Jim Turnesa

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Jim Turnesa
JIm Turnesa 1936.jpg
Turnesa in 1936
Personal information
Full name James R. Turnesa
Born (1912-12-09)December 9, 1912
New York City, New York
Died August 27, 1971(1971-08-27) (aged 58)
Elmsford, New York
Nationality  United States
Career
Turned professional 1931
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 10
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
Other 8
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T4: 1949
U.S. Open 3rd: 1948
The Open Championship T5: 1954
PGA Championship Won: 1952

James R. Turnesa (December 9, 1912 – August 27, 1971) was one of seven golfing brothers; Phil (1896–1987), Frank (1898–1949), Joe (1901–1991), Mike (1907–2000), Doug (1909–1972), Jim (1912–1971), and Willie (1914–2001). All but Willie turned professional and Jim was the only one to win a major championship, the 1952 PGA Championship, beating Chick Harbert 1-up in the match-play final.[1] He had previously lost to Sam Snead in the 1942 PGA Championship final. In 1948, he held the record for low score (280) in the U.S. Open for about an hour. Ben Hogan (276) and Jimmy Demaret (278) finished later, erasing his record, and he finished third. He won one other PGA Tour event, the 1951 Reading Open.[2]

Turnesa played on the 1953 Ryder Cup team.

He was born in New York, New York and died in Elmsford, New York of lung cancer.[3]

Professional wins (10)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

Major championship is shown in bold.

Other wins (8)[edit]

Note: This list may be incomplete.

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Runner-up
1952 PGA Championship 1 up United States Chick Harbert

Note: The PGA Championship was match play until 1958

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1937 1938 1939
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open T50 CUT T32
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Masters Tournament NT NT NT T37 T52 T4
U.S. Open CUT T33 NT NT NT NT T39 3 T4
The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT
PGA Championship 2 NT R16 QF R16 R64 R16
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament T46 T27 T60 48 T22 CUT T35 CUT
U.S. Open T38 T17 T33 CUT CUT
The Open Championship T5
PGA Championship R32 1 R32 R64 R16 R128 CUT T38
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament T39 CUT CUT
U.S. Open T46 CUT CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T32 CUT CUT CUT T62 CUT CUT CUT T76
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

NT = no tournament
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"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 1 1 2 14 10
U.S. Open 0 0 1 2 2 3 16 10
The Open Championship 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1
PGA Championship 1 1 0 3 7 9 23 16
Totals 1 1 1 7 11 15 54 37
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 27 (1941 U.S. Open – 1956 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (1949 Masters – 1949 PGA)

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pgamediaguide.com/pgachampionship.cfm PGA Championship Media Guide
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-12-25. Retrieved 2006-12-24.  Miscellaneous PGA Tour records (wins by brothers)
  3. ^ Jim Turnesa, Former PGA Champ Dies