|Born||28 September 1935|
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour Champions||20 (Tied 10th all time)|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T2: 1972|
|PGA Championship||2nd: 1973, 1975|
|U.S. Open||2nd: 1972|
|The Open Championship||T13: 1956|
|Achievements and awards|
Bruce Crampton (born 28 September 1935) is an Australian professional golfer.
Crampton was born in Sydney, New South Wales, and attended Kogarah High School from 1948 to 1950. In August 1953 he reached final of the New South Wales Amateur Championship, losing 5&4 to Harry Berwick.
Crampton turned professional in late 1953, becoming an assistant to Billy McWilliam at Beverley Park in Sydney. His decision to turn professional came soon after he had been left out of the Australian amateur team to tour Britain in 1954 and play in the Commonwealth Tournament at St Andrews.
Crampton won the Vardon Trophy for the player with the lowest stroke average on the PGA Tour in 1973 and 1975. He had 14 career wins on the PGA Tour between 1961 and 1975 and was runner up in four major championships – one Masters, one U.S. Open, and two PGA Championships – all to Jack Nicklaus. He was ranked among the top five golfers in the world in both 1972 and 1973, according to Mark McCormack's world golf rankings. His other regular career victories included the Australian Open, New Zealand PGA Championship, Far East Open and the Philippine Open. As a senior, he won 20 times on the Champions Tour, and topped the money list in 1986, but he did not win a senior major.
Crampton was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2001.
Professional wins (45)
PGA Tour wins (14)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||23 Jul 1961||Milwaukee Open Invitational||−8 (70-64-67-71=272)||1 stroke||Gay Brewer, Bob Goalby|
|2||15 Jul 1962||Motor City Open||−17 (66-65-70-66=267)||3 strokes||Dave Hill, Don Massengale|
|3||26 Apr 1964||Texas Open Invitational||−7 (71-69-68-65=273)||1 stroke||Bob Charles, Chi-Chi Rodríguez|
|4||24 Jan 1965||Bing Crosby National Pro-Am||−3 (75-67-73-69=284)||3 strokes||Tony Lema|
|5||11 May 1965||Colonial National Invitation||−4 (71-68-71-66=276)||3 strokes||George Knudson|
|6||30 May 1965||500 Festival Open Invitation||−5 (71-70-67-71=279)||1 stroke||Jacky Cupit, Lionel Hebert|
|7||9 Nov 1969||Hawaiian Open||−14 (71-71-65-67=274)||4 strokes||Jack Nicklaus|
|8||2 Aug 1970||Westchester Classic||−15 (67-71-68-67=273)||1 stroke||Larry Hinson, Jack Nicklaus|
|9||18 Jul 1971||Western Open||−5 (66-73-69-71=279)||2 strokes||Bobby Nichols|
|10||14 Jan 1973||Phoenix Open||−12 (68-67-68-65=268)||1 stroke||Steve Melnyk, Lanny Wadkins|
|11||21 Jan 1973||Dean Martin Tucson Open||−11 (70-70-66-71=277)||5 strokes|| George Archer, Gay Brewer,|
Labron Harris Jr.
|12||6 May 1973||Houston Open||−11 (72-66-67-72=277)||1 stroke||Dave Stockton|
|13||24 Jun 1973||American Golf Classic||−7 (70-67-68-68=273)||3 strokes|| Gay Brewer, Bob Murphy,|
|14||4 May 1975||Houston Open (2)||−15 (68-70-66-69=273)||2 strokes||Gil Morgan|
PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)
|1||1970||Houston Champions International||Gibby Gilbert||Lost to par on third extra hole|
|2||1974||B.C. Open||Richie Karl||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
PGA Tour satellite wins (1)
- 1968 West End Classic
Australian/New Zealand circuit wins (6)
this list may be incomplete
- 1954 New Zealand PGA Championship
- 1956 Australian Open, Speedo Tournament
- 1957 Pelaco Tournament
- 1958 North Coast Open
- 1971 Wills Masters
Asian circuit wins (2)
- 1959 Far East Open, Philippine Open
Senior PGA Tour wins (20)
*Note: The 1986 Pepsi Senior Challenge was shortened to 36 holes due to rain.
Senior PGA Tour playoff record (2–2)
|1||1988||United Hospitals Classic||Billy Casper||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|2||1990||GTE North Classic||Mike Hill||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|3||1993||PGA Seniors' Championship||Tom Wargo||Lost to par on second extra hole|
|4||1997||Cadillac NFL Golf Classic||Hugh Baiocchi||Won with birdie on third extra hole|
Other senior wins (2)
- 1987 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (with Orville Moody)
- 1988 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (with Orville Moody)
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||T13||T39||T34|
|The Open Championship|
|The Open Championship||T18||CUT|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||2||5||4|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 33 (1961 U.S. Open – 1973 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (twice)
- Australian Men's Interstate Teams Matches (representing New South Wales): 1953
- World Cup (representing Australia): 1957, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1972
- Slazenger Trophy (representing British Commonwealth and Empire): 1956
- Vicars Shield (representing New South Wales): 1956 (winners)
- ^ "Berwick's first N.S.W. title". The Sun (Sydney). No. 2625. New South Wales, Australia. 16 August 1953. p. 31. Retrieved 17 February 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
- ^ "Crampton now pro". The Sun (Sydney). No. 13644. New South Wales, Australia. 2 November 1953. p. 27. Retrieved 17 February 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
- ^ "Turn pro' advices Von Nida". The Daily Telegraph. Vol. XVIII, no. 186. New South Wales, Australia. 26 October 1953. p. 20. Retrieved 17 February 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
- ^ "Bruce Crampton". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
- Media related to Bruce Crampton at Wikimedia Commons
- Bruce Crampton at the PGA Tour official site
- Bruce Crampton at the Sport Australia Hall of Fame