Who's who: Bob Murphy

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Who's who: Bob Murphy

  • Name:

    Robert Joseph "Bob" Murphy Jr.
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    Feb 14, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer; golf commentator.
  • Turned Pro:

    1967

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (1975). Walker Cup player (1967). US Amateur champion (1965). Total professional wins (23), including PGA Tour (5) and Senior PGA Tour (11).

Did you know?

Former PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour player.

Top tournaments won by Bob Murphy

1997
America
Newport Beach, CA
207 (-6)
$150,000
Toshiba

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Murphy, Bob

Venue

Newport Beach, CA

Score

207 (-6)

Prize money

$150,000

Title sponsor

Toshiba

Played as the Toshiba Senior Classic (March 14-16). Murphy (USA) beat Jay Sigel (USA) with a birdie at the ninth sudden-death playoff hole to record the last of his 11 Senior PGA Tour victories. [Newport Beach CC, Newport Beach, California].

1996
America
203 (-10)
$127,500
Royal Caribbn

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Murphy, Bob

Score

203 (-10)

Prize money

$127,500

Title sponsor

Royal Caribbn

Played as the Royal Caribbean Classic (Feb 2-4). Second-placed Hale Irwin (USA) finished 4 shots behind Murphy (USA). [Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne, nr Miami, FL; at the time known as the Links at Key Biscayne].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Murphy, Bob

Score

3 & 1

Prize money

$110,000

Title sponsor

Diners Club

Played as the Diners Club Matches (Dec 13-15; unofficial post-season event involving four two-player teams from each of the LPGA, PGA and Snr PGA Tours; teams compete against other teams from their own tour). Defending champions Jim Colbert (USA) & Bob Murphy (USA) beat Jay Sigel (USA) & Vicente Fernandez (Arg) 3 and 1 in the final of the Snr PGA Tour matches. [Nicklaus Tournament (resort) course, PGA West, La Quinta, CA].

1996
America
Upper Montclair CC
202 (-14)
$142,500
Cadillac/NFL

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Murphy, Bob

Venue

Upper Montclair CC

Score

202 (-14)

Prize money

$142,500

Title sponsor

Cadillac/NFL

Played as the Cadillac NFL Golf Classic (May 17-19). Second-placed Jay Sigel (USA) finished 2 shots behind Murphy (USA), who recorded his tenth Snr PGA Tour win. [Upper Montclair CC, Clifton, NJ].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Murphy, Bob

Score

1 up

Prize money

$125,000

Title sponsor

Diners Club

Played as the Diners Club Matches (Dec 8-10; unofficial post-season event involving four two-player teams from each of the LPGA, PGA and Snr PGA Tours; teams compete against other teams from their own tour). Jim Colbert (USA) & Bob Murphy (USA) beat Dave Stockton (USA) & Hale Irwin (USA) by 1 hole in the final of the Snr PGA Tour matches. [Nicklaus Tournament (resort) course, PGA West, La Quinta, CA].

1995
America
GC of Georgia
203 (-13)
$180,000
Nationwide

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Murphy, Bob

Venue

GC of Georgia

Score

203 (-13)

Prize money

$180,000

Title sponsor

Nationwide

Played as the Nationwide Championship (June 23-25). Second-placed Hale Irwin (USA) and Bruce Summerhays (USA) finished 2 shots behind Murphy (USA). [Lakeside course, GC of Georgia, Alpharetta, nr Atlanta, Georgia].

1995
America
Vineyards CC
137 (-7)
$90,000
IntelliNet

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Murphy, Bob

Venue

Vineyards CC

Score

137 (-7)

Prize money

$90,000

Title sponsor

IntelliNet

Played as the IntelliNet Challenge (Feb 10-12). Second-placed Raymond Floyd (USA) finished 1 shot behind Murphy (USA), who posted his fifth Senior PGA Tour win. Event reduced to 36 holes following cancellation of final days' play due to rain. [South course, Vineyards CC, Naples, FL].

1995
America
Loch Lloyd CC
195 (-15)
$135,000
VFW

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Murphy, Bob

Venue

Loch Lloyd CC

Score

195 (-15)

Prize money

$135,000

Title sponsor

VFW

Played as the VFW Senior Championship (Aug 4-6). Second-placed Jim Colbert (USA) finished 1 shot behind Murphy (USA). [Loch Lloyd CC, nr Kansas City, Missouri].

1995
America
TPC Piper Glen
203 (-13)
$120,000
PaineWebber

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Murphy, Bob

Venue

TPC Piper Glen

Score

203 (-13)

Prize money

$120,000

Title sponsor

PaineWebber

Played as the PaineWebber Invitational (May 5-7). Second-placed Raymond Floyd (USA) and Larry Ziegler (USA) finished 2 shots behind Murphy (USA). [TPC Piper Glen, Charlotte, North Carolina].

1994
America
195 (-18)
$82,500
Hyatt Regency

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Murphy, Bob

Score

195 (-18)

Prize money

$82,500

Title sponsor

Hyatt Regency

Played as the Hyatt Regency Maui Kaanapali Classic. Second-placed Jack Kiefer (USA) finished 2 shots behind Murphy (USA). [Royal Ka'anapali course, Ka'anapali Resort, Maui, Hawaii; at the time known as the North course].

1994
America
Rancho Murieta
208 (-8)
$97,500
Raley

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Murphy, Bob

Venue

Rancho Murieta

Score

208 (-8)

Prize money

$97,500

Title sponsor

Raley

Played as the Raley's Senior Gold Rush. Murphy (USA) beat Dave Eichelberger (USA) with a bogey at the fifth playoff hole. [Rancho Murieta CC, nr Sacramento, California].

1993
Awards
$768,743
see Score
Snr PGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Murphy, Bob

Venue

Score

$768,743

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Snr PGA Tr

Murphy (USA) won the Senior PGA Tour 1993 Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player, based on the votes of his peers. He finished eighth on the Tour's money list, with earnings of $768,743.

1993
America
Broadmoor CC, IN
134 (-10)
$75,000
GTE

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Murphy, Bob

Venue

Broadmoor CC, IN

Score

134 (-10)

Prize money

$75,000

Title sponsor

GTE

Played as the GTE North Classic (Sept 10-12). Second-placed Jim Ferree (USA), Dave Hill (USA) and Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) finished 2 shots behind Murphy (USA). Final round cancelled due to rain and lightning. [Broadmoor CC, Indianapolis, IN].

1993
America
Greystone G&CC
203 (-13)
$127,500
Bruno's

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Murphy, Bob

Venue

Greystone G&CC

Score

203 (-13)

Prize money

$127,500

Title sponsor

Bruno's

Played as Bruno's Memorial Classic (Aug 27-29). Second-placed Bob Charles (NZ) and Lee Trevino (USA) finished 1 shot behind fitst-time Snr PGA Tour winner Murphy (USA). [Greystone G&CC, Birmingham, Alabama].

1986
America
280 (-8)
$108,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Murphy, Bob

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

$108,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Canadian Open (June 26-29). Second-placed Greg Norman (Aus) finished 3 shots behind Murphy (USA), who recorded the last of his five PGA Tour wins. [Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, nr Toronto, Ont.].

1975
America
273 (-15)
$52,000
Jackie Gleason

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Murphy, Bob

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$52,000

Title sponsor

Jackie Gleason

Played as Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic (Feb 27-Mar 2). Second-placed Eddie Pierce (USA) finished 1 shot behind Murphy (USA), whose celebrations included being best man at his friend's wedding later that evening. [East course, Inverrary CC, Ft Lauderdale, FL].

1970
America
Wethersfield CC
267 (-17)
$20,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Murphy, Bob

Venue

Wethersfield CC

Score

267 (-17)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Hartford Open Invitational. Second-placed Paul Harney (USA) finished 4 shots behind Murphy (USA). [Wethersfield CC, nr Hartford, CT].

1968
America
Upper Montclair CC
277 (-11)
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Murphy, Bob

Venue

Upper Montclair CC

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Thunderbird Classic. Second-placed Bruce Crampton (Aus) and Bob Lunn (USA) finished 3 shots behind Murphy (USA). [Upper Montclair CC, Clifton, NJ].

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Murphy, Bob

Score

291

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

x

The US Amateur Championship (65th). Second-placed Bob Dickson (USA) finished 1 shot behind Murphy (USA). First year in which the competition changed from match play to stroke play. [Southern Hills CC, Tulsa, Oklahoma].

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