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José Eusebio Cóceres (born 14 August 1963) is an Argentine professional golfer who spent many years on the European Tour and the PGA Tour.

José Cóceres
Personal information
Full nameJosé Eusebio Cóceres
Born (1963-08-14) 14 August 1963 (age 56)
Chaco, Argentina
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality Argentina
ResidenceBuenos Aires, Argentina
Career
Turned professional1986
Current tour(s)European Senior Tour
Former tour(s)Champions Tour
PGA Tour
European Tour
Professional wins20
Highest ranking16 (21 October 2001)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
European Tour2
European Senior Tour2
Other14
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 2001, 2002
PGA ChampionshipT10: 2002
U.S. OpenT52: 2001
The Open ChampionshipT34: 2003

Cóceres was born in Argentina's Chaco province. He is one of 11 children who grew up in a two-bedroom house. He became a caddie and taught himself the game.

Cóceres turned professional in 1986 and won a place on the European Tour at the 1990 Qualifying School. After struggling in 1991 and 1992 he performed steadily on the tour from 1993 onwards, and in 2000 he reached a career high of thirteenth on the Order of Merit. His two European Tour wins came at the 1994 Heineken Open Catalonia and the 2000 Dubai Desert Classic.

In 2001, Cóceres switched to the PGA Tour. His first season in the U.S. was very inconsistent, with seven missed cuts and only two top ten finishes, but those top ten finishes were wins at the WorldCom Classic - The Heritage of Golf and the National Car Rental Golf Classic Disney. He was the first Argentine to win on the PGA Tour since Roberto De Vicenzo at the 1968 Houston Champions International. He broke his arm before the start of the 2002 season, and has struggled for form since. He has featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings. Cóceres did not play on the PGA Tour from 2009 to 2013 due to an injured left wrist.[2]

Cóceres has won several tournaments in his home country and elsewhere in South America. In 2002 he became the third golfer to receive Argentina's highest sports award, the Olimpia de Oro ("Golden Olympia").

Professional wins (20)Edit

PGA Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 16 Apr 2001 WorldCom Classic - The Heritage of Golf −11 (68-70-64-71=273) Playoff   Billy Mayfair
2 21 Oct 2001 National Car Rental Golf Classic Disney −23 (68-65-64-68=265) 1 stroke   Davis Love III

PGA Tour playoff record (1–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2001 WorldCom Classic - The Heritage of Golf   Billy Mayfair Won with par on fifth extra hole
2 2007 Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun   Fred Funk Lost to birdie on second extra hole
3 2007 Honda Classic   Camilo Villegas,   Boo Weekley,
  Mark Wilson
Wilson won with birdie on third extra hole
Villegas and Weekley eliminated with par on second hole

European Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 24 Apr 1994 Heineken Open Catalonia −13 (70-69-67-69=275) 3 strokes   Jean-Louis Guepy
2 5 Mar 2000 Dubai Desert Classic −14 (64-69-68-73=274) 2 strokes   Paul McGinley,   Patrik Sjöland

Other wins (14)Edit

  • 1988 (1) Los Lagartos Grand Prix (Argentina)
  • 1989 (1) Pinamar Open (Argentina)
  • 1992 (2) Montevideo Open (Uruguay), Los Cardales Challenge (Argentina)
  • 1993 (2) Pinamar Open (Argentina), Los Cardales Challenge (Argentina)
  • 1994 (2) Ituzaingo Grand Prix (Argentina), Mendoza Open (Argentina)
  • 1995 (1) Tournament of Champions (Argentina)
  • 2003 (1) Argentine PGA Championship
  • 2004 (2) Argentine Open, Argentine PGA Championship
  • 2007 (1) Campeonato Metropolitano (Argentina)
  • 2011 (1) Torneo de Maestros

European Senior Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 7 Jul 2019 Swiss Seniors Open −11 (65-68-66=199) 2 strokes   Peter Baker,   Peter O'Malley,
  Phillip Price,   Jean-François Remésy,
  Chris Williams
2 29 Sep 2019 Murhof Legends – Austrian Senior Open −19 (66-62-69=197) 4 strokes   Paul Lawrie

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship T45 T96 CUT T44
PGA Championship
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Masters Tournament CUT CUT
U.S. Open T52 CUT
The Open Championship T36 CUT CUT T34
PGA Championship CUT T16 T10 T51 CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 5
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 3
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 2 17 9
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (2002 PGA – 2003 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

Team appearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Week 42 2001 Ending 21 Oct 2001" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  2. ^ PGA Tour Media Guide

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
  Las Leonas
Olimpia de Oro
2001
Succeeded by
  Cecilia Rognoni