Bobby Mitchell (golfer)

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Bobby Mitchell
Personal information
Full nameBobby Wayne Mitchell
Born(1943-02-23)February 23, 1943
Chatham, Virginia
DiedMarch 20, 2018(2018-03-20) (aged 75)
Danville, Virginia
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
NationalityFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Career
Turned professional1959
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins5
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
Other3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T2: 1972
PGA Championship T34: 1971
U.S. Open T12: 1970
The Open Championship CUT: 1981, 1985

Bobby Wayne Mitchell (February 23, 1943 – March 20, 2018) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.

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Mitchell was born in Chatham, Virginia and was raised in nearby Danville, Virginia. He dropped out of high school and turned pro at 15. He won the Virginia State Golf Association Open, the Virginia State PGA Open and the Carolinas PGA Championship before joining the PGA Tour. [1]

Mitchell won two PGA Tour events during his career: the 1971 Cleveland Open and the 1972 Tournament of Champions. He had more than two dozen top-10 finishes in PGA Tour events including more than a half-dozen 2nd or 3rd-place finishes. His best finish in a major was T2 at the 1972 Masters Tournament. [2]

Since 1991, Mitchell has traveled to Finland in the summer to teach golf to young people in association with Averett University. Mitchell joined the Champions Tour in 1995; his best finish in a Champions Tour event is a T-12 at The Transamerica in 1995. [1]

Mitchell died on March 20, 2018 from a presumed heart attack at Lynchburg General Hospital. [3] [4]

Professional wins (4)

PGA Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
1Jun 27, 1971 Cleveland Open −22 (66-64-67-65=262)7 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Charles Coody
2Apr 23, 1972 Tournament of Champions −8 (71-65-74-70=280)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Jack Nicklaus

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
1 1972 Tournament of Champions Flag of the United States.svg Jack Nicklaus Won with birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (2)

Results in major championships

Tournament1966196719681969
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUTCUTCUTT25
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T56T59T48
Tournament1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
Masters Tournament T22T2CUT
U.S. Open T12T27T21CUTT23CUTCUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T35T34
Tournament198019811982198319841985
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUTCUT
PGA Championship CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

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

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References

  1. 1 2 "Danville's Bobby Mitchell Still Hopes for Senior Tour". Triad Golf Today. Winter 2001. Archived from the original on November 14, 2006. Retrieved October 18, 2006.
  2. "Golf Major Championships".
  3. "PGA golf legend Bobby Mitchell dies". WBTM. March 21, 2018.
  4. "Mitchell Sr., Bobby Wayne – obituary". GoDanRiver.com. March 21, 2018.