|Full name||Keith Thomas Jacobs, Jr.|
February 13, 1935 |
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)|
|Residence||Leland, North Carolina|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||2nd: 1966|
|U.S. Open||2nd: 1964|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|PGA Championship||T8: 1963|
|British Amateur||R64: 1955|
Keith Thomas Jacobs, Jr. (born February 13, 1935) is an American professional golfer and golf course owner/operator who has played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. He is the older brother of John Jacobs who has also played on the PGA Tour and is a current player on the Champions Tour.
Jacobs was born in Denver Colorado and raised in southern California, where he started in junior golf. In 1951, Jacobs won the International Jaycee Junior Championship. At sixteen, he advanced to the semi-finals of the USGA National Amateur, which earned him an invitation to The Masters at age 17. For 58 years, Jacobs had the distinction of being the youngest golfer to play in the Masters (in 1952). The record was broken by Matteo Manassero in 2010. He turned professional in 1956.
Jacobs won four PGA Tour events. His first win came in 1958 at the newly revamped Denver Open, and his last was in the 1964 Palm Springs Golf Classic. During his career, Jacobs had sole 2nd-place finishes in two major championships. He lost the 1964 U.S. Open to Ken Venturi by four strokes, and was runner-up in a playoff at the Masters Tournament in 1966 that he (72) and Gay Brewer (78) lost to Jack Nicklaus (70). Jacobs was a member of the 1965 Ryder Cup team, and finished with a record of 3-1-1.
Like most pro golfers of his generation, Jacobs earned his living primarily as a club pro during his thirties and forties. He was Director of Golf at La Costa Hotel Spa and The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, California for more than 20 years. He joined the Senior PGA Tour (now known as the Champions Tour) in 1985 and continued to play in selected events into the 2000s; his last appearance was at the 2003 Senior PGA Championship. In 1995, he went on to form an LLC, which purchased Bel Air Greens golf course, and changed the name to Tommy Jacobs' Bel Air Greens – a nine-hole, par-32 golf course in Palm Springs, California. Jacobs and his partners completed the sale of the golf course in 2006.
Jacobs and his brother John have teamed up with Roger Fredericks, to form Champions Corporate Golf Outings, which provides custom tailored golf events for small to medium size groups and corporations.
Jacobs lives in Leland, North Carolina and is the owner-operator of Magnolia Greens Golf Course.
PGA Tour wins (4)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner-up|
|1||Sep 14, 1958||Denver Open||–14 (65-67-67-67=266)||1 stroke||Ernie Vossler|
|2||Jan 14, 1962||San Diego Open Invitational||–7 (72-70-70-65=277)||Playoff||Johnny Pott|
|3||Sep 8, 1963||Utah Open||–12 (68-72-62-70=272)||1 stroke||Don January|
|4||Feb 2, 1964||Palm Springs Golf Classic||–7 (66-74-74-69-70=353)||Playoff||Jimmy Demaret|
PGA Tour playoff record (2–2)
|1||1962||San Diego Open Invitational||Johnny Pott||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|2||1964||Palm Springs Golf Classic||Jimmy Demaret||Won with par on second extra hole|
|3||1966||Masters Tournament||Gay Brewer, Jack Nicklaus||Nicklaus won 18-hole playoff (Nicklaus:70, Jacobs:72, Brewer:78)|
|4||1969||IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic||Gay Brewer, Dave Hill, R. H. Sikes||Hill won with birdie on first extra hole|
Other wins (3)
- 1971 Southern California PGA Championship
- 1972 Southern California PGA Championship
- 1976 Southern California PGA Championship
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
LA = Low Amateur
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
DNQ = Did not qualify for match play portion of U.S. Amateur
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10
Source for The Masters: www.masters.com
Source for U.S. Open: USGA Championship Database
Source for British Open: www.opengolf.com
Source for 1955 British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, June 2, 1955, pg. 4.
Source for PGA Championship: PGA Championship Media Guide
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (1962 U.S. Open – 1963 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (five times)