Name:Robert George "Bob" Goalby
Lived:[1929-2022]. Born on March 14, 1929 in Belleville, Illinois, and died there on Jan 19, 2022 (aged 92).
Original/Home Club:St Clair CC (firstly as a caddie).
Occupation:Professional golfer, course designer and NBC golf commentator.
MAJORS (1): The Masters (1968). Ryder Cup player (1963). PGA Tour wins (11). Senior PGA Tour wins (2).
Goalby designed a number of courses in and around his hometown of Belleville, Illinois.
The son of a coal miner, Goalby gained his first experiences of golf as a caddie at the nearby St Clair Country Club. Joining the professional golf ranks in 1952 after serving with the U.S. military in the Korean War, Goalby went on to claim 11 PGA Tour wins between 1958 and 1971.
His biggest triumph came in the 1968 Masters Tournament, when he was aged 42. At the end of the final round Goalby found himself tied with Roberto De Vicenzo, and fully expected to play the Argentinian in an 18-hole playoff the following day. However, De Vicenzo's card had been wrongly marked by his playing partner Tommy Aaron, who recorded a par-4 for De Vicenzo at the 17th hole, when in fact he had a birdie-3. De Vicenzo signed his card without noticing the error, the incorrect par-4 stood, and Vicenzo lost out to Goalby by one shot.
Played as the Shootout at Jeremy Ranch (unofficial two-man better-ball event; Snr Tr player paired with a PGA Tr player). Second-placed Billy Casper (USA) & Jim Nelford (Can) finished 1 shot behind (USA) behind Bob Goalby (USA) & Mike Reid (USA). [Jeremy Ranch G&CC, Park City, nr Salt Lake City, Utah].
Played as the Peter Jackson Champions (June 24-27). Second-placed Gene Littler (USA) finished 1 shot behind Goalby (USA), who recorded the second of his two Snr PGA Tour wins. [St Charles CC, Winnipeg, Manitoba].
Played as the inaugural Marlborough Classic. Second-placed Art Wall Jr (USA) finished 2 shots behind first-time US Snr Tr winner Goalby (USA). [Marlborough CC, Marlborough, Massachusetts].
Played as the Heritage Golf Classic (Nov 26-29). Second-placed Lanny Wadkins (USA) finished 4 shots behind Goalby (USA), who recorded his tenth PGA Tour win. [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].
The Masters Tournament (32nd) (April 11-14). Second-placed Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg) finished 1 shot behind Goalby (USA). De Vicenzo should have tied with Goalby on 277, but he incorrectly signed for a 4 on the 17th hole in the final round, when he had actually made a birdie 3. The signed scorecard could not be amended, meaning De Vicenzo missed out on the chance of a playoff. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
Played as the San Diego Open Invitational (Jan 12-15). Second-placed Gay Brewer (USA) finished 1 shot behind Goalby (USA). [Riverwalk GC, San Diego, CA; at the time known as Stardust CC].
Played as the Insurance City Open (Aug 2-5). Bob Goalby (USA) beat Art Wall Jr (USA) with a birdie at the seventh playoff hole, to record his fifth PGA Tour win. A year earlier the event also went to a seven hole playoff. [Wethersfield CC, nr Hartford, CT].
Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 6-9; PGA Tour season opener). Second-placed Eric Brown (Scot) and Art Wall Jr (USA) finished 3 shots behind Goalby (USA). [Rancho Park GC, Los Angeles, CA].
Played as the Coral Gables Open (Dec 8-11). Second-placed Dow Finsterwald (USA) finished 1 shot behind Bob Goalby (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [The Biltmore, Coral Gables, Miami, FL].
Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (April 10-13). Second-placed Dow Finsterwald (USA), Don January (USA), Tony Lema (USA), Sam Snead (USA) and Art Wall Jr (USA) finished 2 shots behind first-time PGA Tour winner Goalby (USA). [Starmount Forest CC, Greensboro, NC].
PGA Championship: the year’s second men’s major championship is hosted by Southern Hills CC, Tulsa, Oklahoma, amidst doubt as to whether reigning champion Phil Mickelson will defend his title (May 19-22).
Soudal Open: Belgium’s return to European Tour golf sees 36-hole Rinkven International GC host the Soudal Open, the country’s national open championship (May 12-15).
Scottie Scheffler: bags the 2022 Masters Tournament title, and with it a fourth win in six starts on the PGA Tour and his first major championship victory.
Stephen Dodd: took the European Senior Tour’s 2021 Order of Merit honours following the abandonment due to rain of the season’s final event, the MCB Tour Championship – Mauritius (April 1-3, 2022).
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