|Full name||Robert John Toski|
September 18, 1926 |
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||T18: 1951|
|U.S. Open||T17: 1956|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|PGA Championship||T9: 1950, 1954|
|Achievements and awards|
leading money winner
He was born in Haydenville, Massachusetts of Polish descent, the eighth of nine children born to Walenty Algutoski and his wife Mary. He learned to play golf at Northampton Country Club, where he caddied and where two of his elder brothers, Jack and Ben, were assistant professionals.
He joined the PGA Tour in 1949 and broke through for his first win in the Insurance City Open in 1953. He was the leading money winner in 1954, when his four victories included the World Championship of Golf, where first prize was $50,000, by far the richest prize-money golf event in the world. That victory also earned him a $50,000 contract from promoter George S. May to put on 50 exhibitions the following year; he would put on 57 and play in only 14 events in 1955. He scaled back his playing career starting in 1957 after wife Lynn gave birth to three boys in a span of less than four years.
Toski found stardom on the Tour despite weighing only 118 pounds. He was the smallest Tour player throughout his playing career and his combination of his small size and his driving prowess earned him the nickname "Mouse" from Sam Snead, a reference to the cartoon superhero Mighty Mouse popular at that time.
Toski left the tour aged 30 so he could spend more time with his young family (perhaps influenced by having lost his own mother at age six), and took a series of jobs as a club professional, while still competing occasionally on the Tour.
Later he found renewed fame as a leading golf coach, assisting tour pros such as World Golf Hall of Fame inductees Tom Kite and Judy Rankin as well as Australian star Bruce Crampton. He also wrote several golf instructional books, and made some of the earliest golf instruction videos. In the early 1980s he was a regular on NBC Sports golf telecasts. He worked as color commentator with Hughes Sports Network golf telecasts in the 1970s.
Senior PGA Tour
Toski began playing on the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour) upon its formation in 1980. He left the Tour in January 1986 after he became involved in a controversy over how he marked his ball in a tournament in Japan. Fellow Senior PGA Tour player Gay Brewer stated that Toski improved his lie by marking it away from a spike mark near where his ball had come to rest on the green. Toski said that he had no recollection of any rules infraction. He returned in April 1986 and played several more years on the Tour.
Professional wins (11)
PGA Tour wins (5)
- 1953 (1) Insurance City Open
- 1954 (4) Baton Rouge Open, Azalea Open, Eastern Open, World Championship of Golf
Other wins (4)
this list is probably incomplete
Other senior wins (2)
- 1990 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf - Legendary Division (with Mike Fetchick)
- 1992 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf - Legendary Division (with Mike Fetchick)
Results in major championships
Note: Toski never played in The Open Championship.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
Yellow background for top-10.
- Toski, Bob (1955). Beginner's Guide to Golf. New York: Grosset & Dunlap. ASIN B001CA8L8U.
- Casper, Billy; Toski, Bob (1966). Golf Shotmaking. New York: Golf Digest / Doubleday. ASIN B0000CN8TV.
- Toski, Bob (1971). The Touch System for Better Golf. Golf Digest. ASIN B00921CJVQ.
- Toski, Bob; Aultman, Dick (1980). Bob Toski's Complete Guide to Better Golf. Scribner. ISBN 978-0689705922.
- Toski, Bob (1981). Golf For a Lifetime. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0671437411.
- Toski, Bob; Flick, Jim (1984). How to Become a Complete Golfer. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 978-0671723040.
- Toski, Bob; Love Jr., Davis (1988). How to Feel a Real Golf Swing. Random House. ISBN 978-0394561219.
- Find Your Own Fundamentals (with Jim Flick), Golf Digest, 1992
- Bob Toski at the PGA Tour official site
- GolfOnline bio and guide to Toski's coaching theory
- Toski Golf - golf equipment company
- Toski-Battersby Golf Learning Center - Toski's golf school in Florida