Pete Oakley

Peter H. Oakley (born June 28, 1949) is an American professional golfer best known for winning the 2004 Senior British Open, one of the major championships in senior men's professional golf. He is the younger brother of golfer David Oakley.

Pete Oakley
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Personal information
Full namePeter H. Oakley
Born (1949-06-28) June 28, 1949 (age 71)
Panama City, Florida
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceLincoln, Delaware
CollegeSanta Fe Community College
Turned professional1974
Former tour(s)Champions Tour
Professional wins17
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour Champions1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipCUT: 1983, 1986, 1987, 1994, 1995, 1997
U.S. OpenCUT: 1975, 1980, 1983
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 2005

Oakley was born in Panama City, Florida. He got started in the game at age 11 by his mother, who thought a nearby nine-hole course would be a great babysitter for him and his brother David.

Oakley was a long-time club pro in the Philadelphia-Delaware area where he won numerous sectional titles including the Delaware State Open six times and the Shawnee Open six times. He played some on the Nationwide Tour in his forties to prepare himself for the Champions Tour.

The biggest win of his career was his first on the Champions Tour, and came in a major – The 2004 Senior British Open played at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland. Oakley sank a 10-foot par putt on the final hole to win by one stroke and avoid a playoff with Tom Kite and Eduardo Romero. The victory made him only the 10th open qualifier to win a Champions Tour event.

Oakley has done some golf course design work. In 2001, he completed and opened (with partner Chris Adkins) a public course in Milton, Delaware, called The Rookery.

Oakley was awarded the Player of the Year for the Philadelphia Section of the PGA of America in 1980, 1984, 1999 and 2000. His son's, Zac and J.J., are also golfers. Zac was a three-time All-American at Wesley College, and J.J. played at the University of Delaware. Oakley is a man of strong religious faith. He lives in Lincoln, Delaware.

Professional wins (17)Edit

Other wins (14)Edit

Champions Tour wins (1)Edit

Senior major championships (1)
Other Champions Tour (0)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Jul 25, 2004 The Senior British Open Championship −4 (73-68-73-70=284) 1 stroke   Tom Kite,   Eduardo Romero

Other senior wins (2)Edit

  • 1999 PGA Senior Club Pro Championship
  • 2000 PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Open Championship
PGA Championship CUT CUT CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
U.S. Open
The Open Championship
PGA Championship CUT CUT CUT
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
Note: Oakley never played in the Masters Tournament.

Senior major championshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runners-up
2004 Senior British Open Championship −4 (73-68-73-70=284) 1 stroke   Tom Kite,   Eduardo Romero

U.S. national team appearancesEdit

External linksEdit