Peter Jacobsen

Peter Erling Jacobsen (born March 4, 1954) is an American professional golfer and commentator on Golf Channel and NBC. He has played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. He has won seven events on the PGA Tour and two events on the Champions Tour, both majors.

Peter Jacobsen
Personal information
Full namePeter Erling Jacobsen
Born (1954-03-04) March 4, 1954 (age 66)
Portland, Oregon
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Nationality United States
ResidenceBonita Springs, Florida
SpouseJan (m. 1976)
ChildrenAmy, Kristen, Mick
CollegeUniversity of Oregon
Turned professional1976
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins23
Highest ranking15 (January 7, 1996)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour7
PGA Tour of Australasia1
PGA Tour Champions2
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT11: 1981
PGA Championship3rd: 1983, 1986
U.S. OpenT7: 1984
The Open ChampionshipT11: 1985
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour Comeback
Player of the Year
Old Tom Morris Award2012
Payne Stewart Award2013
(For a full list of awards, see here)

Early yearsEdit

Jacobsen was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Portland’s Lincoln High School.[2]

Jacobsen played college golf at the University of Oregon. He turned professional in 1976 after winning the Oregon Open as an amateur. He is one of golf's most colorful personalities, which makes him one of the more popular players with fans.[3]

Professional careerEdit

PGA TourEdit

Jacobsen qualified for the PGA Tour in his first attempt, finishing in 19th place at the 1976 qualifying tournament. He made steady progress during his first few seasons on the tour, before capturing his first title in 1980 at the Buick-Goodwrench Open. He won twice on the tour in 1984 and broke into the top-10 on the money list for the first time. Two more wins in 1995 catapulted him to a career best 7th place on the end of season money list. As a result of his performance during those two seasons, he was selected to play in two Ryder Cups, in 1985 and 1995.

Jacobsen has won seven tournaments on the PGA Tour, the last coming at the 2003 Greater Hartford Open at the age of 49, making him one of the oldest players to win on the PGA Tour. That year he was voted the Tour's comeback player of the year.[4]

Champions TourEdit

Since turning fifty, Jacobsen has competed mainly on the Champions Tour, although he continued to play on the PGA Tour for several years. In his first year of eligibility for senior golf, he won the 2004 U.S. Senior Open, one of senior golf's major championships.[5] The following year he added a second senior major title at the 2005 Senior Players Championship.

Other projectsEdit

Away from competing, Jacobsen has presented two shows on the Golf Channel. Plugged In was a variety show, featuring music, story-telling and skits performed with co-host Matt Griesser, former star of the FootJoy SignBoy campaign, and Peter and Friends was a panel discussion show.

Jacobsen appeared as himself alongside Kevin Costner in the 1996 movie Tin Cup, where he was the winner of the fictional U.S. Open.[3]

A self-taught guitarist, Jacobsen was a founding member and lead singer of Jake Trout & The Flounders, a band he formed in the mid-80s with Mark Lye and Payne Stewart. The group is no longer together, but they recorded two albums.[6]

Jacobsen owns Peter Jacobsen Sports,[4][7] an event management company that has run several professional golf tournaments including the JELD-WEN Tradition, one of the majors on the Champions Tour,[4] and the CVS Caremark Charity Classic, one of the PGA Tour's Challenge Series events. Until 2002 it also organized the Fred Meyer Challenge, a three-day charity event in Oregon.[8]

Jacobsen is known for his laid-back, humorous personality. During the Fred Meyer Challenge, he was known to do impressions of other players, such as Craig Stadler. The event was filmed and broadcast on the Golf Channel, and they have released a DVD and VHS of the footage, titled "Peter's Party."[9] His sharp but playful humor is also evident in the video and audio commentary he provides for the player's shot, good or bad, in various versions of Golden Tee Golf, a video game from Incredible Technologies, including Peter Jacobson's Golden Tee 3D Golf.

Jacobsen is also the face of Peter Jacobsen Challenge Keno and Peter Jacobsen Challenge Poker, two video gambling casino games.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Jacobsen married in December 1976 to Jan. The couple have three children: Amy, Kristen, and Mick.

Amateur wins (1)Edit

Professional wins (23)Edit

PGA Tour wins (7)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Aug 24, 1980 Buick-Goodwrench Open −12 (70-70-69-67=276) 1 stroke   Mark Lye,   Billy Kratzert
2 May 20, 1984 Colonial National Invitation −10 (64-71-65-70=270) Playoff   Payne Stewart
3 Jul 29, 1984 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open −15 (67-69-63-70=269) 2 strokes   Mark O'Meara
4 Jan 21, 1990 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic −21 (67-66-69-66-71=339) 1 stroke   Scott Simpson,   Brian Tennyson
5 Feb 5, 1995 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am −17 (67-73-66-65=271) 2 strokes   David Duval
6 Feb 12, 1995 Buick Invitational of California −19 (68-65-68-68=269) 4 strokes   Mark Calcavecchia,   Mike Hulbert,
  Hal Sutton,   Kirk Triplett
7 Jul 27, 2003 Greater Hartford Open (2) −14 (63-67-69-67=266) 2 strokes   Chris Riley

PGA Tour playoff record (1–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1981 Buick Open   Bobby Clampett,   Hale Irwin,
  Gil Morgan
Irwin won with birdie on second extra hole
2 1984 Colonial National Invitation   Payne Stewart Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1985 Honda Classic   Curtis Strange Lost to par on first extra hole
4 1989 Beatrice Western Open   Mark McCumber Lost to par on first extra hole

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Nov 25, 1979 Western Australian Open −9 (71-70-70-68=279) 5 strokes   David Graham

Other wins (12)Edit

Champions Tour wins (2)Edit

Champions Tour major championships (2)
Other Champions Tour (0)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Aug 1, 2004 U.S. Senior Open −12 (65-70-69-68=272) 1 stroke   Hale Irwin
2 Jul 10, 2005 Ford Senior Players Championship −15 (70-66-71-66=273) 1 stroke   Hale Irwin

Other senior wins (1)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament T11 T20 T20 T25 CUT T25 T34
U.S. Open T22 T37 T34 T7 T31 T59 T24 T21 8
The Open Championship T12 T22 T11 CUT WD T30
PGA Championship T23 T10 T27 T34 3 T18 T10 3 20 47 T27
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament T30 T17 T61 T31
U.S. Open CUT T31 63 CUT T51 T23
The Open Championship T16 T73 T24 T31 T44
PGA Championship T26 T28 T28 T23 WD T67
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open T15 CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

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


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 6 11 10
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 2 7 17 14
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 5 11 9
PGA Championship 0 0 2 2 4 8 18 16
Totals 0 0 2 2 6 26 57 49
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 15 (1980 U.S. Open – 1984 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10 finishes – 1 (six times)

Results in The Players ChampionshipEdit

Tournament 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Players Championship T52 T14 T5 CUT T27 T16 T51 CUT T33 CUT T16 T70
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
The Players Championship T29 CUT CUT CUT T29 CUT T48 CUT 80 CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Tournament 2003
Match Play
Invitational T14
  Did not play

"T" = Tied

Senior major championshipsEdit

Wins (2)Edit

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
2004 U.S. Senior Open −12 (65-70-69-68=272) 1 stroke   Hale Irwin
2005 Ford Senior Players Championship −15 (70-66-71-66=273) 1 stroke   Hale Irwin

Results timelineEdit

Results not in chronological order before 2017.

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
The Tradition T4 T42 WD WD 56 T60 24 WD T46 T65
Senior PGA Championship T6 T7 T52 CUT CUT T35 CUT CUT CUT WD
U.S. Senior Open 1 T26 T3 T33 CUT CUT WD CUT T17 WD CUT CUT CUT
Senior Players Championship 1 T45 T72 T62 T39 70
Senior British Open Championship T56 T40 CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place


U.S. national team appearancesEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Week 1 1996 Ending 7 Jan 1996" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  2. ^ Meehan, Brian. Jacobsen works at golf, but attitude is natural. The Oregonian, August 27, 2004.
  3. ^ a b Wang, Gene (June 19, 2005). "Jacobsen Hopes for a Hollywood Ending". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 1, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c Tokito, Mike. JELD-WEN to sponsor Portland golfer Jacobsen. The Oregonian, December 18, 2003.
  5. ^ "Patience in the heat pays off for Jacobsen". USA Today. August 3, 2004. Retrieved August 1, 2009.
  6. ^ "Peter Jacobsen". Peter Jacobsen Sports. Archived from the original on November 2, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  7. ^ Peter Jacobsen Sports
  8. ^ White, Ryan. Fred Meyer pulls out of charity golf event. The Oregonian, August 28, 2002.
  9. ^ "Peter's Party I&II". Golf Channel. Archived from the original on September 7, 2007.
  10. ^ Peter Jacobsen's Corporate Partnerships Archived 2013-11-02 at the Wayback Machine

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