Gay Brewer

Gay Robert Brewer, Jr. (March 19, 1932 – August 31, 2007) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and won the 1967 Masters Tournament.

Gay Brewer
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Personal information
Full nameGay Robert Brewer, Jr.
Born(1932-03-19)March 19, 1932
Middletown, Ohio
DiedAugust 31, 2007(2007-08-31) (aged 75)
Lexington, Kentucky
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality United States
ChildrenErin, Kelly
Turned professional1956
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins17
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour10
PGA Tour Champions1
Other5 (regular)
1 (senior)
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters TournamentWon: 1967
PGA ChampionshipT7: 1972
U.S. Open5th/T5: 1962, 1964
The Open ChampionshipT6: 1968


Brewer was born in Middletown, Ohio, and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. As an amateur, Brewer won the Kentucky State Boys Golf Championship in three consecutive years from 1949 to 1951 while attending Lafayette high school. In 1949, he also won the U.S. Junior Amateur, the most prestigious amateur event for golfers under the age of eighteen. In 1952, Brewer won the Southern Amateur.

Brewer attended the University of Kentucky on a football scholarship because the school did not have golf scholarships. Head coach Bear Bryant used him in practice as a holder for the kicker on field goals and extra points. Brewer stayed at the school for two years.

Brewer turned professional in 1956 and made his first cut, at the Agua Caliente Open, tying for 12th. His first top-10 as a pro came at the Philadelphia Daily News Open (tied for eighth), and his first top-five performance was at the Miller High Life Open in Milwaukee (tied for fifth). Playing on the PGA Tour in 1965, he won the Hawaiian Open. At the 1966 Masters Tournament, he bogeyed the final hole to finish in a three-way tie for the lead after regulation play but ended up finishing third to Jack Nicklaus following an 18-hole playoff. He came back to win the prestigious event the next year, scoring a one stroke victory over lifelong friend Bobby Nichols in the first live television broadcast of a golf tournament from the United States to Europe. Brewer called winning the 1967 Masters "the biggest thrill I've had in golf".[1] He went on to become a member of the 1967 Ryder Cup winning team, going 3-2 in his five matches, including a win (4 and 3 over Hugh Boyle) and a loss (2 and 1 to Peter Alliss) in singles play. That same year at the Pensacola Open, he set a PGA Tour record for the best 54-hole total on a par-72 course. His score of 25-under par 191 is a record that still stands over forty years later. Only Steve Stricker's 25-under on the par-71 TPC Deere Run at the 2010 John Deere Classic (25-under 188) has matched it. In the direct opposite vein, at the 1969 Danny Thomas-Diplomat Classic he tied the record at the time for a player having the largest lead (six strokes) with 18 holes to play and then losing. He finished inside the top 10 on the Tour's money list three times (1961, 1966 and 1967), with his best performance his fifth-place finish ($75,688) in 1966. His top earning year came in 1973, when he made $89,911 (21st place).

Brewer's 1966 performances earned him the Golf Digest's Most Improved Golfer award and his 1967 performances earned him the cover of the August 7th issue of Sports Illustrated magazine. He won the 1972 Canadian Open and was again part of the U.S. team that won the 1973 Ryder Cup.

Overall, Brewer was victorious in 10 tour events during his career. He was known for his jovial personality and his unusual golf swing.[1] Brewer joined the Senior PGA Tour and won the 1984 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf tournament with Billy Casper and at age sixty-three he won the 1995 MasterCard Champions Championship. His final competitive round was at the 2001 Masters Tournament.[1]

In 2006, Brewer was voted to the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2007, the golf course in Lexington where he learned to play was renamed the "Gay Brewer Jr. Course at Picadome."

Brewer died at his home in Lexington, Kentucky from lung cancer.[2] At the time of his death, he was engaged to Alma Jo McGuire.[3] He is interred at Lexington Cemetery in Lexington.

Amateur winsEdit

This list may be incomplete.

Professional wins (17)Edit

PGA Tour wins (10)Edit

Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (9)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Aug 20, 1961 Carling Open Invitational −3 (72-72-66-67=277) 1 stroke   Billy Maxwell
2 Nov 26, 1961 Mobile Sertoma Open Invitational −13 (69-66-74-66=275) 1 stroke   Johnny Pott
3 Dec 3, 1961 West Palm Beach Open Invitational −14 (69-64-70-71=274) 4 strokes   Arnold Palmer
4 May 5, 1963 Waco Turner Open −12 (72-70-71-67=280) 1 stroke   Ted Ball
5 Sep 26, 1965 Greater Seattle Open Invitational −9 (69-72-66-72=279) Playoff   Doug Sanders
6 Nov 7, 1965 Hawaiian Open −7 (74-72-67-68=281) Playoff   Bob Goalby
7 Mar 7, 1966 Pensacola Open Invitational −16 (65-69-67-71=272) 3 strokes   Bruce Devlin
8 Mar 26, 1967 Pensacola Open Invitational (2) −26 (66-64-61-71=262) 6 strokes   Bob Keller
9 Apr 9, 1967 Masters Tournament −8 (73-68-72-67=280) 1 stroke   Bobby Nichols
10 Jul 9, 1972 Canadian Open −9 (67-70-68-70=275) 1 stroke   Sam Adams,   Dave Hill

PGA Tour playoff record (2–6)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1959 West Palm Beach Open Invitational   Pete Cooper,   Arnold Palmer Palmer won with par on fourth extra hole
2 1965 Greater Seattle Open Invitational   Doug Sanders Won with par on first extra hole
3 1965 Hawaiian Open   Bob Goalby Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 1966 Masters Tournament   Tommy Jacobs,   Jack Nicklaus Lost 18-hole playoff;
Nicklaus: −2 (70),
Jacobs: E (72),
Brewer: +6 (78)
5 1966 Tournament of Champions   Arnold Palmer Lost 18-hole playoff;
Palmer: −3 (69),
Brewer: +1 (73)
6 1969 IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic   Dave Hill,   Tommy Jacobs,
  R. H. Sikes
Hill won with birdie on first extra hole
7 1974 American Golf Classic   Jim Colbert,   Forrest Fezler,
  Raymond Floyd
Colbert won with par on second extra hole
Brewer and Fezler eliminated by par on first hole
8 1976 Walt Disney World National Team Championship
(with   Bobby Nichols)
  Woody Blackburn and   Billy Kratzert Lost to birdie on third extra hole

Other wins (5)Edit

This list is probably incomplete.

Senior PGA Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Sep 3, 1984 Citizens Union Senior Golf Classic −9 (68-69-67=204) 2 strokes   Billy Casper,   Rod Funseth

Other senior wins (1)Edit

This list is probably incomplete.

Major championshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1967 Masters Tournament 2 shot deficit −8 (73-68-72-67=280) 1 stroke   Bobby Nichols

Results timelineEdit

Tournament 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament T11 CUT T25 CUT 3 1 T35 CUT
U.S. Open CUT 5 CUT T5 16 T36 T38 T9 CUT
The Open Championship CUT T6 15
PGA Championship CUT T49 8 T28 27 T28 T20 T25
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament T31 CUT T10 CUT CUT T23 CUT T29 CUT
U.S. Open 7 T9 T25 26
The Open Championship T32 T10 T37
PGA Championship CUT T7 T64 T17 T33
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament CUT T15 45 47 CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT WD
U.S. Open
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
U.S. Open
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
Tournament 2000 2001
Masters Tournament CUT WD
U.S. Open
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 1 0 1 2 3 7 39 12
U.S. Open 0 0 0 2 5 7 17 10
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 2 3 6 5
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 2 5 13 11
Totals 1 0 1 4 12 22 75 38
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (1965 U.S. Open – 1967 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (1972 PGA – 1973 Open Championship)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Gay Brewer bio".
  2. ^ "1967 Masters champion Brewer dies at 75 from lung cancer". PGA tour. August 31, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-04.
  3. ^ "Gay Brewer, 1967 Masters champ, dead at 75". August 31, 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-04-12.

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