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William August Kratzert III (born June 29, 1952) is an American professional golfer and sportscaster, who has played on both the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.

Billy Kratzert
Personal information
Full nameWilliam August Kratzert III
NicknameBill or Billy
Born (1952-06-29) June 29, 1952 (age 67)
Quantico, Virginia
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Nationality United States
ResidencePonte Vedra Beach, Florida
Career
CollegeUniversity of Georgia
Turned professional1974
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins5
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour4
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT5: 1978
PGA ChampionshipT12: 1978
U.S. OpenT6: 1978
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 1978

Kratzert was born in Quantico, Virginia[1] when his father was in the service but spent most of his youth in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he attended Elmhurst High School. His father was head pro for over 20 years at the Fort Wayne Country Club.[2] Kratzert won the Indiana State Amateur at age 16.[3] He attended the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia[1] and was a distinguished member of the golf team – an All-American in 1973 and 1974.[2] Kratzert graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in 1974. He turned pro in that same year.[1] Kratzert, after two failed attempts at earning his Tour card, quit golf and worked as a forklift operator.[4] After eight months at that job, Kratzert returned to golf and succeeded on his third attempt in 1976 to get his PGA Tour card.[2]

Kratzert won four PGA Tour events in his career.[3] His most successful years in professional golf were 1977–1980 when he finished in the top-12 on the money list in three of those 4 years.[2] Kratzert's best year for majors was 1978, when he finished with a T-5 in The Masters and a T-6 in the U.S. Open.[5] His career earnings exceed $1.4 million.[2] He continued to play on the PGA Tour until 1997, when he went to work as a television golf commentator.

Since turning 50 in June 2002, Kratzert has played some on the Champions Tour; his best finish in this venue is T10 at the 2003 Royal Caribbean Golf Classic.[3]

The main focus of his work continues to be as an on-course TV golf analyst. He has worked for the Golf Channel, ESPN, CBS, NBC, Turner Sports, SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio and pgatour.com.[6]

Kratzert was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame in 1993.[2] He lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida with his wife and three children. His sister, Cathy Gerring, is also a professional golfer and has won three times on the LPGA Tour.

Amateur winsEdit

  • 1968 Indiana Amateur[7]

Professional wins (5)Edit

PGA Tour wins (4)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Nov 7, 1976 Walt Disney World National Team Championship
(with Woody Blackburn)
−28 (63-68-63-66=260) Playoff   Gay Brewer &   Bobby Nichols
2 Aug 7, 1977 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open −19 (66-66-64-69=265) 3 strokes   Grier Jones,   Larry Nelson
3 Jul 13, 1980 Greater Milwaukee Open −22 (67-66-67-66=266) 4 strokes   Howard Twitty
4 Oct 28, 1984 Pensacola Open −14 (67-66-71-66=270) 2 strokes   Ken Brown,   John Mahaffey

PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1976 Walt Disney World National Team Championship
(with Woody Blackburn)
  Gay Brewer &   Bobby Nichols Won with birdie on third extra hole
2 1978 Hawaiian Open   Hubert Green Lost to par on second extra hole

Other winsEdit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986
Masters Tournament CUT T24 T5 T17 T19 CUT T14 T42
U.S. Open CUT T19 T6 T36 T33
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship T25 T12 CUT T50 CUT CUT T40
  Top 10
  Did not play

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Profile on PGA Tour's official site". Retrieved January 14, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "King of the course: Bill Kratzert won four events and earned more than $1 million on the PGA Tour". Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. Archived from the original on May 22, 2008. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Biographical information on PGA Tour's official site". Retrieved January 14, 2013.
  4. ^ Achenbach, Jim (April 7, 1978). "Kratzert Patches Up His Life And His Game". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. p. 1-E. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
  5. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved January 14, 2013.
  6. ^ http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/bio/billy-kratzert/
  7. ^ "Indiana Amateur Championship". Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2015.

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