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George Fazio (November 12, 1912 – June 6, 1986) was an American professional golfer and a golf course architect.

George Fazio
Personal information
Born(1912-11-12)November 12, 1912
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedJune 6, 1986(1986-06-06) (aged 73)
Jupiter, Florida
Nationality United States
Career
StatusProfessional
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins10
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
Other8
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT14: 1952
PGA ChampionshipT5: 1948
U.S. Open3rd: 1950
The Open ChampionshipDNP

Life and careerEdit

Fazio, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was a respected player in the mid-twentieth century and competed in seven Masters Tournaments from 1947 to 1954. His best finish was 14th in 1952.

Fazio won two PGA Tour events: the 1946 Canadian Open and the 1947 Bing Crosby Pro-Am (in a tie with Ed Furgol). He had career earnings of more than $50,000. He nearly won the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club outside Philadelphia, finishing third to Ben Hogan and Lloyd Mangrum in an 18-hole playoff. This event was recently memorialized as one of the 15 most memorable Philadelphia sports moments.[1] Like most golfers of his generation, Fazio earned his living primarily as a club pro during his regular career years. During the 1940s, he was head pro at Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles, where many of Hollywood's celebrities played.[2]

After his playing days were over, Fazio went on to become a well-known golf course architect along with his nephews Tom Fazio, Jim Fazio, and course designer Lou Cappelli. The foursome built many notable courses, and they are particularly noted for the shapes built into their traps - such as clover-leafs and butterflies.

Fazio died in Jupiter, Florida at the age of 73.[3]

Professional wins (10)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Masters Tournament NT NT NT T39 T30
U.S. Open WD CUT WD NT NT NT NT T38 T59 T25 T35
PGA Championship R64 R32 NT R32 QF R32
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960
Masters Tournament T21 T18 T14 T51 T33
U.S. Open 3 CUT 5 T4 T27 CUT WD
PGA Championship R32 R64 R64 R64 R64 T25 T56 CUT

Note: Fazio never played in The Open Championship.

  Top 10
  Did not play

NT = no tournament
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 7
U.S. Open 0 0 1 3 3 4 14 8
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 1 6 13 12
Totals 0 0 1 4 4 13 34 27
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 14 (1941 PGA – 1951 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (four times)

Notable golf course designsEdit

 
Ridgefield Golf Course 6th Tee Box (men's)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fitzpatrick, Frank (2009). "15 Most memorable Phila. sports moments". Philly Online. Archived from the original on September 5, 2009. Retrieved June 1, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Thurber, Jon (February 12, 2009). "Eric Monti dies at 91; former golf pro at Hillcrest Country Club in L.A." Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 8, 2009.
  3. ^ "George Fazio, Ex-Pro Golfer And a Designer of Courses". The New York Times. June 8, 1986. Retrieved September 28, 2010.