Phil Hancock

Phillip Ranson Hancock (born October 30, 1953) is an American professional golfer who formerly played on the PGA Tour.

Phil Hancock
Personal information
Full namePhillip Ranson Hancock
Born (1953-10-30) October 30, 1953 (age 67)
Greenville, Alabama
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Sporting nationality United States
ResidenceMontgomery, Alabama
CollegeUniversity of Florida
Turned professional1976
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins4
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 1981
PGA ChampionshipT16: 1978
U.S. OpenT20: 1978
The Open ChampionshipDNP
Achievements and awards
Haskins Award1976

Early lifeEdit

Hancock learned to play golf growing up in Greenville, Alabama from his father, a local dentist.[1] Hancock and his friends would often play 45 or 54 holes in the summer time.[2] He won his first tournament at the 1969 Alabama State Junior Championship at age 16.[2]

College careerEdit

After high school, Hancock accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Buster Bishop's Florida Gators men's golf team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1973 to 1976.[3] During his freshman year, the Gators golf team, which included future PGA Tour members Andy Bean, Gary Koch and Woody Blackburn, won the 1973 NCAA Championship.[4] As a Gator golfer, Hancock received All-SEC honors for four consecutive years (second-team in 1973 and 1974; first-team in 1975 and 1976), and was an All-American in 1974, 1975 and 1976.[5][6] He won the SEC individual championship in 1975 and 1976, and was the winner of the Haskins Award in 1976.[1][3] He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in public relations in 1976, and was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 1992.[7][8]

Professional careerEdit

Hancock turned professional in 1976 and played briefly in Europe his first year, after failing to earn a spot on the PGA Tour by a single stroke in qualifying school. He joined the PGA Tour the following year. Hancock played full-time on the PGA Tour from 1977 to 1985; his career was plagued by long absences due to back ailments. After leaving the tour, he has held various teaching and club professional jobs in Florida and Alabama.

Hancock lives in Montgomery, Alabama, and works as a club and teaching professional at Indian Pines Golf Course in Auburn, Alabama.[1]

Amateur winsEdit

  • 1969 Alabama State Junior Championship
  • 1975 SEC Championship (individual)
  • 1976 SEC Championship (individual)

Professional wins (4)Edit

PGA Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Sep 14, 1980 Hall of Fame −9 (71-67-67-70=275) 1 stroke   Scott Simpson

Other wins (3)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open CUT CUT T44 T20 T58
PGA Championship T16 CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT

Note: Hancock never played in The Open Championship.

  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

U.S. national team appearancesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Charles Newborn, "Phillip Hancock Archived 2007-06-26 at the Wayback Machine," Golf South (April 23, 2007). Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Ian Thompson, "Tour memories . . . Phil Hancock," Golf South (Undated 2001). Retrieved July 18, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Florida Men's Golf 2011 Media Supplement Archived 2012-04-02 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 34, 35, 37, 39, 41 (2010). Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  4. ^ Robbie Andreu, "Top 25 Gator teams: #8 1973 Men's golf," Gainesville Sun (June 18, 2009). Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  5. ^, Men's Golf, SEC Honors. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  6. ^ 2008–09 Florida Gators Men's Golf Media Guide Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 36 (2008). Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  7. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  8. ^ "Sports Briefs: UF inducts seven into Hall of Fame," The Gainesville Sun, p. 4C (April 3, 1992). Retrieved July 24, 2011.
  9. ^ "Hancock wins in Brazil". The Hartford Courant. Hartford, Connecticut. November 2, 1981. p. D9. Retrieved May 12, 2020 – via

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