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Keith Thomas Jacobs, Jr. (born February 13, 1935) is an American professional golfer and golf course owner/operator who has played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. He is the older brother of John Jacobs who has also played on the PGA Tour and is a current player on the Champions Tour.[1]

Tommy Jacobs
Personal information
Full nameKeith Thomas Jacobs, Jr.
Born (1935-02-13) February 13, 1935 (age 84)
Denver, Colorado
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceLeland, North Carolina
Turned professional1956
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins7
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament2nd: 1966
PGA ChampionshipT8: 1963
U.S. Open2nd: 1964
The Open ChampionshipDNP
British AmateurR64: 1955

Jacobs was born in Denver Colorado and raised in southern California, where he started in junior golf. In 1951, Jacobs won the U.S. Junior Amateur. At sixteen, he advanced to the semi-finals of the U.S. Amateur, which earned him an invitation to the Masters Tournament at age 17. For 58 years, Jacobs had the distinction of being the youngest golfer to ever play in the Masters (in 1952).[1] The record was broken by Matteo Manassero in 2010. He turned professional in 1956.

Jacobs won four PGA Tour events. His first win came in 1958 at the newly revamped Denver Open, and his last was at the 1964 Palm Springs Golf Classic. During his career, Jacobs had sole 2nd-place finishes in two major championships. He lost the 1964 U.S. Open to Ken Venturi by four strokes, and was runner-up in a playoff at the Masters Tournament in 1966 that he (72) and Gay Brewer (78) lost to Jack Nicklaus (70).[2] Jacobs was a member of the 1965 Ryder Cup team, and finished with a record of 3-1-1.

Like most pro golfers of his generation, Jacobs earned his living primarily as a club pro during his thirties and forties. He was Director of Golf at La Costa Hotel Spa and The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, California for more than 20 years. He joined the Senior PGA Tour (now known as the Champions Tour) in 1985 and continued to play in selected events into the 2000s; his last appearance was at the 2003 Senior PGA Championship.[1] In 1995, he went on to form an LLC, which purchased Bel Air Greens golf course, and changed the name to Tommy Jacobs' Bel Air Greens – a nine-hole, par-32 golf course in Palm Springs, California. Jacobs and his partners completed the sale of the golf course in 2006.

Jacobs and his brother John have teamed up with Roger Fredericks, to form Champions Corporate Golf Outings, which provides custom tailored golf events for small to medium size groups and corporations.[1]

Jacobs lives in Leland, North Carolina and is the owner-operator of Magnolia Greens Golf Course.

Professional winsEdit

PGA Tour wins (4)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Sep 14, 1958 Denver Open –14 (65-67-67-67=266) 1 stroke   Ernie Vossler
2 Jan 14, 1962 San Diego Open Invitational –7 (72-70-70-65=277) Playoff   Johnny Pott
3 Sep 8, 1963 Utah Open –12 (68-72-62-70=272) 1 stroke   Don January
4 Feb 2, 1964 Palm Springs Golf Classic –7 (66-74-74-69-70=353) Playoff   Jimmy Demaret

PGA Tour playoff record (2–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1962 San Diego Open Invitational   Johnny Pott Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1964 Palm Springs Golf Classic   Jimmy Demaret Won with par on second extra hole
3 1966 Masters Tournament   Gay Brewer,   Jack Nicklaus Nicklaus won 18-hole playoff (Nicklaus:70, Jacobs:72, Brewer:78)
4 1969 IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic   Gay Brewer,   Dave Hill,   R. H. Sikes Hill won with birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (3)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit


Tournament 1952 1953 1954 1955
Masters Tournament 60
U.S. Open
The Open Championship
British Amateur R64


Tournament 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open CUT T10 T59
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T14
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament T28 CUT T15 2 CUT CUT
U.S. Open CUT T6 T32 2 T28 CUT CUT CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship CUT T23 T8 CUT CUT CUT T67
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T61 CUT CUT CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1960 and 1964 PGA Championships)
R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Source for Masters,[3] U.S. Open,[4] Open Championship,[5] British Amateur,[6] PGA Championship[7]


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 1 0 1 1 2 8 4
U.S. Open 0 1 0 1 3 3 11 6
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 3 13 6
Totals 0 2 0 2 5 8 32 16
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (1962 U.S. Open – 1963 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (five times)

Team appearancesEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Tommy Jacobs bio". Champions Corporate Golf Outings. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
  2. ^ "Golf Major Championships".
  3. ^ Archived 2010-03-26 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ USGA Championship Database Archived 2010-12-21 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^
  6. ^ The Glasgow Herald, June 2, 1955, pg. 4.
  7. ^ PGA Championship Media Guide

External linksEdit