|Full name||James Oliver Hallet|
|Born||March 30, 1960|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)|
|Residence||West Yarmouth, Massachusetts|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T40: 1983|
|PGA Championship||T21: 1987|
|U.S. Open||T44: 1991|
|The Open Championship||CUT: 1987|
Hallet was born in Hyannis, Massachusetts and grew up in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. He attended Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. He grew up playing golf at Bass River Golf Course in Yarmouth. He played college golf at Bryant College, where he was a four-time Division II All-American. He was also the goaltender for the Bryant hockey team for some time. He stated as an adult that he was "an overnight success" and did not play a lot of junior golf. He reached the semi-final of the 1982 U.S. Amateur which was played at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Hallet's good play at the U.S. Amateur qualified him for the 1983 Masters Tournament. He first achieved national media attention with an opening round 68 (−4), one shot back of the lead. He continued to play well on the front nine of the second round and held a share of the lead after 28 holes. He would fall back mightily over the next two days, shooting 78-78 to finish at 297 (+9) in a tie for 40th. He would finish low amateur, however, and be interviewed with champion Seve Ballesteros at the end of the tournament on CBS' telecast.
Hallet turned professional in 1984 and participated at PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament that fall but narrowly failed in earning a card. He would narrowly fail the next two seasons as well. His best season during this interim era was in 1987. He finished runner-up at two Asian circuit events in 1987 and won the circuit's Order of Merit. He also qualified for his first majors as a professional that summer, competing in Open Championship and PGA Championship. Hallet finally secured his PGA Tour card later in the year. Competing against roughly "1,000 upper echelon pros" he performed extremely well, finishing runner-up behind John Huston. This circuitous journey to the PGA Tour earned him a full-length profile in The New York Times.
Hallet played full-time on the PGA Tour from 1988 to 1993. He performed solidly on tour his first two years, scoring half a dozen top-10s in total and easily finishing with the top 125 of the money list both years. Hallet was known for his strong work ethic and played nearly every week on tour. In 1990, he had his first chance to win a tournament. In the fall, at the Buick Southern Open, he had a 12-foot putt to defeat his playing partner Kenny Knox but missed. Knox would birdie the second hole of the playoff to defeat him. The next year, at the USF&G Classic in New Orleans, he shot a 65 (−7) in the third round to take a three shot lead entering Sunday. However, he quickly blew his lead over the first six holes until charging back, making four consecutive birdies, and then hitting a 4-iron to 4 feet on the 18th hole for a final birdie to tie. He entered a playoff with Ian Woosnam, then one of the world's best players who would win the Masters and reach #1 in the world within a month. Both players would tie on the first hole before Hallet bogeyed the 2nd, giving Woosnam the win.
The remainder of his PGA Tour career would be much more of a struggle. In 1992 he did not record a top-10 and barely retained his PGA Tour card with a #118 spot on the money list. The 1993 season would be even more of a struggle as he missed the cut in the majority of tournaments he entered and did not finish with the top 150 of the money list. At this stage in his career, wrist injuries hindered his development.
Hallet would never play full-time on tour again. He returned to Cape Cod. In 2008 he joined Bass River Golf Course (where he learned to play golf) and Bayberry Hills Golf Course to work as a teacher. As of May 2019, Hallet still works at Bass River. He has also informally taught the girls' golf team at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School.
- 1982 Massachusetts State Amateur Championship
- 1983 Massachusetts State Amateur Championship
Results in major championshipsEdit
|Masters Tournament||T40 LA|
|The Open Championship||CUT|
LA = Low amateur
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
- Official 1991 PGA TOUR Media Guide. PGA Tour. 1990. p. 89.
- "Hallet, 23 and 3 Under, Dreams Sweetly in The Crow's Nest". Washington Post. April 10, 1983. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
- Higgins, Bill. "Golf notes: Hallet returns to his roots". Cape Cod Times. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
- Cady, Steve (January 10, 1988). "Golf; Worldwide Odyssey Leads to PGA Tour". The New York Times. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
- "1983 Masters Tournament Final Round Broadcast". The Masters. March 14, 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
- "Jim Hallet". Official World Golf Ranking.
- "Jim Hallet – Profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
- "Official Money – 1988". PGA Tour. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
- "Official Money – 1989". PGA Tour. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
- "Knox come home for Buick Southern Open victory". UPI. September 30, 1990. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
- Brightbill, Royal (March 23, 1991). "Hallet leads USF&G by three". UPI. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
- "Woosnam Finally Wins One In U.S." Greensboro News and Record. Associated Press. April 20, 1991. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
- "Ian Woosnam – 1991". Official World Golf Ranking.
- "Official Money – 1992". PGA Tour. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
- "Official Money – 1993". PGA Tour. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
- "Yarmouth Golf | Bass River & Bayberry Hills". golfyarmouthcapecod.com. Retrieved May 20, 2019.