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Jerry M. Heard (born May 1, 1947) is an American professional golfer who won several PGA Tour events in the 1970s.

Jerry Heard
Personal information
Full nameJerry M. Heard
Born (1947-05-01) May 1, 1947 (age 72)
Visalia, California
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality United States
Career
CollegeFresno State
Turned professional1968
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins8
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour5
European Tour1
Other2
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT5: 1972
PGA ChampionshipT7: 1972
U.S. OpenT7: 1973
The Open ChampionshipT28: 1972

Heard was born in Visalia, California. He became a professional golfer in 1968 and joined the PGA Tour in 1969. His first professional win came in the American Golf Classic at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio in 1971. He finished with a four-day total of 275, three strokes better than runner-up Dale Douglass. In 1972, he won the Florida Citrus Open and the Colonial National Invitation. Heard had nearly 60 top-10 finishes in PGA Tour events in his career including four top-10 finishes in major championships — his best finish in a major was T-5 at the 1972 Masters Tournament.[1] Heard was struck by lightning at the 1975 Western Open, along with playing partner Lee Trevino. Three others were also struck: Bobby Nichols, Jim Ahern, and Tony Jacklin.[2][3]

Heard left the Tour in 1980, and today owns and operates a golf school, the Jerry Heard Golf Academy located at the Silverthorn Country Club in Spring Hill, Florida. His school had been located for many years in southwest Florida – in the Fort Myers area.

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Professional wins (8)Edit

PGA Tour wins (5)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Aug 8, 1971 American Golf Classic 67-66-68-74=275 −5 3 strokes   Dale Douglass
2 Mar 12, 1972 Florida Citrus Open 70-67-70-69=276 −12 2 strokes   Bobby Mitchell
3 May 14, 1972 Colonial National Invitation 69-66-67-73=275 −5 2 strokes   Fred Marti
4 Mar 3, 1974 Florida Citrus Open 67-68-69-69=273 −15 3 strokes   Homero Blancas,   Jim Jamieson
5 May 28, 1978 Atlanta Classic 67-67-68-67=269 −19 2 strokes   Lou Graham,   Bob Murphy
  Tom Watson

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1974 Kemper Open   Bob Menne Lost to birdie on first extra hole

European Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Apr 20, 1974 Spanish Open −9 (72-67-70-70=279) 6 strokes   Gary Player

Other wins (2)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament 48 T5 56 T11 T26 CUT
U.S. Open CUT CUT T13 T29 T7 T45 T29 CUT
The Open Championship T28 CUT
PGA Championship T9 T7 T66 T48 T25 T22 T64
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"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 1 1 2 6 5
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 5
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 2 4 7 7
Totals 0 0 0 1 4 8 23 18
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 12 (1971 PGA – 1974 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (four times)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  2. ^ "Lightning hits Trevino, 4 other golfers". Milwaukee Journal. June 28, 1975. p. 11.
  3. ^ "Lightning is a big shocker for 3 golfers". Miami News. Chicago Daily News Service. June 28, 1975. p. 3B.

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