Name:Sheldon George "Don" Pooley Jr
Born:Aug 27, 1951 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Played as the Allianz Championship (Aug 22-24). Second-placed Jim Thorpe (USA), Bruce Fleisher (USA) and Bruce Lietzke (USA) finished 3 shots behind Don Pooley (USA), who recorded the second of his two Champions Tour wins. [Glen Oaks CC, West Des Moines, Iowa].
The US Senior Open (June 27-30). Pooley (USA) beat Tom Watson (USA) at the fifth sudden-death playoff hole. [Caves Valley GC, Owings Mill, Maryland].
Played as the Amoco-Centel Championship (Nov 5-8; post-season unofficial PGA Tour event for players aged 40-49). Second-placed Gil Morgan (USA) finished 3 shots behind Pooley (USA). [Dunes West G&RC, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina].
Played as The Memorial Tournament (May 28-31). Second-placed Curt Byrum (USA) finished 3 shots behind Pooley (USA), who recorded the second of his two PGA Tour wins. [Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, nr Columbus, OH].
PGA of America
Pooley (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour (over a minimum of 80 rounds). John Mahaffey (USA) and Lanny Wadkins (USA) were tied second with 70.44.
Pooley (USA) won the PGA Tour Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average (over a minimum of 50 rounds). Lanny Wadkins (USA) and John Mahaffey (USA) were tied second with 70.44.
Played as the B.C. Open (Aug 28-31). Second-placed Peter Jacobsen (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time PGA Tour winner Pooley (USA). Jacobsen had just recorded his first PGA Tour title one week earlier. [En-Joie GC, Endicott, NY].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Céline Boutier: with many successes as both an amateur and professional golfer, Boutier added a major championship title to her impressive résumé at this year’s Evian Championship.
Alex Cejka: buffeted by rain and high winds, especially on the high-scoring final day, Čejka prevailed over Pádraig Harrington in a playoff at Royal Porthcawl, to scoop the Senior Open Championship title.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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