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Gay Brewer
Personal information
Full name Gay Robert Brewer, Jr.
Born March 19, 1932(1932-03-19)
Middletown, Ohio
Died August 31, 2007 (aged 75)
Lexington, Kentucky
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
Turned professional 1956
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 17
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 10
Champions Tour 1
Other 5 (regular)
1 (senior)
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
The Masters Won: 1967
U.S. Open 5th/T5: 1962, 1964
Open Championship T6: 1968
PGA Championship T7: 1972

Gay Robert Brewer, Jr. (March 19, 1932 – August 31, 2007) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and won the 1967 Masters Tournament.

Brewer was born in Middletown, Ohio, and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. As an amateur, Brewer won the Kentucky State Boys Golf Championship in three consecutive years from 1949–1951. In 1949, he also won the U.S. Junior Amateur Golf Championship, the most prestigious amateur event for golfers under the age of eighteen. In 1952, Brewer won the Southern Amateur.

Brewer turned professional in 1956. Playing on the PGA Tour in 1965, he won the Hawaiian Open, the first ever PGA event held in that state. At the 1966 Masters Tournament, he bogeyed the final hole to finish in a three-way tie for the lead after regulation play but ended up finishing third to Jack Nicklaus following an 18-hole playoff. He came back to win the prestigious event the next year, scoring a one stroke victory over lifelong friend Bobby Nichols in the first live television broadcast of a golf tournament from the United States to Europe. He went on to become a member of the 1967 Ryder Cup winning team. That same year at the Pensacola Open, he set a PGA Tour record for the best 54-hole total on a par-72 course. His score of 25-under par is a record that still stands over forty years later. In the direct opposite vein, at the 1969 Danny Thomas-Diplomat Classic he tied the record for a player having the largest lead (six strokes) with 18 holes to play and then losing.

Brewer's 1966 performances earned him the Golf Digest's Most Improved Golfer award and his 1967 performances earned him the cover of the August 7th issue of Sports Illustrated magazine. He won the 1972 Canadian Open and was again part of the U.S. team that won the 1973 Ryder Cup.

Overall, Brewer was victorious in 10 tour events during his career. He joined the Senior PGA Tour and won the 1984 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf tournament with Billy Casper and at age sixty-three he won the 1995 MasterCard Champions Championship.

In 2006, Brewer was voted to the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2007, the golf course in Lexington where he learned to play was renamed the "Gay Brewer Jr. Course at Picadome."

Brewer died at his home in Lexington, Kentucky from lung cancer.[1] At the time of his death, he was engaged to Alma Jo McGuire.[2] He is interred at Lexington Cemetery in Lexington.

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Amateur wins

This list may be incomplete.

Professional wins (17)

PGA Tour wins (10)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
1 Aug 20, 1961 Carling Open Invitational -3 (72-72-66-67=277) 1 stroke United States Billy Maxwell
2 Nov 26, 1961 Mobile Sertoma Open Invitational -13 (69-66-74-66=275) 1 stroke United States Johnny Pott
3 Dec 3, 1961 West Palm Beach Open Invitational -14 (69-64-70-71=274) 4 strokes United States Arnold Palmer
4 May 5, 1963 Waco Turner Open -8 (72-70-71-67=280) 1 stroke Australia Ted Ball
5 Sep 26, 1965 Greater Seattle Open Invitational -9 (69-72-66-72=279) Playoff United States Doug Sanders
6 Nov 7, 1965 Hawaiian Open -3 (74-72-67-68=281) Playoff United States Bob Goalby
7 Mar 7, 1967 Pensacola Open Invitational -16 (65-69-67-71=272) 3 strokes Australia Bruce Devlin
8 Mar 26, 1967 Pensacola Open Invitational -26 (66-64-61-71=262) 6 strokes United States Bob Keller
9 Apr 9, 1967 The Masters -8 (73-68-72-67=280) 1 stroke United States Bobby Nichols
10 Jul 9, 1972 Canadian Open -9 (67-70-68-70=275) 1 stroke United States Sam Adams, United States Dave Hill

Other wins (5)

This list is probably incomplete.

Senior PGA Tour wins (1)

Other senior wins (1)

This list is probably incomplete.

Major Championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner-up
1967 The Masters 2 shot deficit -8 (73-68-72-67=280) 1 stroke United States Bobby Nichols

Results timeline

Tournament 1956 1957 1958 1959
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT CUT CUT CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
The Masters DNP DNP T11 CUT T25 CUT 3 1 T35 CUT
U.S. Open DNP CUT 5 CUT T5 16 T36 T38 T9 CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT T6 15
PGA Championship DNP DNP CUT T49 8 T28 27 T28 T20 T25
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Masters T31 CUT DNP T10 CUT CUT T23 CUT T29 CUT
U.S. Open 7 T9 T25 DNP DNP DNP DNP 26 DNP DNP
The Open Championship T32 DNP DNP T10 38 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship CUT DNP T7 T64 T17 T33 DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Masters CUT T15 45 47 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 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
The Masters CUT CUT CUT 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
The Masters CUT WD
U.S. Open DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP
PGA Championship 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

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