July 11, 1929|
|Died||August 24, 2011
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)|
|College||College of the Holy Cross|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||T5: 1964|
|U.S. Open||4th: 1963|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|PGA Championship||T7: 1962|
Paul Harney (July 11, 1929 – August 24, 2011) was an American professional golfer and golf course owner who spent part of his career as a full-time PGA Tour player, but mostly was a club professional, part-time Tour player, and owner-operator of his own course.
Harney played full-time on the PGA Tour from 1955 to 1962; and part-time from 1963 to 1973. During that time, he won six PGA Tour events. His first win came at the 1957 Carling Open; he won his second PGA Tour event just two weeks later at the Labatt Open. In 1963 at the prime of his career, he fulfilled a promise made to his wife, Patricia, that when their oldest child started school, he would only play the tour on a part-time basis. He took his first club pro job at Sunset Oaks in northern California, where he stayed a couple years. He then moved his family across the country to Sutton, Massachusetts, where he took the club pro's job at Pleasant Valley Country Club.
Harney had a great deal of success in major championships, placing in the top-10 six times. His best finish in a major was 4th at the 1963 U.S. Open; however, he also finished in the top-8 four times at The Masters in the 1960s.
Harney has received many honors and awards. In 1957, he received Golf Digest's Most Improved Golfer award. He was inducted into the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame in June 1963. In 1974, he earned "PGA Golf Professional of the Year" honors. In 1995, he became the first inductee into the New England Golf Hall of Fame. On September 8, 2005, Harney was enshrined into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.
As his competitive playing days were winding down, Harney used his prize money to open his own course in East Falmouth, Massachusetts, which he owned until his death. His daughter Erin is the general manager, and son Mike is the head pro. Harney had six children with his wife Patricia. He died in Falmouth, Massachusetts at the age of 82.
Professional wins (11)
PGA Tour wins (6)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner-up|
|1||Jun 23, 1957||Carling Open Invitational||−9 (70-69-68-68=275)||3 strokes||Dow Finsterwald|
|2||Jul 7, 1957||Labatt Open||−10 (69-69-70-70=278)||1 stroke||George Bayer|
|3||Mar 15, 1959||Pensacola Open||−19 (69-65-65-70=269)||3 strokes||Jay Hebert|
|4||Jan 6, 1964||Los Angeles Open||−4 (71-72-66-71=280)||1 stroke||Bobby Nichols|
|5||Jan 11, 1965||Los Angeles Open||−8 (68-71-68-69=276)||3 strokes||Dan Sikes|
|6||Jan 30, 1972||Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational||−13 (68-71-66-70=275)||1 stroke||Hale Irwin|
PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||1963||Thunderbird Classic||Arnold Palmer||Lost to par on first extra hole|
Other wins (5)
- 1967 Massachusetts Open
- 1968 Massachusetts Open
- 1969 Massachusetts Open
- 1970 Massachusetts Open
- 1977 Massachusetts Open
Results in major championships
Note: Harney never played in The Open Championship.
DNP = did not play
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Yellow background for top-10.
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 18 (1963 U.S. Open – 1973 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (six times)
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- Gearan, John. "Give Another Hoya!". College of the Holy Cross. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
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