Julius Nicholas Boros (March 3, 1920 – May 28, 1994) was an American professional golfer noted for his effortless-looking swing and strong record on difficult golf courses, particularly at the U.S. Open.
Boros in a 1949 ad
|Full name||Julius Nicholas Boros|
|Born||March 3, 1920|
|Died||May 28, 1994 (aged 74)|
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg; 15.4 st)|
|College||Junior College of Connecticut|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T3: 1963|
|PGA Championship||Won: 1968|
|U.S. Open||Won: 1952, 1963|
|The Open Championship||15th: 1966|
|Achievements and awards|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||1982 (member page)|
|PGA Player of the Year||1952, 1963|
leading money winner
Born in Fairfield, Connecticut, Boros was of Hungarian descent. He played varsity baseball in college. He worked as an accountant, played high-standard amateur golf, and did not turn professional until 1949, when he was already 29 years old.
Boros won 18 PGA Tour events, including three major championships: the 1952 and 1963 U.S. Opens and the 1968 PGA Championship. He won his first by four strokes in the heat at the Northwood Club in Dallas, also his first PGA Tour victory, which interrupted the U.S. Open streak of 36-hole leader Ben Hogan for a year. In the windy 1963 U.S. Open near Boston, Boros defeated Arnold Palmer and Jacky Cupit in a playoff, after all had finished the 72 holes at a post-war record nine over par. Boros remains the oldest player ever to win a modern major in 1968, taking the PGA Championship in San Antonio by a stroke at the age of 48. One of the runners-up was Palmer, who never won the PGA Championship to complete his career grand slam. The previous oldest winner of a major was Jerry Barber, age 45 in the 1961 PGA Championship. Boros' best results among the majors were at the U.S. Open, with nine top-five finishes; he contended in that championship as late as 1973, at age 53.
Boros was a member of the Ryder Cup team in 1959, 1963, 1965 and 1967. He was PGA Player of the Year in 1952 and 1963, and his total career PGA Tour earnings were $1,004,861. Boros was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1982.
While other players often walked around a hole and studied the green for several minutes before putting – sometimes from their knees, Boros is remembered for not wasting any time on either the greens or the fairways. He would walk up to the ball and "just do it". Noted for his relaxed, nonchalant looking swing and manner, he is remembered for his catch phrase "swing easy, hit hard". Boros had an exceptional short game.
Boros was also instrumental in starting the Senior PGA Tour in the late 1970s. The exciting televised playoff victory of Boros and partner Roberto De Vicenzo over Tommy Bolt and Art Wall, Jr. at the Legends of Golf tournament in 1979 raised the profile of professional senior golf competition.
Boros' first wife, Buttons Cosgrove, died in childbirth in 1951. Boros and his second wife, Armen, had seven children: four sons and three daughters. His son Guy Boros won on the PGA Tour in 1996 at the Greater Vancouver Open.
Boros suffered a fatal heart attack in 1994 on the golf course at the Coral Ridge Country Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was found sitting in a golf cart under a willow tree by two club members near the 16th hole, his favorite spot on the course. He was survived by his wife Armen, sons Julius Jr., Gary, Guy, and Nick, daughters Joy, Gay, and Jody, and five grandchildren.
Professional wins (25)Edit
PGA Tour wins (18)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||Jun 14, 1952||U.S. Open||71-71-68-71=281||+1||4 strokes||Ed Oliver|
|2||Aug 11, 1952||World Championship of Golf||68-71-70-67=276||−12||Playoff||Cary Middlecoff|
|3||May 9, 1954||Ardmore Open||68-69-72-70=279||−1||1 stroke||Jerry Barber|
|4||Jul 18, 1954||Carling Open||71-70-68-71=280||−8||Playoff||George Fazio|
|5||Aug 14, 1955||World Championship of Golf (2)||70-72-69-70=281||−7||2 strokes||Fred Haas|
|6||May 11, 1958||Arlington Hotel Open||70-64-68-71=273||−15||1 stroke||Cary Middlecoff|
|7||Nov 9, 1958||Carling Open Invitational (2)||74-66-70-74=284||−4||2 strokes||Billy Casper|
|8||Sep 14, 1959||Dallas Open Invitational||68-66-70-70=274||−10||1 stroke||Dow Finsterwald, Earl Stewart, Bo Wininger|
|9||May 15, 1960||Colonial National Invitation||70-71-69-70=280||Even||1 stroke||Gene Littler, Kel Nagle|
|10||May 12, 1963||Colonial National Invitation (2)||71-66-71-71=279||−1||4 strokes||Gary Player|
|11||Jun 9, 1963||Buick Open Invitational||66-71-68-69=274||−14||5 strokes||Dow Finsterwald|
|12||Jun 23, 1963||U.S. Open (2)||71-74-76-72=293||+9||Playoff||Jacky Cupit, Arnold Palmer|
|13||Apr 5, 1964||Greater Greensboro Open||68-70-73-66=277||−7||Playoff||Doug Sanders|
|14||Feb 12, 1967||Phoenix Open Invitational||69-67-69-67=272||−12||1 stroke||Ken Still|
|15||Mar 12, 1967||Florida Citrus Open Invitational||70-67-67-70=274||−10||1 stroke||George Knudson, Arnold Palmer|
|16||Jun 11, 1967||Buick Open Invitational (2)||72-72-70-69=283||−5||3 strokes||Bob Goalby, R. H. Sikes, Bert Yancey|
|17||Jul 21, 1968||PGA Championship||71-71-70-69=281||+1||1 stroke||Bob Charles, Arnold Palmer|
|18||Aug 18, 1968||Westchester Classic||70-65-69-68=272||−16||1 stroke||Bob Murphy, Jack Nicklaus, Dan Sikes|
PGA Tour playoff record (4–5)
|1||1952||World Championship of Golf||Cary Middlecoff||Won 18-hole playoff (Boros:68, Middlecoff:70)|
|2||1954||Carling Open||George Fazio||Won with par on first extra hole|
|3||1958||Dallas Open|| John McMullin, Gary Player,
|Snead won with birdie on first extra hole|
|4||1959||Houston Classic||Jack Burke, Jr.||Lost 18-hole playoff (Burke:64, Boros:69)|
|5||1963||U.S. Open||Jacky Cupit, Arnold Palmer||Won 18-hole playoff (Boros:70, Cupit:73, Palmer:76)|
|6||1963||Western Open||Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer||Lost 18-hole playoff (Palmer:70, Boros:71, Nicklaus:73)|
|7||1964||Greater Greensboro Open||Doug Sanders||Won with par on first extra hole|
|8||1969||Greater Greensboro Open|| Gene Littler, Orville Moody,
|Littler won with birdie on fifth extra hole|
Weiskopf eliminated with par on first hole
|9||1975||Westchester Classic||Gene Littler||Lost to par on first extra hole|
Major championships are shown in bold.
Other wins (4)Edit
This list may be incomplete
- 1951 Massachusetts Open
- 1956 Carolinas PGA Championship
- 1964 Carolinas PGA Championship
- 1979 South Florida PGA Championship
Senior wins (3)Edit
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner(s)-up|
|1952||U.S. Open||2 shot lead||+1 (71-71-68-71=281)||4 strokes||Ed Oliver|
|1963||U.S. Open (2)||3 shot deficit||+9 (71-74-76-72=293)||Playoff1||Jacky Cupit, Arnold Palmer|
|1968||PGA Championship||2 shot deficit||+1 (71-71-70-69=281)||1 stroke||Bob Charles, Arnold Palmer|
1Defeated Jacky Cupit and Arnold Palmer in an 18-hole playoff - Boros 70 (-1), Cupit 73 (+2), Palmer 76 (+5).
|The Open Championship|
|The Open Championship||15|
|The Open Championship|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||1|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 14 (1950 Masters – 1956 U.S. Open)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (1951 U.S. Open – 1953 Masters)
U.S. national team appearancesEdit
- "Julius Boros – member bio". World Golf Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- Dorman, Larry (May 30, 1994). "Julius Boros, 74, a Pro Golfer Known for His Masterly Touch". The New York Times. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
- Sidorsky, Robert (2009). Golf 365 Days: A History. Abrams. ISBN 978-0810972810.