|Full name||William August Kratzert III|
|Nickname||Bill or Billy|
June 29, 1952 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Residence||Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida|
|College||University of Georgia|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||T5: 1978|
|U.S. Open||T6: 1978|
|The Open Championship||CUT: 1978|
|PGA Championship||T12: 1978|
Kratzert was born in Quantico, Virginia when his father was in the service but spent most of his youth in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he attended Elmhurst High School. His father was head pro for over 20 years at the Fort Wayne Country Club. Kratzert won the Indiana State Amateur at age 16. He attended the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia and was a distinguished member of the golf team – an All-American in 1973 and 1974. Kratzert graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in 1974. He turned pro in that same year. Kratzert, after two failed attempts at earning his Tour card, quit golf and worked as a forklift operator. After eight months at that job, Kratzert returned to golf and succeeded on his third attempt in 1976 to get his PGA Tour card.
Kratzert won four PGA Tour events in his career. His most successful years in professional golf were 1977–1980 when he finished in the top-12 on the money list in three of those 4 years. Kratzert's best year for majors was 1978, when he finished with a T-5 in The Masters and a T-6 in the U.S. Open. His career earnings exceed $1.4 million. He continued to play on the PGA Tour until 1997, when he went to work as a television golf commentator.
During the 2013 PGA Championship, CBS on-course reporter Peter Kostis was unable to work due to his recovery from cancer surgery. Kratzert, already on site for his Turner Sports duties, filled in on CBS's weekend telecasts. When Mark Rolfing was given a week off from his NBC duties at the 2014 Hero World Challenge, Kratzert was chosen to fill in.
Kratzert was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame in 1993. He lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida with his wife and three children. His sister, Cathy Gerring, is also a professional golfer and has won three times on the LPGA Tour.
- 1968 Indiana Amateur
Professional wins (5)
PGA Tour wins (4)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Nov 7, 1976||Walt Disney World National Team Championship
(with Woody Blackburn)
|−28 (63-68-63-66=260)||Playoff||Gay Brewer & Bobby Nichols|
|2||Aug 7, 1977||Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open||−19 (66-66-64-69=265)||3 strokes||Grier Jones, Larry Nelson|
|3||Jul 13, 1980||Greater Milwaukee Open||−22 (67-66-67-66=266)||4 strokes||Howard Twitty|
|4||Oct 28, 1984||Pensacola Open||−14 (67-66-71-66=270)||2 strokes||Ken Brown, John Mahaffey|
PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)
|1||1976||Walt Disney World National Team Championship
(with Woody Blackburn)
|Gay Brewer & Bobby Nichols||Won with birdie on third extra hole|
|2||1978||Hawaiian Open||Hubert Green||Lost to par on second extra hole|
- 1970 Indiana Open (as an amateur)
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Yellow background for top-10.
- "Profile on PGA Tour's official site". Retrieved January 14, 2013.
- "King of the course: Bill Kratzert won four events and earned more than $1 million on the PGA Tour". Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
- "Biographical information on PGA Tour's official site". Retrieved January 14, 2013.
- Achenbach, Jim (April 7, 1978). "Kratzert Patches Up His Life And His Game". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. p. 1-E. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
- "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved January 14, 2013.
- "ESPN profile". Retrieved January 14, 2013.
- "Indiana Amateur Championship". Retrieved July 15, 2015.