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Lionel Paul Hebert (January 20, 1928 – December 30, 2000) was an American professional golfer. He won five times on the PGA Tour, including the PGA Championship in 1957, the last edition held at match play.[1] His older brother Jay won the same event at stroke play in 1960.[2] Lionel also played on the Ryder Cup team in 1957. An ethnic Cajun from Louisiana, he was born and died in Lafayette.[3]

Lionel Hebert
Personal information
Full nameLionel Paul Hebert
Born(1928-01-20)January 20, 1928
Lafayette, Louisiana
DiedDecember 30, 2000(2000-12-30) (aged 72)
Lafayette, Louisiana
Height5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Nationality United States
SpouseClara Belle Hebert
Children3
Career
CollegeSouthwestern Louisiana
Louisiana State
Turned professional1950
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins5
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour5
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT7: 1968
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1957
U.S. OpenT14: 1963
The Open ChampionshipDNP

PGA Tour wins (5)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jul 21, 1957 PGA Championship 2 & 1   Dow Finsterwald
2 Feb 9, 1958 Tucson Open Invitational 66-67-66-66=265 −15 2 strokes   Don January
3 Nov 20, 1960 Cajun Classic 68-69-66-69=272 −12 2 strokes   Jon Gustin
  Johnny Pott
4 Jun 3, 1962 Memphis Open Invitational 67-69-64-67=267 −13 Playoff   Gene Littler
  Gary Player
5 Mar 20, 1966 Florida Citrus Open Invitational 71-70-69-69=279 −5 2 strokes   Charles Coody
  Dick Lytle
  Jack Nicklaus

Major championship is shown in bold.

PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1956 St. Petersburg Open   Mike Fetchick Lost to par on first extra hole
2 1962 Memphis Open Invitational   Gene Littler,   Gary Player Won with birdie on first extra hole

Major championshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship Winning score Runner-up
1957 PGA Championship 2 & 1   Dow Finsterwald

Note: The PGA Championship was match play until 1958

Results timelineEdit

Tournament 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament T61 T32 39
U.S. Open CUT T33 39 CUT CUT T28
The Open Championship
PGA Championship R32 R16 1 T16 T31
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament T9 T30 T20 T39 T32 CUT WD T8 T7 T8
U.S. Open T27 CUT T23 T14 T21 CUT CUT T52
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T18 CUT CUT CUT CUT T49 T64 T14 T30 CUT
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open CUT CUT CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship CUT WD T74 CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT
Tournament 1980 1981
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship
PGA Championship CUT
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" = tied

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 4 5 14 11
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 3 17 8
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PGA Championship 1 0 0 1 2 6 24 11
Totals 1 0 0 1 6 14 55 30
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 8 ('58 PGA - '61 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 ('56 PGA & '57 PGA)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hebert Beats Finsterwald in PGA Final, 2-1". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 22, 1957. p. 21. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  2. ^ Cave, Ray (July 24, 1961). "Golf, Dixieland And Dirty Rice". Sports Illustrated: 24.
  3. ^ Goldstein, Richard (January 4, 2001). "Lionel Hebert, 72, Pro Golfer, Winner of P.G.A. Championship". The New York Times. Retrieved February 11, 2013.

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