George Burns (golfer)

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George Burns
Personal information
Full name George Francis Burns III
Born (1949-07-29) July 29, 1949 (age 67)
Brooklyn, New York
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence West Palm Beach, Florida
Career
College University of Maryland
Turned professional 1975
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
European Tour
Champions Tour
European Seniors Tour
Professional wins 9
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 4
European Tour 2
Other 3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T30: 1975
U.S. Open T2: 1981
The Open Championship T5: 1977
PGA Championship T19: 1977, 1978

George Francis Burns III (born July 29, 1949) is an American professional golfer who has won several tournaments at both the amateur and professional levels.

Burns was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the University of Maryland where he played defensive end for one season before quitting football to focus solely on golf. He turned pro in 1975.

Burns won four PGA Tour events during that phase of his career. His first win came with Ben Crenshaw at the 1979 Walt Disney World National Team Championship in Orlando. The biggest win of his career came a year later at the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. Burns had more than 70 top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour. His best finish in a major was at the 1981 U.S. Open where Burns held a three-shot lead going into the final round[1] before finishing T2.[2] Burns also had a T-5 at the 1977 British Open.[3]

After reaching the age of 50 in 1999, Burns began play on the Senior PGA Tour (now known as the Champions Tour). His best finish at that level is a T-9 at the 2000 Brickyard Classic. He lives in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has two daughters, Kelly and Eileen.

Amateur wins (8)[edit]

Professional wins (9)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Oct 28, 1979 Walt Disney World National Team Championship
(with United States Ben Crenshaw)
−33 (62-66-62-65=255) 3 strokes United States Peter Jacobsen & United States D. A. Weibring
United States Jeff Hewes & United States Sammy Rachels
United States Scott Bess & Canada Dan Halldorson
2 Feb 3, 1980 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am −8 (71-69-71-69=280) 1 stroke United States Dan Pohl
3 Sep 8, 1985 Bank of Boston Classic −17 (67-66-68-66=267) 6 strokes United States John Mahaffey, United States Jodie Mudd
Australia Greg Norman, United States Leonard Thompson
4 Feb 25, 1987 Shearson Lehman Brothers Andy Williams Open −22 (63-68-70-65=266) 4 strokes United States J. C. Snead, United States Bobby Wadkins

PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1984 Bay Hill Classic United States Gary Koch Lost to birdie on second extra hole
2 1985 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic United States Raymond Floyd, United States Roger Maltbie Maltbie won with birdie on fourth extra hole

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Jul 27, 1975 Scandinavian Enterprise Open −5 (70-70-70-69=279) Playoff Australia Graham Marsh
2 Sep 14, 1975 Kerrygold International Classic +6 (78-72-70-74=294) Playoff England John Fowler

European Tour playoff record (2–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1975 Scandinavian Enterprise Open Australia Graham Marsh Won with par on first extra hole
2 1975 Kerrygold International Classic England John Fowler Won with par on second extra hole

Other wins (3)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament T30 DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP T49 T46 T48
The Open Championship T10 T10 T5 CUT DNP
PGA Championship DNP CUT T19 T19 T28
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Masters Tournament CUT DNP T33 CUT DNP DNP CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T28 T2 T30 DNP T34 DNP CUT DNP CUT DNP CUT
The Open Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship CUT T70 T42 T55 CUT CUT CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2
U.S. Open 0 1 0 1 1 1 10 7
The Open Championship 0 0 0 1 3 3 5 3
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 12 6
Totals 0 1 0 2 4 6 33 18
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (1981 U.S. Open – 1982 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1975 Open Championship – 1976 Open Championship)

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

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