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Tommy Aaron
Personal information
Full name Thomas Dean Aaron
Born February 22, 1937 (1937-02-22) (age 73)
Gainesville, Georgia
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
College University of Florida
Turned professional 1960
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 8
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
Champions Tour 1
Other 4
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
The Masters Won: 1973
U.S. Open T29: 1975
Open Championship T50: 1970
PGA Championship T2: 1972

Thomas Dean Aaron (born February 22, 1937) is an American professional golfer who is best known for winning the Masters Tournament in 1973.

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Background

Aaron was born in Gainesville, Georgia. He began playing golf at age 12 and won two Georgia Amateur titles, two Southeastern Amateur events and two Georgia Open crowns in the late 1950s despite not having a golf course in his hometown. He attended the University of Florida, where he was a member of the Beta Zeta Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order. He lost the U.S. Amateur to Charles Coe in 1958. He was a member of the 1959 U.S. Walker Cup team. He won the Western Amateur in 1960.

Aaron turned professional in 1960. His first professional victory came at the 1969 Canadian Open, which was not a PGA Tour event at that time. The following year he gained his first PGA Tour victory at the Atlanta Classic. In 1972, he won the Trophée Lancôme in France. Aaron's best year on tour in monetary terms was 1972 when he finished in ninth place on the PGA Tour money list.

Aaron won the Masters Tournament in 1973, which was his one major championship. He also finished in the top ten at the Masters in 1967–1970. His only other top ten major championship finishes came at the PGA Championship in 1965 and 1972. In 2000 he made the cut at the Masters at the age of 63, breaking a record previously held by Gary Player.

Aaron played for the U.S. in the Ryder Cup in 1969, 1973 and had a record of one win, one tie and four losses.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Aaron played on the Senior PGA Tour, winning $3,646,302. The 1992 Kaanapali Classic on that tour was his last professional win.

Aaron was a student of golf instructor Manuel de la Torre.

Amateur wins (8)

  • 1957 SEC Championship (individual), Georgia Amateur
  • 1958 SEC Championship (individual), Southeastern Amateur
  • 1959 Sunnehanna Amateur
  • 1960 Western Amateur, Georgia Amateur, Southeastern Amateur

Professional wins (8)

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PGA Tour wins (3)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner-up
1 Jul 27, 1969 Canadian Open -13 (71-70-70-64=275) Playoff United States Sam Snead
2 May 24, 1970 Atlanta Classic -13 (68-68-70-69=275) 3 strokes United States Dan Sikes
3 Apr 8, 1973 The Masters -5 (68-73-74-68=283) 1 stroke United States J. C. Snead

Other wins (4)

  • 1957 Georgia Open (as an amateur)
  • 1960 Georgia Open
  • 1975 Georgia Open
  • 1972 Trophée Lancôme

Senior PGA Tour wins (1)

  • 1992 Kaanapali Classic

Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner-up
1973 The Masters 4 shot deficit -5 (68-73-74-68=283) 1 stroke United States J. C. Snead

Results timeline

Tournament 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
The Masters CUT T25 DNP DNP DNP DNP T11 T13 T8 T7 T8
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T30 DNP DNP T40
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T21 T8 T22 T20 T26 T57
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Masters T5 T22 CUT 1 CUT T38 42 T35 36 T28
U.S. Open T46 DNP T55 T45 CUT T29 T47 DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T50 DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T45 CUT T2 T44 T55 CUT T38 CUT DNP T46
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Masters CUT 48 T36 CUT CUT CUT CUT T50 CUT T38
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 T49 T54 CUT CUT DNP CUT CUT CUT CUT
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 2002 2003 2004 2005
The Masters 57 CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
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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