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Thomas Daniel Weiskopf (born November 9, 1942) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. His most successful decade was the 1970s, and he won 16 PGA Tour titles between 1968 and 1982. After winding down his tournament career, Weiskopf has become a noted golf course architect.

Tom Weiskopf
Personal information
Full nameThomas Daniel Weiskopf
Born (1942-11-09) November 9, 1942 (age 76)
Massillon, Ohio
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Nationality United States
SpouseLaurie
Career
CollegeOhio State University
Turned professional1964
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Senior PGA Tour
Professional wins28
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour16
European Tour1
PGA Tour Champions4
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT2: 1969, 1972, 1974, 1975
PGA Championship3rd: 1975
U.S. OpenT2: 1976
The Open ChampionshipWon: 1973

Weiskopf was born in Massillon, Ohio. He attended Benedictine High School in Cleveland, and Ohio State University, where he played on the golf team. He turned professional in 1964.

Weiskopf's first win on the PGA Tour came at the Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational in 1968, and fifteen more followed by 1982. His career season was 1973, when he won seven tournaments around the world, including The Open Championship at Royal Troon,[1][2] and he would finish that year ranked second in the world according to Mark McCormack's world golf rankings. This was to remain his only major championship victory, but he was a four-time runner-up at The Masters and also had a T2 finish at the 1976 U.S. Open.[3]

Weiskopf won the Canadian Open in 1973 and 1975; the latter win was achieved in dramatic fashion, with a one-hole playoff win over archrival Jack Nicklaus, when Weiskopf nearly holed his approach on the 15th hole at the Royal Montreal Golf Club's Blue Course. Weiskopf was a member of the United States team in the 1973 and 1975 Ryder Cups. He qualified as well for the 1977 team, but decided to skip the competition in order to go big-game hunting.[1]

Weiskopf's swing was much admired in the golf world. He hit the ball high, generated enormous power and had very good control as well, a rare combination. Weiskopf's displays of temper on the golf course earned him the nickname of "The Towering Inferno".

Weiskopf joined the Senior PGA Tour in 1993 and won several senior tournaments, including one senior major, the 1995 U.S. Senior Open.[1][4]

He has also worked as a golf analyst for CBS Sports,[1] covering the 1981 and 1985 to 1995 Masters. Since 2008, he has contributed to ABC Sports and ESPN's coverage of The Open Championship.[citation needed]

Golf course designEdit

Weiskopf got into golf course design working initially with Jay Morrish, but now has his own established practice.[1] He has at least 40 courses to his credit in many parts of the world, including the Monument and Pinnacle courses at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona;[5] and Loch Lomond, venue of the Scottish Open from 1995 to 2010.[1] A drivable par-4 hole is a common element in most of Weiskopf's designs. Many of the courses have received considerable praise by being ranked highly in lists of top courses around the world.[5]

In January 2016, it was announced that Weiskopf would lead a renovation of the Torrey Pines North Course in San Diego, California.[6]

The following is a (partial) list of courses that Weiskopf either designed alone or co-designed:

Amateur wins (1)Edit

Professional wins (28)Edit

PGA Tour wins (16)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Feb 11, 1968 Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational −15 (66-68-71-68=273) 1 stroke   Al Geiberger
2 Jul 7, 1968 Buick Open Invitational −8 (73-67-71-69=280) 1 stroke   Mike Hill
3 Jun 13, 1971 Kemper Open −11 (66-72-70-69=277) Playoff   Dale Douglass,   Gary Player,
  Lee Trevino
4 Aug 22, 1971 IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic −14 (67-71-66-70=274) 1 stroke   Dave Hill
5 Feb 27, 1972 Jackie Gleason's Inverrary Classic −10 (69-72-69-68=278) 1 stroke   Jack Nicklaus
6 May 13, 1973 Colonial National Invitation −4 (69-68-70-69=276) 1 stroke   Bruce Crampton,   Jerry Heard
7 Jun 3, 1973 Kemper Open −17 (65-70-68-68=271) 3 strokes   Lanny Wadkins
8 Jun 10, 1973 IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic −14 (67-71-65-71=274) 4 strokes   Jim Barber
9 Jul 14, 1973 The Open Championship −12 (68-67-71-70=276) 3 strokes   Neil Coles,   Johnny Miller
10 Jul 29, 1973 Canadian Open −10 (67-73-68-70=278) 2 strokes   Forrest Fezler
11 Apr 6, 1975 Greater Greensboro Open −9 (64-71-72-68=275) 3 strokes   Al Geiberger
12 Jul 27, 1975 Canadian Open −6 (65-74-68-67=274) Playoff   Jack Nicklaus
13 Jun 5, 1977 Kemper Open −11 (67-71-69-70=277) 2 strokes   George Burns,   Bill Rogers
14 Mar 12, 1978 Doral-Eastern Open −16 (67-70-67-68=272) 1 stroke   Jack Nicklaus
15 Sep 20, 1981 LaJet Classic −10 (73-67-70-68=278) 2 strokes   Gil Morgan
16 Jul 4, 1982 Western Open −12 (69-67-70-70=276) 1 stroke   Larry Nelson

Major championship is shown in bold.

PGA Tour playoff record (2–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1966 Greater Greensboro Open   Doug Sanders Lost to par on second extra hole
2 1969 Greater Greensboro Open   Julius Boros,   Gene Littler
  Orville Moody
Littler won with birdie on fifth extra hole
Weiskopf eliminated with par on first hole
3 1971 Kemper Open   Dale Douglass,   Gary Player,   Lee Trevino Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 1975 Canadian Open   Jack Nicklaus Won with birdie on first extra hole
5 1979 Southern Open   Ed Fiori Lost to birdie on second extra hole

European Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 Jul 14, 1973 The Open Championship −12 (68-67-71-70=276) 3 strokes   Neil Coles,   Johnny Miller
2 Aug 23, 1981 Benson & Hedges International Open −16 (66-69-68-69=272) 1 stroke   Eamonn Darcy,   Bernhard Langer

South African Tour wins (1)Edit

Other wins (6)Edit

Senior PGA Tour wins (4)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Aug 28, 1994 Franklin Quest Championship −12 (68-67-69=204) Playoff   Dave Stockton
2 Jul 2, 1995 U.S. Senior Open −13 (69-69-69-68=275) 4 strokes   Jack Nicklaus
3 Mar 31, 1996 SBC Dominion Seniors −9 (69-69-69=207) 2 strokes   Bob Dickson,   Graham Marsh,   Gary Player
4 Jun 9, 1996 Pittsburgh Senior Classic −11 (68-67-70=205) 3 strokes   Brian Barnes,   J. C. Snead

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1994 Franklin Quest Championship   Dave Stockton Won with birdie on first extra hole

Senior major championship is shown in bold.

Major championshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
1973 The Open Championship 1 shot lead −12 (68-67-71-70=276) 3 strokes   Neil Coles   Johnny Miller

Results timelineEdit

Tournament 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament T16 T2
U.S. Open T40 15 T24 T22
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T72 CUT T44
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament T23 T6 T2 T34 T2 T2 T9 T14 T11 T41
U.S. Open T30 CUT 8 3 T15 T29 T2 3 T4 T4
The Open Championship T22 T40 T7 1 T7 15 T17 T22 T17 CUT
PGA Championship CUT T22 T62 T6 WD 3 T8 T58 T4 CUT
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament CUT T10 T20 T35
U.S. Open 37 T39 T24
The Open Championship T16 CUT T45 CUT
PGA Championship T10 T27 CUT T30 CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship CUT T101 CUT CUT
PGA Championship
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut (3rd round cut in 1982 Open Championship)
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 4 0 4 7 12 16 15
U.S. Open 0 1 2 5 6 11 18 16
The Open Championship 1 0 0 1 3 9 19 12
PGA Championship 0 0 1 2 5 6 18 12
Totals 1 5 3 12 21 38 71 55
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 18 (1975 Masters – 1979 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (1973 U.S. Open – 1974 Masters)

Champions Tour major championshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1995 U.S. Senior Open −13 (69-69-69-68=275) 4 strokes   Jack Nicklaus

U.S. national team appearancesEdit

Professional

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Kelley, Brent. "Tom Weiskopf bio". About.com. Retrieved April 17, 2010.
  2. ^ "1973 Tom Weiskopf". The Open. Archived from the original on October 16, 2013. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  3. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved April 17, 2010.
  4. ^ Diaz, Jaime (July 10, 1995). "Free at last". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Holland, David R. "Course Design: Tom Weiskopf Excels at New Job Title". World Golf. Retrieved April 17, 2010.
  6. ^ "Tom Weiskopf to lead multi-million dollar reno of Torrey Pines North". Golf Course Architecture.
  7. ^ "Golf Overview". Catamount Ranch & Club.
  8. ^ "Golf – Forest Highlands". www.fhgc.com.
  9. ^ "Golf". Lahontan Golf Club.
  10. ^ http://www.shantycreek.com

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