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Howard Twitty

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Howard Twitty
Twitty in 1980
Personal information
Full nameHoward Allen Twitty
NicknameTweety Bird[1]
Born (1949-01-15) January 15, 1949 (age 75)
Phoenix, Arizona
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight210 lb (95 kg; 15 st)
Sporting nationality United States
CollegeArizona State University
Turned professional1974
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins4
Highest ranking94 (May 2, 1993)[2]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour3
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT17: 1993
PGA ChampionshipT5: 1980
U.S. OpenT32: 1979
The Open ChampionshipT34: 1993
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
Comeback Player of the Year

Howard Allen Twitty (born January 15, 1949) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s; and played on the Champions Tour from 1999 until 2007.

Twitty was born in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe in 1972 and turned pro in 1974. He won three tournaments on the PGA Tour during his career. His best finish in a major tournament was a T-5 at the 1980 PGA Championship.[3] Twitty missed part of the 1996 season due to foot surgery, and now wears sandals with golf spikes while he plays. Twitty played some on the Nationwide Tour in his late forties to prepare for the Champions Tour. After reaching the age of 50 in 1999, he began play on the Champions Tour, where his best finish was a T-2 at the 2000 Toshiba Senior Classic.

Twitty has done some consulting on golf course design. He collaborated with Roger Maltbie on the well-received redesign of the TPC at River Highlands course in Connecticut, site of the Buick Championship. He also collaborated with Tom Weiskopf on the TPC Scottsdale redesign, site of the FBR Open.

Twitty resides in Paradise Valley, a suburb of Scottsdale, Arizona. He has seven children. He lists his special interests as "all sports", and is nicknamed "Twitty Bird" by his fellow golfers.

Amateur wins (2)[edit]

Professional wins (4)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Sep 2, 1979 B.C. Open −14 (69-70-64-67=270) 1 stroke United States Tom Purtzer
2 Jul 27, 1980 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open −18 (68-66-63-69=266) Playoff United States Jim Simons
3 Jan 17, 1993 United Airlines Hawaiian Open −19 (63-68-70-68=269) 4 strokes United States Joey Sindelar

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1980 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open United States Jim Simons Won with birdie on sixth extra hole

Asia Golf Circuit wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Mar 2, 1975 Thailand Open −3 (72-74-70-69=285) 2 strokes United States Tom Purtzer

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUT T32
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T38 T64 T7
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament T38 T40
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T5 T43 CUT T51 CUT CUT T27
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998
Masters Tournament T17 T48
U.S. Open 65 CUT CUT CUT
The Open Championship T34 T47
PGA Championship T16 CUT CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Desmith, David. "Golf's Animal Kingdom of Player Nicknames". Links Magazine. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  2. ^ "Week 18 1993 Ending 2 May 1993" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "Golf Major Championships".

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