Gil Morgan

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Gil Morgan
— Golfer —
GilMorgan.jpg
Personal information
Full nameGilmer Bryan Morgan II, OD
NicknameDoc
Born(1946-09-25) September 25, 1946 (age 67)
Wewoka, Oklahoma
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceEdmond, Oklahoma
Career
CollegeEast Central State College
Southern College of Optometry
Turned professional1972
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins40
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour7
Japan Golf Tour1
Champions Tour25 (3rd all time)
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentT3: 1984
U.S. Open3rd: 1983
The Open ChampionshipT10: 1980
PGA Championship3rd/T3: 1980, 1990
Achievements and awards
Byron Nelson Award
(Champions Tour)
2000, 2001
Champions Tour
Rookie of the Year
1997
 
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Gil Morgan
— Golfer —
GilMorgan.jpg
Personal information
Full nameGilmer Bryan Morgan II, OD
NicknameDoc
Born(1946-09-25) September 25, 1946 (age 67)
Wewoka, Oklahoma
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceEdmond, Oklahoma
Career
CollegeEast Central State College
Southern College of Optometry
Turned professional1972
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins40
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour7
Japan Golf Tour1
Champions Tour25 (3rd all time)
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentT3: 1984
U.S. Open3rd: 1983
The Open ChampionshipT10: 1980
PGA Championship3rd/T3: 1980, 1990
Achievements and awards
Byron Nelson Award
(Champions Tour)
2000, 2001
Champions Tour
Rookie of the Year
1997

Gilmer Bryan Morgan II, OD (born September 25, 1946) is an American professional golfer.

Morgan was born in Wewoka, Oklahoma. He graduated from East Central State College in Ada, Oklahoma in 1968. In 1972, Morgan earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee before turning professional at golf later that year. He is a member of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity.

Morgan won seven events on the PGA Tour between 1977 and 1990. He was also one of the most consistent top five finishers during this period. The most prestigious tournament he won on the PGA Tour was the 1978 World Series of Golf. He also played on the 1979 and 1983 Ryder Cup teams.

Although he never won a major title during his time on the PGA Tour, Morgan showed signs of brilliance. For example, during the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Morgan became the first player to ever reach 10-under-par (−10) during U.S. Open competition when he recorded a birdie on the third hole during the third round. He later added two more birdies to reach −12 after the seventh hole. He would later finish badly to finish at −4. This was good enough for the 54-hole lead. However, a final round 81 left him +5, in a tie for 13th place and eight shots behind eventual winner Tom Kite[1] Morgan also led the 1976 PGA Championship after 36 holes but finished T8.

He became eligible to play on the Champions Tour in 1996. He has enjoyed much success on the Champion's Tour notching 25 wins. Three of his wins have come in senior majors, namely The Tradition in 1997 and 1998 and the Senior Players Championship in 1998.

Professional wins (40)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (7)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
1Sep 11, 1977B.C. Open−14 (67-65-69-69=270)5 strokesUnited States Lee Elder
2Feb 19, 1978Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open−6 (66-69-73-70=278)2 strokesUnited States Jack Nicklaus
3Jan 9, 1978World Series of Golf−2 (71-72-67-68=278)PlayoffUnited States Hubert Green
4Jul 1, 1979Danny Thomas Memphis Classic−10 (72-71-69-66=278)PlayoffUnited States Larry Nelson
5Jan 9, 1983Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open−9 (65-71-68-67=271)PlayoffUnited States Curtis Strange, United States Lanny Wadkins
6Jan 16, 1983Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open−14 (71-68-63-68=270)2 strokesUnited States Lanny Wadkins
7Jun 3, 1990Kemper Open−13 (68-67-70-69=274)1 strokeAustralia Ian Baker-Finch

PGA Tour playoff record (3–4)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11978World Series of GolfUnited States Hubert GreenWon with par on first extra hole
21979Danny Thomas Memphis ClassicUnited States Larry NelsonWon with birdie on second extra hole
31980Pleasant Valley Jimmy Fund ClassicUnited States Wayne LeviLost to par on fourth extra hole
41981Buick OpenUnited States Bobby Clampett, United States Hale Irwin,
United States Peter Jacobsen
Irwin won with birdie on second extra hole
51983Joe Garagiola-Tucson OpenUnited States Curtis Strange, United States Lanny WadkinsWon with birdie on second extra hole
61983Kemper OpenTaiwan T.C. Chen, United States Fred Couples
United States Barry Jaeckel, United States Scott Simpson
Couples won with birdie on second extra hole
Jaeckel eliminated with par on first hole
71990Independent Insurance Agent OpenUnited States Tony SillsLost to par on first extra hole

Other wins (3)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (25)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Oct 6, 1996Ralphs Senior Classic−11 (68-68-66=202)1 strokeUnited States Jim Colbert, United States Chi-Chi Rodríguez
2Apr 6, 1997The Tradition−22 (66-66-67-67=266)6 strokesJapan Isao Aoki
3Jun 1, 1997Ameritech Senior Open−6 (67-69-74=210)1 strokeUnited States Hale Irwin
4Jun 8, 1997BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland−14 (69-66-67=202)2 strokesSouth Africa John Bland
5Aug 17, 1997First of America Classic−9 (69-67-71=207)1 strokeUnited States Bob Duval
6Nov 2, 1997Ralphs Senior Classic−15 (67-66-65=198)1 strokeUnited States George Archer
7Nov 9, 1997Energizer Senior Tour Championship−16 (69-66-66-71=272)2 strokesUnited States Hale Irwin
8Jan 18, 1998MasterCard Championship−21 (65-66-64=195)6 strokesUnited States Gibby Gilbert, United States Hale Irwin
9Feb 8, 1998LG Championship−6 (69-73-68=210)2 strokesUnited States Dale Douglass, United States Raymond Floyd
10Apr 5, 1998The Tradition−12 (71-66-69-70=276)2 strokesUnited States Tom Wargo
11Jul 12, 1998Ford Senior Players Championship−21 (69-64-68-66=267)3 strokesUnited States Hale Irwin
12Aug 2, 1998Utah Showdown−16 (66-67-67=200)4 strokesJapan Isao Aoki, United States John Mahaffey
13Oct 4, 1998Vantage Championship−12 (66-67-65=198)1 strokeUnited States Hale Irwin
14Sep 12, 1999Comfort Classic−15 (67-65-69=201)2 strokesUnited States Ed Dougherty
15Sep 26, 1999Kroger Senior Classic−18 (67-68-63=198)2 strokesUnited States Ed Dougherty
16Mar 26, 2000Emerald Coast Classic−13 (65-65-67=197)4 strokesUnited States Larry Nelson
17Jul 23, 2000The Instinet Classic−17 (67-66-66=199)4 strokesUnited States Bruce Fleisher, United States Bob Murphy
18Sep 10, 2000Comfort Classic−13 (64-67=131)1 strokeUnited States Jim Ahern
19Feb 11, 2001ACE Group Classic−12 (71-67-66=204)2 strokesUnited States Dana Quigley
20Jun 17, 2001The Instinet Classic−15 (63-69-69=201)2 strokesUnited States Tom Jenkins, United States J. C. Snead
21Jun 16, 2002BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland−14 (67-68-67=202)3 strokesUnited States Bruce Fleisher, United States Mike McCullough, United States Dana Quigley
22Sep 7, 2003Kroger Classic−16 (65-67-68=200)2 strokesUnited States Doug Tewell
23Mar 14, 2004SBC Classic−14 (67-66-69=202)2 strokesUnited States Larry Nelson
24Jun 4, 2006Allianz Championship−16 (66-64-67=197)1 strokeUnited States Loren Roberts
25Sep 2, 2007Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach−14 (70-65-67=202)2 strokesUnited States Hale Irwin

Champions Tour playoff record (0–6)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11997Emerald Coast ClassicJapan Isao AokiLost to par on second extra hole
22000Bruno's Memorial ClassicUnited States John JacobsLost to par on first extra hole
32000Vantage ChampionshipUnited States Jim Dent, United States Larry NelsonNelson won with birdie on sixth extra hole
Dent eliminated with birdie on first hole
42001Toshiba Senior ClassicSpain José Maria CañizaresLost to birdie on ninth extra hole
52005Bayer Advantage ClassicUnited States Dana Quigley, United States Tom WatsonQuigley won with birdie on first extra hole
62007Boeing ClassicUnited States R. W. Eaks, United States David Eger, Japan Naomichi Ozaki
United States Dana Quigley, United States Craig Stadler, Zimbabwe Denis Watson
Watson won with eagle on first extra hole
Eger, Ozaki, Morgan, and Quigley eliminated on first hole with birdie

Senior majors are shown in bold.

Other senior wins (5)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament19751976197719781979
Masters TournamentDNPDNPCUTT18T31
U.S. OpenDNPDNPT41CUTCUT
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPCUT
PGA ChampionshipT17T8T15T4T28
Tournament1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
Masters TournamentT19T21CUTT8T3CUTDNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenT16CUTT223T21T23DNPT51CUTWD
The Open ChampionshipT10DNPCUTDNPT22DNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipT3T19T22T55CUTT28CUTT21CUTCUT
Tournament1990199119921993199419951996
Masters TournamentDNPCUTDNPT50CUTDNPDNP
U.S. OpenT56CUTT13CUTCUTDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPT64DNPT14CUTDNPDNP
PGA Championship3T16T21CUTT39T31T41

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament001125127
U.S. Open001116179
The Open Championship00001374
PGA Championship00234112217
Totals00458255837

Champions Tour major championships[edit]

Wins (3)[edit]

YearChampionshipWinning scoreMarginRunner(s)-up
1997The Tradition−22 (66-66-67-67=266)6 strokesJapan Isao Aoki
1998The Tradition (2)−12 (71-66-69-70=276)2 strokesUnited States Tom Wargo
1998Ford Senior Players Championship−21 (69-64-68-66=267)3 strokesUnited States Hale Irwin

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