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].
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.
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.
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