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William Lee Glasson, Jr. (born April 29, 1960) is an American professional golfer who won several tournaments on the PGA Tour.

Bill Glasson
Personal information
Full nameWilliam Lee Glasson, Jr.
Born (1960-04-29) April 29, 1960 (age 59)
Fresno, California, U.S.
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceStillwater, Oklahoma
Career
CollegeOral Roberts University
Turned professional1983
Current tour(s)PGA Tour Champions
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins9
Highest ranking25 (July 18, 1999)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour7
Other2
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT18: 1994, 1999
PGA ChampionshipT13: 1998
U.S. OpenT4: 1995
The Open ChampionshipT25: 1995
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour Comeback
Player of the Year
1997

Glasson was born in Fresno, California. He attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he was a member of the golf team – a two-time All-American. He turned pro in 1983 and led the PGA Tour for driving distance in 1984.[2]

Glasson has enjoyed nine victories as a professional golfer: seven official PGA Tour events and two non-official events. His first win came at the 1985 Kemper Open. Trailing seven strokes behind the leader Larry Mize with 14 holes to play, Glasson made a 45-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a round of 66 to finish one stroke ahead of Mize and Corey Pavin.[3]

Glasson won a second Kemper Open in 1992. His best finish in a major is a tie for 4th place at the 1995 U.S. Open. Glasson has over 60 top-10 PGA Tour finishes and has earned more than $6.7 million in career earnings. He was featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking. His last win on the Tour was in 1997 at the Las Vegas Invitational.

Glasson experienced difficulty maintaining his PGA Tour privileges in his 40s, due in large part to medical problems. He needed to play some on the Nationwide Tour, where his best finish was 2nd place at the 2003 Northeast Pennsylvania Classic. Glasson has undergone at least 19 surgeries on various parts of his body including elbow, sinus, knee, lip, forearm and lower back.[4] In 1994, with a deadpan delivery, Glasson said: "For me, breakfast is a bowl of Advil." [5]

He began playing on the Champions Tour after his 50th birthday on April 29, 2010.

Glasson lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Professional winsEdit

PGA Tour wins (7)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Jun 2, 1985 Kemper Open −10 (72-70-70-66=278) 1 stroke   Larry Mize,   Corey Pavin
2 Sep 25, 1988 B.C. Open −16 (66-68-65-69=268) 2 strokes   Wayne Levi,   Bruce Lietzke
3 Nov 13, 1988 Centel Classic −16 (67-69-68-68=272) 2 strokes   Tommy Armour III
4 Feb 26, 1989 Doral-Ryder Open −13 (71-65-67-72=275) 1 stroke   Fred Couples
5 May 31, 1992 Kemper Open −8 (69-68-71-68=276) 1 stroke   John Daly,   Ken Green,
  Mike Springer,   Howard Twitty
6 Jan 30, 1994 Phoenix Open −16 (68-68-68-64=268) 3 strokes   Bob Estes
7 Oct 26, 1997 Las Vegas Invitational −20 (63-65-75-71-66=340) 4 strokes   David Edwards,   Billy Mayfair

Other wins (2)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament T25 CUT
U.S. Open T25 T39 T53 CUT T21
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T54 CUT WD
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament T33 CUT T18 CUT CUT CUT T18
U.S. Open T51 CUT T4 CUT
The Open Championship CUT T25
PGA Championship WD T19 CUT T13
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open T67
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T64
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 3 9 4
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 1 3 10 7
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 4
Totals 0 0 0 1 1 9 29 16
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (1984 U.S. Open – 1986 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Week 29 1999 Ending 18 Jul 1999" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  2. ^ "PGA Tour stats – Driving Distance". PGA Tour. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  3. ^ "Kemper first win for Glasson". The Daily Record. Ellensburg, Washington. UPI. June 3, 1985. p. 10. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
  4. ^ "PGA Tour Profile – Bill Glasson". PGA Tour. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  5. ^ Dorman, Larry (October 30, 1994). "It's Glasson Operating: Now, It's on the Course". The New York Times. Retrieved December 29, 2012.

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