Harbert in 1959
|Full name||Melvin R. Harbert|
February 20, 1915|
|Died||September 1, 1992
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||3rd: 1948|
|U.S. Open||T8: 1946, 1957|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|PGA Championship||Won: 1954|
Harbert won seven times on the PGA Tour, including one major championship, the 1954 PGA Championship, then a match play event. A three-time finalist, he was also that event's runner-up twice, in 1947 (falling to Jim Ferrier) and 1952 (to Jim Turnesa). Harbert was one of the great PGA Championship match play competitors, compiling a 24–10 (.706) record between 1946, his first appearance, and 1957, the final year of the match play format.
In 1949, Harbert played on the Ryder Cup team, winning his singles match against Sam King, 4 and 3, at Ganton Golf Club in Scarborough, England. He was playing-captain of the U.S. team in 1955, with a singles victory against Syd Scott (3 and 2) to his credit.
In 1955, he represented the United States at the Canada Cup team competition at Columbia Country Club outside Washington, D.C. He teamed with Ed Furgol, with the duo outdueling Australia's team of Peter Thomson and Kel Nagle by nine strokes. He finished fourth in the individual competition, two strokes out of the Furgol, Thomson and Flory Van Donck playoff that Furgol won.
After turning 50, he made two official Senior PGA Tour appearances. He tied for 43rd at the 1981 Michelob Senior Classic and then tied for 40th in the same tournament the following year. In addition, he played in nine Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf team events, with his top showing a fifth-place performance in the inaugural event in 1978, when he teamed with Bob Toski.
this list may be incomplete
PGA Tour wins (7)
- 1941 (1) Beaumont Open-Texas
- 1942 (2) Texas Open, St. Paul Open
- 1948 (2) Jacksonville Open, Charlotte Open
- 1949 (1) Inverness Invitational Four-Ball (with Bob Hamilton)
- 1954 (1) PGA Championship
Major championship is shown in bold.
this list is probably incomplete
- 1937 Michigan Open (as an amateur)
- 1942 Michigan Open
- 1946 Michigan PGA Championship
- 1947 Michigan PGA Championship
- 1948 Michigan Open
- 1949 Michigan PGA Championship
- 1950 Michigan PGA Championship
- 1953 Michigan Open, Michigan PGA Championship
- 1957 Puerto Rico Open
- 1959 Michigan PGA Championship
|1954||PGA Championship||4 & 3||Walter Burkemo|
Note: The PGA Championship was match play until 1958
|Masters Tournament||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T18 LA|
Note: Harbert never played in The Open Championship.
LA = Low amateur
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 12 (1951 PGA – 1956 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (1942 Masters – 1946 U.S. Open)
U.S. national team appearances