Who's who: Don January

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Who's who: Don January

  • Name:

    Donald Ray "Don" January
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    Nov 20, 1929 in Plainview, Texas.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1955

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): US PGA Championship (1967). Ryder Cup player (1965, 1977). PGA Tour Wins (10). Champions Tour wins (22).

Did you know?

Former PGA Tour and PGA Champions Tour player.

Top tournaments won by Don January

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Score

287 (-1)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

MONY

Played as the MONY Senior Tournament of Champions (Jan 7-10; Senior PGA Tour season-opener). Don January (USA) beat Butch Baird (USA) with a birdie at the fourth playoff hole, to record the last of his 22 wins on the Tour. [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Score

207 (-9)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

Amex

Played as the Greenbrier American Express Championship (July 11-13). Defending champion January (USA) beat Jim Ferree (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Greenbrier GC, White Sulphur Springs, WV].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Score

70

Prize money

$75,000

Title sponsor

Seiko

Played as the Seiko-Tucson Senior Match Play Championship (Oct 31-Nov 2). January (USA) beat Bob Charles (NZ) in the 18-hole final (January 70, Charles 71). [North course, Randolph GC, Tucson, AZ].

1986
America
Bent Tree CC, TX
203 (-13)
$26,250
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Bent Tree CC, TX

Score

203 (-13)

Prize money

$26,250

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Senior Players Reunion Pro-Am. Second-placed Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) finished 2 shots behind January (USA). [Bent Tree CC, Dallas, Texas].

1986
America
Onion Creek
255 (-25)
$50,000
Liberty Mutual

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Onion Creek

Score

255 (-25)

Prize money

$50,000

Title sponsor

Liberty Mutual

Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Second-placed Jim Ferree (USA) and Charlie Sifford (USA) finished 2 shots behind Don January (USA) & Gene Littler (USA). [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].

1985
America
Hillcrest GC, AZ
198 (-18)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Hillcrest GC, AZ

Score

198 (-18)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Senior PGA Tour Roundup (March 22-24). Second-placed Gene Littler (USA) finished 3 shots behind January (USA). [Hillcrest GC, Sun City West, Phoenix, AZ].

1985
America
Onion Creek
257 (-23)
$50,000
Liberty Mutual

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Onion Creek

Score

257 (-23)

Prize money

$50,000

Title sponsor

Liberty Mutual

Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) & Gay Brewer (USA), Billy Casper (USA) & Lee Elder (USA) and Bob Goalby (USA) & Sam Snead (USA) finished 1 shot behind Don January (USA) & Gene Littler (USA). [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].

1985
America
Dominion CC
206 (-10)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Dominion CC

Score

206 (-10)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Dominion Seniors. Second-placed Gay Brewer (USA) finished 2 shots behind January (USA). [Dominion CC, San Antonio, Texas].

1985
America
Chester Valley
135 (-5)
$30,000
Utd Hospitals

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Chester Valley

Score

135 (-5)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

Utd Hospitals

Played as the inaugural United Hospitals Senior Championship. Second-placed Al Balding (Can) finished 5 shots behind January (USA). [Chester Valley GC, Malvern, nr Philadelphia, PA].

1985
America
127 (-15)
$250,000
Mazda

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Score

127 (-15)

Prize money

$250,000

Title sponsor

Mazda

Played as the Mazda Champions (Dec 20/21; unofficial 36-hole better-ball team event; teams comprised an LPGA Tr and Snr PGA Tr player). Winning team of Alice Miller (USA) & Don January (USA) beat Pat Bradley (USA) & Lee Elder (USA) with a 12-foot birdie putt at the second playoff hole. [Tryall Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica].

1985
Awards
70.11
n/a
Snr PGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Score

70.11

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

Snr PGA Tr

January (USA) won his fifth (and fourth straight) Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the Senior PGA Tour. Peter Thomson (Aus) was second with 70.17; Lee Elder (USA) was third with 70.63.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Score

200 (-16)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

Amex

Played as the inaugural Greenbrier American Express Championship (July 5-7). Second-placed Lee Elder (USA) finished 2 shots behind January (USA). [Greenbrier GC, White Sulphur Springs, WV].

1984
Awards
$328,597
see Score
Snr PGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Score

$328,597

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Snr PGA Tr

January (USA) won his third (and second straight) Arnold Palmer Award as the Senior PGA Tour 1984 leading money winner, with earnings of $328,597 on the Tour. Miller Barber (USA) was second with $299,099; Peter Thomson (Aus) was third with $228,940.

1984
Awards
70.68
n/a
Snr PGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Score

70.68

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

Snr PGA Tr

January (USA) won his fourth (and third straight) Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the Senior PGA Tour. Miller Barber (USA) was second with 71.13; Peter Thomson (Aus) was third with 71.59.

1984
America
Vintage Club, CA
280 (-8)
$50,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Vintage Club, CA

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

$50,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Vintage Invitational. Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) finished 4 shots behind January (USA). [Vintage Club, Palm Desert, California].

1984
America
209 (-7)
$26,000
Digital

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Score

209 (-7)

Prize money

$26,000

Title sponsor

Digital

Played as the Digital Middlesex Classic. Second-placed Orville Moody (USA) finished 4 shots behind defending champion January (USA). [Nashawtuc CC, Concord, Massachusetts].

1984
America
194 (-19)
$33,750
du Maurier

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Score

194 (-19)

Prize money

$33,750

Title sponsor

du Maurier

Played as the du Maurier Champions (Aug 10-12; formerly Peter Jackson Champions). Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) and Lee Elder (USA) finished 5 shots behind defending champion January (USA). [Royal Ottawa GC, Gatineau, Québec].

1984
America
Jeremy Ranch
250 (-38)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Jeremy Ranch

Score

250 (-38)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Shootout at Jeremy Ranch (unofficial two-man better-ball event; Snr Tr player paired with a PGA Tr player). Second-placed Al Besselink (USA) & Donnie Hammond (USA) and Miller Barber (USA) & Gil Morgan (USA) finished 4 shots behind Don January (USA) & Mike Sullivan (USA). [Jeremy Ranch G&CC, Park City, nr Salt Lake City, Utah].

1983
America
271 (-17)
$25,000
Denver Post

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

Denver Post

Played as the Denver Post Champions of Golf. Second-placed Billy Casper (USA) and Doug Sanders (USA) finished 4 shots behind January (USA). [Green Gables CC, Denver, Colorado; now permanently closed].

1983
America
Wildcreek GC, NV
208 (-8)
$33,500
Gatlin Bros.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Wildcreek GC, NV

Score

208 (-8)

Prize money

$33,500

Title sponsor

Gatlin Bros.

Played as the inaugural Gatlin Brothers Senior Golf Classic (June 3-5). January (USA) beat Billy Casper (USA) with a par at the fifth playoff hole. [Wildcreek GC, Sparks, Nevada].

1983
America
Earl Grey GC
274 (-10)
$33,250
Peter Jackson

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Earl Grey GC

Score

274 (-10)

Prize money

$33,250

Title sponsor

Peter Jackson

Played as the Peter Jackson Champions (Jun 23-26). Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) finished 2 shots behind January (USA). [Earl Grey GC, Calgary, Alberta, Canada].

1983
America
269 (-19)
$25,000
Citizens Union

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Score

269 (-19)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

Citizens Union

Played as the inaugural Citizens Union Senior Classic. Second-placed Bob Stone (USA) finished 3 shots behind January (USA). [Griffin Gate Resort, Lexington, Kentucky].

1983
America
Marlborough CC
273 (-11)
$25,000
Marlborough CC

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Marlborough CC

Score

273 (-11)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

Marlborough CC

Played as the Marlborough Classic. Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) and Gay Brewer (USA) finished 3 shots behind January (USA). [Marlborough CC, Marlborough, Massachusetts].

1983
America
Suntree CC, FL
274 (-14)
$25,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Suntree CC, FL

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Suntree Classic. Second-placed Arnold Palmer (USA) finished 3 shots behind January (USA). [Suntree CC, Melbourne, Florida].

1983
Awards
$237,571
see Score
Snr PGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Score

$237,571

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Snr PGA Tr

January (USA) won his second Arnold Palmer Award as the Senior PGA Tour 1983 leading money winner, with earnings of $237,571 on the Tour. Miller Barber (USA) was second with $231,008; Billy Casper (USA) was third with $136,749.

1983
Awards
69.46
n/a
Snr PGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Score

69.46

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

Snr PGA Tr

January (USA) won his third (and second straight) Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the Senior PGA Tour. Miller Barber (USA) was second with 70.15; Doug Sanders (USA) was third with 70.44.

1982
America
Onion Creek
183 (-27)
$50,000
Liberty Mutual

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Onion Creek

Score

183 (-27)

Prize money

$50,000

Title sponsor

Liberty Mutual

Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Second-placed Sei-ha Chin (Taiw) & Bob Toski (USA), Gene Littler (USA) & Bob Rosburg (USA) and Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg) & Bob Goalby (USA) finished 8 shots behind Sam Snead (USA) & Don January (USA). Reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].

1982
Majors
288 (E)
$25,000
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Score

288 (E)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship (Dec 2-5; Snr PGA Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Julius Boros (USA) finished 1 shot behind January (USA), who recorded his only senior major championship win. In 1967, on the main PGA Tour, January won the PGA Championship, his only other major championship title. [Champion course, PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gdns, FL].

1982
America
Carrollwood CC
278 (-10)
$20,000
Michelob

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Carrollwood CC

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

Michelob

Played as the Michelob Seniors Classic (April 1-4; Snr PGA Tour season opener). Second-placed Dow Finsterwald (USA) finished 3 shots behind defending champion January (USA). [Carrollwood CC, Tampa, Florida; at the time known as Carrollwood Village G&CC].

1982
Awards
70.03
n/a
Snr PGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Score

70.03

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

Snr PGA Tr

January (USA) won his second Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the Senior PGA Tour.

1981
America
Carrollwood CC
280 (-8)
$20,000
Michelob

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Carrollwood CC

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

Michelob

Played as the inaugural Michelob Egypt Temple Seniors Classic (April 2-5; Snr PGA Tour season opener). January (USA) beat Doug Ford (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Carrollwood CC, Tampa, Florida; at the time known as Carrollwood Village G&CC].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Score

208 (-5)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

Eureka

Played as the inaugural (and only) Eureka Federal Savings Classic (June 4-7). Second-placed Bob Goalby (USA) finished 2 shots behind January (USA). [TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, CA].

1980
Awards
71.00
n/a
Snr PGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Score

71.00

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

Snr PGA Tr

January (USA) won the inaugural Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the Senior PGA Tour.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Score

208 (-5)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Atlantic City Senior International (June 20-22; the very first official Senior PGA Tour event). Second-placed Mike Souchak (USA) finished 2 shots behind January (USA). [Atlantic City CC, Northfield, New Jersey].

1980
Awards
$44,100
see Score
Snr PGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Score

$44,100

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Snr PGA Tr

January (USA) won the inaugural Arnold Palmer Award as the Senior PGA Tour 1980 leading money winner, with earnings of $44,100 on the Tour. Charlie Sifford (USA) was second with $34,929; Art Wall Jr (USA) was third with $20,829.

1979
America
270 (-18)
$15,000
PGA of America

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship (Dec 1979; the second of two Senior PGA Championships played in 1979). Second-placed George Bayer (USA) finished 8 shots behind Don January (USA). [Soffer course, Turberry Isle Resort, Aventura, FL; at the time called the South course]. Note: from 1980 onward, following the launch of the Senior PGA Tour, this event became a "senior major" championship.

1976
Awards
70.56
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Score

70.56

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

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

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

MONY

Played as the MONY Tournament of Champions (April 15-18). Second-placed Hubert Green (USA) finished 5 shots behind January (USA), who recorded the last of his 10 PGA Tour wins. [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].

1975
America
Woodlake, TX
275 (-13)
$25,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Woodlake, TX

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the San Antonio Texas Open (Oct 16-19). Texas native Don January (USA) beat Larry Hinson (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [Woodlake GC, San Antonio, Texas].

1970
America
Hidden Hills GC
279 (-9)
$25,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Hidden Hills GC

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Jacksonville Open (March 20-23). January (USA) beat Dale Douglass (USA) in a Monday 18-hole playoff (January 69; Douglass 72). [Hidden Hills GC, nr Jacksonville, FL; at the time Hidden Hills CC].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Score

276 (-8)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Tournament of Champions (April 18-21). Second-placed Julius Boros (USA) finished 1 shot behind January (USA). [Las Vegas National GC, Las Vegas, NV; at the time known as Stardust CC].

1967
Majors
Columbine CC
281 (-7)
$25,000
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Columbine CC

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (49th) (July 20-24). January (USA) beat Don Massengale (USA) in an 18-hole playoff: January 69 (-3), Massengale 71 (-1). This was January's first and only major championship win. [Columbine CC, Littleton, nr Denver, CO].

1966
America
Whitemarsh Valley
278 (-10)
$21,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Whitemarsh Valley

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

$21,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Philadelphia Golf Classic (Aug 25-28). Second-placed and defending champion Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 1 shot behind Don January (USA), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour win. [Whitemarsh Valley CC, Lafayette Hill, nr Philadelphia, PA].

1963
America
Forty Niner CC
266 (-22)
$3,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Forty Niner CC

Score

266 (-22)

Prize money

$3,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Tucson Open Invitational (Feb 14-17). Second-placed Gene Littler (USA) and Phil Rodgers (USA) finished 11 shots behind Don January (USA), who won this event for the second time in four years. [Forty Niner CC, Tucson, AZ].

1960
America
271 (-9)
$2,800
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Score

271 (-9)

Prize money

$2,800

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Tucson Open Invitational (Feb 18-21). Second-placed Bob Harris (USA) finished 3 shots behind Don January (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [El Rio G&CC, Tucson, AZ. Now known as El Rio GC].

1956
America
Preston Hollow
268 (-12)
$6,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

January, Don

Venue

Preston Hollow

Score

268 (-12)

Prize money

$6,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Dallas Centennial Open (May 24-27; for the first time since 1946). Second-placed Dow Finsterwald (USA) and Doug Ford (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time PGA Tour winner January (USA). [Preston Hollow CC, Dallas, TX. This club no longer exists].

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