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Jimmy Demaret
Personal information
Full name James Newton Demaret
Born May 24, 1910(1910-05-24)
Houston, Texas
Died December 28, 1983 (aged 73)
Houston, Texas
Height 5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
College None
Turned professional 1927
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 34
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 31
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 3)
The Masters Won: 1940, 1947, 1950
U.S. Open 2nd: 1948
Open Championship T10: 1954
PGA Championship T3: 1942, 1946, 1948, 1950
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 1983 (member page)
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1947
Vardon Trophy 1947

James Newton Demaret (May 24, 1910 – December 28, 1983) was an American professional golfer. He won 31 PGA Tour events in a long career between 1935 and 1957 and was the first three-time winner of the Masters.

Demaret was born in Houston, Texas. He reached his peak in the late 1940s with wins in the Masters in 1947, runner-up to Ben Hogan in the 1948 U.S. Open, and leading money winner and Vardon Trophy winner in 1947. He reached the semifinals of the PGA Championship four times in all but never won. He lost a playoff for the 1957 U.S. Open, at age 47. He played on three Ryder Cup teams: 1947, 1949, and 1951. His career declined in the 1950s, although he managed several key wins including the 1952 Bing Crosby Pro-Am.

Demaret was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1983. In 2000, he was ranked as the 20th greatest golfer of all time by Golf Digest magazine.[1]

Known for his keen sense of humor and colorful outfits, Demaret was one of first Tour pros to become involved in golf broadcasting. After working as a commentator for "All Star Golf" in the early '60s, he replaced George Rogers as co-host for Shell's Wonderful World of Golf along with Gene Sarazen in 1966.

Business partner Jack Burke, Jr. and Demaret teamed to found the high-standard Champions Golf Club in Houston in the 1960s, with 36 holes. The club would host the 1967 Ryder Cup, the 1969 U.S. Open, and other high-profile Tour events.

Jimmy Demaret was a guest on "I Love Lucy" in the early 1950s. The over-70s groupings on the Senior PGA Tour were named the Friends of Demaret in his honor. He died of a heart attack in Houston, Texas as he was getting ready for a round of golf.

Contents

PGA Tour wins (31)

Major championships are shown in bold.

Source: (Barkow 1989, pp. 266–267)

Other wins

this list may be incomplete

Major Championships

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Wins (3)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner(s)-up
1940 The Masters 1 shot lead -8 (67-72-70-71=280) 4 strokes United States Lloyd Mangrum
1947 The Masters (2) 3 shot lead -7 (69-71-70-71=281) 2 strokes United States Byron Nelson, United States Frank Stranahan
1950 The Masters (3) 4 shot deficit -5 (70-72-72-69=283) 2 strokes Australia Jim Ferrier

Results timeline

Tournament 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP T33
U.S. Open DNP DNP T16 CUT T22
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship R64 R64 R64 R16 DNP
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
The Masters 1 T12 6 NT NT NT T4 1 T18 T8
U.S. Open WD WD NT NT NT NT T6 T39 2 WD
The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship R32 R64 SF NT DNP DNP SF R64 SF QF
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
The Masters 1 T30 WD T46 T29 DNP T34 3 T14 CUT
U.S. Open T20 T14 T15 T4 T29 DNP CUT 3 WD DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T10 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship SF DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP R64 DNP DQ DNP
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967
The Masters CUT CUT T5 T43 T32 T35 DNP CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
DQ = Disqualified
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF, F = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

See also

References

  1. ^ Yocom, Guy (July 2000). "50 Greatest Golfers of All Time: And What They Taught Us". Golf Digest. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0HFI/is_7_51/ai_63015233. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 

Barkow, Al (1989), The History of the PGA TOUR, Doubleday, ISBN 0-385-26145-4 

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