Name:Robert Herman "Bobby" Nichols
Born:April 14, 1936 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Played as the Southwestern Bell Classic. Nichols (USA) beat Orville Moody (USA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole to record his first (and only) US Snr Tr win. [Quail Creek G&CC, Oklahoma City, OK].
Played as the Showdown Classic (unofficial two-man better-ball event; Snr Tr player paired with a PGA Tr player). Second-placed Harold Henning (RSA) & Denis Watson (Zim) finished 2 shots behind Curt Byrum (USA) & Bobby Nichols (USA). [Jeremy Ranch G&CC, Park City, nr Salt Lake City, Utah].
Played as the Canadian Open (July 25-28). Second-placed John Schlee (USA) and Larry Ziegler (USA) finished 4 shots behind Bobby Nichols (USA), who recorded the last of his 12 PGA Tour wins. [Mississaugua G&CC, Mississauga, Ont.].
Played as the Andy Williams San Diego Open Invitational (Jan 24-27). Second-placed Rod Curl (USA) and Gene Littler (USA) finished 1 shot behind Nichols (USA). [South course, Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA].
Played as the Westchester Classic (Aug 2-5). Nichols (USA) beat Bob Murphy (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole, to record his 10th PGA Tour win. [West course, Westchester CC, Rye, NY].
Played as the Houston Classic (April 15-18). Second-placed Bruce Devlin (Aus) and Chi Chi Rodríguez (Puerto Rico) finished 1 shot behind Bobby Nichols (USA). [Sharpstown CC, Houston, TX. Now called Sharpstown Park (Municipal) Golf Course].
PGA of America
The US PGA Championship (46th) (July 16-19). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) and Arnold Palmer (USA) finished 3 shots behind Nichols (USA), who recorded his first and only major championship win. [Columbus CC, Columbus, Ohio].
Played as the Seattle Open (Sept 12-15). Second-placed Raymond Floyd (USA) and Stan Leonard (Can) finished 2 shots behind Bobby Nichols (USA). [Inglewood GC, Kenmore, nr Seattle, WA].
Played as the Houston Classic (April 19-23). Bobby Nichols (USA) beat Dan Sikes (USA) with an eagle-three at the first sudden-death playoff hole, after both tied on 71 in an 18-hole three-way Monday playoff. Tour rookie Jack Nicklaus (USA) shot 75 in the 18-hole playoff. [Memorial Park GC, Houston, TX].
Tournament of Champions: the PGA Tour’s calendar-year starts, as it has done since 1999, with this iconic event in Hawaii. The field is drawn from players who won a PGA Tour event in 2022, or were amongst the top 30 in last year’s FedEx Cup final standings (Jan 6-9).
Desert Swing: the European (DP World) Tour launches into 2023 with three events in its UAE “Desert Swing”. Up first is the Abu Dhabi Championship (Jan 19-22), followed by the Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 26-29) and the Ras Al Kaimah Championship (Feb 2-5).
Kathy Whitworth: the end of 2022 saw the passing of LPGA Tour legend Kathy Whitworth. Her 88 LPGA Tour victories is more than achieved by any other golfer on either the LPGA or PGA Tours. Amongst her victories were six major championship titles.
Barry Lane: the golfing world was also saddened by the passing of Barry Lane, one of the European Tour and European Senior Tours most popular players. Enjoying success on both Tours, Lane was know for his excellent ball-striking and amiable personality.
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