|Full name||John Fought III|
|Born||January 28, 1954|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||230 lb (100 kg; 16 st)|
|College||Brigham Young University|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T33: 1980|
|PGA Championship||5th: 1983|
|U.S. Open||T50: 1976|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
Fought (rhymes with "boat") was born in Portland, Oregon. His grandmother started him playing golf at age 7. 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. 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. 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, Centennial Golf Course, 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.
- 1975 Pacific Coast Amateur
- 1977 U.S. Amateur, Trans-Mississippi Amateur, Broadmoor Invitational
- Sun Devil Classic
- LDS All-Church Championships
- British Universities Amateur Federation
PGA Tour wins
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Sep 16, 1979||Buick-Goodwrench Open||−8 (71-72-68-69=280)||Playoff||Jim Simons|
|2||Sep 23, 1979||Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic||−11 (69-68-71-69=277)||1 stroke|| Buddy Gardner, Alan Tapie,|
PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)
|1||1979||Buick-Goodwrench Open||Jim Simons||Won with par on second extra hole|
- 1976 Northwest Open (as an amateur)
- Provo Open
Results in major championships
Note: Fought never played in The Open Championship.
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
U.S. national team appearances
- Biographical information from PGA Tour's official site Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine
- Biographical information from Brigham Young University Athletics official site[permanent dead link]
- "Golf Major Championships".
- Biographical information from John Fought Design Archived 2006-05-06 at the Wayback Machine
- John Fought at the PGA Tour official site
- John Fought Design
- American Society of Golf Course Architects profile