José Cóceres

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José Cóceres
Personal information
Full nameJosé Eusebio Cóceres
Born (1963-08-14) 14 August 1963 (age 56)
Chaco, Argentina
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
NationalityFlag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Residence Buenos Aires, Argentina
Career
Turned professional1986
Current tour(s) European Senior Tour
Former tour(s) Champions Tour
PGA Tour
European Tour
Professional wins20
Highest ranking 16 (21 October 2001) [1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
European Tour2
European Senior Tour2
Other14
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 2001, 2002
PGA Championship T10: 2002
U.S. Open T52: 2001
The Open Championship T34: 2003

José Eusebio Cóceres (born 14 August 1963) is an Argentine professional golfer who spent many years on the European Tour and the PGA Tour.

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Cóceres was born in Argentina's Chaco province. He is one of 11 children who grew up in a two-bedroom house. He became a caddie and taught himself the game.

Cóceres turned professional in 1986 and won a place on the European Tour at the 1990 Qualifying School. After struggling in 1991 and 1992 he performed steadily on the tour from 1993 onwards, and in 2000 he reached a career high of thirteenth on the Order of Merit. His two European Tour wins came at the 1994 Heineken Open Catalonia and the 2000 Dubai Desert Classic.

In 2001, Cóceres switched to the PGA Tour. His first season in the U.S. was very inconsistent, with seven missed cuts and only two top ten finishes, but those top ten finishes were wins at the WorldCom Classic - The Heritage of Golf and the National Car Rental Golf Classic Disney. He was the first Argentine to win on the PGA Tour since Roberto De Vicenzo at the 1968 Houston Champions International. He broke his arm before the start of the 2002 season, and has struggled for form since. He has featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings. Cóceres did not play on the PGA Tour from 2009 to 2013 due to an injured left wrist. [2]

Cóceres has won several tournaments in his home country and elsewhere in South America. In 2002 he became the third golfer to receive Argentina's highest sports award, the Olimpia de Oro ("Golden Olympia").

Professional wins (20)

PGA Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
116 Apr 2001 WorldCom Classic - The Heritage of Golf −11 (68-70-64-71=273)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Billy Mayfair
221 Oct 2001 National Car Rental Golf Classic Disney −23 (68-65-64-68=265)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Davis Love III

PGA Tour playoff record (1–2)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
1 2001 WorldCom Classic - The Heritage of Golf Flag of the United States.svg Billy Mayfair Won with par on fifth extra hole
2 2007 Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun Flag of the United States.svg Fred Funk Lost to birdie on second extra hole
32007 The Honda Classic Flag of Colombia.svg Camilo Villegas, Flag of the United States.svg Boo Weekley,
Flag of the United States.svg Mark Wilson
Wilson won with birdie on third extra hole
Villegas and Weekley eliminated with par on second hole

European Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
124 Apr 1994 Heineken Open Catalonia −13 (70-69-67-69=275)3 strokes Flag of France.svg Jean-Louis Guepy
25 Mar 2000 Dubai Desert Classic −14 (64-69-68-73=274)2 strokes Flag of Ireland.svg Paul McGinley, Flag of Sweden.svg Patrik Sjöland

Tour de las Américas wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
14 Dec 2011 Torneo de Maestros −8 (66-69-67-74=276)4 strokes Flag of Argentina.svg Ricardo González

Other wins (13)

European Senior Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
17 Jul 2019 Swiss Seniors Open −11 (65-68-66=199)2 strokes Flag of England.svg Peter Baker, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Peter O'Malley,
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Phillip Price, Flag of France.svg Jean-François Remésy,
Flag of South Africa.svg Chris Williams
229 Sep 2019 Murhof Legends – Austrian Senior Open −19 (66-62-69=197)4 strokes Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Lawrie

Results in major championships

Tournament19921993199419951996199719981999
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship T45T96CUTT44
PGA Championship
Tournament20002001200220032004200520062007
Masters Tournament CUTCUT
U.S. Open T52CUT
The Open Championship T36CUTCUTT34
PGA Championship CUTT16T10T51CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

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

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 00000020
U.S. Open 00000021
The Open Championship 00000085
PGA Championship 00001253
Totals000012179

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament200320042005200620072008
The Players Championship WD815T66
  Top 10
  Did not play

WD = withdrew
"T" = Tied

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament200020012002
Match Play R64
Championship T14NT1T36
Invitational T75

1Cancelled due to 9/11

  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament

Team appearances

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References

  1. "Week 42 2001 Ending 21 Oct 2001" (pdf). OWGR . Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  2. PGA Tour Media Guide
Awards
Preceded by
Flag of Argentina.svg Las Leonas
Olimpia de Oro
2001
Succeeded by
Flag of Argentina.svg Cecilia Rognoni