Tommy Jacobs

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Tommy Jacobs
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Keith Thomas Jacobs, Jr.
Born (1935-02-13) February 13, 1935 (age 79)
Denver, Colorado
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Leland, North Carolina
Career
Turned professional 1956
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 7
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 4
Other 3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament 2nd: 1966
U.S. Open 2nd: 1964
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T8: 1963
British Amateur R64: 1955

Keith Thomas Jacobs, Jr. (born February 13, 1935) is an American professional golfer and golf course owner/operator who has played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. He is the older brother of John Jacobs who has also played on the PGA Tour and is a current player on the Champions Tour.[1]

Jacobs was born in Denver Colorado and raised in southern California, where he started in junior golf. In 1951, Jacobs won the International Jaycee Junior Championship. At sixteen, he advanced to the semi-finals of the USGA National Amateur, which earned him an invitation to The Masters at age 17. For 58 years, Jacobs had the distinction of being the youngest golfer to play in the Masters (in 1952).[1] The record was broken by Matteo Manassero in 2010. He turned professional in 1956.

Jacobs won four PGA Tour events. His first win came in 1958 at the newly revamped Denver Open, and his last was in the 1964 Palm Springs Golf Classic. During his career, Jacobs had sole 2nd place finishes in two major championships. He lost the 1964 U.S. Open to Ken Venturi by four strokes, and was runner-up in a playoff at the Masters Tournament in 1966 that he (72) and Gay Brewer (78) lost to Jack Nicklaus (70).[2] Jacobs was a member of the 1965 Ryder Cup team, and finished with a record of 3-1-1.

Like most pro golfers of his generation, Jacobs earned his living primarily as a club pro during his thirties and forties. He was Director of Golf at La Costa Hotel Spa and The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, California for more than 20 years. He joined the Senior PGA Tour (now known as the Champions Tour) in 1985 and continued to play in selected events into the 2000s; his last appearance was at the 2003 Senior PGA Championship.[1] In 1995, he went on to form an LLC, which purchased Bel Air Greens golf course, and changed the name to Tommy Jacobs' Bel Air Greens – a nine-hole, par-32 golf course in Palm Springs, California. Jacobs and his partners completed the sale of the golf course in 2006.

Jacobs and his brother John have teamed up with Roger Fredericks, to form Champions Corporate Golf Outings, which provides custom tailored golf events for small to medium size groups and corporations.[1]

Jacobs lives in Leland, North Carolina and is the owner-operator of Magnolia Greens Golf Course.

PGA Tour wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Sep 14, 1958 Denver Open –14 (65-67-67-67=266) 1 stroke United States Ernie Vossler
2 Jan 14, 1962 San Diego Open Invitational –7 (72-70-70-65=277) Playoff United States Johnny Pott
3 Sep 8, 1963 Utah Open –12 (68-72-62-70=272) 1 stroke United States Don January
4 Feb 2, 1964 Palm Springs Golf Classic –7 (66-74-74-69-70=353) Playoff United States Jimmy Demaret

Other wins (3)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Amateur

Tournament 1952 1953 1954 1955
Masters Tournament 60 DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP
British Amateur DNP DNP DNP R64

Professional

Tournament 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP CUT
U.S. Open DNP CUT T10 T59
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP T14
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP T28 CUT T15 2 CUT CUT DNP
U.S. Open DNP CUT T6 T32 2 T28 CUT CUT CUT DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship CUT DNP T23 T8 CUT CUT CUT T67 DNP DNP
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T61 DNP CUT CUT DNP DNP CUT

LA = Low Amateur
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
DNQ = Did not qualify for match play portion of U.S. Amateur
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Source for The Masters: www.masters.com

Source for U.S. Open: USGA Championship Database

Source for British Open: www.opengolf.com

Source for 1955 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, June 2, 1955, pg. 4.

Source for PGA Championship: PGA Championship Media Guide

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 1 0 1 1 2 8 4
U.S. Open 0 1 0 1 3 3 11 6
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 3 13 6
Totals 0 2 0 2 5 8 32 16
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (1962 U.S. Open – 1963 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (five times)

Team appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Tommy Jacobs bio". Champions Corporate Golf Outings. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  2. ^ "Golf Major Championships". 

External links[edit]