Jim Thorpe (golfer)

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Jim Thorpe
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Personal information
Full nameJimmy Lee Thorpe
Born (1949-02-01) February 1, 1949 (age 69)
Roxboro, North Carolina
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceHeathrow, Florida
Career
CollegeMorgan State University
Turned professional1972
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins20
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour3
PGA Tour Champions13
Other4
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT18: 1985
U.S. OpenT4: 1984
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 1986, 1987
PGA ChampionshipT7: 1986

Jimmy Lee Thorpe (born February 1, 1949) is an American professional golfer, currently playing on the Champions Tour.

Thorpe was born in Roxboro, North Carolina, the ninth of the twelve children of a fairway superintendent. He attended Morgan State University before turning pro in 1972. He won three times on the PGA Tour in the mid-1980s. He has surpassed this at senior level by winning over ten times, including one senior major championship (the 2002 Tradition) and making the top ten of the Champions Tour's career money list in 2004.[1]

Thorpe's late success has been clouded by charges filed in federal court in Orlando, Florida, charging him with failure to pay $1.6 million in taxes between the years 2002 and 2004. After his lawyer stated that Thorpe intended to plead innocent to the charges,[2] Thorpe pleaded guilty in September 2009.[3] On January 22, 2010, Thorpe was sentenced to one year in prison for the crime.[4]

Thorpe was released from prison on January 17, 2011. He was under suspension by the PGA Tour until March 31[5] and then resumed his career on the Champions Tour.

Professional wins (20)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Sep 15, 1985 Greater Milwaukee Open −14 (73-69-62-70=274) 3 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus
2 Oct 27, 1985 Seiko-Tucson Match Play Championship 4 & 3 United States Jack Renner
3 Nov 2, 1986 Seiko-Tucson Match Play Championship 67 vs. 71 4 strokes United States Scott Simpson

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1985 Western Open United States Scott Verplank Lost to par on second extra hole

Other wins (3)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (13)[edit]

Legend
Champions Tour major championships (1)
Other Champions Tour (12)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Oct 8, 2000 The Transamerica −18 (67-66-65=198) 3 strokes United States Bruce Fleisher
2 Oct 15, 2000 Gold Rush Classic −21 (67-62-66=195) 2 strokes United States Ed Dougherty
3 Sep 2, 2001 Kroger Senior Classic −14 (65-65=130) Playoff United States Tom Jenkins
4 Sep 9, 2001 Allianz Championship −14 (68-65-66=199) 2 strokes United States Gil Morgan
5 Apr 28, 2002 The Countrywide Tradition −11 (67-70-70-70=277) Playoff United States John Jacobs
6 Aug 17, 2003 Long Island Classic −15 (68-60-67=195) 1 stroke United States Bob Gilder
7 Oct 26, 2003 Charles Schwab Cup Championship −20 (63-67-70-68=268) 3 strokes United States Tom Watson
8 Jun 6, 2004 Farmers Charity Classic −13 (67-70-66=203) 1 stroke United States Fred Gibson
9 Jul 4, 2004 Commerce Bank Long Island Classic −9 (65-67-69=201) 1 stroke United States Andy Bean, United States Wayne Levi, United States Bobby Wadkins
10 May 1, 2005 FedEx Kinko's Classic −10 (69-69-68=206) 4 strokes United States Dana Quigley
11 May 16, 2005 Blue Angels Classic −16 (63-64-67=194) Playoff United States Morris Hatalsky
12 Oct 19, 2006 Charles Schwab Cup Championship −17 (67-70-67-68=271) 2 strokes United States Tom Kite
13 Oct 28, 2007 Charles Schwab Cup Championship −20 (64-69-69-66=268) 3 strokes United States Fred Funk, Zimbabwe Denis Watson

Champions Tour playoff record (3–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1999 Bell Atlantic Classic United States Tom Jenkins Lost to birdie on first extra hole
2 2001 Kroger Senior Classic United States Tom Jenkins Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 2002 The Countrywide Tradition United States John Jacobs Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 2005 Blue Angels Classic United States Morris Hatalsky Won with birdie on third extra hole

Other senior wins (1)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament CUT CUT T18 T45 T42 WD
U.S. Open T11 T30 T13 T4 T34 CUT T9 CUT
The Open Championship CUT CUT
PGA Championship CUT T39 T34 T14 T59 T7 CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUT CUT T97
The Open Championship
PGA Championship CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
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 6 3
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 2 4 11 7
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 5
Totals 0 0 0 1 3 7 27 15
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (twice)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (three times)

Senior major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
2002 The Countrywide Tradition −11 (67-70-70-70=277) Playoff United States John Jacobs

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2016.

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002
The Tradition T7 T15 T19 1
Senior PGA Championship T34 T32 2 T4
Senior Players Championship T22 T10 T26 T2
U.S. Senior Open T27 T6 T21 T11
Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
The Tradition T7 T14 T67 T36 T40 T18 T31 DNP T49 T47 T28 T74 DNP T52
Senior PGA Championship T60 CUT T19 T14 T52 T71 CUT DNP CUT CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP
Senior Players Championship T2 T7 T45 2 T46 T47 T53 DNP T55 T53 DNP DNP DNP DNP
Senior British Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Senior Open T30 T19 CUT T20 T22 T29 T32 DNP T37 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP

The Senior British Open was not a Champions Tour major until 2003.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

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