Roger Maltbie

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Roger Maltbie
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Roger Lin Maltbie
Born (1951-06-30) June 30, 1951 (age 64)
Modesto, California
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Los Gatos, California
College San Jose City College
San Jose State University
Turned professional 1973
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 12
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 5
Other 7
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T4: 1987
U.S. Open T32: 1983
The Open Championship T26: 1977
PGA Championship T14: 1983

Roger Lin Maltbie (born June 30, 1951) is an American professional golfer and on-course analyst for NBC Sports.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5] Maltbie calls losing that tournament the biggest disappointment of his career.[6]

Maltbie began play on the Senior PGA Tour after turning 50 in June 2001. His best finish at this level is a 20th at the 2003 Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am.

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.

Maltbie is a San Francisco 49ers fan and owns several Super Bowl rings given to him by former owner Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr.[2] He and wife, Donna have two sons, Spencer and Parker.

Amateur wins (2)[edit]

  • 1971 Northern California Championship
  • 1972 California State Amateur Championship

Professional wins (12)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
1 Jul 13, 1975 Ed McMahon-Jaycees Quad Cities Open 74-65-72-64=275 −9 1 stroke United States Dave Eichelberger
2 Jul 20, 1975 Pleasant Valley Classic 72-71-67-66=276 −8 1 stroke United States Mac McLendon
3 May 30, 1976 Memorial Tournament 71-71-70-76=288 E Playoff United States Hale Irwin
4 Jun 9, 1985 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic 70-63-72-70=275 −9 Playoff United States George Burns, United States Raymond Floyd
5 Aug 28, 1985 NEC World Series of Golf 65-69-68-66=268 −12 4 strokes Zimbabwe Denis Watson

PGA Tour playoff record (2–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1976 Memorial Tournament United States Hale Irwin Won with birdie on fourth extra hole
2 1985 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic United States George Burns, United States Raymond Floyd Won with birdie on fourth extra hole
3 1986 Canon Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open United States Mac O'Grady Lost to par on first extra hole

Other wins (4)[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Senior wins (3)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament DNP T9 CUT DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP T26 DNP DNP
PGA Championship CUT T43 T31 DNP DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T23 T4 CUT DNP
U.S. Open DNP T41 DNP T32 DNP DNP T41 T46 T54 DNP
PGA Championship DNP T61 T54 T14 T65 T28 T47 T28 DNP CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA 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.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 1 2 3 5 3
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 5
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 11 9
Totals 0 0 0 1 2 4 26 19
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 16 (1977 Open Championship – 1987 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sandomir, Richard (June 18, 2009). "Recaps, Replays and Weather Reports". The New York Times. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Bio from All American Speakers". Retrieved June 12, 2006. 
  3. ^ Moffit, David (April 12, 1987). "Maltbie serious about golf, but draws laughs". The Sunday Times-Sentinel (Gallipolis, Ohio). UPI. p. C-2. 
  4. ^ Kady, John (June 1, 1976). "Roger Maltbie wins Memorial". Beaver County Time (Beaver, Pennsylvania). UPI. p. C-2. 
  5. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ Bestrom, Craig (May 2003). "Life of the Party". Golf Digest. Archived from the original on March 15, 2006. Retrieved June 12, 2006. 

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