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Doug Sanders
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameGeorge Douglas Sanders
Nickname"Peacock of the Fairways"
Born(1933-07-24) July 24, 1933 (age 80)
Cedartown, Georgia
Nationality United States
ResidenceHouston, Texas
Career
CollegeUniversity of Florida
Turned professional1956
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins23
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour20
Champions Tour1
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentT4: 1966
U.S. OpenT2: 1961
The Open ChampionshipT2/2nd: 1966, 1970
PGA ChampionshipT2: 1959
U.S. AmateurR64: 1956
British AmateurR256: 1956
 
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Doug Sanders
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameGeorge Douglas Sanders
Nickname"Peacock of the Fairways"
Born(1933-07-24) July 24, 1933 (age 80)
Cedartown, Georgia
Nationality United States
ResidenceHouston, Texas
Career
CollegeUniversity of Florida
Turned professional1956
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins23
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour20
Champions Tour1
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentT4: 1966
U.S. OpenT2: 1961
The Open ChampionshipT2/2nd: 1966, 1970
PGA ChampionshipT2: 1959
U.S. AmateurR64: 1956
British AmateurR256: 1956

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

Early years[edit]

Sanders was born in Cedartown, Georgia.[1] He grew up in a poor family, and picked cotton as a teenager. He was a self-taught golfer.

College and amateur career[edit]

He received 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]

Professional career[edit]

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]

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]

Personal[edit]

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.

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

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.

He currently resides in Houston.

Honors[edit]

He is a member of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame,[6] Georgia Sports Hall of Fame,[3] and the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame.[1] He was also inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great."[7]

Professional wins (23)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (20)[edit]

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

Major championships are in bold

PGA Tour playoff record (5–5)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
11956Canadian Open
(as an amateur)
United States Dow FinsterwaldWon with par on first extra hole
21961Phoenix OpenUnited States Arnold PalmerLost 18-hole playoff (Palmer:67 Sanders: 70)
31962West Palm Beach Open InvitationalUnited States Dave RaganLost to birdie on the second extra hole
41964Greater Greensboro OpenUnited States Julius BorosLost to par on first extra hole
51965Pensacola Open InvitationalUnited States Jack NicklausWon with birdie on third extra hole
61965Greater Seattle Open InvitationalUnited States Gay BrewerLost to par on first extra hole
71966Bob Hope Desert ClassicUnited States Arnold PalmerWon with birdie on first extra hole
81966Greater Greensboro OpenUnited States Tom WeiskopfWon with par on second extra hole
91970British OpenUnited States Jack NicklausLost 18-hole playoff (Nicklaus:72 Sanders: 73)
101970Bahama Islands OpenUnited States Chris BlockerWon with par on second extra hole

Other wins (2)[edit]

Senior PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Amateur

Tournament19551956
U.S. AmateurR128R64
The Amateur ChampionshipDNPR256

Professional

Tournament195719581959
Masters TournamentT31DNPDNP
U.S. OpenDNPCUTDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPT2
Tournament1960196119621963196419651966196719681969
Masters TournamentT29T11T33T28DNPT11T4T16T12T36
U.S. OpenT46T2T11T21T32T11T8T34T37DNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPCUT11CUTT2T1834DNP
PGA ChampionshipT33T15T17T28T20T6T28T8CUT
Tournament1970197119721973197419751976
Masters TournamentDNPDNPDNPCUTDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenDNPT37CUTDNPDNPT45DNP
The Open Championship2T94T28DNPDNPT28
PGA ChampionshipT41CUTT7DNPDNPDNPDNP

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

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

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament0001151110
U.S. Open0101251311
The Open Championship020346119
PGA Championship0123691412
Totals042813254942

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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". Gainesville, Florida: University Athletic Association. pp. 36–37. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Inductees – Doug Sanders". 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. ISBN 978-0375753688. 
  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. 

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