Bobby Clampett

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Bobby Clampett
Personal information
Full name Robert Daniel Clampett, Jr.
Born (1960-04-22) April 22, 1960 (age 57)
Monterey, California
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 171 lb (78 kg; 12.2 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Bonita Springs, Florida
Spouse Marianna Clampett[1]
Children Katelyn, Daniel, Michael[1][2]
College Brigham Young University
Turned professional 1980
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 3
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
Japan Golf Tour 1
Other 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T23: 1979
U.S. Open T3: 1982
The Open Championship T10: 1982
PGA Championship T27: 1981
Achievements and awards
Haskins Award 1979, 1980

Robert Daniel Clampett, Jr. (born April 22, 1960) is an American television golf analyst, golf course architect, writer, and professional golfer, who played on the PGA Tour from 1980 to 1995. Clampett began playing on the Champions Tour in April 2010.

College and amateur standout[edit]

Clampett was born in Monterey, California. He attended Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, California. He based his early golf training on the groundbreaking and controversial book "The Golfing Machine," by Homer Kelley, and he worked closely with golf instructor Ben Doyle, the first authorized instructor of the Golfing Machine. From 1978 to 1980, he was a three-time All-American and two-time Collegiate Golfer of the Year at Brigham Young University. His important amateur titles included the Porter Cup, the Sunnehanna Amateur, and the Western Amateur. He also won the 1978 World Amateur medal, in team competition for the Eisenhower Trophy and the 1978 and 1980 California State Amateurs. He was the low amateur at the 1978 U.S. Open and 1979 Masters.

Professional highlights[edit]

Clampett turned professional in 1980. From 1980 to 1995, he played on the PGA Tour. Although he won only one tournament, the 1982 Southern Open, he had a moderately successful career. He had almost three dozen top-10 finishes in his career, including nine 2nd or 3rd-place finishes, and had over $1 million in career earnings. His best finish in a major was a T-3 at the 1982 U.S. Open. He was a member of the 1982 World Cup team.

At the 1982 Open Championship played at Royal Troon, Clampett opened with rounds of 67 and 66 and held a five shot lead going into Saturday's play. His lead had increased two shots by the fifth hole. Then Clampett drove the ball into a pot bunker at the sixth hole.[3] It took him three shots to get out. This sparked the beginning of a precipitous collapse by Clampett that saw him finish with rounds of 78 and 77 and finish in a tie for 10th.

During his 40s, Clampett competed periodically on the Nationwide Tour, and qualified into a PGA Tour event in November 2008. He became eligible for the Champions Tour after reaching age 50 in April 2010. On May 14, 2010, he tied for the first round lead in his second tournament on that tour.

Broadcaster, author, designer[edit]

Clampett joined CBS Sports as an on-course reporter for the 1991 PGA Championship, and joined CBS Sports full-time as a tower announcer in 1995. Clampett remained stationed at the 15th hole during CBS telecasts until 2006. In 2007, he was replaced by Ian Baker-Finch, coming over from ABC Sports. Clampett continued to work online webcasts streamed by CBS at the major championships.

He was also the lead golf analyst for Turner Sports from 1996–2007.

Clampett and Andy Brumer co-authored the book "The Impact Zone: Mastering Golf's Moment of Truth", published in late 2007. Clampett has become involved in golf course design in recent years.

Clampett lives in Bonita Springs, Florida with his second wife, Marianna, and her two children. He has three children from his first marriage: (singer and songwriter) Katelyn, Daniel, and Michael Clampett.[4][5]


On April 11, 2008, Clampett apologized for referring to golfer Liang Wen-Chong as "the Chinaman" during the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Clampett, working the Internet broadcast of Amen Corner, made the comment after Liang missed the cut. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Clampett was taken off the broadcast after the comment.[6]

Amateur wins (6)[edit]

Professional wins (3)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Sep 26, 1982 Southern Open −14 (65-69-68-64=266) 2 strokes United States Hale Irwin

PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1981 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am United States John Cook, United States Ben Crenshaw,
United States Hale Irwin, United States Barney Thompson
Cook won with par on third extra hole
Clampett, Crenshaw, and Thompson eliminated with birdie on first hole
2 1981 Buick Open United States Hale Irwin, United States Peter Jacobsen
United States Gil Morgan
Irwin won with birdie on second extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)[edit]

Other wins (1)[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Playoff record[edit]

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1981 Italian Open Spain José María Cañizares Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 2000
Masters Tournament T23 LA 50 CUT
U.S. Open T30 LA CUT T38 T3 CUT CUT T37
The Open Championship T10 T53
PGA Championship T27 CUT CUT T28
  Top 10
  Did not play

LA = Low amateur
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
U.S. Open 0 0 1 1 1 1 7 4
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
Totals 0 0 1 1 2 3 16 10
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (1980 Masters – 1982 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2

U.S. national team appearances[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bobby's Biography". Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ Kroichick, Ron (February 2, 2006). "Blast from the past: Clampett to play at Pebble again". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  3. ^ "Breaking 90". Golf Digest. 
  4. ^ "A Conversation with Bobby Clampett". Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ Hardwig, Greg (February 15, 2014). "ACE Group Classic: Bonita Springs' Bobby Clampett taking tour pro/TV analyst perspective to different level". Naples Daily News. 
  6. ^ "Clampett apologizes for description of China's Liang". April 14, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 

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