Al Espinosa

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Al Espinosa
Al Espinosa.jpg
circa 1920
Personal information
Full name Abel Ruben Espinosa
Nickname Al
Born (1891-03-24)March 24, 1891
Monterey, California
Died January 4, 1957(1957-01-04) (aged 65)
San Francisco, California
Nationality  United States
Spouse Josephine
Children 1 daughter
Career
Turned professional 1921
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 19
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 9
Other 10
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T7: 1934
U.S. Open 2nd: 1929
The Open Championship T32: 1929
PGA Championship 2nd: 1928
Al Espinosa
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch US Department of the Army Seal.png U.S. Army
Rank Army-USA-OR-04a.svg Corporal
Battles/wars World War I

Abel Ruben "Al" Espinosa (March 24, 1891 – January 4, 1957) was an American professional golfer. [1]

Espinosa won nine times on the PGA Tour in the 1920s and 1930s. He was on the Ryder Cup teams in 1927, 1929, and 1931, although he did not play in 1927. He lost to Leo Diegel in the PGA Championship finals in 1928. He tied with Bobby Jones in the U.S. Open in 1929 at Winged Foot,[2][3] but lost by 23 strokes in the 36-hole playoff.[4] He won the Mexican Open four times.[1] His older brother Abe (1889–1980) also won on the PGA Tour.

Born in Monterey, California, Espinosa was of Mexican American descent,[5] and served in the U.S. Army in World War I. He died of cancer at age 65 in 1957 in San Francisco,[1] and is buried at San Carlos Cemetery in Monterey.

Professional wins (19)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (9)[edit]

Other wins (10)[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
U.S. Open DNP T9 T13 T18 T14 2
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T32
PGA Championship QF R16 R32 SF 2 QF
Tournament 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940
Masters Tournament NYF NYF NYF NYF T7 T17 T15 T29 DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T35 T10 CUT CUT T21 T28 CUT DNP DNP T32 T43
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP NT
PGA Championship QF R32 DNP R16 DNP DNP DNP R32 DNP DNP R64

NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 4
U.S. Open 0 1 0 1 3 7 14 11
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
PGA Championship 0 1 1 5 7 10 11 11
Totals 0 2 1 6 11 20 30 27
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 16 (1924 PGA – 1931 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (1924 PGA – 1925 PGA)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Al Espinosa, ex-Chicagoan and top golfer, dies at 64". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. January 5, 1957. p. 19. 
  2. ^ Gould, Alan J. (June 30, 1929). "Jones, Espinosa tie for Open title with 294 score". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1-sports. 
  3. ^ Pegler, Westbrook (June 30, 1929). "Jones, Espinosa tie; title playoff today". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2. 
  4. ^ Pegler, Westbrook (July 1, 1929). "Jones' 141 wins playoff for Open title". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 29. 
  5. ^ Rice, Grantland (August 16, 1954). "Golf's Greatest Putt". Sports Illustrated. 

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