|Full name||Sammy Tindol Rachels III|
September 23, 1950 |
DeFuniak Springs, Florida
|Residence||DeFuniak Springs, Florida|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour Champions||3|
|Best results in major championships
|U.S. Open||T6: 1981|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|PGA Championship||T45: 1990|
Sammy Tindol Rachels III (born September 23, 1950) is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour, but found his greatest level of success on the Champions Tour.
Rachels played on the PGA Tour from 1975–1985, and had 11 top-10 finishes in 123 career events. Although he never won, his career year was 1983 when he finished T-2 in the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic and the Bank of Boston Classic. He also had a runner-up finish in the unofficial Magnolia State Classic that year. His best finish in a major championship was T6 at the 1981 U.S. Open. Four back operations forced him to leave the Tour and take a club pro job near his home in the Florida Panhandle.
Rachels joined the Nationwide Tour in his forties to prepare for the Champions Tour, which he joined after reaching the age of 50 in September 2000. He won three events in his first two years on the Champions Tour.
Regular career wins (non-PGA Tour events)
Champions Tour wins
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Jun 3, 2001||BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland||–17 ( 66-70-63=199)||4 strokes||Hale Irwin|
|2||Oct 14, 2001||The Transamerica||–14 (70-63-69=202)||1 stroke||Ray Floyd, Doug Tewell|
|3||May 5, 2002||Bruno's Memorial Classic||–15 (70-64-67=201)||Playoff||Dana Quigley|
Champions Tour playoff record (1–0)
|1||2002||Bruno's Memorial Classic||Dana Quigley||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
Results in major championships
U.S. national team appearances
- PGA Cup: 1990 (winners), 1996 (tie)
- "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved 2008-01-21.