Roberto De Vicenzo

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Roberto De Vicenzo (14 April 1923 – 1 June 2017) was a professional golfer from Argentina. He has won a record 230 professional tournaments worldwide in his career including eight on the PGA Tour[1] and most famously the 1967 Open Championship.[2][3] He is perhaps best remembered for signing an incorrect scorecard that kept him out of a playoff for the 1968 Masters Tournament.[4]

Roberto De Vicenzo
Roberto De Vicenzo (cropped).jpg
De Vicenzo in 2013
Personal information
Full nameRoberto De Vicenzo
Born(1923-04-14)14 April 1923
Villa Ballester, Argentina
Died1 June 2017(2017-06-01) (aged 94)
Ranelagh, Argentina
Nationality Argentina
Turned professional1938
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Senior PGA Tour
Professional wins230
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour8
European Tour9
PGA Tour Champions2
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament2nd: 1968
PGA ChampionshipT5: 1954
U.S. OpenT8: 1958
The Open ChampionshipWon: 1967
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame1989 (member page)
Bob Jones Award1970
Olimpia Award1967, 1970


De Vicenzo was born in Villa Ballester, a northern suburb of Buenos Aires province, Argentina. He was raised in the Villa Pueyrredón neighborhood of Buenos Aires, and acquired the game of golf as a caddie. He developed his skills at the Ranelagh Golf Club, and later relocated to the town of the same name.

He won his first Argentine tournament, the Abierto del Litoral, in 1942; his first World Cup in 1953; and a major tournament, The Open Championship, in 1967. De Vicenzo is best remembered for his misfortune in the 1968 Masters Tournament.[2] On the par-4 17th hole, Roberto De Vicenzo made a birdie, but playing partner Tommy Aaron inadvertently entered a 4 instead of 3 on the scorecard.[5] He did not check the scorecard for the error before signing it, and according to the Rules of Golf the higher score had to stand and be counted. If not for this mistake, De Vicenzo would have tied for first place with Bob Goalby, and the two would have met in an 18-hole playoff the next day. His quote afterwards became legendary for its poignancy: "What a stupid I am!"[6]

In 1970 he was voted the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.

De Vicenzo subsequently found great success in the early days of the Senior PGA Tour, winning the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf two times and the inaugural U.S. Senior Open in 1980. He also won the 1974 PGA Seniors' Championship, and represented Argentina 15 times in the Canada Cup/World Cup, leading Argentina to victory in 1953.

De Vicenzo was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989, and officially retired on 12 November 2006, at age 83 with over 200 international victories. The Museum of Golf in Argentina in Berazategui was founded because of his hard work. It was named in his honor upon its completion in 2006.[7]

De Vicenzo died 1 June 2017 at the age of 94.[8][9][10]

Professional wins (230)Edit

PGA Tour wins (8)Edit

Major championship is shown in bold.

European circuit wins (9)Edit

Argentine Tour wins (132)Edit

this list is incomplete

Other wins (3)Edit

South American wins (60)Edit

this list may be incomplete

Senior PGA Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 29 Jun 1980 U.S. Senior Open −3 (74-73-68-70=285) 4 strokes   William C. Campbell (a)
2 15 Jul 1984 Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Commemorative Pro-Am 8 (70-70-65=205) 2 strokes   Gardner Dickinson

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1986 Denver Post Champions of Golf   Gary Player Lost to par on fourth extra hole

Senior major championship is shown in bold.

Other senior wins (16)Edit

this list may be incomplete

Major championshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1967 The Open Championship 2 shot lead −10 (70-71-67-70=278) 2 strokes   Jack Nicklaus

Results timelineEdit

Tournament 1948 1949
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship T3 3
PGA Championship
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament T12 T20 T17 CUT
U.S. Open T29 T27 T8 CUT
The Open Championship 2 6 3 T35
PGA Championship R16 QF
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament T22 T33 T22 T10 2 CUT
U.S. Open T24
The Open Championship T3 3 4 T20 1 T10 T3
PGA Championship
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament CUT T9 T22 T51 CUT
U.S. Open
The Open Championship T17 T11 T28 T51 T28 T32 T48 CUT CUT
PGA Championship
  Top 10
  Did not play

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


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 1 0 1 3 9 15 11
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 4
The Open Championship 1 1 6 9 11 14 22 20
PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 2
Totals 1 2 6 11 17 27 44 37
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 14 (1948 Open Championship – 1957 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (twice)

Champions Tour major championshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
1980 U.S. Senior Open −3 (74-73-68-70=285) 4 strokes   William C. Campbell (a)

Team appearancesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Barkow, Al (November 1989). The History of the PGA TOUR. Copyright PGA Tour. Doubleday. pp. 250–1, 254. ISBN 0-385-26145-4.
  2. ^ a b Evans, Farrell (14 July 2008). "Roberto De Vicenzo". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  3. ^ "1967 Roberto De Vicenzo". The Open. Archived from the original on 26 November 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  4. ^ Tarde, Jerry (1 June 2017). "Roberto De Vicenzo and the 1968 Masters: When the game held its head in its hands". Golf Digest.
  5. ^ Pelanda, Brian. "What's a 'Bunker'?: The Curious Case of How Dustin Johnson Lost the 2010 PGA Championship and Why the PGA Must Revise the Now Infamous Local Rule at Whistling Straits". Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal. 22 (Fall/Winter 2011): 69. SSRN 1909575.
  6. ^ "Loser Said He Was Stupid". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Sarasota, Florida. AP. 15 April 1968. p. 20. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Museo del Golf Roberto de Vicenzo". Municipalidad de Berazategui. Archived from the original on 2 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Murió Roberto De Vicenzo, el golfista que conquistó al mundo con sus títulos y sus valores". La Nación (in Spanish). 1 June 2017.
  9. ^ Harig, Bob (1 June 2017). "Argentine golfing legend Roberto De Vicenzo dies at age 94". ESPN.
  10. ^ Mason, Peter (2 June 2017). "Roberto De Vicenzo obituary". The Guardian.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
  Horacio Accavallo
Olimpia de Oro
Succeeded by
  Nicolino Locche
Preceded by
  Alberto Demiddi
Olimpia de Oro
Succeeded by
  Alberto Demiddi