|Full name||James Newton Demaret|
|Born||May 24, 1910|
|Died||December 28, 1983 (aged 73)|
|Height||5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)|
|Sporting nationality||United States|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||Won: 1940, 1947, 1950|
|PGA Championship||T3: 1942, 1946, 1948, 1950|
|U.S. Open||2nd: 1948|
|The Open Championship||T10: 1954|
|Achievements and awards|
James Newton Demaret (May 24, 1910 – December 28, 1983) was an American professional golfer. He won 31 PGA Tour events in a long career between 1935 and 1957, and was the first three-time winner of the Masters, with titles in 1940, 1947, and 1950.
Life and career
Born in Houston, Texas, Demaret reached his peak in the late 1940s with wins in the Masters in 1947, runner-up to Ben Hogan in the 1948 U.S. Open, and leading money winner and Vardon Trophy winner in 1947. He reached the semifinals of the PGA Championship four times, but never made the finals. He was one stroke short of making the playoff for the 1957 U.S. Open, at age 47. He played on three Ryder Cup teams: 1947, 1949, and 1951. His career declined in the 1950s, although he managed several key wins including the 1952 Bing Crosby Pro-Am. His last Tour win came in 1957 at age 47, although he also teamed at age 51 with Sam Snead to win the Canada Cup for the U.S. in Puerto Rico.
Demaret's playing style was developed by necessity through the windy conditions of his native Texas. He favored a low fade (left-to-right flight) on his longer shots; the method gave good distance and excellent control. His skills were highly rated by his contemporaries; Ben Hogan, whose career overshadowed his, opined that he was the best player he had ever seen in windy conditions.
Demaret was known for his flamboyant personality, which he enhanced by wearing bright-colored clothing during tournaments; he had his clothes specially made, and became a fan favorite. As a result, he was known by his nickname, "The Wardrobe." He had a very good baritone voice and talent as a comedian; he frequently entertained at nightclubs at Tour stops.
Demaret was one of the first Tour pros to become involved in golf broadcasting. After working as a commentator for "All Star Golf" in the early 1960s, he replaced George Rogers in 1966 as co-host for Shell's Wonderful World of Golf with Gene Sarazen, the first winner of the career grand slam.
Business partner and double-major winner Jack Burke Jr. and Demaret started the high-standard 36-hole Champions Golf Club in Houston in the late 1950s. It hosted the 1967 Ryder Cup, the 1969 U.S. Open, the 1993 U.S. Amateur, and other high-profile events.
Demaret appeared as himself in an episode of I Love Lucy titled "The Golf Game" which first aired on January 27, 1954. Fellow golf pro Bo Wininger appeared in the same episode. In 1964, he made a second appearance with Lucille Ball on The Lucy Show. In 1961, he appeared on The Jim Backus Show, playing himself.
The over-70s groupings on the Senior PGA Tour were named the "Friends of Demaret" in his honor.
Demaret died of a heart attack at age 73 in Houston on December 28, 1983, as he was preparing for his daily ride around the Champions course. He was the third of the former Masters champions to pass away, preceded by Horton Smith in 1963 and Craig Wood in 1968.
Professional wins (37)
PGA Tour wins (31)
- 1938 (1) San Francisco National Match Play Open
- 1939 (1) Los Angeles Open
- 1940 (6) Oakland Open, Western Open, New Orleans Open, St. Petersburg Open, Masters Tournament, San Francisco National Match Play Open
- 1941 (1) Inverness Invitational Four-Ball (with Ben Hogan)
- 1946 (3) Tucson Open, Miami International Four-Ball (with Ben Hogan), Inverness Invitational Four-Ball (with Ben Hogan)
- 1947 (6) Tucson Open, St. Petersburg Open, Masters Tournament, Miami Open, Miami International Four-Ball (with Ben Hogan), Inverness Invitational Four-Ball (with Ben Hogan)
- 1948 (3) Albuquerque Open, St. Paul Open, Inverness Invitational Four-Ball (with Ben Hogan)
- 1949 (1) Phoenix Open
- 1950 (3) Ben Hogan Open, Masters Tournament, North Fulton Open
- 1952 (2) Bing Crosby Pro-Am, National Celebrities Open
- 1956 (1) Thunderbird Invitational
- 1957 (3) Thunderbird Invitational, Baton Rouge Open Invitational, Arlington Hotel Open
Major championships are shown in bold.
Other wins (6)
this list may be incomplete
- 1941 Argentine Open, Connecticut Open
- 1943 Michigan PGA Championship, Golden Valley Four-Ball (with Craig Wood)
- 1951 Havana Invitational
- 1961 Canada Cup (with Sam Snead)
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner(s)-up|
|1940||Masters Tournament||1 shot lead||−8 (67-72-70-71=280)||4 strokes||Lloyd Mangrum|
|1947||Masters Tournament (2)||3 shot lead||−7 (69-71-70-71=281)||2 strokes||Byron Nelson, Frank Stranahan|
|1950||Masters Tournament (3)||4 shot deficit||−5 (70-72-72-69=283)||2 strokes||Jim Ferrier|
|The Open Championship|
|The Open Championship||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT|
|The Open Championship||T10|
|The Open Championship|
NT = no tournament
WD = withdrew
DQ = disqualified
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||1||1||1||1|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 11 (1941 PGA – 1949 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 6 (1942 Masters – 1947 Masters)
U.S. national team appearances
- Ryder Cup: 1947 (winners), 1949 (winners), 1951 (winners)
- Canada Cup: 1954, 1957, 1961 (winners)
- Lakes International Cup: 1952 (winners)
- "Jimmy Demaret, pro golfing great, dies at 73". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). Associated Press. December 29, 1983. p. 4D.
- "Golfing great Demaret dies". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). wire reports. December 29, 1983. p. 20.
- Glick, Shav (December 29, 1983). "3-time Masters champion Demaret dead at age 73". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Los Angeles Times). p. 3C.
- Dodson, James (2004). Ben Hogan: An American Life. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-38550-312-9.
- Barkow, Al (1986). Gettin' to the Dance Floor: An Oral History of American Golf. Atheneum. ISBN 978-0-68911-517-2.
- Yocom, Guy (July 2000). "50 Greatest Golfers of All Time: And What They Taught Us". Golf Digest. Archived from the original on December 17, 2007. Retrieved December 5, 2007.
- "Episode #47: Lucy Takes up Golf". The Lucy Show. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
- Barkow, Al (1989). The History of the PGA TOUR. Doubleday. pp. 266–7. ISBN 0-385-26145-4.