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Gil Morgan
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Personal information
Full name Gilmer Bryan Morgan II, OD
Nickname Doc
Born September 25, 1946 (1946-09-25) (age 63)
Wewoka, Oklahoma
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality  United States
Career
College East Central State College
Southern College of Optometry
Turned professional 1972
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 39
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 7
Champions Tour 25 (3rd all time)
Best results in Major Championships
The Masters T3: 1984
U.S. Open 3rd: 1983
Open Championship T10: 1980
PGA Championship 3rd/T3: 1980, 1990
Achievements and awards
Byron Nelson Award
(Champions Tour)
2000, 2001
Champions Tour
Rookie of the Year
1997

Gilmer Bryan Morgan II, OD (born September 25, 1946) is an American professional golfer.

Morgan was born in Wewoka, Oklahoma. He graduated from East Central State College in Ada, Oklahoma in 1968. In 1972, Morgan earned a Doctor of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee before turning professional later that year. He is a member of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. Although he won only seven events on the PGA Tour between 1977 and 1990 and didn't win a major until the Senior Tour, he was one of the most consistent top 5 finishers on the Tour during this period. The most prestigious tournament he won on the PGA Tour was the 1978 World Series of Golf. He played on the 1979 and 1983 Ryder Cup teams.

In the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Morgan was the first man to reach 10 under par in the championships history when he made birdie on the third hole of the third round. He added a further two birdies to go to 12 under par by the seventh hole, seven strokes clear of the field, before he began to struggle. He finished the day on 4 under, still leading, but the following day a final round 81 left him at 5 over, eight behind eventual winner Tom Kite, and in a tie for 13th place.[1][2]

He became eligible to play on the Champions Tour in 1996, and has enjoyed considerably more success at that level than he did on the regular tour, with over 24 wins to his credit. Three of his wins have come in senior majors, namely The Tradition in 1997 and 1998 and the Senior Players Championship, also in 1998.

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Professional wins (39)

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PGA Tour wins (7)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
1 Sep 11, 1977 B.C. Open -14 (67-65-69-69=270) 5 strokes United States Lee Elder
2 Feb 19, 1978 Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open -6 (66-69-73-70=278) 2 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus
3 Jan 9, 1978 World Series of Golf -2 (71-72-67-68=278) Playoff United States Hubert Green
4 Jul 1, 1979 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic -10 (72-71-69-66=278) Playoff United States Larry Nelson
5 Jan 9, 1983 Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open -9 (65-71-68-67=271) Playoff United States Curtis Strange, United States Lanny Wadkins
6 Jan 16, 1983 Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open -14 (71-68-63-68=270) 2 strokes United States Lanny Wadkins
7 Jun 3, 1990 Kemper Open -13 (68-67-70-69=274) 1 stroke Australia Ian Baker-Finch

Other wins (3)

Champions Tour wins (25)

Senior majors are shown in bold.

Other senior wins (4)

Results in major championships

Tournament 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Masters DNP DNP CUT T18 T31
U.S. Open DNP DNP T41 CUT CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
PGA Championship T17 T8 T15 T4 T28
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Masters T19 T21 CUT T8 T3 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T16 CUT T22 3 T21 T23 DNP T51 CUT WD
The Open Championship T10 DNP CUT DNP T22 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T3 T19 T22 T55 CUT T28 CUT T21 CUT CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996
The Masters DNP CUT DNP T50 CUT DNP DNP
U.S. Open T56 CUT T13 CUT CUT DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP T64 DNP T14 CUT DNP DNP
PGA Championship 3 T16 T21 CUT T39 T31 T41

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

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