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Chandler Harper
Personal information
Full name John Chandler Harper
Born March 10, 1914(1914-03-10)
Portsmouth, Virginia
Died November 8, 2004 (aged 90)
Portsmouth, Virginia
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
Turned professional 1934
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 17
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 7
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
The Masters T8: 1947
U.S. Open T15: 1946
Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship Won: 1950

John Chandler Harper (March 10, 1914 – November 8, 2004) was an American professional golfer best known for winning the 1950 PGA Championship.[1] He won seven times on the PGA Tour and played on the 1955 Ryder Cup team. He served in the Navy in World War II. After Curtis Strange's father died when he was 14, Harper became Strange's mentor. He was also a long-time friend of Bobby Jones.[1]

Harper was prominent in Virginia golf, winning the Virginia State Amateur three times (1930, 1932, 1934) and the Virginia State Open nine times (1932, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1952, 1960, 1967, 1968, 1970). He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1973 and to the PGA Hall of Fame in 1968.[1] In 1956, Harper founded Bide-A-Wee Golf Course in his hometown of Portsmouth, and managed the course until he retired in 1993. Chandler lived all his life in Portsmouth, and died there at the age of 90 from complications from pneumonia.[1]

As a golfer, Harper compensated for his poor driving with a strong short game; indeed, Ben Hogan said that Harper was the best putter on Tour.[1]

Contents

PGA Tour wins (7)

Major championship is shown in bold.

Other wins

  • nine Virginia State Opens

Senior wins

Major championships

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Wins (1)

Year Championship Winning Score Runner-up
1950 PGA Championship 4 & 3 United States Henry Williams, Jr.

Note: The PGA Championship was match play until 1958

Results timeline

Tournament 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP CUT DNP CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
The Masters DNP DNP 13 NT NT NT 19 T8 T40 DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP NT NT NT NT T15 WD WD CUT
The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP NT DNP DNP R32 R32 R32 R16
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
The Masters DNP WD T38 T10 WD WD DNP CUT CUT T14
U.S. Open DNP DNP T41 WD CUT WD DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship 1 R64 R32 R64 DNP DNP R16 R128 CUT WD
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
The Masters CUT WD T49 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
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 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DQ DNP DNP
Tournament 1970 1971
The Masters DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP WD

NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
DQ = Disqualified
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF, F = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

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