|Full name||George Bayer|
|Born||September 15, 1925|
|Died||March 16, 2003 (aged 77)|
Palm Springs, California
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight||230 lb (100 kg; 16 st)|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T15: 1965|
|PGA Championship||T3: 1962|
|U.S. Open||T11: 1964|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
Bayer was born in Bremerton, Washington. He attended the University of Washington and was a member of the football team from 1946–1949; he played in the 1949 East-West Shrine Game. After college, he was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 20th round (253rd overall). He was released by the Redskins and played for the Brooklyn Brooks and Richmond Arrows of the minor league American Football League in 1950. Bayer did not begin playing golf professionally until he was 29 years old; he started in golf as a caddie at Kitsap Golf and Country Club, which is located between Silverdale, Washington and his hometown of Bremerton.
At 6-foot-5-inches tall and 230 pounds, the power that Bayer could generate was astonishing. He was known for booming 300-yard drives. Bayer won four times on the PGA Tour in a four-year period made remarkable by the fact that he played in an era of inconsistently wound balls; and laminated maple or persimmon clubs that were made for players of average height (5'9" tall) and build (160 pounds). His achievements came in an era when golf equipment was simply not available for extremely tall or extremely short people. He also won the par-3 contest at the Masters Tournament in 1963.
Bayer also played on the Senior PGA Tour. His best year on that circuit was 1984, when he finished 21st on the money list with $64,491 in earnings. His last appearance in competitive golf was at the 2002 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. Bayer suffered a fatal heart attack at home in Palm Springs, California while dining with his wife, golfer Bob Goalby and Goalby's wife.
Professional wins (6)Edit
PGA Tour wins (4)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner-up|
|1||Jul 13, 1957||Canadian Open||−13 (70-68-64-69=271)||2 strokes||Bo Wininger|
|2||Nov 16, 1958||Havana Invitational||+6 (75-64-74-73=286)||Playoff||Sam Snead|
|3||Apr 17, 1958||Mayfair Inn Open||−12 (68-67-69-68=272)||1 stroke||Chick Harbert|
|4||Mar 21, 1960||St. Petersburg Open Invitational||−6 (66-69-75-72=282)||Playoff||Jack Fleck|
PGA Tour playoff record (2–2)
|1||1957||Western Open||Doug Ford, Gene Littler, Billy Maxwell||Ford won with par on third extra hole|
Littler and Maxwell eliminated with par on first hole
|2||1958||Havana Invitational||Sam Snead||Won with par on first extra hole|
|3||1960||St. Petersburg Open Invitational||Jack Fleck||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|4||1961||Ontario Open||Eric Monti, Bobby Nichols||Monti won with birdie on second extra hole|
Other wins (1)Edit
- 1973 Michigan Open
Senior wins (1)Edit
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- "Bayer, also ex-Redskins lineman, dies of heart attack". ESPN. March 19, 2003. Retrieved January 11, 2008.
- "George Bayer, 77, Long-Driving Golfer". The New York Times. Associated Press. March 20, 2003.
- "George Bayer passes away". 4malamute.com. March 22, 2003. Retrieved November 3, 2007.
- Penner, Andrew. "The tall and short of it: It's your swing – not body type – that counts in golf". Golf Instruction. Retrieved November 3, 2007.