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Dave Stockton
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameDavid Knapp Stockton
Born(1941-11-02) November 2, 1941 (age 72)
San Bernardino, California
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceRedlands, California
Career
CollegeUniversity of Southern California
Turned professional1964
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins25
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour10
Champions Tour14
Other1
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 2)
Masters TournamentT2: 1974
U.S. OpenT2: 1978
The Open ChampionshipT11: 1971
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1970, 1976
Achievements and awards
Champions Tour
leading money winner
1993, 1994
Champions Tour
Player of the Year
1993
Champions Tour
Rookie of the Year
1992
 
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Dave Stockton
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameDavid Knapp Stockton
Born(1941-11-02) November 2, 1941 (age 72)
San Bernardino, California
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceRedlands, California
Career
CollegeUniversity of Southern California
Turned professional1964
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins25
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour10
Champions Tour14
Other1
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 2)
Masters TournamentT2: 1974
U.S. OpenT2: 1978
The Open ChampionshipT11: 1971
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1970, 1976
Achievements and awards
Champions Tour
leading money winner
1993, 1994
Champions Tour
Player of the Year
1993
Champions Tour
Rookie of the Year
1992

David Knapp Stockton (born November 2, 1941) is an American professional golfer who has won tournaments on both the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.

Stockton was born in San Bernardino, California. He attended the University of Southern California and turned professional in 1964. His first PGA Tour win came at the 1967 Colonial National Invitation. He was selected by former Colonial champions as one of two Champion's Choice invitations; he is the only Champion's Choice invitee to win the Colonial in the year of the invitation. His best year was 1974, when he won three times, but his two majors, both of which were PGA Championships, came in 1970 and 1976. In 1970 he played the final round with Arnold Palmer, shooting a seventy-three which included an eagle and a double-bogey on the seventh and the eighth holes, and making a bogey on the thirteenth despite putting a ball in the water. In the end, this effort was good enough for a two stroke victory over Palmer and Bob Murphy.[1] Due to rain at the 1976 PGA Championship, which was held at the Congressional Country Club, the final round had to be delayed until Monday. Stockton sank a fifteen-foot par putt at the seventy-second hole to avoid a three-man playoff with Raymond Floyd and Don January.[2]

Stockton joined the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour) in 1991 and enjoyed continued success, topping the Senior Tour money list in 1993 and 1994. His fourteen senior titles include three senior majors, the 1992 and 1994 Senior Players Championships and the 1996 U.S. Senior Open. He remained competitive in his sixties, finishing in the top 50 on the Champions Tour money list for a thirteenth consecutive season in 2004.

Stockton played for the U.S. team in the Ryder Cup in 1971 and 1977. He was the Americans' victorious non-playing captain in the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island.

Stockton is married to former Orange Show beauty queen Catherine Hales. They have two children, Dave Jr. and Ron, who both play professional golf.

When he was an active PGA Tour player, Stockton had the reputation of being one of the best putters. In 2009, Stockton was credited with aiding the world's second-ranked golfer, Phil Mickelson with his putting, which helped him win the 2009 Tour Championship. He wrote a guide to putting called "Unconscious Putting," which was released in 2011 and quickly became a top seller.[citation needed]

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins (10)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
1May 21, 1967Colonial National Invitation−2 (65-66-74-73=278)2 strokesUnited States Charles Coody
2Jun 30, 1968Cleveland Open Invitational−8 (69-68-67-72=276)2 strokesUnited States Bob Dickson
3Jul 14, 1968Greater Milwaukee Open−13 (68-67-71-69=275)4 strokesUnited States Sam Snead
4Aug 16, 1970PGA Championship−1 (70-70-66-73=279)2 strokesUnited States Bob Murphy, United States Arnold Palmer
5Aug 15, 1971Massachusetts Classic−13 (71-69-69-66=275)1 strokeUnited States Raymond Floyd
6Jul 8, 1973Greater Milwaukee Open−12 (69-63-71-73=276)1 strokeUnited States Homero Blancas, United States Hubert Green
7Feb 17, 1974Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open−8 (68-68-71-69=276)2 strokesUnited States John Mahaffey, United States Sam Snead
8Jul 14, 1974Quad Cities Open−13 (68-68-71-64=271)1 strokeUnited States Bruce Fleisher
9Aug 18, 1974Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open−12 (65-65-69-69=268)4 strokesUnited States Raymond Floyd
10Aug 15, 1976PGA Championship+1 (70-72-69-70=281)1 strokeUnited States Raymond Floyd, United States Don January

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
11977Phoenix OpenUnited States Jerry PateLost to birdie on first extra hole

Other wins[edit]

Champions Tour wins (14)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Oct 6, 1992Mazda Presents The Senior Players Championship−11 (71-67-70-69=277)1 strokeUnited States J. C. Snead, United States Lee Trevino
2Apr 25, 1993Muratec Reunion Pro-Am−5 (73-72-66=211)4 strokesSouth Africa Harold Henning
3Jun 13, 1993Southwestern Bell Classic−6 (65-68-71=204)1 strokeUnited States Larry Mowry, United States Walt Zembriski
4Aug 15, 1993Franklin Quest Championship−19 (68-66-63=197)9 strokesUnited States Al Geiberger
5Aug 22, 1993GTE Northwest Classic−16 (65-68-67=200)4 strokesUnited States Dale Douglass
6Oct 10, 1993The Transamerica−13 (68-71-64=203)1 strokeSouth Africa Simon Hobday, United States Lee Trevino
7Jun 12, 1994Nationwide Championship−18 (67-66-65=198)1 strokeUnited States Bob Murphy
8Jun 26, 1994Ford Senior Players Championship−17 (66-66-71-68=271)6 strokesUnited States Jim Albus
9Aug 21, 1994Burnet Senior Classic−13 (68-66-69=203)1 strokeUnited States Jim Albus
10Feb 19, 1995GTE Suncoast Classic−9 (70-66-68=204)2 strokesNew Zealand Bob Charles, United States Jim Colbert, United States J. C. Snead
11May 28, 1995Quicksilver Classic−10 (72-69-67=206)1 strokeJapan Isao Aoki
12Jul 7, 1996U.S. Senior Open−11 (70-67-67-73=277)2 strokesUnited States Hale Irwin
13Aug 11, 1996First of America Classic−10 (68-69-69=206)1 strokeUnited States Bob Murphy
14Jul 27, 1997Franklin Quest Championship−15 (69-64-68=201)2 strokesUnited States Kermit Zarley

Champions Tour playoff record (0–6)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11993PING Kaanapali ClassicUnited States George Archer, United States Lee TrevinoArcher won with birdie on first extra hole
21994Franklin Quest ChampionshipUnited States Tom WeiskopfLost to birdie on first extra hole
31995Hyatt Regency Maui Kaanapali ClassicNew Zealand Bob CharlesLost to birdie on third extra hole
21996Las Vegas Senior ClassicNew Zealand Bob Charles, United States Jim ColbertColbert won with par on fourth extra hole
Charles eliminated with par on first hole
51996Emerald Coast ClassicUnited States Bob Eastwood, Australia David Graham,
United States Mike Hill , United States Lee Trevino
Trevino won with birdie on first extra hole
61998Royal Caribbean ClassicAustralia David GrahamLost to birdie on tenth extra hole

Senior major championships are shown in bold.

Major championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunners-up
1970PGA Championship3 shot lead−1 (70-70-66-73=279)2 strokesUnited States Bob Murphy, United States Arnold Palmer
1976PGA Championship (2)4 shot deficit+1 (70-72-69-70=281)1 strokeUnited States Raymond Floyd, United States Don January

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament19681969
Masters TournamentDNP18
U.S. OpenT9T25
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipT17T35
Tournament1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
Masters TournamentT5T9T10T14T2T26DNPT39CUTCUT
U.S. OpenDNPCUTCUTT39T40T43CUTCUTT2T36
The Open ChampionshipDNPT11T31DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA Championship1T40T40T12T26CUT1T31T19T35
Tournament1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
Masters TournamentT26T31DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenT51CUTT45DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPCUTDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipCUTT43CUTCUTT39T59T53CUTT48T68
Tournament19901991199219931994199519961997
Masters TournamentDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPCUT
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipCUTCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament0102461210
U.S. Open010123169
The Open Championship00000122
PGA Championship2002252417
Totals22058155438

Champions Tour major championships[edit]

Wins (3)[edit]

YearChampionshipWinning ScoreMarginRunner(s)-up
1992Mazda Presents The Senior Players Championship−11 (71-67-70-69-277)1 strokeUnited States J. C. Snead United States Lee Trevino
1994Ford Senior Players Championship (2)−17 (66-66-71-68=271)6 strokesUnited States Jim Albus
1996U.S. Senior Open−11 (70-67-67-73=277)2 strokesUnited States DeWitt Weaver

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stockton prevails over Arnie – and his army". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. August 17, 1970. p. 3B. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Stockton snatches PGA". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. August 17, 1976. p. 12. 

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