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John Francis Pott (born November 6, 1935) is an American professional golfer.

Johnny Pott
Personal information
Full nameJohn Francis Pott
Born (1935-11-06) November 6, 1935 (age 83)
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality United States
CollegeLouisiana State University
Turned professional1956
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins5
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour5
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT13: 1964
PGA ChampionshipT5: 1961
U.S. OpenT9: 1964
The Open ChampionshipDNP

Pott was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and reared in southern Mississippi, where he learned to play golf on the course where his father was the club professional.[1] He played collegiately at Louisiana State University, helping the Tigers win the NCAA Championship in 1955.

Pott turned pro in 1956. He won five times on the PGA Tour in the 1960s. He was a member of three Ryder Cup teams; 1963, 1965, and 1967[2] although he injured his back in 1965 and did not play.[3] His best finish in a major was T-5 at the 1961 PGA Championship.[4]

As his tour playing days were winding down, Pott became involved in the golf course design and golf services business with fellow former Tour pros Ernie Vossler and Joe Walser, Jr. He oversaw the Design and Construction Division of Landmark Golf and the Golf Operations Division of Landmark Golf Management.[1]

In 2008, Langtry Farms announced its appointment of Pott as Langtry’s new Director of Golf Operations. Pott will be responsible for Langtry’s proposed private championship 18-hole golf course and clubhouse in Lake County, California.


PGA Tour wins (5)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Sep 5, 1960 Dallas Open Invitational −5 (70-66-71-68=275) Playoff   Ted Kroll,   Bo Wininger
2 Dec 4, 1960 West Palm Beach Open Invitational −10 (72-71-67-68=278) 3 strokes   Sam Snead
3 May 6, 1962 Waco Turner Open −16 (68-71-69-68=276) 6 strokes   Mason Rudolph
4 Aug 25, 1963 American Golf Classic −4 (67-68-71-70=276) 4 strokes   Arnold Palmer
5 Jan 14, 1968 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am −3 (70-71-71-73=285) Playoff   Billy Casper,   Bruce Devlin

PGA Tour playoff record (2–5)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1960 Dallas Open Invitational   Ted Kroll,   Bo Wininger Pott won with birdie on third extra hole
Wininger eliminated with par on first hole
2 1961 Buick Open   Jack Burke, Jr.,   Billy Casper Lost 18-hole playoff (Burke:71, Casper:74, Pott:74)
3 1962 San Diego Open Invitational   Tommy Jacobs Lost to birdie on first extra hole
4 1962 Colonial National Invitation   Arnold Palmer Lost 18-hole playoff (Palmer:69, Pott:73)
5 1965 Memphis Open Invitational   Jack Nicklaus Lost to par on first extra hole
6 1965 Insurance City Open   Billy Casper Lost to birdie on first extra hole
7 1968 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am   Billy Casper,   Bruce Devlin Won with birdie on first extra hole

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Johnny Pott bio page". Landmark Golf. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  2. ^ Elliott, Len; Kelly, Barbara (1976). Who's Who in Golf. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House. p. 152. ISBN 0-87000-225-2.
  3. ^ "Cocky Ryder Cup Teams Tee Off". The Montreal Gazette. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. October 7, 1965. p. 52. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  4. ^ "Golf Major Championships – Johnny Pott". Retrieved October 23, 2013.

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