Name:George Douglas Sanders
Lived:[1933-2020]. Born on July 24, 1933 in Cedartown, Georgia. Died on April 12, 2020 in Houston, Texas, aged 86.
Original/Home Club:Cedartown, GA.
Occupation:Professional golfer; golf writer.
Played as the World Seniors Invitational. Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) finished 1 shot behind Sanders (USA). [Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina].
Played as the Kemper Open (June 1-4). Second-placed Lee Trevino (USA) finished 1 shot behind Doug Sanders (USA), who recorded the last of his 20 PGA Tour wins. [Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC].
Played as the Doral Open (March 2-5). Second-placed Harold Henning (RSA) and Art Wall Jr (USA) finished 1 shot behind Doug Sanders (USA), who recorded his second win in three years in this event. Course was controversially shortened for this event to play as a par-71, versus its usual length and par of 72. [Blue Monster course, Doral Resort, Miami, FL].
Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (Mar 31-Apr 3). Sanders (USA) beat Tom Weiskopf (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole, to record his second win in this event. [Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, NC].
Played as the Bob Hope Desert Classic (Feb 2-6). Sanders (USA) beat Arnold Palmer (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to post his 15th PGA Tour win. [Indian Wells CC, Coachella Valley, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Bermuda Dunes CC; Eldorado CC; La Quinta CC].
Played as the Greater Jacksonville Open (March 24-27). Second-placed Gay Brewer (USA) finished 1 shot behind Sanders (USA). During the final round of this tournament on the 18th hole (492-yard par-5), Jack Nicklaus (USA) holed-out with a four iron from 208 yards to record his first ever double-eagle (albatross). Nicklaus finished in 11th place. [Atlantic Beach CC, nr Jacksonville, FL; at the time called Selva Marina CC].
Played as the Pensacola Open (March 4-7). Sanders (USA) beat Jack Nicklaus (USA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole. [Pensacola CC, Pensacola, FL].
Played as the Doral Open (March 11-14). Second-placed Bruce Devlin (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Doug Sanders (USA). [Blue Monster course, Doral Resort, Miami, FL].
Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (April 11-14). Second-placed Jimmy Clark (USA) finished 4 shots behind Sanders (USA). [Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, NC].
Played as the Pensacola Open (March 8-11). Second-placed Don Fairfield (USA) finished 1 shot behind Sanders (USA). [Pensacola CC, Pensacola, FL].
Played as the Hot Springs Open (May 18-21). Second-placed Dave Ragan (USA) and Jerry Steelsmith (USA) finished 1 shot behind Doug Sanders (USA). [Arlington course, Hot Springs CC, Hot Springs, AR].
Played as the Cajun Classic (Nov 16-19). Second-placed Ken Still (USA) finished 6 shots behind Sanders (USA). [Oakbourne CC, Lafayette, Louisiana].
Played as the Eastern Open (Aug 3-6). Second-placed Ken Venturi (USA) finished 1 shot behind Doug Sanders (USA). [Pine Ridge GC, Lutherville, Maryland].
Played as the Greater New Orleans Open Invitational (March 2-5). Second-placed Gay Brewer Jr (USA) and Mac Main (USA) finished 5 shots behind Doug Sanders (USA). [Bayou Oaks at City Park, New Orleans, LA. Played on what was known as City Park's No.1 (East) course; now part of the South course).
Played as the Colonial National Invitation (May 11-14). Second-placed Kel Nagle (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Doug Sanders (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
Played as the Coral Gables Open (Dec 3-6; last played in 1937 as the Miami Biltmore Open). Second-placed Dow Finsterwald (USA) finished 3 shots behind Doug Sanders (USA). This was Sanders' third PGA Tour win, in each of which Finsterwald was runner-up. [The Biltmore, Coral Gables, Miami, FL].
Played as the Sahara Pro-Am (Oct 28/29; 54-hole unofficial PGA Tour event). Second-placed Ed "Porkey" Oliver finished 4 shots behind Doug Sanders (USA). [Las Vegas GC Municipal course, Las Vegas, NV].
Played as the Western Open (May 29-June 1). Second-placed Dow Finsterwald (USA) finished 1 shot behind Doug Sanders (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour wins. [Red Run GC, Royal Oak, nr Detroit, Mich].
Played as the Colombian Open (Abierto de Colombia). Won by Sanders (USA). [San Andrés GC, Funza, nr Bogotá, Colombia].
Played as the Canadian Open (July 5-8; first Canadian Open to be televised). 22-year-old Doug Sanders (USA, amateur) beat Dow Finsterwald (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole (par-4 16th). Sanders recorded his first PGA Tour win, and became the only amateur ever to win this prestigious event. Sanders turned pro shortly after this win. [Beaconsfield GC, Pointe-Claire, Québec].
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