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Howard "Howie" Johnson (September 8, 1925 – September 13, 2015) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Senior PGA Tour.

Howie Johnson
Personal information
Full nameHoward Johnson
Born(1925-09-08)September 8, 1925
Saint Paul, Minnesota
DiedSeptember 13, 2015(2015-09-13) (aged 90)
Palm Desert, California
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality United States
CollegeUniversity of Minnesota
Turned professional1956
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Senior PGA Tour
Professional wins3
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT18: 1970
PGA ChampionshipT19: 1969
U.S. OpenT12: 1970
The Open ChampionshipT20: 1971

Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota,[1] Johnson played college golf at the University of Minnesota, where he was team captain.[1] He did not turn professional until age 30, and then only on a dare.[1]

Johnson joined the PGA Tour in 1956 and had two victories.[2] He won his first tour event in 1958 at the Azalea Open, in a playoff with Arnold Palmer.[3][4] His best finish in a major was T-12 at the U.S. Open in 1970.[5]

Johnson joined the Senior PGA Tour in 1980 and his best finish was a T-2 at the Vintage Chrysler Invitational in 1987. He lived in Rancho Mirage, California, and his son, Howard Johnson, Jr., played on the Nationwide Tour.

Johnson died in September 2015 at the age of 90.[6]

Professional winsEdit

PGA Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
1 Mar 30, 1958 Azalea Open 74-68-72-68=282 −6 Playoff   Arnold Palmer
2 Mar 1, 1959 Baton Rouge Open Invitational 72-71-70-70=283 −5 1 stroke   Jay Hebert

PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1958 Azalea Open   Arnold Palmer Won 18-hole playoff (Johnson:77, Palmer:78)
2 1970 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational   Miller Barber,   Bob Charles Barber won with birdie on second extra hole

Other winsEdit


  1. ^ a b c Elliott, Len; Kelly, Barbara (1976). Who's Who in Golf. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House. pp. 104–5. ISBN 0-87000-225-2.
  2. ^ "Sanders, Johnson win Grand Champions by one". July 7, 2003. Retrieved January 12, 2008.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Johnson wins Azalea Open". St. Petersburg Times. (Florida). Associated Press. April 1, 1958. p. 1C.
  4. ^ "Howie Johnson takes Azalea; penalty helps". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. April 1, 1958. p. 3, sec. 3.
  5. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved January 12, 2008.
  6. ^ Livsey, Laury (September 21, 2015). "PGA Tour winner Johnson passes away at age 90". PGA Tour.

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