Orville Moody

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Orville Moody
Personal information
Full nameOrville James Moody
NicknameSarge
Born(1933-12-09)December 9, 1933
Chickasha, Oklahoma
DiedAugust 8, 2008(2008-08-08) (aged 74)
Texas
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Nationality United States
Career
CollegeUniversity of Oklahoma
Turned professional1967
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins25
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Champions Tour11
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT18: 1970
U.S. OpenWon: 1969
The Open ChampionshipT11: 1978
PGA ChampionshipT7: 1969
Achievements and awards
PGA Player of the Year1969
 
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Orville Moody
Personal information
Full nameOrville James Moody
NicknameSarge
Born(1933-12-09)December 9, 1933
Chickasha, Oklahoma
DiedAugust 8, 2008(2008-08-08) (aged 74)
Texas
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Nationality United States
Career
CollegeUniversity of Oklahoma
Turned professional1967
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins25
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Champions Tour11
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT18: 1970
U.S. OpenWon: 1969
The Open ChampionshipT11: 1978
PGA ChampionshipT7: 1969
Achievements and awards
PGA Player of the Year1969

Orville James Moody (December 9, 1933 – August 8, 2008) was an American professional golfer who won numerous tournaments in his career. He won the 1969 U.S. Open, the last champion in the 20th century to win through local and sectional qualifying.[1][2]

Moody was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma. The son of a golf course superintendent, he began his career at Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma City, winning the 1952 state high school golf championship. After attempting college for a few weeks at the University of Oklahoma, Moody joined the U.S. Army. He was able to continue playing golf while in uniform, winning the All-Service championship and three Korea Opens. He spent 14 years in the Army, heading up maintenance supervision and instruction at all Army golf courses.[3]

Moody gave up his military career in favor of a trial run at the PGA Tour in 1967. His nickname on the Tour was "Sarge" because he rose to the rank of sergeant in the Army.[3]

Moody had limited success on the PGA Tour prior to 1969. In April 1969, he took part in a four-way playoff at the Greater Greensboro Open won by Gene Littler.[4]

The 1969 U.S. Open was played in June at the Cypress Creek Course of the Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. Before the tournament began, defending champion Lee Trevino picked Moody to win. Trevino saying "He's one helluva player."[5] Moody won by one stroke over Deane Beman, Al Geiberger and Bob Rosburg with a 72-hole score of 281.[6]

It was the only PGA Tour victory for Moody, who was also named PGA Player of the Year for 1969. He toured Japan, played in a few tournaments and eventually took a club pro job in Sulphur Springs, Texas.[3] Moody was troubled by poor putting during his early pro years.

His luck on the Senior PGA Tour (now known as the Champions Tour) was dramatically different. After turning 50, he won three of his first five tournaments and finished fifth on the money list on his way to a total of 11 Senior PGA Tour victories. In 1989, he became only the fourth man to win both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Senior Open. Moody went to a long putter after becoming a senior golfer, and this method improved his putting significantly.

Moody had triple bypass heart surgery prior to the 1995 season, but still managed to play in 29 events. He died in 2008 from complications of multiple myeloma.

Contents

Professional wins (25)

PGA Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning ScoreMargin of VictoryRunners-up
1Jun 15, 1969U.S. Open+1 (71-70-68-72=281)1 strokeUnited States Deane Beman, United States Al Geiberger, United States Bob Rosburg

Other wins (5)

This list is incomplete

Senior PGA Tour wins (11)

Senior major championships are shown in bold.

Other senior wins (8)

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 HolesWinning ScoreMarginRunners-up
1969U.S. Open3 shot deficit+1 (71-70-68-72=281)1 strokeUnited States Deane Beman, United States Al Geiberger, United States Bob Rosburg

Results timeline

Tournament19621963196419651966196719681969
The MastersDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP1
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPT16
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPT7
Tournament19701971197219731974197519761977197819791980
The MastersT18T20CUTCUT44DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenCUTT27T15CUTDNPCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPT11T19CUT
PGA ChampionshipT41CUTWDT30DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPCUTDNP

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 (2)

YearChampionshipWinning ScoreMarginRunner(s)-up
1989Mazda Senior Tournament Players Championship−17 (67−69−64−71=271)2 strokesUnited States Charles Coody
1989U.S. Senior Open−9 (72−73−64−70=279)2 strokesUnited States Frank Beard

U.S. national team appearances

Professional

See also

References

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