Who's who: Billy Casper

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Who's who: Billy Casper

  • Name:

    William Earl "Billy" Casper Jr.
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1931-2015]. Born on June 24, 1931 in San Diego, California. Died on Feb 8, 2015 at home outside Salt Lake City, Utah, aged 83.
  • Original/Home Club:

    San Diego Country Club (where he caddied in his youth).
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer, course designer, writer, founder of Billy Casper Golf (golf course management & marketing).
  • Turned Pro:

    1954
  • Website:

    https://www.billycaspergolf.com

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (3). Senior MAJORS (2). Ryder Cup player (1961, '63, '65, '67, '69, '71, '73, '75). Ryder Cup captain (1979). Total professional wins (69), including PGA Tour (51), Champions Tour (9) and several outside of North America. PGA Tour leading money winner (1966, '68). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1978).

Golf course design

Billy Casper has been responsible for a number of course designs, which include (but are not limited to): Revere GC (Concord & Lexington courses), and Sun City Summerlin (Highlands, Palm & Eagle Crest courses). Both these design projects are in greater Las Vegas, and both done in collaboration with Greg Nash.

Did you know?

Casper's highly successful professional golf career saw him become one of the most prolific winners on the PGA Tour between 1956 and 1975. He accumulated 51 PGA Tour titles, and nine on the US Seniors Tour. He also competed on eight consecutive USA Ryder Cup teams (1961-75), and captained the team once (1979). The USA won all nine of these Ryder Cups.

In the period 1964-70, when Messrs Palmer, Player and Nicklaus were firing on all cylinders, Casper won the most PGA Tour titles (27) out of this illustrious quartet. Outside North America he also notched-up two Brazilian Opens, two Hassan II Trophies, the Mexican Open, Trophée Lancôme and an Italian Open.

Casper wrote about his career and personal perspectives on golf in the excellently titled 'The Big Three and Me'. Casper also founded a golf course management and marketing company (Billy Casper Golf), which is now the second largest operator of golf courses in the United States.

Top tournaments won by Billy Casper

1989
America
207 (-9)
$60,000
Transamerica

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

207 (-9)

Prize money

$60,000

Title sponsor

Transamerica

Played as the inaugural Transamerica Senior Golf Championship (Oct 19-22). Second-placed Al Geiberger (USA) finished 3 shots behind Casper (USA), who recorded the last of his nine Snr PGA Tour victories. [South course, Silverado Resort, Napa, California].

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

$60,000

Title sponsor

Mazda

Played as the Mazda Senior Tournament Players Championship (June 9-12). Second-placed Al Geiberger (USA) finished 2 shots behind Casper (USA). [Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].

1988
America
Dominion CC
205 (-11)
$37,500
Vantage

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Dominion CC

Score

205 (-11)

Prize money

$37,500

Title sponsor

Vantage

Played as the Vantage at the Dominion. Second-placed Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) finished 1 shot behind Casper (USA). [Dominion CC, San Antonio, Texas].

1987
America
Hillcrest GC, AZ
201 (-15)
$30,000
Del E. Webb

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Hillcrest GC, AZ

Score

201 (-15)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

Del E. Webb

Played as the Del E. Webb Arizona Classic (March 13-15; formerly Senior PGA Tour Roundup). Second-placed Bob Charles (NZ) and Dale Douglass (USA) finished 5 shots behind Casper (USA). [Hillcrest GC, Sun City West, Phoenix, AZ].

1987
America
Highlands GC, The
200 (-13)
$37,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Highlands GC, The

Score

200 (-13)

Prize money

$37,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Grand Rapids Open. Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) finished 3 shots behind Casper (USA). [The Highlands GC, Grand Rapids, Michigan; at the time known as Elks CC].

1985
America
Purpoodock Club
200 (-10)
$35,000
Unionmutual

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Purpoodock Club

Score

200 (-10)

Prize money

$35,000

Title sponsor

Unionmutual

Played as the Unionmutual Seniors Golf Classic (Sept 27-29; unofficial seniors invitational event). Second-placed Orville Moody (USA) finished 2 shots behind Casper (USA). [Purpoodock Club, Cape Elizabeth, nr Portland, Maine].

1984
America
Hillcrest GC, AZ
202 (-14)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Hillcrest GC, AZ

Score

202 (-14)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Senior PGA Tour Roundup (April 20-22). Second-placed Bob Stone (USA) finished 2 shots behind Casper (USA). [Hillcrest GC, Sun City West, Phoenix, AZ].

1984
America
Onion Creek
258 (-22)
$50,000
Liberty Mutual

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Onion Creek

Score

258 (-22)

Prize money

$50,000

Title sponsor

Liberty Mutual

Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) & Julius Boros (USA) finished 3 shots behind Billy Casper (USA) & Gay Brewer (USA). [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].

1983
Majors
288 (+4)
$30,566
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

288 (+4)

Prize money

$30,566

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Senior Open (July 22-25). Casper (USA) beat Rod Funseth (USA) with a birdie at the first sudden-death playoff hole, which followed an 18-hole playoff in which both players shot 75 (+4). [Hazeltine National GC, Chaska, Minn.].

1982
America
206 (-10)
$22,500
Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

206 (-10)

Prize money

$22,500

Title sponsor

Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest

Played as the Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Commemorative Pro-Am. Casper (USA) beat Bob Toski (USA) with a birdie at the fourth playoff hole. [Newport CC, Newport, Rhode Island].

1982
America
Jeremy Ranch
279 (-9)
$25,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Jeremy Ranch

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Shootout at Jeremy Ranch. Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) and Don January (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time US Snr Tr winner Casper (USA). [Jeremy Ranch G&CC, Park City, nr Salt Lake City, Utah].

1977
America
Chiluca CC
286
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Chiluca CC

Score

286

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Mexican Open (Abierto Mexicano de Golf) (for the last time until 1980). Seve Ballesteros (Esp) finished in second place behind Casper (USA). [CC Chiluca, Ciudad López Mateos, nr Mexico City].

1975
America
271 (-17)
$30,000
First NBC

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

First NBC

Played as the First NBC New Orleans Open (May 15-18). Second-placed Peter Oosterhuis (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Billy Casper (USA), who recorded the last of his 51 PGA Tour wins. [Lakewood GC, New Orleans, LA].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

284 (-8)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Hassan II Trophy (unofficial limited-field event). Tommy Aaron (USA) finished in second place behind Casper (USA), who won this event for the second time in three years. [Red course, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco].

1975
Europe
286 (-2)
£3,130
x

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

286 (-2)

Prize money

£3,130

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Italian Open. Second-placed Brian Barnes (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Casper (USA), who recorded his first (and only) win in an official European Tour event (Casper also won the unofficial Trophee Lancome in 1974). [Red course, GC Monticello, Cassina Rizzardi, nr Como].

1974
Europe
Saint-Nom-La-Breteche
283
Lancome

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Saint-Nom-La-Breteche

Score

283

Prize money

Title sponsor

Lancome

Played as the Trophee Lancome. Won by Billy Casper (USA). [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

288 (-4)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Hassan II Trophy (Dec 6-9; unofficial limited-field event). Second-placed Rod Funseth (USA) finished 5 shots behind Casper (USA). [Red course, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco].

1973
America
Wethersfield CC
264 (-20)
$40,000
Sammy Davis, Jr.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Wethersfield CC

Score

264 (-20)

Prize money

$40,000

Title sponsor

Sammy Davis, Jr.

Played as the Sammy Davis Jr. Greater Hartford Open (Aug 31-Sep 3). Second-placed Bruce Devlin (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Billy Casper (USA). This was the last of Casper's four wins in this event, and his 50th PGA Tour win overall. Monday Labour Day finish. [Wethersfield CC, nr Hartford, CT].

1973
America
Midlothian CC
272 (-12)
$35,000
WGA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Midlothian CC

Score

272 (-12)

Prize money

$35,000

Title sponsor

WGA

Played as the Western Open (June 28-July 1). Second-placed Larry Hinson (USA) and Hale Irwin (USA) finished 1 shot behind Billy Casper (USA), who recorded the last of his four wins in this event. [Midlothian CC, Midlothian, nr Chicago, IL].

1971
Japan
Perfect Liberty CC
208 (-8)
x

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Perfect Liberty CC

Score

208 (-8)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural United States-Japan Golf Match (Nov 5-7; Japan Tr event; individual low score winner). Bert Yancey (USA) finished in third place behind Billy Casper (USA) and Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn), who tied for first place. Casper recorded his first and only professional circuit win in Japan. [Perfect Liberty CC, Osaka, Japan].

1971
America
269 (-19)
$30,000
Kaiser Intl.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

269 (-19)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

Kaiser Intl.

Played as the Kaiser International Open Invitational (Oct 21-24). Second-placed Fred Marti (USA) finished 4 shots behind Billy Casper (USA). [North course, Silverado Resort, Napa, CA].

1970
Majors
279 (-9)
$25,000
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

x

The Masters Tournament (34th) (April 9-13). Casper (USA) beat Gene Littler (USA) in an 18-hole playoff: Casper 69 (-3), Littler 74 (+2). Casper won the title he narrowly missed out on the year before. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].

1970
America
Pleasant Valley, Mass.
277 (-11)
$32,000
AVCO

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Pleasant Valley, Mass.

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$32,000

Title sponsor

AVCO

Played as the AVCO Golf Classic (Aug 21-24). Second-placed Rod Funseth (USA) and Tom Weiskopf (USA) finished 1 shot behind Billy Casper (USA). Monday finish required after Sunday's final round was rained out. [Pleasant Valley CC, Sutton, MA].

1970
America
Whitemarsh Valley
274 (-14)
$30,000
IVB

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Whitemarsh Valley

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

IVB

Played as the IVB Philadelphia Golf Classic (July 16-19). Second-placed Terry Wilcox (USA) finished 3 shots behind Billy Casper (USA). [Whitemarsh Valley CC, Lafayette Hill, nr Philadelphia, PA].

1970
America
276 (-8)
$20,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

276 (-8)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 8-11; PGA Tour season-opener). Casper (USA) beat Hale Irwin (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Rancho Park GC, Los Angeles, CA].

1970
Awards
x
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

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

1969
America
Midlothian CC
276 (-8)
$26,000
WGA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Midlothian CC

Score

276 (-8)

Prize money

$26,000

Title sponsor

WGA

Played as the Western Open (July 5-8). Second-placed Rocky Thompson (USA) finished 4 shots behind Billy Casper (USA), who recorded the third of his four wins in this event. [Midlothian CC, Midlothian, nr Chicago, IL].

1969
America
274 (-14)
$55,000
Alcan

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$55,000

Title sponsor

Alcan

Played as the Alcan Golfer of the Year Championship (Sept 25-28; PGA Tour event). Second-placed Lee Trevino (USA) finished 1 shot behind Billy Casper (USA). [Portland GC, Portland, OR]. Note: of the four Alcan Golfer of the Year events, this is the only one played in the USA. The 1967, '68 & '70 editions were played in the British Isles.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

345 (-15)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Bob Hope Desert Classic (Feb 5-9). Second-placed Dave Hill (USA) finished 3 shots behind Casper (USA). [Indian Wells CC, Coachella Valley, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Bermuda Dunes CC; Tamarisk CC; La Quinta CC].

1968
Awards
$205,168
see Score
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Score

$205,168

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Casper (USA) won his second PGA Tour leading money winner title, with 1968 season earnings of $205,168 on the Tour. Jack Nicklaus (USA) was second with $155,285; Tom Weiskopf (USA) was third with $152,946.

1968
America
Wethersfield CC
266 (-18)
$20,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Wethersfield CC

Score

266 (-18)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Hartford Open Invitational (Sept 5-8). Second-placed Bruce Crampton (Aus) finished 3 shots behind Billy Casper (USA). This was the third of Casper's four wins in this event. [Wethersfield CC, nr Hartford, CT].

1968
America
Brookside GC
274 (-10)
$20,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Brookside GC

Score

274 (-10)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 25-28). Second-placed and defending champion Palmer (USA) finished 3 shots behind Casper (USA). [Brookside GC, Pasadena, CA].

1968
America
269 (-15)
$20,000
Lucky Lager

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

269 (-15)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

Lucky Lager

Played as the Lucky International Open (Oct 31-Nov 3). Second-placed Raymond Floyd (USA) and Don Massengale (USA) finished 4 shots behind Billy Casper (USA), who recorded his 40th PGA Tour win. [Harding Park GC, San Francisco, Calif. Now known as TPC Harding Park].

1968
America
267 (-17)
$27,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

267 (-17)

Prize money

$27,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (April 5-8). Second-placed George Archer (USA), Gene Littler (USA) and Bobby Nichols (USA) finished 4 shots behind Casper (USA), who recorded his second win in this event. [Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, NC].

1968
Awards
69.82
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Score

69.82

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Casper (USA) won his fifth PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour. Jack Nicklaus (USA) was second with 69.97; George Archer (USA) was third with 70.34.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the "500" Festival Open Invitational (June 6-9; held in conjunction with the Indy 500 race week). Second-placed Mike Hill (USA) and defending champion Frank Beard (USA) finished 1 shot behind Billy Casper (USA), who won this event for the second time in three years, and third time in total. [Brickyard Crossing GC, at the time known as Speedway GC, Indianapolis, IN].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

275 (-5)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Colonial National Invitation (May 16-19). Second-placed Gene Littler (USA) finished 5 shots behind Billy Casper (USA), who won this event for the second time. [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].

1967
America
Carling

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

Carling

Played as the Carling World Open.

1967
America
Montreal Municipal
279 (-5)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Montreal Municipal

Score

279 (-5)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Canadian Open (June 29-July 3). Billy Casper (USA) beat Art Wall Jr (USA) in an 18-hole Monday playoff (Casper 65, Wall Jr 69). [Montréal Municipal GC, Parc Maisonneuve, Montréal, Québec. Original 18-hole course now closed].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$16,400

Title sponsor

x

Played as the "500" Festival Open Invitational (July 28-31). Second-placed Richard "R.H." Sikes (USA) finished 3 shots behind Billy Casper (USA). [Brickyard Crossing GC, at the time known as Speedway GC, Indianapolis, IN].

1966
Majors
278 (-2)
$26,500
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

278 (-2)

Prize money

$26,500

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (66th) (Jun 16-20). Casper (USA) beat Arnold Palmer (USA) in an 18-hole playoff: Casper 69 (-1), Palmer 73 (+3). In the final round of regulation play, Casper overcame a seven shot deficit on the last nine holes. [Lake course, Olympic Club, nr San Francisco, CA].

1966
America
283 (-1)
$20,000
WGA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Medinah

Score

283 (-1)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

WGA

Played as the Western Open (June 23-26). Second-placed Gay Brewer (USA) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Billy Casper (USA), who recorded the second of his four wins in this event. [No.3 Course, Medinah CC, Bloomingdale, nr Chicago, IL].

1966
Awards
x
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Casper (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).

1966
Awards
$121,945
see Score
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Score

$121,945

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Casper (USA) was the PGA Tour 1966 leading money winner, with earnings of $121,945 on the Tour. Jack Nicklaus (USA) was second with $111,419; Arnold Palmer (USA) was third with $110,468.

1966
Awards
70.27
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Score

70.27

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Casper (USA) won his fourth (and second straight) PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

268 (-16)

Prize money

$5,800

Title sponsor

x

Played as the San Diego Open Invitational (Jan 13-16). Second-placed Tommy Aaron (USA) and Tom Weiskopf (USA) finished 4 shots behind Casper (USA). [Riverwalk GC, San Diego, CA; at the time known as Stardust CC].

1965
America
Bermuda Dunes CC
348 (-12)
$15,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Bermuda Dunes CC

Score

348 (-12)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Bob Hope Desert Classic (Feb 3-7; formerly the Palm Springs Golf Classic). Second-placed Tommy Aaron (USA) and Arnold Palmer (USA) finished 1 shot behind Casper (USA), who recorded his 25th PGA Tour win. [Bermuda Dunes CC, Coachella Valley, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Indian Wells CC; Eldorado CC; La Quinta CC].

1965
America
Tam O'Shanter CC
270 (-14)
$11,000
WGA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Tam O'Shanter CC

Score

270 (-14)

Prize money

$11,000

Title sponsor

WGA

Played as the Western Open (July 1-4). Second-placed Jack McGowan (USA) and Chi Chi Rodríguez (Puerto Rico/USA) finished 2 shots behind Billy Casper (USA), who recorded the first of his four wins in this event. [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL; now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].

1965
Awards
70.85
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Score

70.85

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Casper (USA) won his third PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.

1965
America
Wethersfield CC
274 (-10)
$11,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Wethersfield CC

Score

274 (-10)

Prize money

$11,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Insurance City Open Invitational (July 22-25). Billy Casper (USA) beat Johnny Pott (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to win this event for the second time in three years. [Wethersfield CC, nr Hartford, CT].

1965
America
Paradise Valley CC
269 (-15)
$20,000
Sahara Hotel

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Paradise Valley CC

Score

269 (-15)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

Sahara Hotel

Played as the Sahara Invitational (Oct 20-23). Second-placed Billy Martindale (USA) finished 3 shots behind Billy Casper (USA). [Paradise Valley CC, Henderson, NV; now called Wildhorse GC].

1964
America
Almaden G&CC
279 (-9)
$3,300
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Almaden G&CC

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$3,300

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Almaden Open (Oct 30-Nov 3; PGA Tour event). Billy Casper (USA) beat Pete Brown (USA) with a six-foot birdie putt at the third sudden-death playoff hole. This followed an 18-hole Tuesday playoff in which Casper and Brown both scored 4-under 68s, and Jerry Steelsmith (USA) was eliminated with a 73. [Almaden CC, San Jose, CA; now called Almaden G&CC].

1964
America
Broadmoor GC, WA
265 (-15)
$5,800
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Broadmoor GC, WA

Score

265 (-15)

Prize money

$5,800

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Seattle Open (Sept 24-27). Second-placed Mason Rudolph (USA) finished 2 shots behind Billy Casper (USA). [Broadmoor GC, Seattle, WA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$7,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Doral Open (March 19-22). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 1 shot behind Billy Casper (USA), who recorded his second win in this event in three years. [Blue Monster course, Doral Resort, Miami, FL].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

279 (-1)

Prize money

$14,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Colonial National Invitation (May 7-10). Second-placed Tommy Jacobs (USA) finished 4 shots behind Billy Casper (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].

1963
America
285 (-3)
$5,300
Bing Crosby

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

285 (-3)

Prize money

$5,300

Title sponsor

Bing Crosby

Played as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am (Jan 17-20). Second-placed Bob Rosburg (USA), Dave Hill (USA), Art Wall Jr (USA), Gary Player (RSA) and Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 1 shot behind Casper (USA). [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula CC].

1963
Awards
70.58
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Score

70.58

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Casper (USA) won his second PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.

1963
America
Wethersfield CC
271 (-13)
$6,400
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Wethersfield CC

Score

271 (-13)

Prize money

$6,400

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Insurance City Open Invitational (Aug 15-18). Second-placed George Bayer (USA) finished 1 shot behind Billy Casper (USA), who recorded his 20th PGA Tour win. This was the first of Casper's four wins in this event. [Wethersfield CC, nr Hartford, CT].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

264 (-20)

Prize money

$9,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the "500" Festival Open Invitational (May 24-27; held in conjunction with the Indy 500 race week). Second-placed George Bayer (USA) and Jerry Steelsmith (USA) finished 1 shot behind Billy Casper (USA). [Brickyard Crossing GC, at the time known as Speedway GC, Indianapolis, IN].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

275 (-9)

Prize money

$5,300

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (April 12-15). Second-placed and defending champion Mike Souchak (USA) finished 1 shot behind Casper (USA). [Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, NC].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

$9,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Doral Country Club Open (March 23-26). Second-placed Pete Bondeson (USA) finished 1 shot behind Billy Casper (USA). [Blue Monster course, Doral Resort, Miami, FL].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Bakersfield Open Invitational.

1961
America
273 (-15)
$3,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$3,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Portland Open Invitational (Sept 21-24). Second-placed Dave Hill (USA) finished 1 shot behind Billy Casper (USA), who won this event for the third straight time. [Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, OR].

1960
America
Hesperia G&CC
275 (-13)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Hesperia G&CC

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Hesperia Open Invitational (Sept 30-Oct 3). Second-placed Bob Rosburg (USA) finished 7 shots behind Billy Casper Jr (USA), who added this PGA Tour title to the Portland Open, which he won the week before. [Hesperia G&CC, Hesperia, CA].

1960
America
266 (-22)
$2,800
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

266 (-22)

Prize money

$2,800

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Portland Open Invitational (Sept 22-25). Second-placed Paul Harney (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Billy Casper (USA). [Portland GC, Portland, Oregon].

1960
Awards
69.95
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Score

69.95

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Casper (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.

1960
America
Mesa Verde CC
276 (-8)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Mesa Verde CC

Score

276 (-8)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Orange County Invitational (Oct 13-16). Second-placed Charlie Sifford (USA) finished 1 shot behind Casper (USA). [Mesa Verde CC, Costa Mesa, nr Newport Beach, CA].

1959
America
Oakbourne CC
273 (-11)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Oakbourne CC

Score

273 (-11)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Lafayette Open (Nov 12-15). Second-placed George Bayer (USA) finished 4 shots behind Casper (USA), who recorded his third PGA Tour win in his last four starts. [Oakbourne CC, Lafayette, Louisiana].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Mobile Sertoma Open Invitational.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Lafayette Open Invitational.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Gavea

Score

268

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Brazil Open (Aberto do Brasil). Mario Gonzalez (Brazil) finished in second place behind defending champion Casper (USA). [Gavea GC, São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro].

1959
America
269 (-19)
$2,800
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

269 (-19)

Prize money

$2,800

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Portland Centennial Open Invitational (Oct 1-4; last played in 1948). Second-placed Bob Duden (USA) and Dave Ragan (USA) finished 3 shots behind Billy Casper (USA). [Portland GC, Portland, Oregon].

1959
Majors
282 (+2)
$12,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

282 (+2)

Prize money

$12,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (59th) (Jun 11-14). Second-placed Bob Rosburg (USA) finished 1 shot behind Casper (USA). [West course, Winged Foot GC, Mamaroneck, NY].

1958
America
Warwick Hills
285 (-3)
$9,000
Buick

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Warwick Hills

Score

285 (-3)

Prize money

$9,000

Title sponsor

Buick

Played as the inaugural Buick Open Invitational (June 19-23). Second-placed Arnold Palmer (USA) and Ted Kroll (USA) finished 1 shot behind Billy Casper (USA). This event marked Buick becoming the first corporate sponsor on the PGA Tour. Monday finish required after Friday second round was rained out. [Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan].

1958
America
277 (-11)
$4,000
Bing Crosby

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$4,000

Title sponsor

Bing Crosby

Played as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am Championship (Jan 9-12; first time as a 72-hole event). Second-placed Dave Marr (USA) finished 4 shots behind Casper (USA). [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula CC].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

270 (-14)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Brazil Open (Aberto do Brasil). Second-placed Leopoldo Ruiz (Arg) finished 9 shots behind Casper (USA). [Sao Paulo GC, Santo Amoro, Sao Paulo, Brazil].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

$2,800

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater New Orleans Open Invitational (March 9-12; played for the first time since 1948). Billy Casper (USA) beat Ken Venturi (USA) with an eagle at the second playoff hole. [Bayou Oaks at City Park, New Orleans, LA. Played on what was known as City Park's No.1 (East) course; now part of the South course).

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Kentucky Derby Open Invitational.

1957
America
Arizona CC
271 (-9)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Venue

Arizona CC

Score

271 (-9)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Phoenix Open Invitational (Jan 31-Feb 3). Second-placed Mike Souchak (USA) and defending champion Cary Middlecoff (USA) finished 3 shots behind Casper (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [Arizona CC, Phoenix, AZ].

1956
America
274 (-14)
$5,000
Labatt Brewing

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Casper, Billy

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$5,000

Title sponsor

Labatt Brewing

Played as the Labatt Open (July 12-15). Second-placed Jimmy Demaret (USA) finished 2 shots behind 25-year-old Billy Casper (USA), who recorded the first of his 51 PGA Tour wins. [Royal Québec GC, Boischatel, nr Québec City].

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