|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Roger Lin Maltbie|
June 30, 1951 |
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)|
|Residence||Los Gatos, California|
|College||San Jose City College
San Jose State University
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||T4: 1987|
|U.S. Open||T32: 1983|
|The Open Championship||T26: 1977|
|PGA Championship||T14: 1983|
Maltbie was born in Modesto, California and grew up in San Jose. He attended James Lick High School where he was a teammate of former PGA Tour player Forrest Fezler. Maltbie attended San Jose City College (1970–1971), and then went on to San Jose State University; he was a member of the golf team at both institutions. He turned pro in 1973, joined the PGA Tour in 1974, and played on the Tour full-time from 1975 to 1996.
Maltbie won five official Tour events between 1975 and 1985, including back-to-back wins in his first full year. After his win at the 1975 Pleasant Valley Classic, Maltbie left his $40,000 winner's check behind in a bar.
In his second year on tour, Maltbie won the inaugural Memorial Tournament by defeating Hale Irwin on the fourth hole of a sudden death playoff. On the playoff's third hole, an errant shot by Maltbie seemed headed for the gallery when it hit a stake causing the ball to bounce onto the green instead.
Maltbie had 55 top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour. In 1985, he won two tournaments, earned $360,554, and finished 8th on the money list. His best finish in a major was T4 at the 1987 Masters Tournament. Maltbie calls losing that tournament the biggest disappointment of his career.
Since 1991, Maltbie has worked as an on-course reporter and analyst for NBC Sports. In this role, he has become well known as a jovial good-natured figure. His signature element is a "golf whisper", necessitated by the fact that Maltbie generally stands much closer to the green than other on-course reporters. During the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens, both contested at Bethpage State Park on Long Island, NBC ran features in which Maltbie spent a night camping out with several golfers while waiting in the infamous line to play Bethpage's Black Course, the first municipal course to host the U.S. Open.
Amateur wins (2)
- 1971 Northern California Championship
- 1972 California State Amateur Championship
Professional wins (12)
PGA Tour wins (5)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||Jul 13, 1975||Ed McMahon-Jaycees Quad Cities Open||74-65-72-64=275||−9||1 stroke||Dave Eichelberger|
|2||Jul 20, 1975||Pleasant Valley Classic||72-71-67-66=276||−8||1 stroke||Mac McLendon|
|3||May 30, 1976||Memorial Tournament||71-71-70-76=288||E||Playoff||Hale Irwin|
|4||Jun 9, 1985||Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic||70-63-72-70=275||−9||Playoff||George Burns, Raymond Floyd|
|5||Aug 28, 1985||NEC World Series of Golf||65-69-68-66=268||−12||4 strokes||Denis Watson|
PGA Tour playoff record (2–1)
|1||1976||Memorial Tournament||Hale Irwin||Won with birdie on fourth extra hole|
|2||1985||Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic||George Burns, Raymond Floyd||Won with birdie on fourth extra hole|
|3||1986||Canon Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open||Mac O'Grady||Lost to par on first extra hole|
Other wins (4)
this list may be incomplete
- 1973 Northern California Open
- 1974 California State Open
- 1980 Magnolia State Classic
- 1984 Hassan II Golf Trophy
Senior wins (3)
- 2003 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf - Raphael Division (with Gary Koch)
- 2008 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf - Raphael Division (with Gary Koch)
- 2009 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf - Raphael Division (with Gary Koch)
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||T26||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T43||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
DNP = Did not play
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||2||2|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 16 (1977 Open Championship – 1987 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)
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