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Ernie Gonzalez (born February 19, 1961) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1980s.

Ernie Gonzalez
Personal information
Born (1961-02-19) February 19, 1961 (age 58)
San Diego, California
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight210 lb (95 kg; 15 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada
CollegeUnited States International University
Turned professional1983
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins1
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 1987
PGA ChampionshipCUT: 1987
U.S. OpenCUT: 1987
The Open ChampionshipDNP

Gonzalez was born in San Diego, California. His father was of Mexican descent and his mother was Puerto Rican.[1] He attended the United States International University, where he played on the golf team. He turned professional in 1983.

Gonzalez played full-time on the PGA Tour from 1985–1989.[2] He shot a 14-under-par 128 to edge Joey Sindelar by one stroke to win the rain-shortened 36-hole Pensacola Open in 1986 for his only Tour victory.[3] The win by Gonzalez is the first by a left-handed golfer on the PGA Tour since Bob Charles at the 1974 Greater Greensboro Open.[4]

After losing his Tour card, Gonzalez worked as a golf instructor and a warehouseman. He has also played in a limited number of Nationwide Tour events, and in select PGA Tour events using exemptions. He lives with his family in Las Vegas, Nevada.[2]


PGA Tour wins (1)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1987
The Masters CUT
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship CUT

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Yellow background for top-10.


  1. ^ The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution, "Playing golf backward" (March 26, 1987, Page E1); ""His dad was Mexican, born in Arizona, his mother Puerto Rican."
  2. ^ a b Iole, Kevin (2001-11-07). "Local Golf Note: Gonzalez eyes return to Tour". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2007-11-01.
  3. ^ "Today in Golf History: October 12". Golfonline. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2007-11-01.
  4. ^ Lefty Gonzalez wins at rain-soaked Pensacola

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