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.
|Full name||Peter Erling Jacobsen|
|Born||March 4, 1954|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Residence||Bonita Springs, Florida|
|Spouse||Jan (m. 1976)|
|Children||Amy, Kristen, Mick|
|College||University of Oregon|
|Current tour(s)||Champions Tour|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour of Australasia||1|
|PGA Tour Champions||2|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T11: 1981|
|PGA Championship||3rd: 1983, 1986|
|U.S. Open||T7: 1984|
|The Open Championship||T11: 1985|
|Achievements and awards|
|PGA Tour Comeback|
Player of the Year
|Old Tom Morris Award||2012|
|Payne Stewart Award||2013|
|(For a full list of awards, see here)|
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.
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.
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. The following year he added a second senior major title at the 2005 Senior Players Championship.
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.
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.
Jacobsen owns Peter Jacobsen Sports, an event management company that has run several professional golf tournaments including the JELD-WEN Tradition, one of the majors on the Champions Tour, 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.
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." 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 married in December 1976 to Jan. The couple have three children: Amy, Kristen, and Mick.
Amateur wins (1)Edit
- 1974 Pacific-8 Conference Championship
Professional wins (18)Edit
PGA Tour wins (7)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner(s)-up|
|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)
|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|
Australian Tour win (1)Edit
Other wins (12)Edit
- 1976 Oregon Open (as an amateur), Northern California Open
- 1979 Oregon Open
- 1981 Johnnie Walker Trophy
- 1982 Johnnie Walker Trophy
- 1986 Fred Meyer Challenge (with Curtis Strange; Shared title with Greg Norman & Gary Player)
- 1989 Isuzu Kapalua International
- 1992 Tyco Golf Skills Challenge
- 1993 Tyco Golf Skills Challenge
- 2003 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (with Mark Calcavecchia & John Daly)
- 2005 Tyco Golf Skills Challenge
Champions Tour wins (2)Edit
|Champions Tour major championships (2)|
|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
|The Open Championship||T12||T22||T11||CUT||WD||T30|
|The Open Championship||T16||T73||T24||T31||T45|
|The Open Championship|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" = tied
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||5||11||9|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 15 (1980 U.S. Open – 1984 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10 finishes – 1 (six times)
Senior major championshipsEdit
|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 not in chronological order before 2017.
|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|
CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
U.S. national team appearancesEdit
- Meehan, Brian. Jacobsen works at golf, but attitude is natural. The Oregonian, August 27, 2004.
- Wang, Gene (June 19, 2005). "Jacobsen Hopes for a Hollywood Ending". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 1, 2009.
- Tokito, Mike. JELD-WEN to sponsor Portland golfer Jacobsen. The Oregonian, December 18, 2003.
- "Patience in the heat pays off for Jacobsen". USA Today. August 3, 2004. Retrieved August 1, 2009.
- "Peter Jacobsen". Peter Jacobsen Sports. Archived from the original on November 2, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
- Peter Jacobsen Sports
- White, Ryan. Fred Meyer pulls out of charity golf event. The Oregonian, August 28, 2002.
- "Peter's Party I&II". Golf Channel. Archived from the original on September 7, 2007.
- Peter Jacobsen's Corporate Partnerships Archived 2013-11-02 at the Wayback Machine