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Billy Casper is also the name of the protagonist of A Kestrel for a Knave.
Billy Casper
Billy Casper and Brian Bateman .jpg
The 1958 and 2007 Buick Open champs, Billy Casper (left) and Brian Bateman, help start the tournament's 50th anniversary season.
Personal information
Full name William Earl Casper, Jr.
Born June 24, 1931 (1931-06-24) (age 78)
San Diego, California
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
College None
Turned professional 1954
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 68
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 51
Champions Tour 9
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 3)
The Masters Won: 1970
U.S. Open Won: 1959, 1966
Open Championship 4th: 1968
PGA Championship 2nd/T2: 1958, 1965, 1971
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 1978 (member page)
PGA Player of the Year 1966, 1970
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1966, 1968
Vardon Trophy 1960, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968

William Earl "Billy" Casper, Jr. (born June 24, 1931) is an American professional golfer who was one of the most prolific tournament winners on the PGA Tour from the mid 1950s to the mid 1970s.

Casper was born in San Diego, California. He turned professional in 1954.

Between 1964 and 1970, Casper won 27 tournaments on the PGA Tour, which was more than legends Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player did during that time period. His victories helped him finish third in McCormack's World Golf Rankings in 1968, 1969 and 1970, the first three years they were published. He won 51 times in his career, placing him seventh on the all time list. He captained the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1979 and was considered the best putter of his era by many. After his professional career he has been a designer for many golf courses such as The Highlands, The Palm and Eagle Crest in Sun City Summerlin, Nevada.

Casper is a Mormon. He and his wife Shirley have 11 children. He is active in charitable work for children and hosts fundraisers including an annual tournament at San Diego Country Club for "Billy's Kids".

Casper had a cameo appearance in the movie, Now You See Him, Now You Don't.

In 2000, Casper was ranked as the 15th greatest golfer of all time by Golf Digest magazine.[1]

Contents

Career summary

Casper's principal achievements include:

Trivia

During the Swiss Open at Crans-sur-Sierre in 1971 Casper made an albatross at the 14th hole. In 2006, when celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Crans Golf Club, a plate to commemorate this was placed next to the 14th tee. A similar plate was put at the 9th hole, where Tadd Fujikawa made an albatross in 2007.

Professional wins (68)

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PGA Tour wins (51)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of
Victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jul 15, 1956 Labatt Open -14 (68-68-67-71=274) 2 strokes United States Jimmy Demaret
2 Feb 3, 1957 Phoenix Open Invitational -9 (68-71-65-67=271) 3 strokes United States Cary Middlecoff, United States Mike Souchak
3 Apr 28, 1957 Kentucky Derby Open Invitational -7 (68-68-71-70=277) 1 stroke Australia Peter Thomson
4 Jan 12, 1958 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am
Golf Championship
-11 (71-66-69-71=277) 4 strokes United States Dave Marr
5 Mar 11, 1958 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational -10 (69-70-70-69=278) Playoff United States Ken Venturi
6 Jun 23, 1958 Buick Open Invitational -3 (70-73-71-71=285) 1 stroke United States Ted Kroll, United States Arnold Palmer
7 Jun 13, 1959 U.S. Open +2 (71-68-69-74=282) 1 stroke United States Bob Rosburg
8 Oct 4, 1959 Portland Centennial Open Invitational -19 (69-64-67-69=269) 3 strokes United States Bob Duden, United States Dave Ragan
9 Nov 15, 1959 Lafayette Open Invitational -11 (69-64-71-69=273) 4 strokes United States George Bayer
10 Nov 22, 1959 Mobile Sertoma Open Invitational -8 (71-68-68-73=280) 2 strokes United States Wes Ellis, United States Dave Ragan
11 Sep 25, 1960 Portland Open Invitational -22 (68-67-66-65=266) 2 strokes United States Paul Harney
12 Oct 3, 1960 Hesperia Open Invitational -13 (70-68-67-70=275) 5 strokes United States Bob Rosburg
13 Oct 16, 1960 Orange County Open Invitational -8 (70-68-69-69=276) 1 stroke United States Charlie Sifford
14 Sep 24, 1961 Portland Open Invitational -15 (68-71-67-67=273) 1 stroke United States Dave Hill
15 Mar 25, 1962 Doral C.C. Open Invitational -5 (70-67-75-71=283) 1 stroke United States Pete Bondeson
16 Apr 15, 1962 Greater Greensboro Open -5 (69-70-68-68=275) 1 stroke United States Mike Souchak
17 May 27, 1962 500 Festival Open Invitation -20 (66-67-67-64=264) 1 stroke United States George Bayer, United States Jerry Steelsmith
18 Oct 14, 1962 Bakersfield Open Invitational -16 (69-71-65-67=272) 4 strokes United States Tony Lema
19 Jan 20, 1963 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am -4 (73-66-68-69=276) 1 stroke United States Dave Hill, United States Bob Rosburg,
United States Art Wall, Jr.
20 Aug 18, 1963 Insurance City Open Invitational -13 (67-68-71-65=271) 1 stroke United States George Bayer
21 Mar 22, 1964 Doral Open Invitational -11 (70-70-67-70=277) 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus
22 May 10, 1964 Colonial National Invitation -1 (72-67-70-7=279) 4 strokes United States Tommy Jacobs
23 Sep 27, 1964 Greater Seattle Open Invitational -15 (68-67-66-64=265) 2 strokes United States Mason Rudolph
24 Nov 1, 1964 Almaden Open Invitational -9 (68-70-73-68=279) Playoff United States Pete Brown, United States Jerry Steelsmith
25 Feb 7, 1965 Bob Hope Desert Classic -12 (70-70-69-67-72=348) 1 stroke United States Tommy Aaron, United States Arnold Palmer
26 Jul 4, 1965 Western Open -14 (70-66-70-64=270) 2 strokes United States Jack McGowan, Puerto Rico Chi Chi Rodriguez
27 Jul 25, 1965 Insurance City Open Invitational -10 (70-72-66-66=274) Playoff United States Johnny Pott
28 Oct 23, 1965 Sahara Invitational -15 (66-66-68-69=269) 3 strokes Bill Martindale
29 Jan 16, 1966 San Diego Open Invitational -16 (70-66-68-64=268) 4 strokes United States Tommy Aaron, United States Tom Weiskopf
30 Jun 20, 1966 U.S. Open -2 (69-68-73-68=278) Playoff United States Arnold Palmer
31 Jun 26, 1966 Western Open -1 (69-72-72-70=283) 3 strokes United States Gay Brewer
32 Jul 31, 1966 500 Festival Open Invitation -11 (69-70-68-70=277) 3 strokes United States R. H. Sikes
33 Jul 3, 1967 Canadian Open -5 (69-70-71-69=279) Playoff United States Art Wall, Jr.
34 Sep 27, 1967 Carling World Open -3 (74-68-70-69=281) Playoff United States Al Geiberger
35 Jan 28, 1968 Los Angeles Open -10 (70-67-68-69=274) 3 strokes United States Arnold Palmer
36 Apr 8, 1968 Greater Greensboro Open -17 (65-67-69-66=267) 4 strokes United States George Archer, United States Gene Littler,
United States Bobby Nichols
37 May 19, 1968 Colonial National Invitation -5 (68-71-68-68=275) 5 strokes United States Gene Littler
38 Jun 9, 1968 500 Festival Open Invitation -8 (70-71-69-70=280) 1 stroke United States Frank Beard, United States Mike Hill
39 Sep 8, 1968 Greater Hartford Open Invitational -18 (68-65-67-66=266) 3 strokes Australia Bruce Crampton
40 Nov 4, 1968 Lucky International Open -15 (68-65-70-66=269) 4 strokes United States Raymond Floyd, United States Don Massengale
41 Feb 9, 1969 Bob Hope Desert Classic -15 (71-68-71-69-66=345) 3 strokes United States Dave Hill
42 Jun 8, 1969 Western Open -8 (72-69-68-67=276) 4 strokes United States Rocky Thompson
43 Sep 28, 1969 Alcan Open -12 (70-68-70-66=274) 1 stroke United States Lee Trevino
44 Jan 11, 1970 Los Angeles Open -8 (68-68-68-72=276) Playoff United States Hale Irwin
45 Apr 12, 1970 The Masters -9 (72-68-68-71-69=279) Playoff United States Gene Littler
46 Jul 19, 1970 IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic -14 (68-67-71-68=274) 3 strokes United States Terry Wilcox
47 Aug 24, 1970 AVCO Golf Classic -12 (64-70-71-71=276) 1 stroke Australia Bruce Crampton, United States Tom Weiskopf
48 Oct 24, 1971 Kaiser International Open Invitational -19 (67-65-69-68=269) 4 strokes United States Fred Marti
49 Jul 1, 1973 Western Open -12 (67-69-67-69=272) 1 stroke United States Larry Hinson, United States Hale Irwin
50 Sep 3, 1973 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open -20 (67-65-68-64=264) 1 stroke Australia Bruce Devlin
51 May 18, 1975 First NBC New Orleans Open -17 (67-68-66-70=271) 2 strokes England Peter Oosterhuis

Other wins (7)

This list is incomplete.

Senior PGA Tour wins (9)

Senior major championships are shown in bold.

Other senior wins (1)

Major championships

Wins (3)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner-up
1959 U.S. Open 3 shot lead -2 (71-68-69-74=282) 1 stroke United States Bob Rosburg
1966 U.S. Open (2) 3 shot deficit -2 (69-68-73-68=278) Playoff 1 United States Arnold Palmer
1970 The Masters 1 shot lead -9 (72-68-68-71=279) Playoff 2 United States Gene Littler

1 Defeated Arnold Palmer in an 18-hole playoff - Casper (69), Palmer (73)
2 Defeated Gene Littler in an 18-hole playoff - Casper (69), Littler (74)

Results timeline

Tournament 1956 1957 1958 1959
The Masters DNP T16 T20 CUT
U.S. Open T14 CUT T13 1
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP 2 T17
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
The Masters 4 T7 T15 T11 T5 T35 T10 T24 T16 T2
U.S. Open T12 T17 CUT DNP 4 T17 1 4 T9 T40
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 4 T25
PGA Championship T24 T15 T51 DNP T9 T2 T3 19 T6 T35
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Masters 1 T13 T17 T17 T37 6 8 T14 CUT 43
U.S. Open T8 CUT T11 CUT CUT DNP CUT DNP T30 DNP
The Open Championship T17 T7 T40 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T18 2 T4 T35 T63 T5 T51 T31 CUT CUT
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Masters CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT T57 CUT T50 CUT CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship CUT DNP T67 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
The Masters CUT CUT DNP CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT WD
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
The Masters WD CUT DNP DNP DNP WD
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

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

See also

References

  1. ^ Yocom, Guy (July 2000). "50 Greatest Golfers of All Time: And What They Taught Us". Golf Digest. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0HFI/is_7_51/ai_63015233. Retrieved 2007-12-05.  

Barkow, Al (1989), The History of the PGA TOUR, Doubleday, ISBN 0-385-26145-4  

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