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David Graham
Personal information
Full name Anthony David Graham
Born 23 May 1946(1946-05-23)
Windsor, Australia
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 152 lb (69 kg; 10.9 st)
Nationality  Australia
Career
Turned professional 1962
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 38
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 8
PGA Tour of Australasia 8
Champions Tour 5
Other 22
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 2)
The Masters 5th: 1980
U.S. Open Won: 1981
Open Championship T3: 1985
PGA Championship Won: 1979

Anthony David Graham (born 23 May 1946) is a former professional golfer from Australia.

Born in Windsor, Australia, Graham turned professional in 1962 at age 16 and spent much of his career in the United States, playing on the PGA Tour. Turning age 50 in 1996, he joined the Senior PGA Tour, later known as the Champions Tour. Although known for his success in the U.S., he won events on six different continents in his career, an achievement he shares with Gary Player.

In 1976, after several successful years on tours around the globe, Graham came to prominence with two wins on the PGA Tour, and then came from behind to secure a victory over the reigning champion Hale Irwin in the Piccadilly World Match Play Championship.

Graham won two major championships, the 1979 PGA Championship at Oakland Hills near Detroit, and the 1981 U.S. Open at Merion, just west of Philadelphia. He also finished third at the 1985 Open Championship, after sharing the third-round lead. Both of his major victories came in remarkable fashion. In the 1979 PGA Championship, he stood on the last tee at 7 under par for his final round and leading by two, but double-bogeyed the last hole for a 65 to drop back into a playoff with Ben Crenshaw. At each of the first two sudden-death holes he holed long putts to keep the playoff alive and finally won at the third extra hole. At the 1981 U.S. Open Graham shot a 67 in the final round to overturn a three-shot deficit to overnight leader George Burns to win by 3 strokes. He became the fourth Australian major champion (after Jim Ferrier, Peter Thomson and Kel Nagle).

Graham also participated on the Australian teams that won the World Cup (in 1970) and the Alfred Dunhill Cup (in 1985 and 1986). At the end of 1981, he was ranked 7th on Mark McCormack's world golf rankings.

On 27 June 2004, during the final round of the Bank of America Championship on the Champions Tour, Graham collapsed over a putt on the eighth green. He was later diagnosed with congestive heart failure, ending his competitive golf career at age 58.[1] He is now retired and resides in Whitefish, Montana.

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Professional wins (38)

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PGA Tour wins (8)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
1 Jul 3, 1972 Cleveland Open -6 (68-73-68-69=278) Playoff Australia Bruce Devlin
2 Jul 18, 1976 American Express Westchester Classic -12 (63-68-70-71=272) 3 strokes United States Ben Crenshaw, United States Tom Watson,
United States Fuzzy Zoeller
3 Aug 29, 1976 American Golf Classic -14 (69-67-69-69=274) 4 strokes United States Lou Graham
4 Aug 5, 1979 PGA Championship -8 (69-68-70-65=272) Playoff United States Ben Crenshaw
5 May 25, 1980 Memorial Tournament -8 (73-67-70-70=280) 1 stroke United States Tom Watson
6 Jan 24, 1981 Phoenix Open -16 (65-68-69-66=268) 1 stroke United States Lon Hinkle
7 Jun 21, 1981 U.S. Open -7 (68-68-70-67=273) 3 strokes United States George Burns, United States Bill Rogers
8 May 8, 1983 Houston Coca-Cola Open -9 (66-72-73-64=275) 5 strokes United States Lee Elder, United States Jim Thorpe,
United States Lee Trevino

Australasian wins (8)

  • 1967 Queensland PGA
  • 1970 Tasmanian Open, Victorian Open
  • 1975 Wills Masters
  • 1977 Australian Open
  • 1979 Westlakes Classic
  • 1985 Queensland Open
  • 1987 Queensland Open

Other wins (17)

Champions Tour wins (5)

Major championships

Wins (2)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner(s)-up
1979 PGA Championship 4 shot deficit -8 (69-68-70-65=272) Playoff 1 United States Ben Crenshaw
1981 U.S. Open 3 shot deficit -7 (68-68-70-67=273) 3 strokes United States George Burns, United States Bill Rogers

1 Defeated Ben Crenshaw with birdie on third extra hole

Results timeline

Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Masters DNP T36 CUT T29 DNP DNP DNP T6 T9 WD
U.S. Open CUT CUT T47 T58 T18 T29 CUT CUT CUT 7
The Open Championship T32 CUT DNP DNP T11 T28 T21 CUT T39 DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP CUT CUT DNP 10 T4 CUT CUT 1
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Masters 5 7 19 46 T6 T10 T28 T27 DNP DNP
U.S. Open T47 1 T6 T8 T21 T23 T15 T51 T47 T61
The Open Championship T29 T14 T27 T14 CUT T3 T11 34 CUT T61
PGA Championship T26 T43 T49 T14 T48 T32 T7 CUT T17 CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open 64 60 DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T8 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T66 T52 DNP CUT CUT CUT

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

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