Tom Weiskopf

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Tom Weiskopf
Personal information
Full nameThomas Daniel Weiskopf
Born (1942-11-09) November 9, 1942 (age 78)
Massillon, Ohio
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
NationalityFlag of the United States.svg  United States
SpouseLaurie
Career
College Ohio State University
Turned professional1964
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Senior PGA Tour
Professional wins28
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour16
European Tour2
Sunshine Tour1
PGA Tour Champions4
Other6
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T2: 1969, 1972, 1974, 1975
PGA Championship 3rd: 1975
U.S. Open T2: 1976
The Open Championship Won: 1973

Thomas Daniel Weiskopf (born November 9, 1942) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. His most successful decade was the 1970s, and he won 16 PGA Tour titles between 1968 and 1982. After winding down his tournament career, Weiskopf has become a noted golf course architect.

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Weiskopf was born in Massillon, Ohio. He attended Benedictine High School in Cleveland, and Ohio State University, where he played on the golf team. He turned professional in 1964.

Weiskopf's first win on the PGA Tour came at the Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational in 1968, and fifteen more followed by 1982. His career season was 1973, when he won seven tournaments around the world, including The Open Championship at Royal Troon, [1] [2] and he would finish that year ranked second in the world according to Mark McCormack's world golf rankings. This was to remain his only major championship victory, but he was a four-time runner-up at The Masters and also had a T2 finish at the 1976 U.S. Open. [3]

Weiskopf won the Canadian Open in 1973 and 1975; the latter win was achieved in dramatic fashion, with a one-hole playoff win over archrival Jack Nicklaus, when Weiskopf nearly holed his approach on the 15th hole at the Royal Montreal Golf Club's Blue Course. Weiskopf was a member of the United States team in the 1973 and 1975 Ryder Cups. He qualified as well for the 1977 team, but decided to skip the competition in order to go big-game hunting. [1]

Weiskopf's swing was much admired in the golf world. He hit the ball high, generated enormous power and had very good control as well, a rare combination. Weiskopf's displays of temper on the golf course earned him the nickname of "The Towering Inferno".

Weiskopf joined the Senior PGA Tour in 1993 and won several senior tournaments, including one senior major, the 1995 U.S. Senior Open. [1] [4]

He has also worked as a golf analyst for CBS Sports, [1] covering the 1981 and 1985 to 1995 Masters. Since 2008, he has contributed to ABC Sports and ESPN's coverage of The Open Championship.[ citation needed ]

Golf course design

Weiskopf got into golf course design working initially with Jay Morrish, but now has his own established practice. [1] He has at least 40 courses to his credit in many parts of the world, including the Monument and Pinnacle courses at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona; [5] and Loch Lomond, venue of the Scottish Open from 1995 to 2010. [1] A drivable par-4 hole is a common element in most of Weiskopf's designs. Many of the courses have received considerable praise by being ranked highly in lists of top courses around the world. [5]

In January 2016, it was announced that Weiskopf would lead a renovation of the Torrey Pines North Course in San Diego, California. [6]

The following is a (partial) list of courses that Weiskopf either designed alone or co-designed:

Amateur wins (1)

Professional wins (28)

PGA Tour wins (16)

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (15)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Feb 11, 1968 Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational −15 (66-68-71-68=273)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Al Geiberger
2Jul 7, 1968 Buick Open Invitational −8 (73-67-71-69=280)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Mike Hill
3Jun 13, 1971 Kemper Open −11 (66-72-70-69=277)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Dale Douglass, Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Gary Player,
Flag of the United States.svg Lee Trevino
4Aug 22, 1971 IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic −14 (67-71-66-70=274)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Dave Hill
5Feb 27, 1972 Jackie Gleason's Inverrary Classic −10 (69-72-69-68=278)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Jack Nicklaus
6May 13, 1973 Colonial National Invitation −4 (69-68-70-69=276)1 stroke Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bruce Crampton, Flag of the United States.svg Jerry Heard
7Jun 3, 1973 Kemper Open (2)−17 (65-70-68-68=271)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Lanny Wadkins
8Jun 10, 1973 IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic (2)−14 (67-71-65-71=274)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jim Barber
9Jul 14, 1973 The Open Championship −12 (68-67-71-70=276)3 strokes Flag of England.svg Neil Coles, Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Miller
10Jul 29, 1973 Canadian Open −10 (67-73-68-70=278)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Forrest Fezler
11Apr 6, 1975 Greater Greensboro Open −9 (64-71-72-68=275)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Al Geiberger
12Jul 27, 1975 Canadian Open (2)−6 (65-74-68-67=274)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Jack Nicklaus
13Jun 5, 1977 Kemper Open (3)−11 (67-71-69-70=277)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg George Burns, Flag of the United States.svg Bill Rogers
14Mar 12, 1978 Doral-Eastern Open −16 (67-70-67-68=272)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Jack Nicklaus
15Sep 20, 1981 LaJet Classic −10 (73-67-70-68=278)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Gil Morgan
16Jul 4, 1982 Western Open −12 (69-67-70-70=276)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Larry Nelson

PGA Tour playoff record (2–3)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
1 1966 Greater Greensboro Open Flag of the United States.svg Doug Sanders Lost to par on second extra hole
2 1969 Greater Greensboro Open Flag of the United States.svg Julius Boros, Flag of the United States.svg Gene Littler
Flag of the United States.svg Orville Moody
Littler won with birdie on fifth extra hole
Weiskopf eliminated with par on first hole
3 1971 Kemper Open Flag of the United States.svg Dale Douglass, Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Gary Player,
Flag of the United States.svg Lee Trevino
Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 1975 Canadian Open Flag of the United States.svg Jack Nicklaus Won with birdie on first extra hole
5 1979 Southern Open Flag of the United States.svg Ed Fiori Lost to birdie on second extra hole

European Tour wins (2)

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other European Tour (1)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runners-up
1Jul 14, 1973 The Open Championship −12 (68-67-71-70=276)3 strokes Flag of England.svg Neil Coles, Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Miller
2Aug 23, 1981 Benson & Hedges International Open −16 (66-69-68-69=272)1 stroke Flag of Ireland.svg Eamonn Darcy, Flag of Germany.svg Bernhard Langer

Sunshine Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
1Dec 3, 1973 Beck's PGA Championship −7 (70-69-67-67=273)3 strokes Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Vin Baker

South American Golf Circuit wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
1Nov 18, 1979 Argentine Open +5 (71-72-76-70=289)3 strokes Flag of Colombia.svg Alberto Rivadeneira

Other wins (5)

Senior PGA Tour wins (4)

Legend
Senior major championships (1)
Other Senior PGA Tour (3)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Aug 28, 1994 Franklin Quest Championship −12 (68-67-69=204)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Dave Stockton
2Jul 2, 1995 U.S. Senior Open −13 (69-69-69-68=275)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jack Nicklaus
3Mar 31, 1996 SBC Dominion Seniors −9 (69-69-69=207)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Bob Dickson, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Graham Marsh,
Flag of South Africa.svg Gary Player
4Jun 9, 1996 Pittsburgh Senior Classic −11 (68-67-70=205)3 strokes Flag of Scotland.svg Brian Barnes, Flag of the United States.svg J. C. Snead

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
1 1994 Franklin Quest Championship Flag of the United States.svg Dave Stockton Won with birdie on first extra hole

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunners-up
1973 The Open Championship 1 shot lead−12 (68-67-71-70=276)3 strokes Flag of England.svg Neil Coles Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Miller

Results timeline

Tournament19651966196719681969
Masters Tournament T16T2
U.S. Open T4015T24T22
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T72CUTT44
Tournament1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
Masters Tournament T23T6T2T34T2T2T9T14T11T41
U.S. Open T30CUT83T15T29T23T4T4
The Open Championship T22T40T71T715T17T22T17CUT
PGA Championship CUTT22T62T6WD3T8T58T4CUT
Tournament1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
Masters Tournament CUTT10T20T35
U.S. Open 37T39T24
The Open Championship T16CUTT45CUT
PGA Championship T10T27CUTT30CUT
Tournament1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship CUTT101CUTCUT
PGA Championship
Tournament20002001200220032004
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut (3rd round cut in 1982 Open Championship)
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 04047121615
U.S. Open 01256111816
The Open Championship 1001391912
PGA Championship 0012561812
Totals1531221387155

Champions Tour major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionshipWinning scoreMarginRunner(s)-up
1995 U.S. Senior Open −13 (69-69-69-68=275)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jack Nicklaus

U.S. national team appearances

Professional

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