Who's who: Bruce Crampton

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Who's who: Bruce Crampton

  • Name:

    Bruce Crampton
  • Country:

    Australia
  • Born:

    Sept 28, 1935 in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1953

Roll of Honour

PGA Tour wins (14); PGA Senior Tour wins (20).

Did you know?

Apart from Bruce Crampton's many wins on the PGA Tour and Seniors PGA Tour, he came very close to recording major championship wins. On four occasions he finished second in a major, each time he was beaten to the title by Jack Nicklaus.

Top tournaments won by Bruce Crampton

1997
America
Upper Montclair CC
210 (-6)
$150,000
Cadillac/NFL

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Upper Montclair CC

Score

210 (-6)

Prize money

$150,000

Title sponsor

Cadillac/NFL

Played as the Cadillac NFL Golf Classic (May 16-18). Crampton (Aus) beat Hugh Baiocchi (RSA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole, to record the last of his 20 Snr PGA Tour wins. [Upper Montclair CC, Clifton, NJ].

1992
America
195 (-15)
$67,500
GTE

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Score

195 (-15)

Prize money

$67,500

Title sponsor

GTE

Played as the GTE West Classic. Second-placed Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) finished 3 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Ojai Valley Inn & CC, Ojai, nr Ventura, California].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$80,000

Title sponsor

Infiniti

Played as the Infiniti Senior Tournament Of Champions (Jan 3-6; Snr PGA Tour season-opener). Second-placed Frank Beard (USA) finished 4 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].

1990
America
Fairway Oaks, TX
204 (-12)
$45,000
Gatlin Bros.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Fairway Oaks, TX

Score

204 (-12)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

Gatlin Bros.

Played as the Gatlin Brothers Southwest Senior Classic (Oct 12-14). Second-placed Lee Trevino (USA) finished 4 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Fairway Oaks CC, Abilene, TX. Now known as the Fairway course, Abilene CC].

1990
America
TPC Piper Glen
205 (-11)
$67,500
PaineWebber

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

TPC Piper Glen

Score

205 (-11)

Prize money

$67,500

Title sponsor

PaineWebber

Played as the PaineWebber Invitational (not played in 1989). Second-placed Tom Shaw (USA) finished 3 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [TPC Piper Glen, Charlotte, North Carolina].

1989
America
Pointe GC, AZ
200 (-16)
$45,000
MONY

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Pointe GC, AZ

Score

200 (-16)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

MONY

Played as the MONY Arizona Classic (March 10-12). Second-placed Bobby Nichols (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [The Pointe GC, Phoenix, AZ; renamed as Phantom Horse GC; now known as Arizona Grand Resort].

1989
America
205 (-11)
$75,000
Ameritech

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Score

205 (-11)

Prize money

$75,000

Title sponsor

Ameritech

Played as the inaugural Ameritech Senior Open (July 21-23). Second-placed Jim Ferree (USA) and Orville Moody (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [Canterbury GC, Beachwood, nr Cleveland, Ohio].

1988
America
Inglewood GC, WA
207 (-9)
$45,000
GTE

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Inglewood GC, WA

Score

207 (-9)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

GTE

Played as the GTE Northwest Classic. Second-placed Don Bies (USA) and Bruce Devlin (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [Inglewood GC, Kenmore, nr Seattle, Washington].

1988
America
Onion Creek
254 (-26)
$60,000
Liberty Mutual

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Onion Creek

Score

254 (-26)

Prize money

$60,000

Title sponsor

Liberty Mutual

Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Defending champions Orville Moody (USA) & Bruce Crampton (Aus) beat Tommy Aaron (USA) & Lou Graham (USA) with a 12-foot birdie putt at the sixth playoff hole. [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].

1988
America
Chester Valley
205 (-5)
$33,750
Utd Hospitals

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Chester Valley

Score

205 (-5)

Prize money

$33,750

Title sponsor

Utd Hospitals

Played as the United Hospitals Classic. Crampton (Aus) beat Billy Casper (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Chester Valley GC, Malvern, nr Philadelphia, PA].

1987
America
204 (-12)
$37,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Score

204 (-12)

Prize money

$37,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Denver Post Champions of Golf. Second-placed Walt Zembriski (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [Plum Creek GC, Castle Rock, Colorado; at the time known as TPC Plum Creek].

1987
America
Lafayette CC, NY
197 (-19)
$37,500
MONY

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Lafayette CC, NY

Score

197 (-19)

Prize money

$37,500

Title sponsor

MONY

Played as the MONY Syracuse Senior Classic. Second-placed Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) finished 6 shots behind defending champion Crampton (Aus). [Lafayette CC, Onondaga, Syracuse, NY; this course shut down in 2013].

1987
America
Onion Creek
251 (-29)
$60,000
Liberty Mutual

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Onion Creek

Score

251 (-29)

Prize money

$60,000

Title sponsor

Liberty Mutual

Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Second-placed Butch Baird (USA) & Fred Haas (USA) and Fred Hawkins (USA) & Bobby Nichols (USA) finished 4 shots behind Orville Moody (USA) & Bruce Crampton (Aus). [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Score

200 (-16)

Prize money

$33,750

Title sponsor

Amex

Played as the Greenbrier American Express Championship (July 3-5). Second-placed Orville Moody (USA) finished 6 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Greenbrier GC, White Sulphur Springs, WV].

1987
America
197 (-13)
$33,750
Bank One

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Score

197 (-13)

Prize money

$33,750

Title sponsor

Bank One

Played as the Bank One Senior Golf Classic. Second-placed Miller Barber (USA), Joe Jimenez (USA) and Bob Charles (NZ) finished 6 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Griffin Gate Resort, Lexington, Kentucky].

1986
Awards
$454,299
see Score
Snr PGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Score

$454,299

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Snr PGA Tr

Crampton (Aus) won the Arnold Palmer Award as the Senior PGA Tour 1986 leading money winner, with earnings of $454,299 on the Tour. Chi Chi Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) was second with $399,172; Dale Douglass (USA) was third with $309,760.

1986
America
210 (-6)
$37,500
GTE

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Sahalee

Score

210 (-6)

Prize money

$37,500

Title sponsor

GTE

Played as the GTE Northwest Classic. Second-placed Don January (USA) and George Lanning (USA) finished 2 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Sahalee CC, Sammamish, nr Seattle, WA].

1986
America
279 (-9)
$30,000
PaineWebber

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

PaineWebber

Played as the PaineWebber World Seniors Invitational. Second-placed Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) and Lee Elder (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Score

206 (-10)

Prize money

$37,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Las Vegas Senior Classic. Second-placed Dale Douglass (USA) finished 2 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Wynn Las Vegas, Nevada; at the time known as Desert Inn CC].

1986
America
Horseshoe Bend
136 (-8)
$37,500
Pepsi

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Horseshoe Bend

Score

136 (-8)

Prize money

$37,500

Title sponsor

Pepsi

Played as the Pepsi Senior Challenge (Oct 24-26). Second-placed Gary Player (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [Horseshoe Bend CC, Roswell, Atlanta, Georgia].

1986
America
Dominion CC
202 (-14)
$37,500
Benson & Hedges

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Dominion CC

Score

202 (-14)

Prize money

$37,500

Title sponsor

Benson & Hedges

Played as the Benson & Hedges Invitational at the Dominion. Second-placed Bob Charles (NZ) finished 2 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Dominion CC, San Antonio, Texas].

1986
America
Gleneagles CC, FL
200 (-16)
$30,000
Shearson-Lehman

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Gleneagles CC, FL

Score

200 (-16)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

Shearson-Lehman

Played as the Shearson-Lehman Brothers Seniors Classic (Nov 21-23). Second-placed Butch Baird (USA) finished 4 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Gleneagles CC, Delray Beach, Florida].

1986
America
Lafayette CC, NY
206 (-10)
$30,000
MONY

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Lafayette CC, NY

Score

206 (-10)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

MONY

Played as the MONY Syracuse Senior's Pro Classic. Second-placed Orville Moody (USA), Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) and Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [Lafayette CC, Onondaga, Syracuse, NY; this course shut down in 2013].

1975
America
273 (-15)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Houston Open. Second-placed Gil Morgan (USA) finished 2 shots behind Crampton (Aus), who recorded the last of his 14 PGA Tour wins. [The Woodlands CC, nr Houston, TX. Course used was based on the current back-nine of the Tournament course and part of the neighbouring Panther Trail course].

1975
Awards
70.57
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Score

70.57

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

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

1973
America
Arizona CC
268 (-12)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Arizona CC

Score

268 (-12)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 11-14). Second-placed Steve Melnyk (USA) and Lanny Wadkins (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus), who recorded his tenth PGA Tour win. [Arizona CC, Phoenix, AZ].

1973
America
Quail Valley, TX
277 (-11)
$41,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Quail Valley, TX

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$41,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Houston Open. Second-placed Dave Stockton (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [Quail Valley CC, Missouri City, nr Houston, TX].

1973
America
277 (-11)
$30,000
Dean Martin

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

Dean Martin

Played as the Dean Martin Tucson Open. Second-placed Labron Harris Jr (USA), Gay Brewer (USA) and George Archer (USA) finished 5 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Catalina course, Tucson National Resort, Tucson, AZ].

1973
America
Firestone CC
273 (-7)
$32,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Firestone CC

Score

273 (-7)

Prize money

$32,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the American Golf Classic. Second-placed Gay Brewer (USA), Bob Murphy (USA) and Lanny Wadkins (USA) finished 3 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].

1973
Awards
70.57
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Score

70.57

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

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

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Score

279 (-5)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Western Open. Second-placed Bobby Nichols (USA) finished 2 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Olympia Fields CC, nr Chicago, IL].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$50,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Westchester Classic (July 30-Aug 2). Second-placed Larry Hinson (USA) and Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [West course, Westchester CC, Rye, NY].

1969
America
274 (-14)
$25,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Hawaiian Open. Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 4 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Score

276 (-4)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Colonial National Invitation. Second-placed George Knudson (Can) finished 3 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].

1965
America
Twin Lakes
279 (-5)
$15,200
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Twin Lakes

Score

279 (-5)

Prize money

$15,200

Title sponsor

x

Played as the "500" Festival Open Invitational (May 24-27; held in conjunction with the Indy 500 race week). Second-placed Jacky Cupit (USA) and Lionel Hebert (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [Twin Lakes GC, at the time known as Greentree GC, Carmel, IN].

1965
America
284 (-4)
$7,500
Bing Crosby

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Score

284 (-4)

Prize money

$7,500

Title sponsor

Bing Crosby

Played as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am (Jan 21-24). Second-placed and defending champion Tony Lema (USA) finished 3 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula CC (Shore course)].

1964
America
273 (-7)
$5,800
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Score

273 (-7)

Prize money

$5,800

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Texas Open Invitational. Second-placed Bob Charles (NZ) and Chi Chi Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [Oak Hills CC, San Antonio, TX].

1959
Asia
Wack Wack G&CC
x

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Venue

Wack Wack G&CC

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Philippine Open. Won by Crampton (Aus). [East course, Wack Wack G&CC, Manila, Philippines].

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Score

289 (+1)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Australian Open (Aug 9-11). Second-placed Kelvin "Kel" Nagle (Aus) finished 2 shots behind 20-year-old Crampton (Aus). [Royal Sydney GC, Rose Bay, Sydney, Aus].

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Crampton, Bruce

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the New Zealand PGA Championship. Won by Bruce Crampton (Aus). [Wellington GC, Heretaunga, Upper Hutt, nr Wellington, NZ; from 2004 Royal Wellington GC].

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