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John H. Schlee (June 2, 1939 – June 2, 2000) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1960s and 1970s.

John Schlee
Personal information
Full nameJohn H. Schlee
Born(1939-06-02)June 2, 1939
Kremmling, Colorado
DiedJune 2, 2000(2000-06-02) (aged 61)
Costa Mesa, California
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality United States
CollegeMemphis State University
Turned professional1964
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins1
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT8: 1977
PGA ChampionshipT4: 1976
U.S. Open2nd: 1973
The Open ChampionshipWD: 1973

Schlee was born in Kremmling, Colorado and grew up in Seaside, Oregon, where he was known as Jack Schlee. He served two years in the U.S. Army starting in 1957. Schlee attended Memphis State University and was a member of the golf team. Schlee took club pro jobs after college, and in 1965 was medalist at the inaugural PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament (qualifying school). He was the 1966 PGA Tour Rookie-of-the-Year making the cut in 13 events and finishing 48th on the money list.[1][2]

Schlee played full-time on the PGA Tour from 1966–1977. He had more than 30 top-10 finishes in PGA Tour events. His career year was 1973 when he won the Hawaiian Open and finished one stroke behind Johnny Miller in the U.S. Open. Schlee had four top-10 finishes in major championships: the aforementioned solo 2nd at the 1973 U.S. Open, a T10 at the 1975 PGA Championship, a T4 at the 1976 PGA Championship, and a T8 at 1977 Masters Tournament.[3]

Schlee was forced into part-time play on the PGA Tour in the mid-1970s due to a series of health problems starting with back surgery in 1975 and followed by knee surgery in 1976. Schlee took a club pro job in Rancho Viejo, Texas in June 1977 after his third serious ailment in as many years, a painful injury to his left thumb.[2] His last appearance was at the Kemper Open in 1978.[1]

In 1980, Schlee began a teaching pro career at Industry Hills Golf Resort, east of Los Angeles, California. He also invented devices to help students of the game learn. In 1986, Schlee wrote a book, Maximum Golf, which was a collection of his instructional theories and a tribute to his mentor, Ben Hogan.

After reaching the age of 50 in 1989, Schlee played in a few dozen Senior PGA Tour events but never came close to winning an event. His best finish in this venue was a T-42. Schlee lived in Texas during most of his regular career years and in California during his senior career years.

Schlee died in a Costa Mesa, California hospital in 2000 of complications from Alzheimer's disease.[1]

Professional winsEdit

PGA Tour winsEdit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Feb 4, 1973 Hawaiian Open −15 (70-68-67-68=273) 2 strokes   Orville Moody

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1973 Kaiser International Open Invitational   Ed Sneed Lost to par on first extra hole

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978
Masters Tournament T36 57 T26 T8 T42
U.S. Open CUT CUT T52 T42 2 CUT T38 CUT
The Open Championship WD
PGA Championship T40 T40 T60 T17 T10 T4 T36
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 5
U.S. Open 0 1 0 1 1 1 8 4
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 2 3 7 7
Totals 0 1 0 2 4 5 21 16
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (1969 U.S. Open – 1973 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1976 PGA – 1977 Masters)


  1. ^ a b c "The High Life and Hard Times of John Schlee". June 6, 2003. Archived from the original on January 24, 2004. Retrieved December 10, 2006. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ a b Westin, David (April 7, 2003). "A healthy 68 helped ease Schlee's pain". Retrieved December 10, 2006.
  3. ^ "Golf Major Championships".

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