Richie Karl

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Richie Karl
Personal information
Full name Richard Karl
Born (1944-09-28) September 28, 1944 (age 73)
Johnson City, New York
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality  United States
College Florida State University
Turned professional 1968
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
Other 5
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament 46th: 1975
U.S. Open CUT: 1980
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T55: 1974

Richard Karl (born September 28, 1944) is an American professional golfer who is best known as the last golf club professional to win an official PGA Tour event.[1]

Karl was born in Johnson City, New York. He played college golf at Florida State University.[2] He won the Alaska State Amateur twice while stationed in the Army there.[3]

Karl turned professional in 1968.[2] He won the 1974 B.C. Open by sinking a 35-foot putt on the first hole in a playoff with Bruce Crampton. Karl, who worked at the En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, New York where the B.C. Open was played and lived along the 10th fairway, is the last club professional to win on the PGA Tour.[1]

Karl played briefly on the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour) starting after he turned 50 in September 1994. His best finish in this venue was a T-5 at the ACE Group Classic. In 2007, Karl played as a sponsor's exemption in the inaugural Dick's Sporting Goods Open, a Champions Tour event played on his home course.[4]

Amateur wins[edit]

  • 1965 Alaska State Amateur
  • 1966 Alaska State Amateur

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Jul 21, 1974 B.C. Open −11 (70-67-68-68=273) Playoff Australia Bruce Crampton

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1974 B.C. Open Australia Bruce Crampton Won with birdie on first extra hole

Other wins[edit]


  1. ^ a b "BC Open". Golf Today. Retrieved October 19, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Richie Karl Golf School profile
  3. ^ Elliott, Len; Barbara Kelly (1976). Who's Who in Golf. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House. p. 109. ISBN 0-87000-225-2. 
  4. ^ "Champions Tour Notes". PGA July 10, 2007. Retrieved October 19, 2007. 

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