David Graham (golfer)

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David Graham
Personal information
Full nameAnthony David Graham
Born (1946-05-23) 23 May 1946 (age 74)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight152 lb (69 kg; 10.9 st)
NationalityFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Career
Turned professional1962
Retired2004
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins37
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour8
European Tour3
Japan Golf Tour1
PGA Tour of Australasia9
PGA Tour Champions5
Other13
Best results in major championships
(wins: 2)
Masters Tournament 5th: 1980
PGA Championship Won: 1979
U.S. Open Won: 1981
The Open Championship T3: 1985
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2015 (member page)

Anthony David Graham, AM [1] (born 23 May 1946) is a former professional golfer from Australia. He won eight times on the PGA Tour, including two major championships.

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Professional career

Born in Windsor, New South Wales, Australia, Graham turned professional in 1962 at age 16 and spent much of his career in the United States, playing on the PGA Tour. Turning age 50 in 1996, he joined the Senior PGA Tour, later known as the Champions Tour. Although known for his success in the U.S., he won events on six continents in his career, an achievement he shares with only four other players Gary Player, Hale Irwin, Bernhard Langer and Justin Rose.

In 1976, won twice on the PGA Tour, and then came from behind to secure a victory over the reigning champion Hale Irwin in the Piccadilly World Match Play Championship at Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, England. [2]

Graham won two major championships, the 1979 PGA Championship at Oakland Hills near Detroit, and the 1981 U.S. Open at Merion, just west of Philadelphia. [3] [4] He also finished third at the 1985 Open Championship, after sharing the third-round lead. Both of his major victories came in remarkable fashion. In the 1979 PGA Championship, he stood on the last tee at 7 under par for his final round and leading by two, but double-bogeyed the last hole for a 65 to drop back into a playoff with Ben Crenshaw. At each of the first two sudden-death holes he holed long putts to keep the playoff alive and finally won at the third extra hole. At the 1981 U.S. Open, Graham shot a 67 in the final round to overturn a three-shot deficit to overnight leader George Burns to win by 3 strokes. He became the fourth Australian major champion (after Jim Ferrier, Peter Thomson and Kel Nagle) and the first to win a U.S. Open.

Graham participated on the Australian teams that won the World Cup (in 1970) and the Alfred Dunhill Cup (in 1985 and 1986).

Ahead of the 1970 World Cup, the organizing International Golf Association, preferred the more well-known Bruce Crampton to team for Australia with Bruce Devlin. The Australian PGA threatened not to send a team if Graham was not included and Devlin and Graham finally represented Australia and won the team competition by a record eight strokes after holding a record advantage of 19 strokes going into the final round. Graham finished second individually. Devlin and Graham again represented Australia in the 1971 World Cup, but when Devlin was not selected for the event the year after, Graham refused to play and never again participated in any World Cup events. [5]

Another controversy with Graham involved was reported during the inaugural 1985 Dunhill Cup at the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland. Australia won the team event, with Graham, Greg Norman and Graham Marsh in the team. Prior to the tournament, Marsh had criticized Graham for accepting appearance money for playing in Australian golf tournaments. At the time, Marsh had recently been made an MBE for services to golf and was for six years chairman of the PGA Tour of Australasia. However, Norman took David Graham's side in the debate and Australia went on to win the tournament despite the conflict. In 1986, Australia successfully defended the title with Graham, Norman and Rodger Davis in their team. [6]

At the end of 1981, Graham was ranked 7th on Mark McCormack's world golf rankings.

On 27 June 2004, during the final round of the Bank of America Championship on the Champions Tour, Graham collapsed over a putt on the eighth green. He was later diagnosed with congestive heart failure, ending his competitive golf career at age 58. [7] He is now retired and resides at Iron Horse Golf Club in Whitefish, Montana.

Graham was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1988 and inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1990. [1] [8] [9]

It was announced on 16 October 2014 that Graham has been elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame. [8] [10] His nomination was supported by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. He was inducted with other nominees Mark O'Meara, course architect A. W. Tillinghast and Laura Davies on 13 July 2015 at the University of St Andrews, during the 2015 Open Championship. [11]

Professional wins (38)

PGA Tour wins (8)

Legend
Major championships (2)
Other PGA Tour (6)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
13 Jul 1972 Cleveland Open 68-73-68-69=278−6Playoff Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bruce Devlin
218 Jul 1976 American Express Westchester Classic 63-68-70-71=272−123 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Ben Crenshaw, Flag of the United States.svg Tom Watson,
Flag of the United States.svg Fuzzy Zoeller
329 Aug 1976 American Golf Classic 69-67-69-69=274−144 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Lou Graham
45 Aug 1979 PGA Championship 69-68-70-65=272−8Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Ben Crenshaw
525 May 1980 Memorial Tournament 73-67-70-70=280−81 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Tom Watson
624 Jan 1981 Phoenix Open 65-68-69-66=268−161 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Lon Hinkle
721 Jun 1981 U.S. Open 68-68-70-67=273−73 strokes Flag of the United States.svg George Burns, Flag of the United States.svg Bill Rogers
88 May 1983 Houston Coca-Cola Open 66-72-73-64=275−95 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Lee Elder, Flag of the United States.svg Jim Thorpe,
Flag of the United States.svg Lee Trevino

PGA Tour playoff record (2–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11972 Cleveland Open Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bruce Devlin Won with birdie on second extra hole
21972 Liggett & Myers Open Flag of the United States.svg Lou Graham, Flag of the United States.svg Hale Irwin,
Flag of the United States.svg Larry Ziegler
L. Graham won with birdie on third extra hole
D. Graham and Ziegler eliminated with par on first hole
31979 PGA Championship Flag of the United States.svg Ben Crenshaw Won with birdie on third extra hole

European Tour wins (3)

Legend
Major championships (2)
Other European Tour (1)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
15 Aug 1979 PGA Championship 69-68-70-65=272−8Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Ben Crenshaw
221 Jun 1981 U.S. Open 68-68-70-67=273−73 strokes Flag of the United States.svg George Burns, Flag of the United States.svg Bill Rogers
324 Oct 1982 Trophée Lancôme 66-70-70-70=276−122 strokes Flag of Spain.svg Seve Ballesteros

European Tour playoff record (1–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
1 1979 PGA Championship Flag of the United States.svg Ben Crenshaw Won with birdie on third extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner-up
12 May 1976 Chunichi Crowns 72-68-69-67=276−41 stroke Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Yasuhiro Miyamoto

Japan Golf Tour playoff record (0–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
11985 Taiheiyo Club Masters Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tommy Nakajima Lost to birdie on first extra hole

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (6)

Legend
Australian Opens (1)
Other PGA Tour of Australasia (5)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
126 Oct 1975 Wills Masters 71-70-69-72=282−82 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Rob McNaughton
220 Nov 1977 Australian Open 74-75-68-71=284−43 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Don January, Flag of the United States.svg Bruce Lietzke,
Flag of New Zealand.svg John Lister
328 Oct 1979 CBA West Lakes Classic 72-70-72-71=285−32 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bob Shearer, Flag of the United States.svg Gary Vanier
42 Dec 1979 Air New Zealand Shell Open 70-67-69-73=279−58 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Rodger Davis
513 Oct 1985 Queensland Open 66-64-69-70=269−195 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Paul Foley
611 Oct 1987 Queensland Open (2)69-71-69-66=275−137 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Vaughan Somers

PGA Tour of Australasia playoff record (0–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
11983 National Panasonic New South Wales Open Flag of Australia (converted).svg Greg Norman Lost to par on second extra hole

Other European wins (3)

Other Japan wins (2)

Other Australasian wins (3)

Asia Golf Circuit wins (2)

Latin American wins (4)

Other wins (2)

Senior PGA Tour wins (5)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
116 Feb 1997 GTE Classic −9 (71-68-65=204)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Bob Dickson
230 Mar 1997 Southwestern Bell Dominion −10 (68-69-69=206)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg John Jacobs
321 Sep 1997 Comfort Classic −16 (67-68-65=200)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Buddy Allin, Flag of the United States.svg Larry Nelson
41 Feb 1998 Royal Caribbean Classic −11 (67-68-67=202)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Dave Stockton
517 Oct 1999 Raley's Gold Rush Classic −17 (63-71-65=199)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Larry Mowry

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
1 1996 Emerald Coast Classic Flag of the United States.svg Bob Eastwood, Flag of the United States.svg Mike Hill,
Flag of the United States.svg Dave Stockton, Flag of the United States.svg Lee Trevino
Trevino won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1998 Royal Caribbean Classic Flag of the United States.svg Dave Stockton Won with birdie on tenth extra hole

Major championships

Wins (2)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner(s)-up
1979 PGA Championship 4 shot deficit−8 (69-68-70-65=272)Playoff1 Flag of the United States.svg Ben Crenshaw
1981 U.S. Open 3 shot deficit−7 (68-68-70-67=273)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg George Burns, Flag of the United States.svg Bill Rogers

1Defeated Crenshaw with birdie on third extra hole.

Results timeline

Tournament1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
Masters Tournament T36CUTT29T6T9WD
U.S. Open CUTCUTT47T58T18T29CUTCUTCUT7
The Open Championship T32CUTT11T28T21CUTT39
PGA Championship CUTCUT10T4CUTCUT1
Tournament1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
Masters Tournament 571946T6T10T28T27
U.S. Open T471T6T8T21T23T15T51T47T61
The Open Championship T29T14T27T14CUTT3T1134CUTT61
PGA Championship T26T43T49T14T48T32T7CUTT17CUT
Tournament199019911992199319941995
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open 6460
The Open Championship T8CUT
PGA Championship T66T52CUTCUTCUT
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut (3rd round cut in 1971, 1977 and 1984 Open Championships)
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 0001671412
U.S. Open 1001482217
The Open Championship 0011271914
PGA Championship 1002462213
Totals201516287756

Team appearances

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