Who's who: Gay Brewer

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Who's who: Gay Brewer

  • Name:

    Gay Robert Brewer Jr
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1932-2007]. Born on Mar 19, 1932 in Middletown, Ohio. Died on Aug 31, 2007 in Lexington, Kentucky (aged 75).
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1956

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): The Masters (1967). Ryder Cup player (1967, '73). Total professional wins (17), including PGA Tour (10) and Senior PGA Tour (1).

Did you know?

Former PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour player, whose best known victory came with a one-shot win in the 1967 Masters Tournament.

Top tournaments won by Gay Brewer

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Brewer, Gay

Score

Prize money

$85,000

Title sponsor

MasterCard

Played as the MasterCard Champions Championship (Nov 10-12; unofficial Snr PGA Tour event for 60+ age group; played as part of the season-ending Senior Tour Championship). Won by Brewer (USA). [The Dunes G&BC, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina].

1984
America
Onion Creek
258 (-22)
$50,000
Liberty Mutual

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Brewer, Gay

Venue

Onion Creek

Score

258 (-22)

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) & Julius Boros (USA) finished 3 shots behind Billy Casper (USA) & Gay Brewer (USA). [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].

1984
America
204 (-9)
$26,000
Citizens Union

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Brewer, Gay

Score

204 (-9)

Prize money

$26,000

Title sponsor

Citizens Union

Played as the Citizens Union Senior Classic. Second-placed Billy Casper (USA) and Rod Funseth (USA) finished 2 shots behind first-time US Snr Tr winner Brewer (USA). [Griffin Gate Resort, Lexington, Kentucky].

1972
Japan
Sobu CC
276 (-8)
US$65,000
x

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Brewer, Gay

Venue

Sobu CC

Score

276 (-8)

Prize money

US$65,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Taiheiyo Club Pacific Masters (Oct 5-8; Japan pro circuit event; at the time the world's richest golf tournament). Brewer (USA) beat David Graham (Aus) with a par at the first sudden-death playoff hole, which followed a tied three-hole aggregate score playoff. Brewer recorded his first and only win in Japan. [Sobu course, Sobu CC, Inzai, Chiba, Japan].

1972
America
Cherry Hill Club
275 (-9)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Brewer, Gay

Venue

Cherry Hill Club

Score

275 (-9)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Canadian Open (July 6-9). Second-placed Sam Adams (USA) and Dave Hill (USA) finished 1 shot behind Gay Brewer (USA), who recorded the last of his 10 PGA Tour wins. [Cherry Hill Club, Ridgeway, Fort Erie, Ontario].

1968
Europe
283 (-5)
£23,025
Alcan

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Brewer, Gay

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

£23,025

Title sponsor

Alcan

Played as the Alcan Golfer of the Year Championship (Oct 2-5). Second-placed Peter Townsend (Eng) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Gay Brewer (USA). [Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, Merseyside].

1967
America
Pensacola CC
262 (-26)
$15,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Brewer, Gay

Venue

Pensacola CC

Score

262 (-26)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Pensacola Open (March 23-26). Second-placed Bob Keller (USA) finished 6 shots behind defending champion Brewer (USA). [Pensacola CC, Pensacola, FL].

1967
Majors
280 (-8)
$20,000
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Brewer, Gay

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

The Masters Tournament (31st) (April 6-9). Second-placed Bobby Nichols (USA) finished 1 shot behind Brewer (USA), who lost out in a playoff for the previous year's Masters. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Brewer, Gay

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

£19,754

Title sponsor

Alcan

Played as the inaugural Alcan Golfer of the Year Championship (Oct 5-9). Gay Brewer (USA) beat Billy Casper (USA) in an 18-hole Monday playoff (Brewer 68, Casper 72). [The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].

1966
America
Pensacola CC
272 (-16)
$10,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Brewer, Gay

Venue

Pensacola CC

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

$10,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Pensacola Open (March 4-7). Second-placed Bruce Devlin (Aus) finished 3 shots behind Brewer (USA). [Pensacola CC, Pensacola, FL].

1965
America
Inglewood GC, WA
279 (-9)
$6,600
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Brewer, Gay

Venue

Inglewood GC, WA

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$6,600

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Seattle Open (Sept 23-26). Gay Brewer (USA) beat Doug Sanders (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole, to record his fifth PGA Tour win. [Inglewood GC, Kenmore, nr Seattle, WA].

1965
America
281 (-7)
$9,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Brewer, Gay

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$9,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Hawaiian Open (Nov 4-7; first-time as a regular PGA Tour event). Gay Brewer (USA) beat Bob Goalby (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].

1949
Amateur
6 & 4
amateur
USGA

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Brewer, Gay

Score

6 & 4

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

USGA

Played as the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. Brewer (USA) beat Mason Rudolph (USA) 6 and 4 in the final. [Blue course, Congressional CC, Bethesda, Maryland].

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