Calvin Peete

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Calvin Peete
— Golfer —
CalvinPeete1986.jpg
Personal information
Full nameCalvin Peete
Born(1943-07-18) July 18, 1943 (age 70)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Nationality United States
ResidencePonte Vedra Beach, Florida, U.S.
Career
Turned professional1975
Retired2001
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins14
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour12
Japan Golf Tour2
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentT11: 1986
U.S. OpenT4: 1983
The Open ChampionshipDNP
PGA ChampionshipT3: 1982
Achievements and awards
Vardon Trophy1984
Byron Nelson Award1984
 
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Calvin Peete
— Golfer —
CalvinPeete1986.jpg
Personal information
Full nameCalvin Peete
Born(1943-07-18) July 18, 1943 (age 70)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Nationality United States
ResidencePonte Vedra Beach, Florida, U.S.
Career
Turned professional1975
Retired2001
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins14
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour12
Japan Golf Tour2
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentT11: 1986
U.S. OpenT4: 1983
The Open ChampionshipDNP
PGA ChampionshipT3: 1982
Achievements and awards
Vardon Trophy1984
Byron Nelson Award1984

Calvin Peete (born July 18, 1943) is an American professional golfer. He was the most successful African-American on the PGA Tour, with 12 wins, before the emergence of Tiger Woods.

Peete was born in Detroit, Michigan. He played on the 1983 and 1985 U.S. Ryder Cup teams. He won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average in 1984. He was in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for several weeks when they debuted in 1986.[1]

Peete did not begin playing golf until he was in his 20s, but immediately excelled at a game most pros learn as young children. He learned the game while peddling goods to migrant workers in Rochester, New York, playing on the public course at Genesee Valley Park. Growing up poor, Peete suffered a badly broken arm that was never properly set.[2] He was the leader in fairways hit for 10 straight years, 1981–90. Peete was inducted into the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.[3]

Family[edit]

Peete and his first wife, Christine, who divorced in 1987, are the parents of Charlotte, Calvin, Rickie, Dennis and Kalvanetta Peete. He is now married to Pepper Peete; they have two daughters.

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins (12)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Jul 15, 1979Greater Milwaukee Open−19 (69-67-68-65=269)5 strokesMexico Victor Regalado, United States Jim Simons,
United States Lee Trevino
2Jul 11, 1982Greater Milwaukee Open−14 (70-66-69-69=274)2 strokesMexico Victor Regalado
3Jul 25, 1982Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic−10 (66-68-69=203)2 strokesUnited States Bruce Lietzke
4Sep 5, 1982B.C. Open−14 (69-63-64-69=265)7 strokesUnited States Jerry Pate
5Oct 24, 1982Pensacola Open−16 (65-66-72-65=268)7 strokesCanada Dan Halldorson, United States Hal Sutton
6May 22, 1983Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic−10 (68-75-63=206)2 strokesUnited States Jim Colbert, United States Don Pooley,
United States Chip Beck
7Jul 24, 1983Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic−8 (66-75-66-69=276)1 strokeUnited States Tim Norris
8Oct 7, 1984Texas Open−14 (67-67-66-66=266)3 strokesUnited States Bruce Lietzke
9Jan 20, 1985Phoenix Open−14 (65-65-72-68=270)2 strokesUnited States Morris Hatalsky, United States Doug Tewell
10Mar 31, 1985Tournament Players Championship−14 (70-69-69-66=274)3 strokesUnited States D. A. Weibring
11Jan 11, 1986MONY Tournament of Champions−21 (68-67-64-68=267)6 strokesUnited States Mark O'Meara
12Mar 23, 1986USF&G Classic−19 (68-67-66-68=269)5 strokesUnited States Pat McGowan

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
11986Houston OpenUnited States Curtis StrangeLost to birdie on third extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (2)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament1976197719781979198019811982198319841985198619871988
Masters TournamentDNPDNPDNPDNPT19T21T3049T15T31T11T33DNP
U.S. OpenT23DNPDNPT11T28T14T10T4DNPDNPT24CUTDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPT42DNPT43T3T364T18T30WDT38

Note: Peete never played in The Open Championship.
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament00000488
U.S. Open00012687
The Open Championship00000000
PGA Championship00122398
Totals00134132523

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ White Jr., Gordon S. (March 27, 1988). "Peete Returns to the Ranks of Leaders". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ 2002 United States Inductees[dead link]

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