Mason Rudolph

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Mason Rudolph
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameEdgar Mason Rudolph
Born(1934-05-23)May 23, 1934
Clarksville, Tennessee
DiedApril 18, 2011(2011-04-18) (aged 76)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Nationality United States
Career
Turned professional1958
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins13
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour5
Other8
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament4th: 1965
U.S. OpenT8: 1966
The Open ChampionshipDNP
PGA ChampionshipT3: 1973
 
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Mason Rudolph
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameEdgar Mason Rudolph
Born(1934-05-23)May 23, 1934
Clarksville, Tennessee
DiedApril 18, 2011(2011-04-18) (aged 76)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Nationality United States
Career
Turned professional1958
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins13
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour5
Other8
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament4th: 1965
U.S. OpenT8: 1966
The Open ChampionshipDNP
PGA ChampionshipT3: 1973

Edgar Mason Rudolph (May 23, 1934 – April 18, 2011)[1] was an American professional golfer who won five times on the PGA Tour.

Early years and amateur career[edit]

Rudolph was born in Clarksville, Tennessee. He won the U.S. Junior Amateur in 1950.[2] In 1956, he won the Western Amateur and the Tennessee State Open (as an amateur). He played on the 1957 Walker Cup team.[3][4]

Professional career[edit]

Rudolph turned professional in 1958; he joined the PGA Tour in 1959 and was Rookie of the Year. He won five official PGA Tour events during his career. Rudolph also won the Tennessee State Open five times as a pro (1959, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1972). He played on the 1971 Ryder Cup team.[3]

In December 1960, Rudolph took part in a controversial match against Sam Snead. Snead decided to deliberately lose the televised match during its final holes after he discovered he had too many golf clubs (more than 14) in his bag on the 12th hole of the match. The too many clubs in his bag would have caused him to be immediately disqualified After the match was over, Snead said he did not disqualify himself in order to not spoil the show.[5]

Honors and awards[edit]

Rudolph was inducted as a charter member of the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame in 1990.[3] A 9-hole, regulation-length golf course in his hometown is named for him.[6] A men's and a women's collegiate golf tournament also bears his name.

Professional wins (13)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (5)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
1Sep 27, 1959Golden Gate Championship−9 (67-72-67-69=275)2 strokesUnited States Dow Finsterwald, United States Bob Goalby
2Oct 27, 1963Fig Garden Village Open Invitational−13 (66-67-71-71=275)3 strokesUnited States Tommy Aaron, United States Al Geiberger
3Mar 2, 1964Greater New Orleans Open Invitational−5 (68-70-70-75=283)1 strokeUnited States Jack Nicklaus, United States Chi-Chi Rodríguez,
United States Glenn Stuart
4Aug 15, 1966Thunderbird Classic−10 (69-70-70-69=278)1 strokeUnited States Jack Nicklaus
5Sep 27, 1970Green Island Open Invitational−6 (75-68-67-64=274)2 strokesUnited States Chris Blocker

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11963Portland Open InvitationalCanada George KnudsonLost to eagle on first extra hole

Other wins (8)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament1950195119521953195419551956195719581959
Masters TournamentDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPCUTDNP
U.S. OpenCUTCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Tournament1960196119621963196419651966196719681969
Masters TournamentCUTT28DNPT15T184CUTT10T1411
U.S. OpenCUTT45T28T27T34T11T8T38CUTCUT
PGA ChampionshipT22T37DNPT234T20T22T28T17CUT
Tournament19701971197219731974
Masters TournamentCUTDNPCUTT14CUT
U.S. OpenT27T42T40CUTCUT
PGA ChampionshipT10T57T36T3T51

Note: Rudolph never played in The Open Championship.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament000127148
U.S. Open0000121710
The Open Championship00000000
PGA Championship0012381413
Totals00136174531

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mason Rudolph, 1959 Rookie of the Year, passes away". PGA Tour. April 19, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "1950 U.S. Junior Amateur". USGA. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame bio". Retrieved August 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "1957 Walker Cup Match". USGA. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sponsor Cancels After Snead TV Golf Incident". The Victoria Advocate (Victoria, Texas). Associated Press. April 9, 1960. p. 9. 
  6. ^ "Mason Rudolph Golf Course". Retrieved August 4, 2010. 

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