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John Richard Harris (born June 13, 1952) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.

John Harris
Personal information
Full nameJohn Richard Harris
Born (1952-06-12) June 12, 1952 (age 66)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceEdina, Minnesota
CollegeUniversity of Minnesota
Turned professional1976
(reinstated amateur 1983)
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Professional wins3
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour Champions1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT50: 1994
U.S. OpenCUT: 1977, 1994, 2001
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 1994
PGA ChampionshipDNP

Harris was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up in Roseau, Minnesota, near the Canada–US border. He attended the University of Minnesota, where he distinguished himself in both golf and ice hockey. Harris was the second-leading scorer on the Gophers 1974 NCAA national championship team, and then two months later won the individual Big Ten championship in golf.[1]

Harris played minor league hockey after college and then became a professional golfer in 1976. His best finish on the PGA Tour was a T-26 at the 1976 Hawaiian Open.[1] He regained his amateur status in 1983 and soon became one of the dominant players on the amateur circuit in Minnesota. He won the Minnesota State Amateur four times, the Minnesota State Mid-Amateur five times, and the 1993 U.S. Amateur at the age of 41.[2]

After turning 50 in June 2002, Harris began a second professional golf career. His first win came in his fifth Champions Tour season at the 2006 Commerce Bank Championship. Harris lives in the upscale Twin Cities suburb of Eden Prairie.[1]

Harris took over as director of golf at the University of Minnesota in July 2010 after the departure of Brad James. In December 2010 the Minnesota Daily published a report that Harris kept associate women's head coach Katie Brenny from coaching, traveling with the team, or recruiting while letting his son-in-law and former caddy, Ernie Rose, perform those duties under a different title.[3] Harris resigned as director of golf in June 2011.[4] In March 2014, Hennepin County Judge Thomas M. Sipkins awarded Katie Brenny $359,000 in a discrimination lawsuit related to her treatment by Harris and Rose while at the University of Minnesota.[5]

His brother Robbie played for the U.S. ice hockey team at the 1976 Winter Olympics.[6]


Amateur winsEdit

  • 1974 Big Ten Championship (individual), Minnesota State Amateur
  • 1987 Minnesota State Amateur
  • 1988 Minnesota State Mid-Amateur
  • 1989 Minnesota State Amateur
  • 1990 Minnesota State Mid-Amateur
  • 1991 Minnesota State Mid-Amateur
  • 1992 Minnesota State Mid-Amateur
  • 1993 U.S. Amateur
  • 1995 Sunnehanna Amateur
  • 1997 Porter Cup
  • 1999 Minnesota State Mid-Amateur
  • 2000 Minnesota State Amateur
  • 2002 Terra Cotta Invitational

Professional winsEdit

Regular career winsEdit

Champions Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Jun 25, 2006 Commerce Bank Championship –11 (70-68-64=202) Playoff   Tom Jenkins

Champions Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2006 Commerce Bank Championship   Tom Jenkins Won with birdie on first extra hole

U.S. national team appearancesEdit



  1. ^ a b c Kider, Teddy (July 1, 2007). "Another Shot at Victory in a Second Golf Career". New York Times. Retrieved December 12, 2007.
  2. ^ "The Second Coming of John Harris". Golf Gear News. Retrieved December 12, 2007.
  3. ^ "Sources: Golf coach didn't get a shot". December 1, 2010. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  4. ^ "Minnesota's Harris resigns as director of golf". Golfweek. June 25, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  5. ^ Ortega, Tony (March 20, 2014). "Here's why a lesbian golfer just won $359,000 from University of Minnesota". The Raw Story. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  6. ^ "Robbie Harris profile". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05.

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