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Jack Fleck
Personal information
Born November 7, 1921 (1921-11-07) (age 88)
Bettendorf, Iowa
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 167 lb (76 kg; 11.9 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Magazine, Arkansas
Career
Status Professional
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 7
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
The Masters T11: 1962
U.S. Open Won: 1955
Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T7: 1962

Jack Fleck (born November 7, 1921) is an American professional golfer best known for winning the 1955 U.S. Open.

Fleck was born and raised in Bettendorf, Iowa. His parents were poor farmers who had lost their land in the 1920s. Fleck attended Davenport High School in Davenport, Iowa where he played on the golf team. He started as a caddy for a local dentist in the mid-1930s. He worked as an assistant golf pro before World War II. During the war, Fleck served in the Navy and participated in the D-Day invasion from a British rocket-firing ship off Utah Beach. Within two weeks after separation from the Navy, Fleck was on the PGA's winter golf tour with pro friends trying to qualify for PGA Tour events.

After a few years of competing in local and PGA Tour events, Fleck decided to play full-time on the Tour for two years. Within six months, Fleck had his first win — on the biggest stage in men's professional golf — at the 1955 U.S. Open. Fleck won an 18-hole playoff by three strokes over his idol, the legendary Ben Hogan, at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.[1]

Fleck came close to winning the 1960 U.S. Open, but would ultimately settle for only two more trophies on the PGA Tour in the early 1960s. He also won the 1979 PGA Seniors' Championship just prior to the formation of the Senior PGA Tour.[2]

Fleck was inducted into the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame in 1989. In 1993, needing money to salvage a little golf course he owned in rural Arkansas that had been damaged by flooding, a place he called Li'l Bit of Heaven, he sold his 1955 U.S. Open gold medal.[2] He makes his home in Magazine, Arkansas.[3]

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Professional wins

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PGA Tour wins

Major championship shown in bold

Other wins

Senior wins

Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner-up
1955 U.S. Open 3 shot deficit +7 (76-69-75-67=287) Playoff 1 United States Ben Hogan

1 Defeated Ben Hogan in an 18-hole playoff - Fleck (69), Hogan (72)

Results timeline

Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T43 T26 T39 T18
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP T52 DNP 1 CUT T26 CUT T19
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP R64 DNP R16 R32 R64 WD DNP
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
The Masters T34 WD T11 42 CUT DQ DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T3 T27 DNP CUT DNP DNP CUT CUT DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship CUT T19 T7 WD DNP T20 T49 DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
DQ = Disqualified
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

References


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