José Cóceres

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José Cóceres
Personal information
Full nameJosé Eusebio Cóceres
Born (1963-08-14) 14 August 1963 (age 55)
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 wins19
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
European Tour2
European Senior Tour1
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.

Argentina Federal republic in South America

Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is a country located mostly in the southern half of South America. Sharing the bulk of the Southern Cone with Chile to the west, the country is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage to the south. With a mainland area of 2,780,400 km2 (1,073,500 sq mi), Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the fourth largest in the Americas, and the largest Spanish-speaking nation. The sovereign state is subdivided into twenty-three provinces and one autonomous city, Buenos Aires, which is the federal capital of the nation as decided by Congress. The provinces and the capital have their own constitutions, but exist under a federal system. Argentina claims sovereignty over part of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

Professional golfer golfer with professional status; ordinarily cannot play in amateur tournaments

In the sport of golf, the distinction between amateurs and professionals is rigorously maintained. An amateur who breaches the rules of amateur status may lose their amateur status. A golfer who has lost their amateur status may not play in amateur competitions until amateur status has been reinstated; a professional may not play in amateur tournaments unless the Committee is notified, acknowledges and confirms the participation. It is very difficult for a professional to regain their amateur status; simply agreeing not to take payment for a particular tournament is not enough. A player must apply to the governing body of the sport to have amateur status reinstated.

PGA Tour Golf tour in the United States

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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.

Dubai Desert Classic

The Omega Dubai Desert Classic is a European Tour golf tournament held on Majlis course at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In 1999 and 2000 it was held at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, all other editions have been held at Emirates Golf Club. When founded in 1989, it was the first European Tour event to be staged in the Arabian Peninsula, but is currently one of six.

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. [1]

Roberto De Vicenzo Argentinian professional golfer

Roberto De Vicenzo was a professional golfer from Argentina. He has won a record 230 professional tournaments worldwide in his career including eight on the PGA Tour and most famously the 1967 Open Championship.

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").

The Olimpia Awards are Argentine sports awards given annually by the Círculo de Periodistas Deportivos since 1954. An Olimpia de Plata is awarded to the outstanding performer in 41 sports. Among the Olimpia de Plata winners an Olimpia de Oro is awarded to the most important sportsperson of the year. Each trophy consists of a statue designed by sculptor Mario Chiérico.

Professional wins (19)

PGA Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner-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
12001 WorldCom Classic - The Heritage of Golf Flag of the United States.svg Billy Mayfair Won with par on fifth extra hole
22007 Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun Flag of the United States.svg Fred Funk Lost to birdie on second extra hole
32007 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

Other wins (14)

The Pinamar Open, or the Abierto de Pinamar, is a golf tournament on the TPG Tour, the official professional golf tour in Argentina. First held in 1970, it has always been held at the Links Pinamar Golf Club, in Pinamar, Buenos Aires Province. In 2010 was played the Buenos Aires Open.

The Mendoza Open, or the Western Open, was a golf tournament on the TPG Tour, the official professional golf tour in Argentina. Founded in 1939, the first two events were held at the Andino Golf Club in Mendoza, Mendoza Province. The tournament was not played again until 1956, when it was held at the Club de Campo Golf Club in Mendoza, where it has remained except for 1993 and 2009, when the tournament was again played at Andino. In 2010 was played The YPF Classic in Golf Club Andino.

The Argentine Open or Abierto de la República or Abierto de Argentina is one of the oldest national golf open championships. First played in 1905, when it was called the Open Championship of the River Plate, it has featured numerous notable winners including major champions Jimmy Demaret (1941), Lloyd Mangrum (1946), Tom Weiskopf (1979), Craig Stadler (1992), Mark Calcavecchia, Mark O'Meara (1994) and Jim Furyk (1997).

European Senior Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runners-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

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

Team appearances

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References

Awards
Preceded by
Flag of Argentina.svg Las Leonas
Olimpia de Oro
2001
Succeeded by
Flag of Argentina.svg Cecilia Rognoni