|Full name||Daniel David Sikes, Jr.|
|Nickname||"The Golfing Lawyer"|
December 7, 1929|
|Died||December 20, 1987
|College||University of Florida|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||5th: 1965|
|U.S. Open||10th: 1963|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|PGA Championship||T3: 1967|
Daniel David Sikes, Jr. (December 7, 1929 – December 20, 1987) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. Sikes won nine tournaments as a pro, including six PGA Tour events.
He attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for the Florida Gators men's golf team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1951 to 1953. He was recognized as an All-American in 1952—the University of Florida's first All-American golfer. Sikes graduated from Florida with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1953, and was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great."
Although he later earned a law degree from the University of Florida College of Law and was known as the "golfing lawyer," he never actually practiced law. Sikes won the 1958 U.S. Amateur Public Links championship while in law school. He turned professional in 1960 and won six tournaments on the PGA Tour. His career year was 1967, when he won two events, finished one shot off the lead in the PGA Championship and fifth on the final money list. He played on the 1969 Ryder Cup team.
Sikes was instrumental in helping organize the Senior PGA Tour. He won three times in this venue—the first of which came at the rain-shortened Hilton Head Seniors International in 1982 which Sikes and Miller Barber were leading when play was stopped.
Sikes died in Jacksonville at the age of 58. He was posthumously inducted into the Jacksonville Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.
Professional wins (9)
PGA Tour wins (6)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner-up|
|1||Mar 24, 1963||Doral C.C. Open Invitational||–5 (76-70-67-70=283)||1 stroke||Sam Snead|
|2||Jun 13, 1965||Cleveland Open Invitational||–12 (68-70-68-66=272)||3 strokes||Tony Lema|
|3||Mar 19, 1967||Jacksonville Open||–9 (67-69-70-73=279)||1 stroke||Bill Collins|
|4||Sep 17, 1967||Philadelphia Golf Classic||–12 (71-68-69-68=276)||2 strokes||George Archer|
|5||Mar 17, 1968||Florida Citrus Open Invitational||–14 (71-67-70-66=274)||1 stroke||Tom Weiskopf|
|6||Jul 28, 1968||Minnesota Golf Classic||–12 (71-66-71-64=272)||1 stroke||Ken Still|
PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)
|1||1962||Houston Classic||Bobby Nichols, Jack Nicklaus||Nichols won with eagle on first extra hole after a 18-hole playoff (Nichols:71, Sikes:71, Nicklaus:75)|
|2||1973||Byron Nelson Golf Classic||Lanny Wadkins||Lost to par on first extra hole|
Senior PGA Tour wins (3)
Results in major championships
Note: Sikes never played in The Open Championship.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10
- "Athletes of the Century: Dan Sikes". Retrieved March 18, 2011.
- Florida Men's Golf 2011 Media Supplement, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 39 & 42 (2010). Retrieved July 11, 2011.
- 2008–09 Florida Gators Men's Golf Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 36 (2008). Retrieved July 14, 2011.
- F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved May 24, 2010.