Bob Goalby

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Bob Goalby
Personal information
Full nameRobert George Goalby
Born (1929-03-14) March 14, 1929 (age 90)
Belleville, Illinois
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality United States
CollegeUniversity of Illinois
Turned professional1952
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins14
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour11
PGA Tour Champions2
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters TournamentWon: 1968
PGA Championship2nd: 1962
U.S. OpenT2: 1961
The Open ChampionshipDNP

Robert George Goalby (born March 14, 1929)[1] is a former American professional golfer on the PGA Tour, who won the Masters Tournament in 1968, his lone major championship among 11 Tour wins[2] achieved between 1958 and 1971.

Early life[edit]

Goalby was born, raised, and has lived much of his life in Belleville, Illinois. The son of a coal miner, the family had little money and Goalby would sneak over the fence of nearby St Clair Country Club to indulge his love for golf[2] and also worked as a caddy at the course.[3] He was an All-State quarterback during his senior year of Belleville West High School and attended the University of Illinois, on a football scholarship[4][5] only to lose his eligibility due to playing several baseball games for Southern Illinois University, and quit college altogether.[6] He served in the United States military during the Korean War.[2]


Goalby turned professional in 1952 and his first Tour win came in 1958, and he won and contended steadily until 1971, when he was 42 years old. At the 1968 Masters, Goalby tied Roberto De Vicenzo at the end of 72 holes of regulation play, and would have had to face an 18-hole playoff the next day, had there not been a mistake on DeVicenzo's scorecard.[7] In the final round, DeVicenzo's playing partner Tommy Aaron marked a par-4 on the 17th hole, when DeVicenzo had in fact made a birdie-3.[7] DeVicenzo failed to catch the mistake and signed the scorecard.[7] The rules of golf state that the higher written score signed by a golfer on his card must stand and as such, the error gave Goalby the championship.[7] Goalby, playing in the group behind DeVicenzo, was not personally at fault for anything in the incident.[8] The story received overwhelming attention at the time, and has remained high in public consciousness since.[7] It was recounted in great detail in the 2005 book "The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68" by Curt Sampson. The personal relationship between Goalby and DeVicenzo was unaffected by the difficult situation, and the two players formed a partnership years later, for a team event on the Champions Tour.

Goalby played on the Ryder Cup team in 1963 and retired from the PGA Tour after winning 11 tournaments. He joined the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour) in 1979, winning twice, and contributed key ideas to the formation and structure of that new Tour,[5] before retiring to a home in his native Belleville, where he has designed several nearby golf courses. He also served as a golf commentator for NBC television for 14 years.[7][9]


Goalby has lent his name each year since 1982 to a charity golf tournament, the Bob Goalby Golf Open, for the benefit of Maur Hill - Mount Academy, a Catholic, international, college preparatory school in Atchison, Kansas.[10] The football stadium at Belleville High School-West was dedicated to him on October 13, 2017.[4] As of 2018, Goalby resides in Palm Desert, California[7] and is an inductee of the St. Louis Sports Hall Of Fame,[1] the Belleville Walk of Fame[5] and Illinois Golf Hall of Fame.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Goalby has three sons: Kye, Kel and Kevin,[11] the former of whom is a golf course architect.[5] Goalby's nephew Jay Haas is a 9-time PGA Tour winner,[2] and another nephew, Jerry Haas, coaches the Wake Forest University golf team.[12] His great-nephew, Bill Haas, plays on the PGA Tour, and won the Tour Championship tournament and FedEx Cup in 2011.[13]

Professional wins (14)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (11)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Apr 13, 1958 Greater Greensboro Open −9 (71-69-69-66=275) 2 strokes United States Dow Finsterwald, United States Don January,
United States Tony Lema, United States Sam Snead,
United States Art Wall, Jr.
2 Dec 11, 1960 Coral Gables Open Invitational −12 (67-67-71-67=272) 1 stroke United States Dow Finsterwald
3 Jan 9, 1961 Los Angeles Open −9 (67-70-71-67=275) 3 strokes Scotland Eric Brown, United States Art Wall, Jr.
4 Mar 19, 1961 St. Petersburg Open Invitational −23 (67-62-67-65=261) 3 strokes United States Ted Kroll
5 Aug 5, 1962 Insurance City Open Invitational −13 (69-69-66-67=271) Playoff United States Art Wall, Jr.
6 Sep 9, 1962 Denver Open Invitational −3 (72-69-67-69=277) 1 stroke United States George Bayer, United States Bob Duden,
United States Jack Fleck, United States Bill Johnston,
United States Billy Maxwell, United States Art Wall, Jr.
7 Jan 15, 1967 San Diego Open Invitational −15 (68-64-68-69=269) 1 stroke United States Gay Brewer
8 Apr 14, 1968 Masters Tournament −11 (70-70-71-66=277) 1 stroke Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo
9 Sep 28, 1969 Robinson Open Golf Classic −15 (62-71-73-67=273) Playoff United States Jim Wiechers
10 Nov 29, 1970 Heritage Golf Classic −4 (74-70-70-66=280) 4 strokes United States Lanny Wadkins
11 Dec 12, 1971 Bahamas National Open −9 (69-70-66-70=275) 1 stroke United States George Archer

PGA Tour playoff record (2–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1962 Insurance City Open Invitational United States Art Wall, Jr. Won with birdie on seventh extra hole
2 1965 Hawaiian Open United States Gay Brewer Lost to birdie on first extra hole
3 1969 Robinson Open Golf Classic United States Jim Wiechers Won with birdie on first extra hole

Major championship is shown in bold.

Senior PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Jun 28, 1981 Marlboro Classic −2 (70-68-70=208) 2 strokes United States Art Wall, Jr.
2 Jun 27, 1982 Peter Jackson Champions −15 (68-68-64-73=273) 1 stroke United States Gene Littler

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1985 Bank One Senior Golf Classic United States Miller Barber, United States Gene Littler Littler won with par on third extra hole
Goalby eliminated with par on first hole

Other senior wins (1)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1968 Masters Tournament 1 shot deficit −11 (70-70-71-66=277) 1 stroke Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUT T38
PGA Championship T5
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament CUT 36 T25 CUT T37 T39 T59 CUT 1 T40
U.S. Open T19 T2 T14 CUT CUT T22 T6 T39
PGA Championship T32 T15 2 T17 CUT T68 T49 T7 T8 CUT
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament CUT T36 T17 T6 T22 CUT CUT CUT 52 CUT
U.S. Open T36 T19 T58 CUT T63
PGA Championship CUT T46 T62 T18
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986
Masters Tournament CUT CUT 46 CUT CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open
PGA Championship

Note: Goalby never played in The Open Championship.

  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 1 0 0 1 2 5 27 13
U.S. Open 0 1 0 1 2 6 14 11
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PGA Championship 0 1 0 2 4 7 15 12
Totals 1 2 0 4 8 18 56 36
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 9 (1971 PGA – 1974 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (1967 U.S. Open – 1968 Masters)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bob Goalby - Golf". St. Louis Sports Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 7 April 2018. Born: March 14, 1929, Belleville, Illinois... Robert George 'Bob' Goalby, who was born in Belleville, Ill...
  2. ^ a b c d McCabe, Jim (3 April 2018). "1968: Goalby's Superb Play Often Overlooked". Augusta National Golf Club. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  3. ^ Ruppert, Jim (12 October 2016). "100 Years of IHSA Boys Golf: State Finals Have Hosted Many Greats". Illinois High School Association. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Belleville West Naming Football Field After Bob Goalby". Belleville, Illinois. CBS St. Louis. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d "Interview with Bob Goalby". The Missouri Golf Post. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  6. ^ Dwyre, Bill (9 April 2008). "Goalby played the big break just right at the '68 Masters". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Bohannan, Larry (1 April 2018). "Scorecard controversy at 1968 Masters still haunts its champion Bob Goalby". The Desert Sun. Gannett. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  8. ^ Criddle, Dean (7 April 2010). "The Master speaks: Bob Goalby talks about the tournament, his great-nephew and Tiger Woods". Belleville News-Democrat. Retrieved 6 May 2010.[dead link]
  9. ^ a b "Bob Goalby: inducted 1991". Illinois Golf Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Alumni and Friends: Bob Goalby". Maur Hill-Mount Academy. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2010. The 29th annual Maur Hill-Mount Academy/Bob Goalby Golf Open...
  11. ^ Voellinger, Art (11 June 2008). "Respect for Dad's role never ends". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Jerry Haas bio". Wake Forest Sports. Wake Forest University. Retrieved 7 April 2018. Jerry Haas, a former Wake Forest All-American, is in his 21st season as head coach of his alma mater... The nephew of former Masters champion Bob Goalby and the younger brother of current Champions Tour star Jay Haas...
  13. ^ "FedEx Cup: Bill Haas beats Hunter Mahan to $10m prize". BBC. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2018.

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