Who's who: Bob Rosburg

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Who's who: Bob Rosburg

  • Name:

    Robert Reginald "Bob" Rosburg
  • Also known as:

    Rossie
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1926-2009]. Born on Oct 21, 1926 in San Francisco, California. Died on May 14, 2009 in Palm Springs, California (aged 82).
  • Original/Home Club:

    Olympic Club, San Francisco.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer; golf commentator.
  • Turned Pro:

    1953

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): US PGA Championship (1959). Ryder Cup (1959).

Did you know?

Former PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour player.

Top tournaments won by Bob Rosburg

1981
America
Onion Creek
257 (-23)
$35,000
Liberty Mutual

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Rosburg, Bob

Venue

Onion Creek

Score

257 (-23)

Prize money

$35,000

Title sponsor

Liberty Mutual

Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (unofficial two-man better-ball team event; first time over 72 holes). Second-placed Peter Thomson (Aus) and Kel Nagle (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Gene Littler (USA) & Bob Rosburg (USA). [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Rosburg, Bob

Score

344 (-16)

Prize money

$29,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Bob Hope Desert Classic (Feb 9-13). Second-placed Lanny Wadkins (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rosburg (USA), who recorded the last of his six PGA Tour wins. [Indian Wells CC, Coachella Valley, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Bermuda Dunes CC; Eldorado CC; La Quinta CC].

1961
America
282 (-6)
$5,300
Bing Crosby

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Rosburg, Bob

Score

282 (-6)

Prize money

$5,300

Title sponsor

Bing Crosby

Played as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am (Jan 19-22). Second-placed Dave Ragan (USA) and Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg) finished 1 shot behind Rosburg (USA), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour win. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula CC].

1959
Majors
Minneapolis GC
277 (-3)
$8,250
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Rosburg, Bob

Venue

Minneapolis GC

Score

277 (-3)

Prize money

$8,250

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (41st) (Jul 30-Aug 2). Second-placed Jerry Barber (USA) and Doug Sanders (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rosburg (USA), who recorded his first and only major championship win. [Minneapolis GC, Minneapolis, Minnesota].

1958
Awards
70.11
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Rosburg, Bob

Venue

Score

70.11

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

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

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Rosburg, Bob

Score

272

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Mexican Open (Abierto Mexicano de Golf). George Bayer (USA) finished in second place behind Rosburg (USA). [GC Chapultepec, Naucalpan, Mexico City].

1956
America
Western G&CC
284 (-4)
$4,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Rosburg, Bob

Venue

Western G&CC

Score

284 (-4)

Prize money

$4,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Motor City Open (Aug 30-Sept 2; last played in 1954; next played in 1959). Bob Rosburg (USA) beat Ed Furgol (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Western G&CC, Redford, nr Detroit, Mich].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Rosburg, Bob

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

$2,400

Title sponsor

Convair

Played as the Convair San Diego Open (Oct 4-7). Second-placed Dick Mayer (USA) finished 2 shots behind Rosburg (USA), who shot a final round 7-under-par 65 to capture the title. [Oak Glen course, Sycuan Resort, El Cajon, nr San Diego, CA; at the time known as Singing Hills GC].

1954
America
Miami Springs G&CC
273 (-7)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Rosburg, Bob

Venue

Miami Springs G&CC

Score

273 (-7)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Miami Open (Dec 9-12). Second-placed Bo Wininger (USA) finished 1 shot behind 28-year-old Bob Rosburg (USA), who recorded the first of his six PGA Tour wins. [Miami Springs G&CC, Miami, FL; at the time known as Miami Springs Municipal Course].

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