Leonard Thompson (golfer)

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Leonard Thompson
Personal information
Full name Leonard Stephen Thompson
Born (1947-01-01) January 1, 1947 (age 70)
Laurinburg, North Carolina
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15.4 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Career
College Wake Forest University
Turned professional 1971
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 8
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
PGA Tour Champions 3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T7: 1979
U.S. Open T21: 1974
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T10: 1975

Leonard Stephen Thompson (born January 1, 1947) is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Champions Tour.

Thompson was born in Laurinburg, North Carolina. He attended Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and was a member of the golf team. He was a teammate of future fellow PGA Tour players Joe Inman and Lanny Wadkins. He graduated in 1969 and turned pro in 1971.

Thompson had more than 70 top-10 finishes in PGA Tour events during his career, winning 3 times. His first win came in 1974 at Jackie Gleason's Inverrary Classic. His best finish in a major championship was T7 at The Masters in 1979.[1]

During his late forties, Thompson, like so many of his colleagues, played some on the Nationwide Tour to prepare for the Champions Tour. His best finish in that venue was a 6th at the 1996 NIKE Tallahassee Open.

After turning 50 at the beginning of 1997, Thompson began play on the Senior PGA Tour (now known as the Champions Tour). He has three wins on this Tour. He played in his milestone 1000th PGA Tour and Champions Tour event combined at the 2009 SAS Championship.[2]

Thompson was inducted into the Wake Forest University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997. He lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Amateur wins (1)[edit]

Professional wins (8)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Feb 24, 1974 Jackie Gleason-Inverrary Classic –10 (72-69-69-68=278) 1 stroke United States Hale Irwin
2 Oct 30, 1977 Pensacola Open –16 (70-65-65-68=268) 2 strokes United States Curtis Strange
3 Jul 30, 1989 Buick Open –15 (65-71-69-68=273) 1 stroke United States Billy Andrade, United States Payne Stewart,
United States Doug Tewell

Other wins (2)[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Champions Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Aug 9, 1998 Coldwell Banker Burnet Classic –10 (68-66=134) Playoff Japan Isao Aoki
2 Ju1 9, 2000 State Farm Senior Classic –11 (67-69-69=205) Playoff Japan Isao Aoki
3 May 13, 2001 Enterprise Rent-A-Car Match Play Championship 1 up Argentina Vicente Fernández

Champions Tour playoff record (2–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1998 Coldwell Banker Burnet Classic Japan Isao Aoki Won with birdie on second extra hole
2 2000 State Farm Senior Classic Japan Isao Aoki Won with birdie on second extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP T41 DNP DNP DNP T24 T7
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP T21 DNP DNP DNP T35 CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP T35 T17 T10 T22 T15 T42 T54
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Masters Tournament CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
U.S. Open DNP T43 DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP
PGA Championship T26 T61 T22 T84 T48 DNP CUT DNP DNP T34 DNP

Note: Thompson never played in The Open Championship
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

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