Hugh Baiocchi

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Hugh Baiocchi
Personal information
Full nameHugh John Baiocchi
Born (1946-08-17) 17 August 1946 (age 75)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Sporting nationality South Africa
ResidencePalm Springs, California
Spouse
Patricia Joan
(m. 1971)
Children2
Career
CollegeUniversity of Witwaterstrand
Turned professional1971
Former tour(s)Southern Africa Tour
European Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins24
Highest ranking54 (14 June 1987)[1]
Number of wins by tour
European Tour6
Sunshine Tour12
PGA Tour Champions3
Other3
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT22: 1975
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenWD: 1979
The Open ChampionshipT9: 1984
Achievements and awards
Southern Africa Tour
Order of Merit winner
1978/79

Hugh John Baiocchi (born 17 August 1946) is a South African professional golfer who has won more than 20 professional tournaments around the world.

Professional career[edit]

Baiocchi was born in Johannesburg. He turned professional in 1971 and spent his regular career playing mainly in Europe. He was a member of the European Tour from its first season in 1972 until 1993 and made the top one hundred on the Order of Merit for the Tour's first nineteen seasons, including three top ten placings: 1973 (3rd); 1975 (6th) and 1977 (2nd). He won six official money events on the tour. He also competed regularly on the Southern Africa Tour during the Northern Hemisphere winter, winning several tournaments there and winning the Order of Merit in 1978/79.

As a senior (over 50) golfer, Baiocchi played mainly on the U.S.-based Champions Tour, where he has three wins. Married to wife Joan and with two children (Lauren and Justin), he lives in Tequesta, Florida. His daughter, Lauren, was married to well-known retired baseball player Johnny Bench.[2]

He also designed many golf courses such as the Legend Course at the Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort in Mauritius, venue of the 2011 MCB Tour Championship.

Amateur wins[edit]

Professional wins (24)[edit]

European Tour wins (6)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 29 Jul 1973 Swiss Open −2 (68-70-69-71=278) 1 stroke Australia Jack Newton, Northern Ireland Eddie Polland
2 10 Aug 1975 Dutch Open −9 (71-72-69-67=279) 2 strokes South Africa Dale Hayes, South Africa Simon Hobday
3 18 Jul 1976 Scandinavian Enterprise Open −17 (68-65-70-68=271) 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy
4 21 May 1977 Sun Alliance Match Play Championship 6 and 5 Wales Brian Huggett
5 2 Sep 1979 Swiss Open (2) −5 (68-67-73-67=275) 5 strokes Spain Antonio Garrido, South Africa Dale Hayes,
Italy Delio Lovato
6 9 Jul 1983 State Express Classic −9 (70-68-70-71=279) Playoff Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy, United States Mike Sullivan

European Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1983 State Express Classic Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy, United States Mike Sullivan Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1986 Benson & Hedges International Open England Mark James, United States Lee Trevino James won with birdie on first extra hole

Sunshine Tour wins (12)[edit]

Other wins (3)[edit]

Senior PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 31 Aug 1997 Pittsburgh Senior Classic −10 (70-70-66=206) Playoff United States Bob Duval
2 13 Sep 1998 Comfort Classic −20 (66-63-67=196) 2 strokes United States Bruce Summerhays
3 20 Sep 1998 Kroger Senior Classic −7 (67-66=133)* Playoff New Zealand Bob Charles, United States Frank Conner,
United States Larry Nelson, United States Bruce Summerhays

*Note: The 1998 Korger Senior Classic was shortened to 36 holes due to rain.

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (2–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1997 Cadillac NFL Golf Classic Australia Bruce Crampton Lost to birdie on third extra hole
2 1997 Saint Luke's Classic United States Bruce Summerhays Lost to par on second extra hole
3 1997 Pittsburgh Senior Classic United States Bob Duval Won with par on sixth extra hole
4 1998 Kroger Senior Classic New Zealand Bob Charles, United States Frank Conner,
United States Larry Nelson, United States Bruce Summerhays
Won with birdie on second extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988
Masters Tournament T31 T22 CUT
U.S. Open WD
The Open Championship CUT T18 CUT T23 CUT CUT CUT T41 T29 CUT CUT CUT T9 T35 CUT T66 CUT

Note: Baiocchi never played in the PGA Championship.

  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1972, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1982 and 1983 Open Championships)
WD = Withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 3 17 7
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 4 21 9
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 2 (four times)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Week 24 1987 Ending 14 Jun 1987" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  2. ^ Wertheim, Jon (2 July 2018). "Johnny Bench Is Already a Hall-of-Famer, But He's Looking For a New Distinction". Sports Illustrated.
  3. ^ "Sanlam South African Amateur Championship" (PDF). Golf South Africa.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Baiocchi slips by O'Leary". The Glasgow Herald. 15 January 1973. p. 5.
  5. ^ "Baiocchi wins playoff". The Glasgow Herald. 12 February 1973. p. 5.
  6. ^ "Transvaal title for Baiocchi". The Glasgow Herald. 24 December 1973. p. 4.
  7. ^ "Baiocchi's eagle pips Gallacher". Aberdeen Press and Journal. 22 March 1980. p. 19. Retrieved 28 September 2020 – via British Newspaper Archive.

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