LaJet Classic −10 (73-67-70-68=278) 2 strokes United States Gil Morgan
16 Jul 4, 1982 Western Open −12 (69-67-70-70=276) 1 stroke United States Larry Nelson

Major championship is shown in bold.

PGA Tour playoff record (2–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1966 Greater Greensboro Open United States Doug Sanders Lost to par on second extra hole
2 1969 Greater Greensboro Open United States Julius Boros, United States Gene Littler
United States Orville Moody
Littler won with birdie on fifth extra hole
Weiskopf eliminated with par on first hole
3 1971 Kemper Open United States Dale Douglass, South Africa Gary Player, United States Lee Trevino Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 1975 Canadian Open United States Jack Nicklaus Won with birdie on first extra hole
5 1979 Southern Open United States Ed Fiori Lost to birdie on second extra hole

European Tour wins (1)[edit]

Other wins (7)[edit]

Senior PGA Tour wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Aug 28, 1994 Franklin Quest Championship −12 (68-67-69=204) Playoff United States Dave Stockton
2 Jul 2, 1995 U.S. Senior Open −13 (69-69-69-68=275) 4 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus
3 Mar 31, 1996 SBC Dominion Seniors −9 (69-69-69=207) 2 strokes United States Bob Dickson, Australia Graham Marsh, South Africa Gary Player
4 Jun 9, 1996 Pittsburgh Senior Classic −11 (68-67-70=205) 3 strokes Scotland Brian Barnes, United States J. C. Snead

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1994 Franklin Quest Championship United States Dave Stockton Won with birdie on first extra hole

Senior major championship is shown in bold.

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
1973 The Open Championship 1 shot lead −12 (68-67-71-70=276) 3 strokes England Neil Coles United States Johnny Miller

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP T16 T2
U.S. Open T40 DNP 15 T24 T22
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP T72 DNP CUT T44
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament T23 T6 T2 T34 T2 T2 T9 T14 T11 T41
U.S. Open T30 CUT 8 3 T15 T29 T2 3 T4 T4
The Open Championship T22 T40 T7 1 T7 15 T17 T22 T17 CUT
PGA Championship CUT T22 T62 T6 WD 3 T8 T58 T4 CUT
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament CUT DNP T10 T20 T35 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open 37 DNP T39 T24 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T16 DNP CUT T45 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
PGA Championship T10 T27 CUT T30 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT T101 CUT DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
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 4 0 4 7 12 16 15
U.S. Open 0 1 2 5 6 11 18 16
The Open Championship 1 0 0 1 3 9 19 12
PGA Championship 0 0 1 2 5 6 18 12
Totals 1 5 3 12 21 38 71 55
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 18 (1975 Masters – 1979 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (1973 U.S. Open – 1974 Masters)

Champions Tour major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1995 U.S. Senior Open −13 (69-69-69-68=275) 4 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Kelley, Brent. "Tom Weiskopf bio". About.com. Retrieved April 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ "1973 Tom Weiskopf". The Open. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved April 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ Diaz, Jaime (July 10, 1995). "Free at last". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ Holland, David R. "Course Design: Tom Weiskopf Excels at New Job Title". World Golf. Retrieved April 17, 2010. 

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