Art Wall Jr.

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Art Wall Jr.
Personal information
Full name Arthur Jonathan Wall Jr.
Born (1923-11-25)November 25, 1923
Honesdale, Pennsylvania
Died October 31, 2001(2001-10-31) (aged 77)
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Nationality  United States
Spouse Jean Louise Miller Wall
(1923–2004)
Children 2 sons, 3 daughters
Career
College Duke University
Status Professional
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 29
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 14
Other 15
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament Won: 1959
U.S. Open T9: 1967
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T5: 1961
Achievements and awards
PGA Player of the Year 1959
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1959
Vardon Trophy 1959

Arthur Jonathan Wall Jr. (November 25, 1923 – October 31, 2001) was an American professional golfer.

Early years[edit]

Born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, Wall played collegiate golf at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina,[1] and graduated in 1949 with a business degree.

PGA Tour[edit]

Wall won fourteen titles on the PGA Tour, including four in 1959. That year he was chosen as the PGA Player of the Year, and also won the money title and Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average.[2] His most notable career achievement was his victory in 1959 at the Masters Tournament. In the final round, he birdied five of his last six holes to shoot a 66 and overtake Cary Middlecoff and defending champion Arnold Palmer.[1] He was a member of three United States Ryder Cup teams: 1957, 1959, and 1961. Wall is also notable for sinking 45 holes-in-one in his playing career (including casual rounds), a world record for many years.[2][3]

Final win[edit]

Wall's final tour win came at age 51 at the Greater Milwaukee Open in 1975, his first tour win in nine years.[4][5] Since this win 42 years ago, no older player has won on tour; the closest was Fred Funk at age 50 in 2007. The oldest remains Sam Snead, who was nearly 53 in 1965 at his 82nd and final tour win at the Greater Greensboro Open.[6]

Death[edit]

Wall died at age 77 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, of respiratory failure after a lengthy illness,[1] and is buried at Glen Dyberry Cemetery in Honesdale.

Professional wins (29)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (14)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour events (13)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Aug 17, 1953 Fort Wayne Open 66-66-68-65=265 −23 Playoff United States Cary Middlecoff
2 Apr 25, 1954 Tournament of Champions 69-66-70-73=278 −10 6 strokes United States Al Besselink, United States Lloyd Mangrum
3 Sep 16, 1956 Fort Wayne Open 70-64-70-65=269 −19 Playoff United States Gardner Dickinson, United States Bill Trombley
4 Mar 10, 1957 Pensacola Open Invitational 70-68-69-66=273 −15 2 strokes Australia Peter Thomson
5 Jul 6, 1958 Rubber City Open Invitational 65-67-68-69=269 −11 Playoff United States Dow Finsterwald
6 Jul 27, 1958 Eastern Open Invitational 69-69-71-67=276 −12 Playoff United States Jack Burke Jr., United States Bob Rosburg
7 Jan 18, 1959 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am 69-65-70-75=279 −9 2 strokes United States Jimmy Demaret, United States Gene Littler
8 Mar 30, 1959 Azalea Open Invitational 72-66-71-73=282 −6 3 strokes United States Mike Souchak
9 Apr 5, 1959 Masters Tournament 73-74-71-66=284 −4 1 stroke United States Cary Middlecoff
10 Jul 6, 1959 Buick Open Invitational 71-67-72-72=282 −6 Playoff United States Dow Finsterwald
11 Jul 9, 1960 Canadian Open 66-67-67-69=269 −19 6 strokes United States Bob Goalby, United States Jay Hebert
12 Jan 12, 1964 San Diego Open Invitational 71-65-68-70=274 −6 2 strokes United States Tony Lema, United States Bob Rosburg
13 Aug 21, 1966 Insurance City Open Invitational 65-64-69-68=266 −18 2 strokes United States Wes Ellis
14 Jul 5, 1975 Greater Milwaukee Open 67-67-67-70=271 −17 1 stroke United States Gary McCord

PGA Tour playoff record (5–5)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1953 Greater Greensboro Open United States Doug Ford, United States Sam Snead, United States Earl Stewart Stewart won with par on first extra hole after 18-hole playoff
18-hole playoff (Stewart:68, Snead:68, Ford:70, Wall:72)
2 1953 Fort Wayne Open United States Cary Middlecoff Won 18-hole playoff (Wall:70, Middlecoff:72)
3 1956 Fort Wayne Open United States Gardner Dickinson, United States Bill Trombley Wall won with birdie on first extra hole
4 1958 Rubber City Open Invitational United States Dow Finsterwald Won with birdie on second extra hole
5 1958 Eastern Open Invitational United States Jack Burke Jr., United States Bob Rosburg Wall won with birdie on first extra hole
6 1959 Buick Open Invitational United States Dow Finsterwald Won 18-hole playoff (Wall:71, Finsterwald:73)
7 1960 Western Open Canada Stan Leonard Lost to birdie on first extra hole
8 1962 Insurance City Open Invitational United States Bob Goalby Lost to birdie on seventh extra hole
9 1967 Canadian Open United States Billy Casper Lost 18-hole playoff (Casper:65, Wall:69)
10 1971 Canadian Open United States Lee Trevino Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Major championship is shown in bold.

Other wins (13)[edit]

Other senior wins (2)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1959 Masters Tournament 6 shot deficit −4 (73-74-71-66=284) 1 stroke United States Cary Middlecoff

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP 38 CUT T6 1
U.S. Open 47 T26 CUT T16 CUT CUT DNP WD
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP R32 R64 T11 T25
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament DNP DNP CUT T21 CUT T45 CUT T49 T22 T40
U.S. Open T43 DNP T11 T40 DNP DNP DNP T9 T50 DNP
PGA Championship T39 T5 T23 T8 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament CUT T27 CUT T37 T37 T15 T28 T35 CUT CUT
U.S. Open DNP CUT DNP T45 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP T24 DNP DNP T50 CUT DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988
Masters Tournament 51 CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT DNP CUT CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

Note: Wall never played in The Open Championship.
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
R64, R32, 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 1 0 0 1 2 5 30 15
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 3 14 9
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 2 7 12 10
Totals 1 0 0 2 5 15 56 34
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (1972 PGA – 1976 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (five times)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Art Wall Jr. – Golfer, 77". The New York Times. November 1, 2001. Archived from the original on January 30, 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Art Wall Jr.". Autograph Magazine. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ Kindred, Dave (October 8, 2007). Do you believe her?. ESPN. 
  4. ^ "Art Wall a winner at Milwaukee". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. (Florida). Associated Press. July 7, 1975. p. 1C. 
  5. ^ "I don't think 51 is old - golfer Art Wall". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. (Florida). Associated Press. July 7, 1975. p. 4C. 
  6. ^ "Snead eyes Masters title". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 5, 1965. p. 2B. 

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