Who's who: Bill Rogers

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Who's who: Bill Rogers

  • Name:

    William Charles "Bill" Rogers
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    Sept 10, 1951 in Waco, Texas.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1974

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): The Open (1981). Multiple PGA Tour and international tours winner. PGA Tour wins (6). Ryder Cup (1981).

Did you know?

Former PGA Tour and PGA Champions Tour player.

Top tournaments won by Bill Rogers

1983
America
274 (-14)
$72,000
USF&G

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Rogers, Bill

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$72,000

Title sponsor

USF&G

Played as the USF&G Classic (March 17-20). Second-placed David Edwards (USA), Jay Haas (USA) and Vance Heafner (USA) finished 3 shots behind Bill Rogers (USA), who recorded the last of his six PGA Tour wins. [Lakewood GC, New Orleans, LA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Rogers, Bill

Score

71 (-1)

Prize money

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the PGA Grand Slam of Golf (March 15; unofficial event for the previous year's four Major winners; next played in 1986). Second-placed Larry Nelson (US PGA) finished 4 shots behind Rogers (The Open). Third with 76 was David Graham (US Open). Fourth with 78 was Tom Watson (The Masters). [Champion course, PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gdns, FL].

1981
Aus/NZ
282 (-6)
A$27,000
x

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Rogers, Bill

Score

282 (-6)

Prize money

A$27,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Australian Open (Nov 19-22). Second-placed and defending champion Greg Norman (Aus) finished 1 shot behind 30-year-old Rogers (USA). [Victoria GC, Melbourne, Aus].

1981
Awards
x
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Rogers, Bill

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Rogers (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).

1981
Majors
276 (-4)
£25,000
R&A

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Rogers, Bill

Score

276 (-4)

Prize money

£25,000

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (110th) (July 16-19). Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 4 shots behind Rogers (USA), who recorded his first and only major championship win. [Royal St George's GC, Sandwich, Kent].

1981
America
275 (-5)
$100,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Rogers, Bill

Score

275 (-5)

Prize money

$100,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the World Series of Golf (Aug 27-30). Second-placed Tom Kite (USA) finished 1 shot behind Bill Rogers (USA). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].

1981
America
266 (-14)
$45,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Rogers, Bill

Score

266 (-14)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Texas Open (Oct 1-4). Bill Rogers (USA) beat Ben Crenshaw (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to record his fifth PGA Tour win. Rogers shot a final round 63 (-7) to tie with Crenshaw, who shot a final round 64. [Oak Hills CC, San Antonio, TX].

1981
America
278 (-6)
$54,000
Sea Pines

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Rogers, Bill

Score

278 (-6)

Prize money

$54,000

Title sponsor

Sea Pines

Played as the Sea Pines Heritage Classic (March 26-29). Second-placed Bruce Devlin (Aus), Craig Stadler (USA), Gil Morgan (USA) and Hale Irwin (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rogers (USA). [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].

1979
Europe
1 up
£30,000
Suntory

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Rogers, Bill

Score

1 up

Prize money

£30,000

Title sponsor

Suntory

Played as the Suntory World Match Play Championship (Oct 11-14; field of 12 players). Rogers (USA) beat defending champion Isao Aoki (Jpn) by 1 hole in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].

1978
America
Bermuda Dunes CC
339 (-21)
$45,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Rogers, Bill

Venue

Bermuda Dunes CC

Score

339 (-21)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Bob Hope Desert Classic (Feb 8-13). Second-placed Jerry McGee (USA) finished 2 shots behind first-time PGA Tour winner Rogers (USA). Final round delayed until Monday due to rain. [Bermuda Dunes CC, Coachella Valley, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Indian Wells CC; Eldorado CC; La Quinta CC].

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Rogers, Bill

Score

275 (-9)

Prize money

US$65,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Taiheiyo Club Pacific Masters (Oct 6-9; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Mike Morley (USA) and Teruo Sugihara (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind first-time Japan Tour winner Rogers (USA). [Gotemba course, Taiheiyo Club, Gotemba, Shizuoka, Jpn].

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