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William R. Collins (September 23, 1928 – April 8, 2006) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1950s and 1960s and the Senior PGA Tour in the 1980s.

Bill Collins
Personal information
Full nameWilliam R. Collins
Born(1928-09-23)September 23, 1928
Meyersdale, Pennsylvania
DiedApril 8, 2006(2006-04-08) (aged 77)
Woodstock, Georgia
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Nationality United States
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins7
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour4
PGA Tour Champions1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT7: 1961
PGA ChampionshipT12: 1960
U.S. Open7th: 1964
The Open ChampionshipDNP

Collins was born in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania[1] and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland.

Collins joined the PGA Tour in 1958[1] and won four events between 1959 and 1962.[2] His first victory came at the 1959 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational by two strokes (280) over Jack Burke, Jr., Tom Nieporte and Gene Littler. In 1960, Collins finished in a three-way tie for first at the end of regulation at the Insurance City Open, which he and Jack Fleck lost in a playoff to Arnold Palmer. His best finishes in major championships were T-7 at The Masters in 1961 and a 7th-place finish at the 1964 U.S. Open.[3] He was a member of the victorious 1961 Ryder Cup team.

Collins was forced to quit the Tour after back surgery in 1963. In 1965, he took a club pro job at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, New York and remained there until December 1981.[1] He joined the Senior PGA Tour in 1982 and won the Greater Syracuse Senior's Pro Golf Classic in his first full season.[2]

Collins died in Woodstock, Georgia at the age of 77.


Professional wins (7)Edit

PGA Tour wins (4)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Mar 9, 1959 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational −8 (68-72-70-70=280) 2 strokes   Jack Burke, Jr.,   Gene Littler,
  Tom Nieporte
2 May 2, 1960 Houston Classic −8 (66-71-68-75=280) Playoff   Arnold Palmer
3 May 22, 1960 Hot Springs Open Invitational −13 (68-70-68-69=275) 3 strokes   Pete Cooper
4 Jul 8, 1962 Buick Open Invitational −4 (70-71-71-72=284) 1 stroke   Dave Ragan

PGA Tour playoff record (1–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1960 Phoenix Open Invitational   Jack Fleck Lost 18-hole playoff (Fleck:68, Collins:71)
2 1960 Houston Classic   Arnold Palmer Won 18-hole playoff (Collins:69, Palmer:71)
3 1960 Insurance City Open   Jack Fleck,   Arnold Palmer Palmer won with birdie on third extra hole
Collins eliminated with birdie on first hole
4 1962 Hot Springs Open Invitational     Al Johnston Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Other wins (2)Edit

Senior PGA Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Aug 22, 1982 Greater Syracuse Senior's Pro Golf Classic +1 (73-71-71-70=285) 1 stroke   Guy Wolstenholme


  1. ^ a b c "Collins, PGA TOUR and Champions Tour Veteran, Dies" (PDF). PGA Tour obituary.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Collins Seniors Victor". New York Times. 1982-08-23.
  3. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved 2008-01-23.

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