Julius Boros

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Julius Boros
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameJulius Nicholas Boros
NicknameMoose[1]
Born(1920-03-03)March 3, 1920
Fairfield, Connecticut
DiedMay 28, 1994(1994-05-28) (aged 74)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight215 lb (98 kg; 15.4 st)
Nationality United States
Career
CollegeJunior College of Connecticut
Turned professional1949
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins24
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour18
Other3 (regular)
3 (senior)
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 3)
Masters TournamentT3: 1963
U.S. OpenWon: 1952, 1963
The Open Championship15th: 1966
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1968
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame1982 (member page)
PGA Player of the Year1952, 1963
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1952, 1955
 
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Julius Boros
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameJulius Nicholas Boros
NicknameMoose[1]
Born(1920-03-03)March 3, 1920
Fairfield, Connecticut
DiedMay 28, 1994(1994-05-28) (aged 74)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight215 lb (98 kg; 15.4 st)
Nationality United States
Career
CollegeJunior College of Connecticut
Turned professional1949
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins24
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour18
Other3 (regular)
3 (senior)
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 3)
Masters TournamentT3: 1963
U.S. OpenWon: 1952, 1963
The Open Championship15th: 1966
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1968
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame1982 (member page)
PGA Player of the Year1952, 1963
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1952, 1955

Julius Nicholas Boros (March 3, 1920 – May 28, 1994) was a Hungarian-American professional golfer noted for his effortless looking swing and strong record on difficult golf courses, particularly at the U.S. Open.[1][2]

Early years[edit]

Born in Fairfield, Connecticut, Boros played varsity baseball in college.[3] He worked as an accountant, played high-standard amateur golf, and did not turn professional until 1949, when he was already 29 years old.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

Boros won 18 PGA Tour events, including three major championships: the 1952 and 1963 U.S. Opens and the 1968 PGA Championship. He won his first by four strokes in the heat at the Northwood Club in Dallas, also his first PGA Tour victory, which interrupted the U.S. Open streak of 36-hole leader Ben Hogan for a year. In the windy 1963 U.S. Open near Boston, Boros defeated Arnold Palmer and Jacky Cupit in a playoff, after all had finished the 72 holes at a post-war record nine over par. Boros remains the oldest player ever to win a modern major in 1968, taking the PGA Championship in San Antonio by a stroke at the age of 48. One of the runners-up was Palmer, who never won the PGA Championship to complete his career grand slam. The previous oldest winner of a major was Jerry Barber, age 45 in 1961. Boros' best results among the majors were at the U.S. Open, with nine top-five finishes; he contended in that championship as late as 1973, at age 53.[1][2]

Boros was a member of the Ryder Cup team in 1959, 1963, 1965 and 1967. He was PGA Player of the Year in 1952 and 1963, and his total career PGA Tour earnings were $1,004,861. Boros was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1982.[1][2]

While other players often walked around a hole and studied the green for several minutes before putting – sometimes from their knees, Boros is remembered for not wasting any time. He would walk up to ball and "just do it". Noted for his relaxed, nonchalant looking swing and manner, he is remembered for his catch phrase "swing easy, hit hard". Boros had an exceptional short game.[1]

Boros was also instrumental in starting the Senior PGA Tour in the late 1970s. The exciting televised playoff victory of Boros and partner Roberto De Vicenzo over Tommy Bolt and Art Wall, Jr. at the Legends of Golf tournament in 1979 raised the profile of professional senior golf competition.[1]

Family[edit]

Boros' first wife, Buttons Cosgrove, died in childbirth in 1951. Boros and his second wife, Armen, had seven children: four sons and three daughters. His son Guy Boros won on the PGA Tour in 1996 at the Greater Vancouver Open.[1][2]

Death[edit]

Boros suffered a fatal heart attack in 1994 on the golf course at the Coral Ridge Country Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was found sitting in a golf cart under a willow tree by two club members near the 16th hole, his favorite spot on the course.[1][2]

Professional wins (24)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (18)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1Jun 15, 1952U.S. Open71-71-68-71=281+14 strokesUnited States Ed Oliver
2Aug 11, 1952World Championship of Golf68-71-70-67=276−12PlayoffUnited States Cary Middlecoff
3May 7, 1954Ardmore Open68-69-72-70=279−11 strokeUnited States Jerry Barber
4Jul 18, 1954Carling Open71-70-68-70=280−8PlayoffUnited States George Fazio
5Aug 14, 1955World Championship of Golf70-72-69-70=281−72 strokesUnited States Fred Haas
6May 11, 1958Arlington Hotel Open70-64-68-71=273−151 strokeUnited States Cary Middlecoff
7Nov 9, 1958Carling Open Invitational74-66-70-74=284−42 strokesUnited States Billy Casper
8Sep 14, 1959Dallas Open Invitational68-66-70-70=274−101 strokeUnited States Dow Finsterwald, United States Earl Stewart, United States Bo Wininger
9May 15, 1960Colonial National Invitation70-71-69-70=280Even1 strokeUnited States Gene Littler, Australia Kel Nagle
10May 12, 1963Colonial National Invitation71-66-71-71=279−14 strokesSouth Africa Gary Player
11Jun 9, 1963Buick Open Invitational66-71-68-69=274−145 strokesUnited States Dow Finsterwald
12Jun 23, 1963U.S. Open71-74-76-72=293+9PlayoffUnited States Jacky Cupit, United States Arnold Palmer
13Apr 5, 1964Greater Greensboro Open68-70-73-66=277−3PlayoffUnited States Doug Sanders
14Feb 12, 1967Phoenix Open Invitational69-67-69-67=272−121 strokeUnited States Ken Still
15Mar 12, 1967Florida Citrus Open Invitational70-67-67-70=274−101 strokeCanada George Knudson, United States Arnold Palmer
16Jun 11, 1967Buick Open Invitational72-72-70-68=283−53 strokesUnited States Bob Goalby, United States R. H. Sikes, United States Bert Yancey
17Jul 21, 1968PGA Championship71-71-70-69=281+11 strokeNew Zealand Bob Charles, United States Arnold Palmer
18Aug 18, 1968Westchester Classic70-65-69-68=272−161 strokeUnited States Bob Murphy, United States Jack Nicklaus, United States Dan Sikes

PGA Tour playoff record (4–5)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11952World Championship of GolfUnited States Cary MiddlecoffWins 18-hole playoff (Boros:68, Middlecoff:70)
21954Carling OpenUnited States George FazioWon with par on first extra hole
31958Dallas OpenUnited States John McMullin, South Africa Gary Player,
United States Sam Snead
Snead won with birdie on first extra hole
41959Houston ClassicUnited States Jack Burke, Jr.Lost 18-hole playoff (Burke:64, Boros:69)
51963U.S. OpenUnited States Jacky Cupit, United States Arnold PalmerWon 18-hole playoff (Boros:70, Cupit:73, Palmer:76)
61963Western OpenUnited States Jack Nicklaus, United States Arnold PalmerLost in 18-hole playoff (Palmer:70, Boros:71, Nicklaus:73)
71964Greater Greensboro OpenUnited States Doug SandersWon with par on first extra hole
81969Greater Greensboro OpenUnited States Gene Littler, United States Orville Moody,
United States Tom Weiskopf
Littler won with birdie on fifth extra hole
Weiskopf eliminated with par on first hole
91975Westchester ClassicUnited States Gene LittlerLost to par on first extra hole

Major championships are shown in bold.

Other wins (3)[edit]

This list may be incomplete

Senior wins (3)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (3)[edit]

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner(s)-up
1952U.S. Open2 shot lead+1 (71-71-68-71=281)4 strokesUnited States Ed Oliver
1963U.S. Open (2)3 shot deficit+9 (71-74-76-72=293)Playoff1United States Jacky Cupit, United States Arnold Palmer
1968PGA Championship2 shot deficit+1 (71-71-70-69=281)1 strokeNew Zealand Bob Charles, United States Arnold Palmer

1Defeated Jacky Cupit and Arnold Palmer in an 18-hole playoff - Boros 70 (-1), Cupit 73 (+2), Palmer 76 (+5).

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament1950195119521953195419551956195719581959
Masters TournamentT3517T7T10T16T4T24CUTT39T8
U.S. Open9T41T17T23T5T2T43T28
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPT5T44
Tournament1960196119621963196419651966196719681969
Masters Tournament5CUTT11T3CUTCUTT285T16T33
U.S. OpenT3CUTDNP1CUTT4T17WDT16T13
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP15DNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipT24CUTT11T13T21T17T6T51T25
Tournament19701971197219731974197519761977197819791980
Masters TournamentT23CUTCUTCUTT26DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenT12T42T29T7WDT38DNPCUTDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipT26T34WDCUTDNPT40CUTT58CUTCUTCUT

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

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament00147132518
U.S. Open212911172721
The Open Championship00000111
PGA Championship10034102215
Totals3131622417555

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Julius Boros – member bio". World Golf Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Dorman, Larry (May 30, 1994). "Julius Boros, 74, a Pro Golfer Known for His Masterly Touch". The New York Times. Retrieved November 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ Sidorsky, Robert (2009). Golf 365 Days: A History. Abrams. ISBN 978-0810972810. 

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