Barry Louis Jaeckel (born February 14, 1949) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.

Barry Jaeckel
Personal information
Full nameBarry Louis Jaeckel
Born (1949-02-14) February 14, 1949 (age 70)
Los Angeles, California
Height5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m)
Weight160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Nationality United States
ResidencePalm Desert, California
CollegeSanta Monica Junior College
Turned professional1971
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins2
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
European Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 1979
PGA ChampionshipT42: 1982, 1983
U.S. OpenT28: 1976
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 1973

Jaeckel was born in Los Angeles, California, and is the son of actor Richard Jaeckel. He attended Palisades High School, Santa Monica Junior College, turned professional in 1971.

Early in his career he played on the European Tour. On the tour's inaugural season, 1972, he won the French Open defeating Clive Clark in a sudden death playoff.[1] Along with Walter Hagen and Byron Nelson, Jaeckel is one of only three Americans ever to win the event.

Jaeckel joined the PGA Tour in 1975. He played in 520 PGA Tour events from 1975–1995 and recorded over two dozen top 10 finishes. Like his French Open triumph, his three best results on the PGA Tour were resolved in playoffs. He won the 1978 Tallahassee Open by shooting a final round 65 (-7) and then defeating Bruce Lietzke in a playoff. At the 1981 Tournament Players Championship he and Curtis Strange lost in a playoff to Raymond Floyd. At the 1983 Kemper Open he lost a five-way playoff to Fred Couples. Jaeckel was 7 shots back entering the day and finished hours before the last group. He passed the time at a bar, hanging out with friends and watching the event on TV.[2] These playoff losses represent his only two runner-up finishes on tour.[3]

His best finish in a major was T-28 at the 1976 U.S. Open.[4]

After reaching the age of 50 in February 1999, Jaeckel joined the Senior PGA Tour. His best finish was a T-10 at the 2000 Audi Senior Classic.

Jaeckel lives in Palm Desert, California.[5]

Amateur winsEdit

  • 1968 Southern California Amateur

Professional winsEdit

PGA Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Apr 16, 1978 Tallahassee Open −15 (70-67-71-65=273) Playoff   Bruce Lietzke

PGA Tour playoff record (1–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1978 Tallahassee Open   Bruce Lietzke Won with par on first extra hole
2 1981 Tournament Players Championship   Raymond Floyd,   Curtis Strange Floyd won with par on first extra hole
3 1983 Kemper Open   Chen Tze-chung,   Fred Couples,
  Gil Morgan,   Scott Simpson
Couples won with birdie on second extra hole
Jaeckel eliminated with par on first hole

European Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Jul 23, 1972 French Open −11 (67-68-63-67=265) Playoff   Clive Clark

European Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1972 French Open   Clive Clark Won on second extra hole

Results in The Players ChampionshipEdit

Tournament 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987
The Players Championship T43 CUT CUT CUT CUT T2 T62 T23 T33 63 T67 T54
  Top 10

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place


  1. ^ Jenkins, Dan (October 1, 1973). "Arnold And Jack, Wish You Were Here". Sports Illustrated.
  2. ^ "Kemper Open replay unlikely". The Courier. Prescott Arizona. UPI. May 31, 1984. p. 13B.
  3. ^ "Barry Jaeckel – Profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved December 26, 2007.
  5. ^ "Biographical information from U.S. Senior Open's official site". USGA. Retrieved December 10, 2007.

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