Butch Baird

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Butch Baird
Personal information
Full name Fred Baird
Born (1936-07-20) July 20, 1936 (age 81)
Chicago, Illinois
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Scottsdale, Arizona
Career
Turned professional 1959
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 15
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
PGA Tour Champions 2
Other 10 (regular)
1 (senior)
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 1977
U.S. Open T4: 1976
The Open Championship CUT: 1978
PGA Championship T28: 1966

Fred "Butch" Baird (born July 20, 1936) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Senior PGA Tour (now known as the Champions Tour).

Baird was born in Chicago. He learned the game at the age of 14 from his father. He turned pro in 1959 after working in the Texas oil fields for a few years after high school.[1]

Baird won two official PGA Tour events during his career: the 1961 Waco Turner Open and the 1976 San Antonio Texas Open. The San Antonio victory came 15 years, 5 months and 10 days after the Waco win, and was the record for longest time span between victories in PGA history until eclipsed by Robert Gamez in 2005.[2][3] His career year came in 1976, when in addition to his San Antonio win, he finished 46th on the money list with $58,192. Also in 1976, came his best finish in a major championship — a T-4 at the U.S. Open.[4]

Baird now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona as do many other professional golfers. He has a golf-memorabilia marketing business, BBJM Golf Enterprises, with partner Jack Mishler. His son, Briny, is also a professional golfer.

Professional wins (15)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 May 7, 1961 Waco Turner Open –7 (73-72-68-68=281) 1 stroke United States Rex Baxter
2 Oct 17, 1976 San Antonio Texas Open –15 (68-70-70-65=273) Playoff United States Miller Barber

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1976 San Antonio Texas Open United States Miller Barber Won with birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (10)[edit]

Senior PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Oct 19, 1986 Cuyahoga Seniors International –3 (70-71-69=210) 4 strokes United States Chi Chi Rodríguez
2 Jun 18, 1989 Northville Long Island Classic –9* (58-62-63=183) Playoff United States Frank Beard, United States Don Bies, United States Orville Moody

* Due to flooding, only 16 holes played in every round[5]

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1987 MONY Senior Tournament of Champions United States Don January Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole
2 1989 Northville Long Island Classic United States Frank Beard, United States Don Bies, United States Orville Moody Won with birdie on first extra hole

Other senior wins (1)[edit]

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