Tommy Bolt and Bobby Locke
|Full name||Thomas Henry Bolt|
|Nickname||Thunder, Terrible Tommy|
|Born||March 31, 1916|
|Died||August 30, 2008 92) (aged|
Cherokee Village, Arkansas
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T3: 1952|
|PGA Championship||3rd/T3: 1954, 1955, 1971|
|U.S. Open||Won: 1958|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|Achievements and awards|
Thomas Henry Bolt (March 31, 1916 – August 30, 2008) was an American professional golfer. He did not join the PGA Tour until he was in his thirties, but he went on to win 15 PGA Tour titles, including the 1958 U.S. Open. He played in the Ryder Cup in 1955 and 1957.
Bolt was born in Haworth, Oklahoma. He served in the United States Army during World War II and turned professional in 1946. He worked as a caddie and club professional in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Bolt was the fifth PGA Tour player to shoot a round of 60 when he did it in the second round of the 1954 Insurance City Open at the par-71 Wethersfield Country Club, outside Hartford, Connecticut.Previously, Al Brosch, Wally Ulrich, Ted Kroll and Bill Nary had also scored 60. Bolt had 11 birdies in his round and had a putt for a 59, but missed a 15-foot putt for birdie on the 18th green. Bolt had scored 71 in his first round and followed with rounds of 69 and 71 over his final 36 holes. Bolt tied with Earl Stewart, but won an 18-hole playoff the following day.
Bolt was a member of the United States Ryder Cup teams in 1955 and 1957. In 1955, at Thunderbird Country Club in California, he won his two matches, including a singles victory over Christy O'Connor Snr. In the 1957 match at Lindrick Golf Club in England he won his foursomes match but lost to Eric Brown in the singles.
Bolt's fiery disposition earned him the nickname "Thunder" and "Terrible Tommy". He was known to break clubs during rounds, and his penchant for throwing clubs led to the adoption of a rule prohibiting such behavior. In his later years, he admitted that a lot of his on-course eruptions were merely showmanship and that he felt they had detracted from his playing.
Bolt was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002. He was also elected to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, inducted in 2002.
Bolt died in Cherokee Village, Arkansas at the age of 92.He is interred at Evening Shade Cemetery in Evening Shade, Arkansas.
|Major championships (1)|
|Other PGA Tour (14)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of|
|1||Nov 11, 1951||North and South Open||−5 (71-72-71-69=283)||3 strokes|
|2||Jan 8, 1952||Los Angeles Open||+5 (73-74-70-72=289)||Playoff|
|3||Jan 18, 1953||San Diego Open||−14 (66-68-70-70=274)||3 strokes|
|4||Feb 1, 1953||Tucson Open||−15 (65-68-66-66=265)||1 stroke|
|5||Mar 21, 1954|| Miami Beach International Four-Ball |
|6||Jun 28, 1954||Insurance City Open||−13 (71-60-69-71=271)||Playoff|
|7||Sep 5, 1954||Rubber City Open||−23 (69-69-63-64=265)||5 strokes|
|8||Jan 23, 1955||Convair-San Diego Open (2)||−14 (64-67-72-71=274)||2 strokes|
|9||Feb 13, 1955||Tucson Open (2)||−14 (69-67-65-65=266)||3 strokes|
|10||Jul 10, 1955||St. Paul Open||−19 (65-68-68-68=269)||2 strokes|
|11||Jul 28, 1957||Eastern Open Invitational||−12 (64-72-69-71=276)||4 strokes|
|12||May 4, 1958||Colonial National Invitation||+2 (68-70-70-74=282)||1 stroke|
|13||Jun 14, 1958||U.S. Open||+3 (71-71-69-72=283)||4 strokes|
|14||Jun 6, 1960||Memphis Open Invitational||−7 (72-69-65-67=273)||Playoff|
|15||Mar 12, 1961||Pensacola Open Invitational||−13 (72-68-68-67=275)||2 strokes|
PGA Tour playoff record (4–2)
|1||1952||Los Angeles Open||Won 18-hole playoff;|
Bolt: −2 (69),
Burke: E (71),
Harrison: +3 (74)
|2||1954|| Miami Beach International Four-Ball |
|Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|3||1954||Insurance City Open||Won 18-hole playoff;|
Stewart conceded on final hole
|4||1955||Miami Open||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|5||1960||Memphis Open Invitational||Won 18-hole playoff;|
Bolt: −2 (68),
Hogan: −1 (69),
Littler: +1 (71)
|6||1961||Home of the Sun Open||Hill won with birdie on third extra hole|
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1958||U.S. Open||3 shot lead||+3 (71-71-69-72=283)||4 strokes|
Note: Bolt never played in The Open Championship.
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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