Jack Burke Jr
Name:John Joseph "Jack" Burke Jr.
Also known as:Jackie
Born:Jan 29, 1923 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Original/Home Club:River Oaks, Houston
Occupation:Professional golfer; golf course designer; co-founder of Champions GC, Houston.
MAJORS (2): The Masters (1956); US PGA Championship (1956). PGA Tour wins (17). Ryder Cup player (1951, 1953, 1955, 1957); Ryder Cup captain (1957, 1973). USPGA Tour Player of the Year (1956). Vardon Trophy (1952). Inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2000.
Burke won four US Tour events in a row in 1952, one of only four players to achieve this feat (Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods being the other three). Together with Jimmy Demaret they founded the Champions Golf Club in their hometown of Houston. The Champions hosted the Ryder Cup in 1967; the US Open in 1969.
Played as the Lucky International Open (Jan 24-27). Second-placed Don January (USA) finished 3 shots behind 39-year-old Jack Burke Jr (USA), who recorded the last of his 16 PGA Tour wins. [Harding Park GC, San Francisco, Calif. Now known as TPC Harding Park].
Played as the Buick Open Invitational (Jun 29-Jul 3). Jack Burke Jr (USA) beat Billy Casper (USA) and Johnny Pott (USA) in an 18-hole Monday playoff (Burke 71, Casper 74, Pott 74). [Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan].
Played as the Houston Classic (April 16-20). Jack Burke Jr (USA) beat Julius Boros (USA) in an 18-hole Monday playoff (Burke 64, Boros 69). [Memorial Park GC, Houston, TX].
Played as the Insurance City Open (July 10-13). Second-placed Dow Finsterwald (USA) and Art Wall Jr (USA) finished 3 shots behind Jack Burke Jr (USA). [Wethersfield CC, nr Hartford, CT].
PGA of America
Burke (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).
The Masters Tournament (20th) (April 5-8). Second-placed Ken Venturi (USA) finished 1 shot behind Jack "Jackie" Burke Jr (USA). In strong winds Burke equalled the then Masters highest winning total of 289 (also shot in 1954 by Sam Snead). [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
PGA of America
The US PGA Championship (38th) (July 20-24). John "Jackie" Burke Jr (USA) beat Ted Kroll (USA) 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final, to win his second major championship of 1956. [Blue Hill CC, Canton, nr Boston, MA].
Played as the Miami Open (Dec 11-14). Jack Burke Jr (USA) beat Dick Mayer (USA) with a 10-foot birdie putt at the fifth playoff hole. [Miami Springs G&CC, Miami, FL; at the time known as Miami Springs Municipal Course].
PGA of America
Burke Jr. (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.
Played as the Houston Open (Feb 21-14). Second-placed Frank Stranahan (USA, amateur) finished 6 shots behind Jack Burke Jr (USA). This was the second of four straight wins for Burke Jr, who a week earlier captured the Texas Open, and in subsequent weeks won the Baton Rouge and St Petersburg Opens. (San Antonio. [Memorial Park GC, Houston, TX].
Played as the Texas Open (25th) (Feb 14-17). Second-placed Doug Ford (USA) finished 6 shots behind Jack Burke Jr (USA), whose father Jack Sr, also an accomplished professional, failed in nine attempts to win this title. [Brackenridge Park GC, San Antonio, TX].
Played as the Rio Grande Valley Open (Feb 16-19). Second-placed Skip Alexander (USA) finished 2 shots behind 27-year-old Jack Burke Jr (USA), who was a first-time outright winner on the PGA Tour; a month earlier he shared first place in a four-way tie in the Bing Crosby Pro-Am. [Harlingen GC, Harlingen, TX; now called Tony Butler GC].
Played as the Bing Crosby Pro-Am (Jan 13-15; 54-hole event). Sam Snead (USA), Jack Burke Jr (USA), Smiley Quick (USA) and Dave Douglas (USA) tied for first place. There was no sudden-death playoff in those days. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula CC].
Played as the Metropolitan Open (Sept 20-22; Metropolitan Golf Assoc event; last played in 1940). Second-placed 47-year-old Gene Sarazen (USA) finished 5 shots behind 26-year-old Jack Burke Jr (USA), who recorded his first professional win. Playing at his home course, Burke's second round 64 set a new course record. [Metropolis CC, White Plains, NY].
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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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