Bruce Devlin

Bruce William Devlin (born 10 October 1937) is an Australian professional golfer, sportscaster and golf course designer.

Bruce Devlin
Personal information
Full nameBruce William Devlin
Born (1937-10-10) 10 October 1937 (age 82)
Armidale, Australia
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight158 lb (72 kg; 11.3 st)
Nationality Australia
Turned professional1961
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins31
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour8
PGA Tour of Australasia1
PGA Tour Champions1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament4th: 1964, 1968
PGA ChampionshipT6: 1965
U.S. OpenT6: 1965
The Open Championship5th: 1964

Devlin was born in Armidale, Australia. He turned pro in 1961 and joined the PGA Tour in 1962 after an amateur career in Australia which included a win at the Australian Amateur in 1959. During his PGA Tour career, he had eight victories all of which occurred between 1964 and 1972. In 1972, he earned $119,768 and finished eighth on the money list.[1]

On the Senior PGA Tour, Devlin won one tournament, the 1995 FHP Health Care Classic. At the end of the 1998 golf season, Devlin decided to retire from the Senior PGA Tour to concentrate on his Golf Course Architecture and Design business and his commitment to ESPN's Golf Telecasts.[2]

The main focus of Devlin's career in the past 30 years has been his work as a Golf Course Architect and Designer. Devlin has designed and built more than 150 golf courses throughout the world including Australia, Japan, Scotland, the Bahamas, and the United States. About two-thirds of the golf courses he designed have been in Florida and Texas. Many of these courses have hosted all of the professional golf tours, including: The Houston Open, HealthSouth LPGA Classic, Key Biscayne Golf Classic, and The Nike Cleveland Open. His golf design business is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Devlin has also worked as a television commentator. He worked for NBC from 1977 to 1982; ESPN from 1983 to 1987; and since 1999 has occasionally covered professional golf for ESPN.[2]

At the 72nd hole of the 1975 Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational, Devlin shot a 10 after hitting multiple shots into the water in front of the 18th green of the Torrey Pines South Course.[3] The pond was thereafter nicknamed "Devlin’s Billabong".[4]

Devlin is one of only four golfers to have scored a double eagle (three-under-par) at the Masters Tournament. He achieved this in the first round of the 1967 Masters, holing a 4-wood from 248 yards on the par-5 8th hole.

Amateur winsEdit

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (31)Edit

PGA Tour wins (8)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 15 Mar 1964 St. Petersburg Open Invitational −16 (69-64-69-70=272) 4 strokes   Dan Sikes
2 22 May 1966 Colonial National Invitation E (67-68-70-75=280) 1 stroke   R. H. Sikes
3 3 Sep 1966 Carling World Open −6 (73-70-74-69=286) 1 stroke   Billy Casper
4 27 Apr 1969 Byron Nelson Golf Classic −3 (71-66-70-70=277) 1 stroke   Frank Beard,   Bruce Crampton
5 8 Feb 1970 Bob Hope Desert Classic −21 (67-68-68-70-66=339) 4 strokes   Larry Ziegler
6 28 Jun 1970 Cleveland Open −12 (69-69-66-64=268) 4 strokes   Steve Eichstaedt
7 8 May 1972 Houston Open −10 (69-70-67-72=278) 2 strokes   Tommy Aaron,   Lou Graham,
  Doug Sanders
8 20 Aug 1972 USI Classic −13 (69-68-69-69=275) 3 strokes   Lee Elder

PGA Tour playoff record (0–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1968 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am   Billy Casper,   Johnny Pott Pott won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1969 Atlanta Classic   Bert Yancey Lost to birdie on second extra hole
3 1972 Cleveland Open   David Graham Lost to birdie on second extra hole

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 4 Dec 1983 Air New Zealand Shell Open −10 (67-67-66=200)* 1 stroke   Bobby Clampett

*Note: The 1983 Air New Zealand Shell Open was shortened to 54 holes due to rain.

Australia/New Zealand circuit wins (18)Edit

Other wins (3)Edit

Senior PGA Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 5 Mar 1995 FHP Health Care Classic −10 (64-66=130) Playoff   Dave Eichelberger

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1995 FHP Health Care Classic   Dave Eichelberger Won with birdie on second extra hole

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament CUT 4 T15 T28 T10 4 T19
U.S. Open CUT CUT T6 T26 T23 T9 T10
The Open Championship CUT T33 5 T8 T4 T8 T10 T16
PGA Championship T39 T6 T28 WD T32
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament T31 T13 T5 T8 T31 T15 T19 T42
U.S. Open T8 T27 T65 CUT T60 CUT
The Open Championship T25 T37 T26 T18 T39
PGA Championship T18 T13 CUT T24 T22 T50 T51
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983
Masters Tournament T31 CUT
U.S. Open T12 T26 T10 T65
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T30 CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 3 5 10 17 15
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 5 7 17 13
The Open Championship 0 0 0 2 5 8 13 12
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 5 14 11
Totals 0 0 0 5 16 30 61 51
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 18 (1968 Masters – 1972 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (twice)

Team appearancesEdit

these lists may be incomplete



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Biographical Information from". Archived from the original on 28 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Bruce Devlin Golf Course Designer – Career Highlights as Professional Golfer".
  3. ^ 40th Anniversary – PGA Tour at Torrey Pines Archived 9 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^

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