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Robert Joseph Murphy, Jr. (born February 14, 1943) is an American professional golfer who was formerly a member of the PGA Tour and currently plays on the Champions Tour. Murphy has won 21 tournaments as a professional.

Bob Murphy
Golfer Bob Murphy 1968.jpg
Murphy at the 1968 Westchester Golf Classic
Personal information
Full nameRobert Joseph Murphy, Jr.
Born (1943-02-14) February 14, 1943 (age 76)
Brooklyn, New York
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceDelray Beach, Florida
SpouseGail
Career
CollegeUniversity of Florida
Turned professional1967
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins23
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour5
PGA Tour of Australasia1
PGA Tour Champions11
Other7
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT13: 1971
PGA ChampionshipT2: 1970
U.S. OpenT3: 1975
The Open ChampionshipT48: 1976

Early yearsEdit

Murphy was born in Brooklyn, New York.[1] He was a standout pitcher in his youth, and as a teen led his high school baseball team to the state championship in 1960. After suffering a football injury (which also ended his baseball career), Murphy got started in golf.[2]

College careerEdit

Murphy attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida,[1] where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity (Florida Upsilon Chapter). While he was an undergraduate, he played for coach Buster Bishop's Florida Gators men's golf team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1964 to 1966.[3] While he was a college student, he won the 1965 U.S. Amateur and the 1966 individual NCAA championship,[3] and was recognized as an All-American in 1966.[2][4] He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in health and human performance in 1966,[1] and was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 1971.[5][6]

Professional careerEdit

Murphy turned professional in 1967,[1] and won five tournaments on the PGA Tour.[2] He was a member of the victorious U.S. team in the 1975 Ryder Cup competition.[7] His best finish in a major tournament was a second-place tie at the 1970 PGA Championship.[8] Murphy won 11 times on the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour).

Murphy first got into broadcasting while still playing. He joined CBS Sports as a tower announcer in 1984, working for CBS through 1991. He then joined ESPN as a color commentator, where he stayed through 1994. After a break from TV to play on the Senior PGA Tour, he joined NBC Sports in November 1999, and was a tower announcer for the PGA Tour on NBC through 2009, at which point he retired.[2][7]

He was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

Personal lifeEdit

Murphy lives in Delray Beach, Florida with his wife, Gail.[7]

Amateur wins (2)Edit

Professional wins (23)Edit

PGA Tour wins (5)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Aug 25, 1968 Philadelphia Golf Classic −12 (69-71-66-70=276) Playoff   Labron Harris, Jr.
2 Sep 2, 1968 Thunderbird Classic −11 (68-70-71-69=277) 3 strokes   Bruce Crampton,   Bob Lunn
3 Sep 7, 1970 Greater Hartford Open Invitational −17 (66-66-66-69=267) 4 strokes   Paul Harney
4 Mar 2, 1975 Jackie Gleason-Inverrary Classic −15 (68-71-66-68=273) 1 stroke   Eddie Pearce
5 Jun 29, 1986 Canadian Open −8 (71-70-68-71=280) 3 strokes   Greg Norman

PGA Tour playoff record (1–5)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1968 Philadelphia Golf Classic   Labron Harris, Jr. Won with birdie on third extra hole
2 1970 Tucson Open   Lee Trevino Lost to birdie on first extra hole
3 1972 Hawaiian Open   Grier Jones Lost to par on first extra hole
4 1973 Westchester Classic   Bobby Nichols Lost to birdie on second extra hole
5 1974 World Open Golf Championship   Frank Beard,   Jack Nicklaus,   Johnny Miller Miller won with birdie on second extra hole
Murphy eliminated with par on first hole
6 1981 Tallahassee Open   Dave Eichelberger,   Mark O'Meara Eichelberger won with birdie on first extra hole

Australian Tour wins (1)Edit

Other wins (3)Edit

Senior PGA Tour wins (11)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Aug 29, 1993 Bruno's Memorial Classic −13 (69-67-67=203) 1 stroke   Bob Charles,   Lee Trevino
2 Sep 12, 1993 GTE North Classic −10 (68-66=134) 2 strokes   Jim Ferree,   Dave Hill,   Chi-Chi Rodríguez
3 Oct 16, 1994 Raley's Senior Gold Rush −8 (69-71-68=208) Playoff   Dave Eichelberger
4 Oct 30, 1994 Hyatt Regency Maui Kaanapali Classic −18 (62-67-66=195) 2 strokes   Jack Kiefer
5 Feb 12, 1995 The IntelliNet Challenge −7 (67-70=137) 1 stroke   Raymond Floyd
6 May 7, 1995 PaineWebber Invitational −13 (68-66-69=203) 2 strokes   Raymond Floyd,   Larry Ziegler
7 Jun 25, 1995 Nationwide Championship −13 (71-64-68=203) 2 strokes   Hale Irwin,   Bruce Summerhays
8 Aug 6, 1995 VFW Senior Championship −15 (69-63-63=195) 1 stroke   Jim Colbert
9 Feb 4, 1996 Royal Caribbean Classic −10 (69-67-67=203) 4 strokes   Hale Irwin
10 May 19, 1996 Cadillac NFL Golf Classic −14 (62-71-69=202) 2 strokes   Jay Sigel
11 Mar 6, 1997 Toshiba Senior Classic −6 (65-70-72=207) Playoff   Jay Sigel

Champions Tour playoff record (2–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1994 Raley's Senior Gold Rush   Dave Eichelberger Won with bogey on fifth extra hole
2 1997 Toshiba Senior Classic   Jay Sigel Won with birdie on ninth extra hole

Other senior wins (3)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament T59 LA 52 LA CUT
U.S. Open T15 LA T23 T32 5
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T63
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament T23 T13 T43 42 T28 T31
U.S. Open CUT CUT T63 T20 T3 CUT CUT T25
The Open Championship T48
PGA Championship T2 T46 T40 T35 T32 T25 CUT T25 T54 CUT
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open CUT T50 CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T20 18 T34 CUT T62 69
  Top 10
  Did not play

LA = Low amateur
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 8
U.S. Open 0 0 1 2 2 6 15 9
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
PGA Championship 0 1 0 1 1 5 17 14
Totals 0 1 1 3 3 13 43 32
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 11 (1971 PGA – 1976 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (three times)

Results in The Players ChampionshipEdit

Tournament 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987
The Players Championship T6 T4 T43 CUT 71 T64 CUT CUT T32 CUT T14 T44
  Top 10
  Did not play

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

U.S. national team appearancesEdit

Amateur

Professional

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Bob Murphy Profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bob Murphy Media Guide". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Florida Men's Golf 2011 Media Supplement Archived 2012-04-02 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 29, 34, 39, 41 (2010). Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  4. ^ 2008–09 Florida Gators Men's Golf Media Guide Archived 2012-03-22 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 36 (2008). Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  5. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "O'Connell Lauded for Actions". Sarasota Journal. Associated Press. May 3, 1971. Retrieved July 24, 2011.
  7. ^ a b c NBCSports.com, Golf, Bob Murphy, Tower Reporter. Retrieved July 24, 2011.
  8. ^ "Bob Murphy". Golf Major Championships. Retrieved July 24, 2011.

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