|Full name||Herman W. Keiser|
October 7, 1914|
|Died||December 24, 2003
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||Won: 1946|
|U.S. Open||T14: 1948|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|PGA Championship||T17: 1940, 1957|
Keiser was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. Like most professional golfers of his generation, he earned a living primarily as a club professional. His first job was as the assistant golf professional at Portage Country Club in Akron, Ohio. He eventually became head professional at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Keiser's serious demeanor earned him the nickname, The Missouri Mortician, among his fellow golfers.
In 1942, Keiser interrupted his career to join the U.S. Navy for three years during World War II. He served as a storekeeper aboard the USS Cincinnati. Keiser was discharged in 1945 and returned to play on the PGA Tour. Despite the long layoff, he earned second-place finishes to Sam Snead at the Greater Greensboro Open, to Buck White at the Memphis Invitational, and twice to leading money winner Ben Hogan, at the Dallas Invitational and the Phoenix Open. However, he achieved golfing immortality at the 1946 Masters Tournament when he took the lead on the third hole and never looked back, defeating Hogan by one stroke to earn $2,500 in first prize money. Keiser described his Masters win as "the greatest thing that ever happened to me."  He won two more PGA Tour events that season.
In 1947, Keiser was part of the American team that won the Ryder Cup. While the United States defeated Britain 11-1, Keiser's loss to Sam King (4 and 3) prevented the Americans from a clean sweep.
Keiser retired in the 1950s, having won five tournaments during his PGA career. His only top ten in a major was his victory at Augusta in 1946. He returned to live in Ohio, where he purchased a driving range. He died in Akron in 2003 from complications of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 89.
PGA Tour wins (5)
- 1942 (1) Miami Biltmore International Four-Ball (with Chandler Harper)
- 1946 (3) Masters Tournament, Knoxville Invitational, Richmond Open
- 1947 (1) Esmeralda Open
Major championship is shown in bold.
this list is probably incomplete
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1946||Masters Tournament||5 shot lead||−6 (69-68-71-74=282)||1 stroke||Ben Hogan|
Note: Keiser never played in The Open Championship.
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
DQ = Disqualified
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF, F = 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 – 14 (1940 PGA – 1949 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)
- Blunt, Roy (February 26, 2004). "Golf legend Herman Keiser is remembered". Joplin Independent. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
- Goldstein, Richard (December 29, 2003). "Herman Keiser, 89, Golfer Who Staged a Major Upset". The New York Times. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
- "Herman Keiser, 89; Beat Ben Hogan to Win 1946 Masters". Los Angeles Times. December 26, 2003. Retrieved May 5, 2010.