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Jack Burke, Jr.
Personal information
Full name John Joseph Burke, Jr.
Nickname Jack
Born January 29, 1923 (1923-01-29) (age 86)
Fort Worth, Texas
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
Turned professional 1940
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 17
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 16 (Tied 50th all time)
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 2)
The Masters Won: 1956
U.S. Open T10: 1955
Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship Won: 1956
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2000 (member page)
PGA Tour Lifetime
Achievement Award
2003
Bob Jones Award 2004
Vardon Trophy 1952
PGA Player of the Year 1956

John Joseph "Jack" Burke, Jr. (born January 29, 1923) is an American professional golfer who was most prominent in the 1950s. He first rose to fame with two lopsided victories in the 1951 Ryder Cup matches. He was subsequently selected for the 1953, 1955, 1957, and 1959 teams, serving as playing captain in 1957. He also served as non-playing captain in the 1973 matches and as special assistant captain to Hal Sutton in 2004.

Burke was born in Fort Worth, Texas. He turned professional in 1940. He won 16 PGA Tour events in his career, including the 1956 Masters and PGA Championship. Perhaps his most famous match was his nine-hour, 40-hole quarterfinal loss to Cary Middlecoff in the 1955 PGA Championship.

Burke won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average in 1952 and was selected PGA Tour Player of the Year in 1956.

After retiring from competition, Burke, along with Jimmy Demaret, was the main force in creating the Houston Champions Golf Club which has been the site of many PGA Tour events, as well as the 1969 U.S. Open and 1993 U.S. Amateur. He became the fifth recipient of the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2000.

Burke shares his permanent locker at Augusta National Golf Club, home of The Masters in Augusta, Georgia with Tiger Woods. As tradition dictates, both keep their prized green jackets, awarded to the annual winner of the tournament, in a wooden, finished locker with gold name plates on the front, with each year listed for the year they won.

Contents

PGA Tour wins (16)

Major championships are shown in bold.

Other wins

this list may be incomplete

Major championships

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Wins (2)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner-up
1956 The Masters 8 shot deficit +1 (72-71-75-71=289) 1 stroke United States Ken Venturi
1956 PGA Championship n/a 3 & 2 United States Ted Kroll

Results timeline

Tournament 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
The Masters DNP WD 11 2 8 T6 T13 1 T7 CUT T34
U.S. Open T27 CUT DNP T41 T14 T15 T10 CUT WD DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship R64 DNP QF R32 DNP R64 QF 1 R64 4 T17
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
The Masters T11 T7 T39 CUT CUT CUT T44 T53 CUT T24
U.S. Open DNP DNP CUT T21 DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T29 T52 T17 T34 T44 T8 T66 T42 DNP T69
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
The Masters CUT DNP DNP DNP CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T45 CUT 67 T56 DNP

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

See also


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