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Joe E. Campbell (born November 5, 1935) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Joe Campbell
Personal information
Full nameJoe E. Campbell
Born (1935-11-05) November 5, 1935 (age 83)
Anderson, Indiana
Height5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality United States
CollegePurdue University
Turned professional1958
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins15
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour3
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT29: 1958
PGA ChampionshipT27: 1962
U.S. OpenT22: 1957
The Open ChampionshipDNP

Campbell was born in Anderson, Indiana, where he attended Anderson High School – leading the Indians to IHSAA state titles in 1952 and 1953; winning the individual championships in both years.[1] He attended Purdue University where he was a member of the golf team as well as a co-captain of the basketball team. He won the 1955 NCAA Championship as Purdue finished 2nd in the team standings, he was also the 1956 and 1957 Big Ten Conference Champion and led Purdue to the 1955 and 1956 Big Ten Team Championships. During his amateur career, he won the Indiana Amateur three times,[2] the Indiana Open twice, and the Sunnehanna Amateur in 1957.[3] His best finish in a major championship, which came during his amateur career, was T-22 at the 1957 U.S. Open.[4] He was also a member of the United States' 1956 Americas Cup and 1957 Walker Cup team, leading the Americans to an 8½–3½ victory over Great Britain.

Campbell turned professional in 1958 and joined the PGA Tour in 1959 and competed for fourteen years. He received Golf Digest's Rookie-of-the-Year award in 1959. His 43 top-10 finishes[3] included three wins, seven runner-up and six third-place finishes; he finished in top-25 103 times. He played on the Senior PGA Tour from 1986–89 and 1995–96, his best finish was a T-24th at the 1987 Bank One Senior Golf Classic.

Campbell made his home in Knoxville, Tennessee after graduating from college in 1957 until 1974. After his days as a tour professional were over, he was the golf professional at Knoxville's Whittle Springs from 1967–1974.[3] In 1974, he became the men's golf team coach at Purdue, leading them to the 1981 Big Ten Championship and 24 Invitational titles, he retired following the 1993 season. Campbell is a member of the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame, inducted in 1969; the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001[5] and the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame, inducted in 2007.[6]

He now lives with his wife, in Lake Wales, Florida.[7]


Amateur wins (11)Edit

  • 1952 IHSAA Boys State Champion
  • 1953 IHSAA Boys State Champion[8]
  • 1954 Indiana Amateur
  • 1955 Indiana Amateur, Indiana Boys Junior, NCAA Championship (individual)
  • 1956 Indiana Amateur, Indiana Boys Junior, Big Ten Conference Championship (individual)
  • 1957 Sunnehanna Amateur, Big Ten Conference Championship (individual)

Professional wins (15)Edit

PGA Tour wins (3)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Nov 12, 1961 Beaumont Open Invitational −7 (72-71-68-66=277) 1 stroke   Bert Weaver
2 Mar 4, 1962 Baton Rouge Open Invitational −14 (68-70-67-69=274) 2 strokes   Bob Rosburg
3 Feb 20, 1966 Tucson Open Invitational −10 (69-70-69-70=278) Playoff   Gene Littler

PGA Tour playoff record (1–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1962 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am   Doug Ford Lost to par on first extra hole
2 1966 Tucson Open Invitational   Gene Littler Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1967 Azalea Open Invitational   Randy Glover Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Other wins (12)Edit

U.S. national team appearancesEdit



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  2. ^ "Indiana Amateur Championship". Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Joe Campbell biographical information". Golf House Tennessee. Retrieved December 6, 2007.
  4. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved January 24, 2008.
  5. ^ "2001 Hall of Fame: Joe Campbell". May 20, 2010.
  6. ^ "Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame – Charter Members". Retrieved June 13, 2014.
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