John Fought

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John Fought
Personal information
Full name John Fought III
Born (1954-01-28) January 28, 1954 (age 63)
Portland, Oregon
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 230 lb (100 kg; 16 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Scottsdale, Arizona
College Brigham Young University
Turned professional 1977
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
Other 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T33: 1980
U.S. Open T50: 1976
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship 5th: 1983

John Fought III (born January 28, 1954) is an American golf course architect and professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Champions Tour.

Fought (rhymes with "boat") was born in Portland, Oregon. His grandmother started him playing golf at age 7.[1] Fought attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he was a distinguished member of the golf team for four years; he helped the Cougars win four titles at the Cougar Classic, four WAC Championships, and 29 tournament titles overall during his college career. Also during that time, Fought was ranked number one by Golf Digest and won the 1977 U.S. Amateur.[2] He played on the 1976 Eisenhower Trophy and 1977 Walker Cup teams. He turned professional in 1977 and joined the PGA Tour in 1978.

Fought played on the PGA Tour full-time from 1979–1985. He has a dozen top-10 finishes including two back-to-back wins in September 1979. He received the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award in 1979. His best finish in a major was a solo 5th at the 1983 PGA Championship.[3] Injuries to his back and neck in the mid-1980s forced him to retire from full-time tour play. Since then, he has played in a limited number of Nationwide Tour and Champions Tour events.

Fought established a second career as a golf course architect beginning in the late 1980s, founding John Fought Design in Scottsdale, Arizona. Early in this phase of his career, he worked with Bob Cupp Design before starting his own firm in the 1990s. His award-winning designs have included Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains, Oregon, The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club also in Oregon, and a restoration of an original Donald Ross design at Pine Needles Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Other John Fought designs or collaborations include The Gallery Golf Club North and South courses in Tucson (the North course hosted the 2000 Tucson Open and the South course hosted the WGC Match Play in 2007 and 2008). Fought also is responsible for the 2008 redesign of the Dogwood and Azalea courses at The Country Club of Jackson, Mississippi which will host the Sanderson Farms Championship on the PGA Tour starting in November 2014. Fought and his wife Mary have three children.[4]

Amateur wins[edit]

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Sep 16, 1979 Buick-Goodwrench Open −8 (71-72-68-69=280) Playoff United States Jim Simons
2 Sep 23, 1979 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic −11 (69-68-71-69=277) 1 stroke United States Buddy Gardner, United States Alan Tapie,
United States Bobby Wadkins

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1979 Buick-Goodwrench Open United States Jim Simons Won with par on second extra hole

Other wins[edit]

U.S. national team appearances[edit]



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