Doug Sanders

Doug Sanders

Doug Sanders
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name George Douglas Sanders
Nickname "Peacock of the Fairways"
Born (1933-07-24) July 24, 1933
Cedartown, Georgia
Nationality  United States
Residence Houston, Texas
Career
College University of Florida
Turned professional 1956
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 23
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 20
Champions Tour 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T4: 1966
U.S. Open T2: 1961
The Open Championship T2/2nd: 1966, 1970
PGA Championship T2: 1959
U.S. Amateur R64: 1956
British Amateur R256: 1956

George Douglas Sanders (born July 24, 1933) is an American former PGA Tour professional golfer who won 20 PGA Tour events during his career.

Contents

  • Early years 1
  • College and amateur career 2
  • Professional career 3
  • Personal 4
  • Honors 5
  • Professional wins (23) 6
    • PGA Tour wins (20) 6.1
    • Other wins (2) 6.2
    • Senior PGA Tour wins (1) 6.3
  • Results in major championships 7
    • Summary 7.1
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Early years

Sanders was born in

  • Official website
  • Doug Sanders at the PGA Tour official site
  • Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Profile

External links

  1. ^ a b "Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Member – Doug Sanders". Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Florida Men's Golf 2013 Media Supplement" (PDF). Gainesville, Florida: University Athletic Association. pp. 36–37. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Inductees – Doug Sanders" (PDF). Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Kelley, Brent. "Doug Sanders". About.com. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ Sampson, Curt (2000). The Eternal Summer: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Hogan in 1960, Golf's Golden Year. New York: Villard Publishing.  
  6. ^ "Inductees – Doug Sanders (1972)". Florida Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Gator Greats". F Club, Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ Past Winners & Results
  9. ^ USGA Championship Database
  10. ^ 1976 Open Championship leaderboard
  11. ^ PGA Championship Media Guide - Doug Sanders
  12. ^ "Defeat of Leading American". The Glasgow Herald. May 29, 1956. p. 4. 

References

See also

  • Most consecutive cuts made – 14 (1965 PGA – 1969 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (1966 Masters – 1966 PGA)
Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 1 1 5 11 10
U.S. Open 0 1 0 1 2 5 13 11
The Open Championship 0 2 0 3 4 6 11 9
PGA Championship 0 1 2 3 6 9 14 12
Totals 0 4 2 8 13 25 49 42

Summary

Sources: Masters Tournament,[8] U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur,[9] Open Championship,[10] PGA Championship,[11] 1956 British Amateur[12]

LA = Low Amateur
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP T37 CUT DNP DNP T45 DNP
The Open Championship 2 T9 4 T28 DNP DNP T28
PGA Championship T41 CUT T7 DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament T29 T11 T33 T28 DNP T11 T4 T16 T12 T36
U.S. Open T46 T2 T11 T21 T32 T11 T8 T34 T37 DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP CUT 11 CUT T2 T18 34 DNP
PGA Championship T3 3 T15 T17 T28 T20 T6 T28 T8 CUT
Tournament 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament T31 DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP CUT DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP T2
Professional
Tournament 1955 1956
U.S. Amateur R128 R64
The Amateur Championship DNP R256
Amateur

Results in major championships

Senior PGA Tour wins (1)

Other wins (2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1956 Canadian Open
(as an amateur)
Dow Finsterwald Won with par on first extra hole
2 1961 Phoenix Open Arnold Palmer Lost 18-hole playoff (Palmer:67 Sanders: 70)
3 1962 West Palm Beach Open Invitational Dave Ragan Lost to birdie on the second extra hole
4 1964 Greater Greensboro Open Julius Boros Lost to par on first extra hole
5 1965 Pensacola Open Invitational Jack Nicklaus Won with birdie on third extra hole
6 1965 Greater Seattle Open Invitational Gay Brewer Lost to par on first extra hole
7 1966 Bob Hope Desert Classic Arnold Palmer Won with birdie on first extra hole
8 1966 Greater Greensboro Open Tom Weiskopf Won with par on second extra hole
9 1970 British Open Jack Nicklaus Lost 18-hole playoff (Nicklaus:72 Sanders: 73)
10 1970 Bahama Islands Open Chris Blocker Won with par on second extra hole
PGA Tour playoff record (5–5)

Major championships are in bold

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jul 8, 1956 Canadian Open
(as an amateur)
−15 (69-67-69-68=273) Playoff Dow Finsterwald
2 Jun 1, 1958 Western Open −13 (69-68-70-68=275) 1 stroke Dow Finsterwald
3 Dec 6, 1959 Coral Gables Open Invitational −11 (68-71-69-65=273) 3 strokes Dow Finsterwald
4 Mar 5, 1961 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational −16 (68-65-69-70=272) 5 strokes Gay Brewer, Mac Main
5 May 14, 1961 Colonial National Invitation +1 (69-75-67-70=281) 1 stroke Kel Nagle
6 May 21, 1961 Hot Springs Open Invitational −15 (68-68-69-68=273) 1 stroke Dave Ragan, Jerry Steelsmith
7 Aug 6, 1961 Eastern Open Invitational −13 (72-66-68-69=275) 1 stroke Ken Venturi
8 Nov 19, 1961 Cajun Classic Open Invitational −14 (67-67-67-69=270) 6 strokes Ken Still
9 Mar 11, 1962 Pensacola Open Invitational −18 (67-67-67-69=270) 1 stroke Don Fairfield
10 Aug 19, 1962 St. Paul Open Invitational −19 (66-69-69-65=269) 3 strokes Dave Hill
11 Aug 26, 1962 Oklahoma City Open Invitational −8 (70-69-74-67=280) 2 strokes Johnny Pott
12 Apr 14, 1963 Greater Greensboro Open −10 (68-65-68-69=270) 4 strokes Jimmy Clark
13 Feb 28, 1965 Pensacola Open Invitational −11 (68-71-65-73=277) Playoff Jack Nicklaus
14 Mar 7, 1965 Doral Open Invitational −14 (65-71-71-67=274) 1 stroke Bruce Devlin
15 Feb 6, 1966 Bob Hope Desert Classic −11 (70-72-68-73-66=349) Playoff Arnold Palmer
16 Mar 27, 1966 Jacksonville Open Invitational −15 (71-65-66-71=273) 1 stroke Gay Brewer
17 Apr 3, 1966 Greater Greensboro Open −8 (65-70-71-70=276) Playoff Tom Weiskopf
18 Mar 5, 1967 Doral Open Invitational −13 (68-71-66-70=275) 1 stroke Harold Henning, Art Wall, Jr.
19 Dec 13, 1970 Bahama Islands Open −16 (66-70-68-68=272) Playoff Chris Blocker
20 Jun 4, 1972 Kemper Open −13 (71-68-68-68=275) 1 stroke Lee Trevino

PGA Tour wins (20)

Professional wins (23)

[7] as a "Gator Great."University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame He was also inducted into the [1] He is a member of the

Honors

He currently resides in Houston.

Since retiring from competitive golf, Sanders has been active in his own corporate golf entertainment company and has for nearly 20 years, sponsored the Doug Sanders International Junior Golf Championship in Houston, Texas. From 1988 to 1994, he also sponsored the Doug Sanders Celebrity Classic.

Sanders identified himself as the lead character, a playboy PGA Tour golfer, in the golf novel Dead Solid Perfect, by Dan Jenkins.[5]

Sanders has always been known as a stylish, flamboyant dresser on the golf course, which earned him the nickname "Peacock of the Fairways."[4] Esquire magazine named Sanders one of America's Ten Best Dressed Jocks in 1973.

Personal

He is remembered for an exceptionally short, flat golf swing—a consequence, it appears, of a painful neck condition that radically restricted his movements.[4]

Sanders had 13 top-10 finishes in major championships, including four second-place finishes: 1959 PGA Championship, 1961 U.S. Open, 1966 and 1970 British Opens. In 1966, he became one of the few players in history to finish in the top ten of all four major championships in a single season, despite winning none of them. He earned unfortunate notoriety for taking four shots from just 74 yards as the leader playing the final hole of the 1970 British Open at St Andrews, missing a sidehill 3-foot putt to win, before losing the resulting 18-hole playoff by just a single shot the next day to Jack Nicklaus.[4]

Professional career

He accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for the Florida Gators men's golf team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition in 1955.[2] In his single year as a Gator golfer, Sanders and the team won a Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship and earned a sixth-place finish at the NCAA championship tournament—the Gators' best national championship finish until that time.[2] Sanders won the 1956 Canadian Open as an amateur—the only amateur ever to do so—and turned professional shortly thereafter.[3]

College and amateur career

as a teenager. He was a self-taught golfer. cotton to a poor family and picked [1]