Name:William Charles "Bill" Rogers
Born:Sept 10, 1951 in Waco, Texas.
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].
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].
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].
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).
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].
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].
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].
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].
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].
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].
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].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Alex Cejka: buffeted by rain and high winds, especially on the high-scoring final day, Čejka prevailed over Pádraig Harrington in a playoff at Royal Porthcawl, to scoop the Senior Open Championship title.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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