Woody Blackburn

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Woody Blackburn
Personal information
Full name Woody T. Blackburn
Born (1951-07-26) July 26, 1951 (age 67)
Pikeville, Kentucky
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Jacksonville, Florida
College University of Florida
Turned professional 1975
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 2
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T47: 1985
U.S. Open T45: 1982
The Open Championship CUT: 1985
PGA Championship T40: 1985

Woody T. Blackburn (born July 26, 1951) is an American former professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1970s and 1980s.

Blackburn was born in Pikeville, Kentucky. He attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Buster Bishop's Florida Gators men's golf team from 1972 to 1975.[1] Blackburn was a member of the Gators' 1973 Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship and NCAA Championship golf team, together with future fellow PGA Tour golfers Phil Hancock, Gary Koch and Andy Bean.[2] Blackburn was a second-team All-SEC selection and an All-American during the Gators' championship season.[3][4] He graduated from Florida with bachelor's degree in journalism in 1973, and turned professional in 1975.

Blackburn's first win after turning pro came in 1976 at the Walt Disney World National Team Championship with playing partner Billy Kratzert.[5] He had a notably bad run of missing the cut in twenty of twenty-one tournaments and lost his PGA card in 1984, and was forced to requalify for the tour with the rookies.[6] His second PGA Tour win came at the 1985 Isuzu-Andy Williams San Diego Open.[7] En route to his first and only individual PGA victory, Blackburn set the 54-hole scoring record at −18-under-par (198),[7] which Tiger Woods tied in 2008.[8] He also finished in a five-way tie for first at the 1981 Quad Cities Open, but lost in a playoff to Dave Barr.[9] His best finish in a major was a tie for fortieth at the 1985 PGA Championship.[10]

Blackburn currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Nov 7, 1976 Walt Disney World National Team Championship
(with Billy Kratzert)
−28 (63-68-63-66=260) Playoff United States Gay Brewer & United States Bobby Nichols
2 Aug 7, 1985 Isuzu-Andy Williams San Diego Open −19 (66-66-66-71=269) Playoff United States Ron Streck
PGA Tour playoff record (2–1)
No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1976 Walt Disney World National Team Championship
(with Billy Kratzert)
United States Gay Brewer & United States Bobby Nichols Won with birdie on third extra hole
2 1981 Quad Cities Open Canada Dave Barr, United States Frank Conner,
Canada Dan Halldorson, Mexico Victor Regalado
Barr won with par on eighth extra hole
Conner, Halldorson, and Regalado eliminated with birdie on first hole
3 1985 Isuzu-Andy Williams San Diego Open United States Ron Streck Won with par on fourth extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988
Masters Tournament CUT T47
U.S. Open T45 CUT CUT
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship CUT 73 T40
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Florida Men's Golf 2011 Media Supplement, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 34, 37, 39, 41 (2010). Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  2. ^ Robbie Andreu, "Top 25 Gator teams: #8 1973 Men's golf," Gainesville Sun (June 18, 2009). Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  3. ^ GatorZone.com, Men's Golf, SEC Honors. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  4. ^ 2008–09 Florida Gators Men's Golf Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 36 (2008). Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  5. ^ Associated Press, "Blackburn Grabs 1-Shot Lead in Milwaukee Open," Sarasota Herald-Tribune, p. 3C (September 14, 1984). Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  6. ^ Associated Press, "Miserable playoff has happy ending," Boca Raton News, p. 3C (February 18, 1985). Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  7. ^ a b Associated Press, "Blackburn Works Overtime At San Diego For 1st Win," Palm Beach Post, pp. 1C & 5C (February 18, 1985). Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  8. ^ Associated Press, "Tiger Builds Lead to Eight at Torrey," Golf Channel (January 26, 2008). Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  9. ^ Associated Press, "Barr Wins Quad Cities Open," Palm Beach Post, p. B7 (July 20, 1981). Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  10. ^ Golf Major Championships, Players, Woody Blackburn. Retrieved April 20, 2010.

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