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Raymond Floyd
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameRaymond Loran Floyd
NicknameRay
Born(1942-09-04) September 4, 1942 (age 71)
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Nationality United States
ResidencePalm Beach, Florida
SpouseMaria Fraietta Floyd[1][2][3]
(m. 1973-2012, her death)
Children2 sons, 1 daughter
Career
CollegeUniversity of North Carolina (one semester)[2]
Turned professional1961
Retired2010[4]
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins66
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour22 (tied 27th all time)
Japan Golf Tour1
Champions Tour14 (tied 15th all time)
Other10 (regular)
19 (senior)
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 4)
Masters TournamentWon 1976
U.S. OpenWon 1986
The Open ChampionshipT2: 1978
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1969, 1982
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame1989 (member page)
Vardon Trophy1983
Byron Nelson Award1983
 
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Raymond Floyd
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameRaymond Loran Floyd
NicknameRay
Born(1942-09-04) September 4, 1942 (age 71)
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Nationality United States
ResidencePalm Beach, Florida
SpouseMaria Fraietta Floyd[1][2][3]
(m. 1973-2012, her death)
Children2 sons, 1 daughter
Career
CollegeUniversity of North Carolina (one semester)[2]
Turned professional1961
Retired2010[4]
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins66
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour22 (tied 27th all time)
Japan Golf Tour1
Champions Tour14 (tied 15th all time)
Other10 (regular)
19 (senior)
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 4)
Masters TournamentWon 1976
U.S. OpenWon 1986
The Open ChampionshipT2: 1978
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1969, 1982
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame1989 (member page)
Vardon Trophy1983
Byron Nelson Award1983

Raymond Loran "Ray" Floyd (born September 4, 1942) is an American professional golfer who has won numerous tournaments and four major titles on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989.

Early years[edit]

Born at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Floyd was raised in Fayetteville. His father L.B. had a 21-year career in the U.S. Army, much of it at Fort Bragg as the golf pro at its enlisted men's course. He also owned a nearby driving range where Raymond and younger sister Marlene, a future LPGA tour pro, honed their games. From an early age, Floyd could play equally well left-handed, and used his skills to enhance his allowance, winning money from soldiers on the course, as well as civilians in nearby towns.[2]

Floyd graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1960. Skilled in golf and baseball, he had an offer to pitch in the Cleveland Indians organization, but chose to attend the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, but only stayed for a semester.[2]

Professional career[edit]

After leaving college, Floyd turned professional in 1961, and quickly established himself on the PGA Tour. His first victory came two years later at age 20 in March 1963 at the St. Petersburg Open Invitational, the first of his 22 wins on the PGA Tour, including four major championships.

Floyd won his first major title at the PGA Championship in 1969.[5] His second major victory came in 1976 at The Masters, by an eight-stroke margin.[6] Floyd won his second PGA Championship in 1982, after shooting a brilliant opening round of 63 in sweltering hot conditions at Southern Hills Country Club.[7] Floyd's round of 63 is, to date, still tied for the lowest round in a major championship.[8] Floyd finished 1982 ranked second in Mark McCormack's world golf rankings, behind only Tom Watson who had won two majors that season; had those rankings been calculated over just two seasons, on a par with the system in place at the end of 2012, Floyd would have been ranked world number one in 1982, as he had earned more points from all events in total than Watson in both 1981 and 1982.

Floyd's fourth and final major title came at the U.S. Open in 1986 at Shinnecock Hills. After three rounds, he was tied for fifth place, three shots behind leader Greg Norman, who held the 54-hole lead at all four majors in 1986. Norman faltered on Sunday with a 75 (+5), but Floyd shot 66 to win by two strokes and became the then-oldest U.S. Open champion by a few months at 43 years and nine months.[9] (The record was Ted Ray's since 1920, and is now held by Hale Irwin, a champion at age 45 in 1990.)[10]

The one major title that eluded Floyd, which prevented him from completing the career grand slam, was the British Open. His best result was in 1978 at St Andrews; he tied for second place, behind three-time winner Jack Nicklaus.

Floyd came very close to becoming the first to win a major championship in four different decades at the 1990 Masters, where he lost in a playoff to Nick Faldo.[11] On the second playoff hole, Floyd pulled a 7-iron shot into the pond left of the 11th green.[12] Afterward, he said, "This is the most devastating thing that's ever happened to me in my career. I've had a lot of losses, but nothing like this."[13][14]

In 1992, Floyd again finished runner-up at The Masters, two strokes behind the winner Fred Couples. Floyd's final win on the PGA Tour came at the Doral-Ryder Open in 1992 at age 49, making him one of the oldest players to win a PGA Tour event. The Doral-Ryder Open victory also gave him the distinction of winning PGA Tour events in four decades, joining Sam Snead as the only other player to achieve that feat. Floyd also won on the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour) later that season, making him the first player to win on both tours in the same year.

At the end of 1992, Floyd was ranked 14th on the Official World Golf Ranking at the age of 50, one of the highest positions ever attained by a player of that age. Floyd's successful run continued on the Senior Tour, with 14 wins between 1992 and 2000, including four senior majors and two Senior Tour Championships.

In addition to Floyd's victories on the PGA and Champions Tours, he won at least 24 additional tournaments around the world, taking his total victory tally to at least 60 events. While active, Floyd was considered by most golf experts to be the best at chipping the golf ball. He holed many shots from just off the green, the most famous may have come at the 1980 Doral-Eastern Open where his successful birdie chip on the second hole of a sudden death playoff defeated Jack Nicklaus.[15]

On his decision to continue playing professional golf on the Senior Tour, Floyd spoke with Golf Digest and mused aloud: "Why do I enjoy golf after 31 years, going out there and doing things that are necessary to be competitive—having practice, having to work, having to dedicate yourself? I guess it comes down to the competition. My personality...I'm not going to play if I'm not competitive."[16]

Floyd won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour in 1983 and played for the U.S. on eight Ryder Cup teams (1969, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1991, and 1993).

Floyd was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989. He captained the U.S. Ryder Cup team at The Belfry in England in 1989. At a gala dinner held before the start of the matches, Floyd famously introduced his American side as "The 12 greatest players in the world."[17] This irritated European player Nick Faldo who later said that he felt Floyd's comment was inappropriate.[18]

Floyd was an assistant Ryder Cup captain in 2008.

On April 6, 2010, on the eve of the 2010 Masters Tournament, Floyd announced his retirement from competitive golf.[4]

He was the honoree at Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament in 2013.[19]

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins (22)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Mar 17, 1963St. Petersburg Open Invitational−14 (67-71-67-69=274)1 strokeUnited States Dave Marr
2Jun 27, 1965St. Paul Open Invitational−14 (66-70-65-69=270)4 strokesUnited States Tommy Aaron, United States Gene Littler
3Mar 23, 1969Greater Jacksonville Open−10 (68-71-68-71=278)PlayoffUnited States Gardner Dickinson
4Jul 27, 1969American Golf Classic−12 (67-68-68-65=268)4 strokesUnited States Bobby Nichols
5Aug 17, 1969PGA Championship−8 (69-66-67-74=276)1 strokeSouth Africa Gary Player
6Jun 8, 1975Kemper Open−10 (65-71-73-69=278)3 strokesUnited States John Mahaffey, South Africa Gary Player
7Apr 11, 1976Masters Tournament−17 (65-66-70-70=271)8 strokesUnited States Ben Crenshaw
8Sep 12, 1976World Open Golf Championship−10 (69-67-67-71=274)PlayoffUnited States Jerry McGee
9May 8, 1977Byron Nelson Golf Classic−8 (69-70-68-69=276)2 strokesUnited States Ben Crenshaw
10Jul 17, 1977Pleasant Valley Classic−13 (67-68-67-69=271)1 strokeUnited States Jack Nicklaus
11Mar 15, 1979Greater Greensboro Open−6 (73-71-71-67=282)1 strokeUnited States George Burns, South Africa Gary Player
12Mar 16, 1980Doral-Eastern Open−9 (74-69-70-66=279)PlayoffUnited States Jack Nicklaus
13Mar 15, 1981Doral-Eastern Open−15 (66-68-71-68=273)1 strokeUnited States Keith Fergus, United States David Graham
14Mar 22, 1981Tournament Players Championship−3 (72-74-71-68=285)PlayoffUnited States Barry Jaeckel, United States Curtis Strange
15Jun 14, 1981Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic−9 (70-68-68-69=275)2 strokesUnited States Bobby Clampett, United States Gibby Gilbert
United States Craig Stadler
16May 30, 1982Memorial Tournament−7 (74-69-67-71=281)2 strokesUnited States Peter Jacobsen, United States Wayne Levi
United States Roger Maltbie, United States Gil Morgan
17Jun 13, 1982Danny Thomas Memphis Classic−17 (67-68-67-69=271)6 strokesUnited States Mike Holland
18Aug 8, 1982PGA Championship−8 (63-69-68-72=272)3 strokesUnited States Lanny Wadkins
19Apr 28, 1985Houston Open−11 (69-70-69-69=277)1 strokeSouth Africa David Frost, United States Bob Lohr
20Jun 15, 1986U.S. Open−1 (75-68-70-66=279)2 strokesUnited States Chip Beck, United States Lanny Wadkins
21Oct 19, 1986Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic−13 (68-66-70-71=275)PlayoffUnited States Lon Hinkle, United States Mike Sullivan
22Mar 8, 1992Doral-Ryder Open−17 (67-67-67-70=271)2 strokesUnited States Keith Clearwater, United States Fred Couples

PGA Tour playoff record (5–10)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11969Greater Jacksonville OpenUnited States Gardner DickinsonWon with birdie on first extra hole
21971Bob Hope Desert ClassicUnited States Arnold PalmerLost to birdie on second extra hole
31973Bing Crosby Pro-AmUnited States Orville Moody, United States Jack NicklausNicklaus won with birdie on first extra hole
41974American Golf ClassicUnited States Gay Brewer, United States Jim Colbert
United States Forrest Fezler
Colbert won with par on second extra hole
Brewer, Fezler eliminated with par on first hole
51975Andy Williams-San Diego Open InvitationalUnited States Bobby Nichols, United States J.C. SneadSnead won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Nichols eliminated with par on first hole
61976World Open Golf ChampionshipUnited States Jerry McGeeWon with birdie on first extra hole
71980Doral-Eastern OpenUnited States Jack NicklausWon with birdie on second extra hole
81981Wickes-Andy Williams San Diego OpenUnited States Tom Jenkins, United States Bruce LietzkeLietzke won with birdie on second extra hole
Jenkins eliminated with par on first hole
91981Tournament Players ChampionshipUnited States Barry Jaeckel, United States Curtis StrangeWon with par on first extra hole
101982Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf ClassicUnited States Keith FergusLost to birdie on first extra hole
111982World Series of GolfUnited States Craig StadlerLost to par on fourth extra hole
121985Manufacturers Hanover Westchester ClassicUnited States George Burns, United States Roger MaltbieMaltbie won with birdie on fourth extra hole
131986Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile ClassicUnited States Lon Hinkle, United States Mike SullivanWon with par on first extra hole
141990Masters TournamentEngland Nick FaldoLost to par on second extra hole
151992GTE Byron Nelson ClassicUnited States Billy Ray Brown, United States Ben Crenshaw
United States Bruce Lietzke
Brown won with birdie on first extra hole

Major championships shown in bold.

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)[edit]

Other wins (10)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (14)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1Sep 20, 1992GTE North Classic−17 (66-67-66=199)2 strokesUnited States Mike Hill
2Oct 25, 1992Ralphs Senior Classic−21 (68-65-62=195)3 strokesJapan Isao Aoki
3Dec 13, 1992Senior Tour Championship−19 (65-67-65=197)5 strokesUnited States George Archer, United States Dale Douglass
4Mar 21, 1993Gulfstream Aerospace Invitational−22 (65-65-64=194)5 strokesUnited States George Archer
5Aug 1, 1993Northville Long Island Classic−8 (73-70-65=208)2 strokesUnited States Bob Betley, New Zealand Bob Charles, South Africa Harold Henning,
United States Bruce Lehnhard, United States Walt Zembriski
6Apr 3, 1994The Tradition−17 (65-70-68-68=271)PlayoffUnited States Dale Douglass
7May 1, 1994Las Vegas Senior Classic−13 (68-70-65=203)3 strokesUnited States Tom Wargo
8May 22, 1994NFL Golf Classic−10 (68-66-64=198)1 strokeUnited States Bob Murphy, South Africa Gary Player
9Nov 13, 1994Golf Magazine Senior Tour Championship−15 (67-73-67-66=273)PlayoffUnited States Jim Albus
10Apr 16, 1995PGA Seniors Championship−11 (70-70-67-70=277)5 strokesUnited States John Paul Cain, United States Larry Gilbert, United States Lee Trevino
11Aug 13, 1995Burnet Senior Classic−15 (68-65-68=201)1 strokeAustralia Graham Marsh
12Nov 5, 1995Emerald Coast Classic−7 (69-66=135)PlayoffUnited States Tom Wargo
13Jul 14, 1996Ford Senior Players Championship−14 (71-66-65-73=275)2 strokesUnited States Hale Irwin
14Jul 16, 2000Ford Senior Players Championship−15 (71-67-69-66=273)1 strokeUnited States Larry Nelson, United States Dana Quigley

Champions Tour playoff record (3–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
11994The TraditionUnited States Dale DouglassWon with birdie on first extra hole
21994Golf Magazine Senior Tour ChampionshipUnited States Jim AlbusWon with birdie on fifth extra hole
31995Royal Caribbean ClassicUnited States J. C. SneadLost to par on first extra hole
41995Emerald Coast ClassicUnited States Tom WargoWon with birdie on third extra hole

Senior majors are shown in bold.

Other senior wins (19)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (4)[edit]

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner(s)-up
1969PGA Championship5 shot lead−8 (69-66-67-74=276)1 strokeSouth Africa Gary Player
1976Masters Tournament8 shot lead−17 (65-66-70-70=271)8 strokesUnited States Ben Crenshaw
1982PGA Championship (2)5 shot lead−8 (63-69-68-72=272)3 strokesUnited States Lanny Wadkins
1986U.S. Open3 shot deficit−1 (75-68-70-66=279)2 strokesUnited States Chip Beck, United States Lanny Wadkins

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament1963196419651966196719681969
Masters TournamentDNPDNPCUTT8CUTT7T36
U.S. OpenDNPT14T6WDT38DNPT13
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPT34
PGA ChampionshipT57DNPT17T18T20T411
Tournament1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
Masters TournamentCUTT13CUT54T22T301T8T16T17
U.S. OpenT228CUT16T15T1213T47T12CUT
The Open ChampionshipCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPT2348T2T36
PGA ChampionshipT8CUTT4T35T11T10T2T40T50T62
Tournament1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
Masters TournamentT17T8T7T4T15T2CUTCUTT11T38
U.S. OpenT47T37T49T13T52T231T43T17T26
The Open ChampionshipDNPT3T15T14CUTDNPT16T17CUTT42
PGA ChampionshipT17T191T20T13CUTCUTT14T9T46
Tournament1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
Masters Tournament2T172T11T10T17T25CUTCUTT38
U.S. OpenCUTT8T44T7DNPT36DNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipT39CUTT12T34DNPT58DNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipT49T7T48CUTT61DNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Masters TournamentCUTCUTCUTCUTCUTCUTCUTCUTCUTCUT
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPDNPCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP

DNP = did not play
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 Tournament130511224527
U.S. Open10015163126
The Open Championship01134102016
PGA Championship21048173127
Totals45113286512796

Champions Tour major championships[edit]

Wins (4)[edit]

YearChampionshipWinning scoreMarginRunner(s)-up
1994The Tradition−17 (65-70-68-68=271)Playoff1United States Dale Douglass
1995PGA Seniors' Championship−11 (70-70-67-70=277)5 strokesUnited States John Paul Cain, United States Larry Gilbert, United States Lee Trevino
1996Ford Senior Players Championship−13 (71-66-65-73=275)2 strokesUnited States Hale Irwin
2000Ford Senior Players Championship (2)−15 (71-67-69-66=273)1 strokeUnited States Larry Nelson, United States Dana Quigley

1Floyd birdied the first extra hole.[20]

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mell, Randall (December 14, 2012). "Floyd coping after loss of wife Maria". Golf Channel. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Newman, Bruce (April 13, 1992). "Up From the Ashes". Sports Illustrated: 68. 
  3. ^ Richman, Milton (April 12, 1976). "The 'old' Ray Floyd...like cold potatoes". Beaver County Times. UPI. p. C-1. 
  4. ^ a b "Four-time major winner Floyd calls it a career". Majorschampionships.com. February 13, 2009. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ Jenkins, Dan (August 25, 1969). "Golf gets a look at the real world". Sports Illustrated: 24. 
  6. ^ Jenkins, Dan (April 16, 1977). "It was Ray all the way". Sports Illustrated: 18. 
  7. ^ Jenkins, Dan (August 16, 1982). "He Beat The Heat By Catching Fire". Sports Illustrated: 26. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Lowest Round in a Mens Golf Major - Best 18 Hole Score in Major Championship". About.com. April 10, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ Reilly, Rick (June 23, 1986). "Guts, grit and grandeur". Sports Illustrated: 18. 
  10. ^ "Time Capsule: Hale Irwin Becomes Oldest U.S. Open Winner". ThePostGame. May 25, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  11. ^ Rubenstein, Lorne (March 15, 2013). "Ray Floyd talks life, the game and Maria". Golf Canada. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  12. ^ Reilly, Rick (April 16, 1990). "True Brit". Sports Illustrated: 18. 
  13. ^ "Faldo's Masterful rally tops Floyd". Milwaukee Sentinel. April 9, 1990. p. 1, part 2. 
  14. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (April 9, 1990). "Faldo captures Masters again". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 21. 
  15. ^ "Nicklaus' Doral Bid Falls a Little Short". Ocala Star-Banner (Ocala, Florida). Associated Press. March 17, 1980. p. 3B. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  16. ^ Apfelbaum, Jim, ed. (2007). The Gigantic Book of Golf Quotations. Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60239-014-0. 
  17. ^ "1989 - Europe retain Cup". Sky Sports. August 28, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  18. ^ Feinstein, John. "Chapter 1: The Only Time Your Legs Ever Shake". A Good Walked Spoiled: Days and Nights on the PGA Tour. World Golf. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Honorees: 2013 - Raymond Floyd". The Memorial Tournament. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Floyd works overtime to win The Tradition". Reading Eagle (Reading, Pennsylvania). April 4, 1994. p. D4. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 

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