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Don January
Personal information
Full nameDonald Ray January
Born(1929-11-20) November 20, 1929 (age 82)
Plainview, Texas
Nationality United States
Career
CollegeNorth Texas State University
Turned professional1956
Retired1999
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Senior PGA Tour
Professional wins44
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour10
Champions Tour22 (tied 6th all time)
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT4: 1971
U.S. Open3rd: 1967
The Open ChampionshipDNP
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1967
Achievements and awards
Vardon Trophy1976
 
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Don January
Personal information
Full nameDonald Ray January
Born(1929-11-20) November 20, 1929 (age 82)
Plainview, Texas
Nationality United States
Career
CollegeNorth Texas State University
Turned professional1956
Retired1999
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Senior PGA Tour
Professional wins44
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour10
Champions Tour22 (tied 6th all time)
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT4: 1971
U.S. Open3rd: 1967
The Open ChampionshipDNP
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1967
Achievements and awards
Vardon Trophy1976

Donald Ray January (born November 20, 1929) is an American professional golfer.

January was born in Plainview, Texas, and graduated from Sunset High School in Dallas. He was a member of the North Texas State golf team that won four consecutive NCAA Division I titles from 1949-52.

January won 10 PGA Tour titles in his career (though never more than one in a year), with his most notable win coming at the 1967 PGA Championship in an 18-hole playoff victory over Don Massengale. January had lost the 1961 PGA Championship in a playoff to Jerry Barber when his 68, the lowest losing score ever in an 18-hole playoff for a major championship, was bested by Barber's 67. He won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average in 1976 at the age of 47. He was a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team in both 1965 and 1977.

January was responsible for a change to the Rules of Golf. During the 1963 Phoenix Open, January had a putt roll up to the lip of the hole and stop. January claimed that the ball was still moving, and waited for seven minutes for the ball to drop.[1] Rule 16-2 was revised in 1964 to state that players had to tap the ball in within ten seconds or be penalized.[2]

In the period between his last PGA Tour win and the start of the Senior PGA Tour, January devoted most of his professional efforts to a golf course design business, JanMart Enterprises, that he had established with fellow Texan and PGA Tour golfer Billy Martindale.

January is well known for his success on the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour), winning 23 events including two PGA Seniors' Championships. He won the first official event on the Senior PGA Tour – the 1980 Atlantic City Senior International.[3]

The Don January Golf Classic is a golf tournament played annually in the spring that was established to honor him in 1980 by his alma mater, now known as the University of North Texas.

Contents

Professional wins (44)

PGA Tour wins (10)

No.DateTournamentWinning ScoreMargin of
Victory
Runner(s)-up
1May 27, 1956Dallas Centennial Open-12 (64-67-70-67=268)1 strokeUnited States Dow Finsterwald, United States Doug Ford
2Feb 21, 1960Tucson Open Invitational-9 (67-67-68-69=271)3 strokesUnited States Bob Harris
3Jul 9, 1961St. Paul Open Invitational-19 (66-71-68-64=269)1 strokeUnited States Buster Cupit
4Feb 17, 1963Tucson Open Invitational-22 (65-67-69-65=266)1 strokeUnited States Gene Littler, United States Phil Rodgers
5Aug 28, 1966Philadelphia Golf Classic-10 (69-69-68-71=278)1 strokeUnited States Jack Nicklaus
6Apr 27, 1967PGA Championship-7 (71-72-70-68=281)PlayoffUnited States Don Massengale
7Apr 21, 1968Tournament of Champions-8 (70-68-69-69=276)1 strokeUnited States Julius Boros
8Mar 23, 1970Greater Jacksonville Open-9 (68-75-70-66=279)PlayoffUnited States Dale Douglass
9Oct 19, 1975San Antonio Texas Open-13 (71-67-71-66=275)PlayoffUnited States Larry Hinson
10Apr 18, 1976MONY Tournament of Champions-11 (71-68-69-69=277)5 strokesUnited States Hubert Green

PGA Tour playoff record (3-5)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11956Western OpenUnited States Mike Fetchick, United States Doug Ford, United States Jay HebertFetchick won 18-hole playoff (Fetchick:66, Hebert:71, Ford:72, January:75)
21961PGA ChampionshipUnited States Jerry BarberBarber won 18-hole playoff (Barber:67, January:68)
31964Lucky International OpenUnited States Chi Chi RodriguezRodriguez won 18-hole playoff (Rodriguez:70, January: 71)
41967PGA ChampionshipUnited States Don MassengaleWon 18-hole playoff (January:69, Massengale:71 )
51969Kaiser International Open InvitationalUnited States George Archer, United States Billy Casper, United States Jack NicklausNicklaus won with birdie on second extra hole
January eliminated with par on first hole
61970Greater Jacksonville OpenUnited States Dale DouglassWon 18-hole playoff (January:69, Douglass:72)
71971Houston Champions InternationalUnited States Hubert GreenLost to birdie on second extra hole
81975San Antonio Texas OpenUnited States Larry HinsonWon with birdie on second extra hole

Major championship is shown in bold.

Other wins

This list may be incomplete

Senior PGA Tour wins (22)

Senior major championship is shown in bold.

Other senior wins (11)

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 HolesWinning ScoreMarginRunner-up
1967PGA Championship4 shot deficit-7 (71-72-70-68=281)Playoff1United States Don Massengale

1Defeated Don Massengale in a 18 hole playoff (January 69, Massengale 71).

Results timeline

Tournament19521953195419551956195719581959
The MastersDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP36
U.S. OpenCUTDNPDNPDNPCUTDNPT7T19
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPT49
Tournament1960196119621963196419651966196719681969
The MastersT20T4T20T9T18CUTT6T26T14T5
U.S. OpenDNPCUTCUT11T11CUTT173T24WD
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA Championship52T27T40CUTDNPT121T51T15
Tournament1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
The MastersT12T4CUTT10DNPDNPT33T8T11CUT
U.S. OpenDNPT27T11DNPDNPT29T14DNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipT12CUTCUTDNPDNPT10T2T6T19T7
Tournament198019811982
The MastersCUTDNPDNP
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipCUTT19CUT

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

Champions Tour major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionshipWinning ScoreMarginRunner(s)-up
1982Senior PGA ChampionshipE (74−75−69−70=288)1 strokeUnited States Julius Boros

See also

References

  1. ^ Player cools heels 7 minutes; Misses putt, miffed at January
  2. ^ Zullo, Allan, "Astonishing but True Golf Facts", Andrew McMeels Publishing, Forest Fairview, North Carolina, 2001.
  3. ^ Bingham, Walter (February 16, 1998). "Built To Last". Sports Illustrated. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1012022/index.htm. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 

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