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Bruce Crampton (born 28 September 1935) is an Australian professional golfer.

Bruce Crampton
Bruce Crampton with family 1970.jpg
Crampton with wife Joan and two-years-old son Jay after winning the 1970 Westchester Classic
Personal information
Born (1935-09-28) 28 September 1935 (age 83)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Nationality Australia
Career
Turned professional1953
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins44
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour14
PGA Tour Champions20
Other8 (regular)
2 (senior)
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT2: 1972
PGA Championship2nd: 1973, 1975
U.S. Open2nd: 1972
The Open ChampionshipT13: 1956
Achievements and awards
Vardon Trophy1973, 1975

Crampton was born in Sydney, New South Wales, and attended Kogarah High School in 1948–1950. He turned professional in 1953. He won the Vardon Trophy for the player with the lowest stroke average on the PGA Tour in 1973 and 1975. He had 14 career wins on the PGA Tour between 1961 and 1975 and was runner up in four major championships – one Masters, one U.S. Open, and two PGA Championships – all to Jack Nicklaus. He was ranked among the top five golfers in the world in both 1972 and 1973, according to Mark McCormack's world golf rankings. His other regular career victories included the Australian Open, New Zealand PGA Championship, Far East Open and the Philippine Open. As a senior, he won 20 times on the Champions Tour, and topped the money list in 1986, but he did not win a senior major.

Crampton was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2001.[1]

Professional wins (44)Edit

PGA Tour wins (14)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 23 Jul 1961 Milwaukee Open Invitational −8 (70-64-67-71=272) 1 stroke   Gay Brewer,   Bob Goalby
2 15 Jul 1962 Motor City Open −17 (66-65-70-66=267) 3 strokes   Dave Hill,   Don Massengale
3 26 Apr 1964 Texas Open Invitational −7 (71-69-68-65=273) 1 stroke   Bob Charles,   Chi-Chi Rodríguez
4 24 Jan 1965 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am −3 (75-67-73-69=284) 3 strokes   Tony Lema
5 11 May 1965 Colonial National Invitation −4 (71-68-71-66=276) 3 strokes   George Knudson
6 30 May 1965 500 Festival Open Invitation −5 (71-70-67-71=279) 1 stroke   Jacky Cupit,   Lionel Hebert
7 9 Nov 1969 Hawaiian Open −14 (71-71-65-67=274) 4 strokes   Jack Nicklaus
8 2 Aug 1970 Westchester Classic −15 (67-71-68-67=273) 1 stroke   Larry Hinson,   Jack Nicklaus
9 18 Jul 1971 Western Open −5 (66-73-69-71=279) 2 strokes   Bobby Nichols
10 14 Jan 1973 Phoenix Open −12 (68-67-68-65=268) 1 stroke   Steve Melnyk,   Lanny Wadkins
11 21 Jan 1973 Dean Martin Tucson Open −11 (70-70-66-71=277) 5 strokes   George Archer,   Gay Brewer
  Labron Harris, Jr.
12 6 May 1973 Houston Open −11 (72-66-67-72=277) 1 stroke   Dave Stockton
13 24 Jun 1973 American Golf Classic −7 (70-67-68-68=273) 3 strokes   Gay Brewer,   Bob Murphy
  Lanny Wadkins
14 4 May 1975 Houston Open −15 (68-70-66-69=273) 2 strokes   Gil Morgan

PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1970 Houston Champions International   Gibby Gilbert Lost to par on third extra hole
2 1974 B.C. Open   Richie Karl Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (8)Edit

this list may be incomplete

Champions Tour wins (20)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 11 May 1986 Benson & Hedges Invitational −14 (67-67-68=202) 2 strokes   Bob Charles
2 27 Jul 1986 MONY Syracuse Senior's Pro Golf Classic −11 (70-65-71=206) 1 stroke   Roberto De Vicenzo,   Orville Moody,   Chi-Chi Rodríguez
3 17 Jul 1986 GTE Northwest Classic −6 (77-71-72=210) 2 strokes   Don January,   George Lanning
4 21 Sep 1986 PaineWebber World Seniors Invitational −9 (68-69-72=70=279) 1 stroke   Lee Elder,   Chi-Chi Rodríguez
5 26 Oct 1986 Pepsi Senior Challenge −8 (65-71=136) 1 stroke   Gary Player
6 9 Nov 1986 Las Vegas Senior Classic −10 (71-67-68=206) 2 strokes   Dale Douglass
7 23 Nov 1986 Shearson-Lehman Brothers Senior Classic −16 (65-67-68=200) 4 strokes   Butch Baird
8 31 May 1987 Denver Champions of Golf −12 (73-64-67=204) 1 stroke   Walt Zembriski
9 6 Jul 1987 The Greenbrier American Express Championship −16 (63-70-67=200) 6 strokes   Orville Moody
10 19 Jul 1987 MONY Syracuse Senior Classic −7 (65-67-65=197) 6 strokes   Chi-Chi Rodríguez
11 6 Sep 1987 Vantage presents Bank One Senior Golf Classic −13 (63-64-70=197) 6 strokes   Miller Barber,   Bob Charles,   Joe Jimenez
12 15 May 1988 United Hospitals Classic −5 (71-65-69=205) Playoff   Billy Casper
13 10 Jul 1988 GTE Northwest Classic −9 (69-68-70=207) 1 stroke   Don Bies,   Bruce Devlin
14 12 Mar 1989 MONY Arizona Classic −16 (67-64-69=200) 1 stroke   Bobby Nichols
15 23 Jul 1989 Ameritech Senior Open −11 (70-67-68=205) 1 stroke   Jim Ferree,   Orville Moody
16 5 Aug 1990 PaineWebber Invitational −11 (68-69-68=205) 3 strokes   Tom Shaw
17 14 Oct 1990 Gatlin Brothers Southwest Senior Classic −12 (67-68-69=204) 4 strokes   Lee Trevino
18 6 Jan 1991 Infiniti Senior Tournament of Champions −9 (70-69-69-71=279) 4 strokes   Frank Beard
19 8 Mar 1992 GTE West Classic −15 (66-63-66=195) 3 strokes   Chi-Chi Rodríguez
20 18 May 1997 Cadillac NFL Golf Classic −6 (76-67-67=210) Playoff   Hugh Baiocchi

Champions Tour playoff record (2–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1988 United Hospitals Classic   Billy Casper Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1990 GTE North Classic   Mike Hill Lost to birdie on first extra hole
3 1993 PGA Seniors' Championship   Tom Wargo Lost to par on second extra hole
4 1997 Cadillac NFL Golf Classic   Hugh Baiocchi Won with birdie on third extra hole

Other senior wins (2)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament T21 T26 CUT
U.S. Open T19 CUT
The Open Championship T13 T39 T34
PGA Championship
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament T16 CUT T29 T11 T21 T11 T17 T49 T13
U.S. Open T38 T22 T45 T5 T14 T32 T57 T46 T6
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T17 T3 T56 T20 T43 T26 T23 T15
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976
Masters Tournament T38 T18 T2 T43 T11 CUT 27
U.S. Open T30 T49 2 CUT T23 CUT
The Open Championship T18 CUT
PGA Championship T6 T57 T24 2 T48 2 T38
  Top 10
  Did not play

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 1 0 1 1 10 19 16
U.S. Open 0 1 0 2 3 7 17 14
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 4
PGA Championship 0 2 1 3 4 9 15 15
Totals 0 4 1 6 8 28 56 49
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 33 (1961 U.S. Open – 1973 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (twice)

Team appearancesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bruce Crampton". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 12 September 2013.

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