Who's who: Jack Burke Jr

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Who's who: Jack Burke Jr

  • Name:

    John Joseph "Jack" Burke Jr.
  • Also known as:

    Jackie
  • Country:

    USA
  • 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.
  • Turned Pro:

    1941

Roll of Honour

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.

Did you know?

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.

Top tournaments won by Jack Burke Jr

1961
America
Warwick Hills
284 (-4)
$9,000
Buick

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Burke Jr, Jack

Venue

Warwick Hills

Score

284 (-4)

Prize money

$9,000

Title sponsor

Buick

Played as the Buick Open Invitational. Burke (USA) beat Billy Casper (USA) and Johnny Pott (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Burke 71, Casper 74, Pott 74). [Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan].

1959
America
277 (-11)
$4,300
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Burke Jr, Jack

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$4,300

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Houston Classic. Burke Jr (USA) beat Julius Boros (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Burke Jr 64, Boros 69). [Memorial Park GC, Houston, TX].

1958
America
Wethersfield CC
268 (-16)
$3,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Burke Jr, Jack

Venue

Wethersfield CC

Score

268 (-16)

Prize money

$3,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Insurance City Open. Second-placed Dow Finsterwald (USA) and Art Wall Jr (USA) finished 3 shots behind Burke (USA). [Wethersfield CC, nr Hartford, CT].

1956
Majors
289 (+1)
$6,000
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Burke Jr, Jack

Score

289 (+1)

Prize money

$6,000

Title sponsor

x

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].

1956
Majors
Blue Hill CC, MA
3 & 2
$5,000
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Burke Jr, Jack

Venue

Blue Hill CC, MA

Score

3 & 2

Prize money

$5,000

Title sponsor

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].

1956
Awards
x
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Burke Jr, Jack

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

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).

1952
America
277 (-11)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Burke Jr, Jack

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Houston Open. Second-placed Frank Stranahan (USA, amateur) finished 6 shots behind 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].

1952
America
260 (-24)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Burke Jr, Jack

Score

260 (-24)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Texas Open (25th). 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].

1952
Awards
70.54
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Burke Jr, Jack

Venue

Score

70.54

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Burke Jr. (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.

1950
America
Harlingen GC
264 (-20)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Burke Jr, Jack

Venue

Harlingen GC

Score

264 (-20)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Rio Grande Valley Open (Feb 16-19). Second-placed Skip Alexander (USA) finished 2 shots behind Burke (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].

1950
America
214 (-2)
$1,237
Bing Crosby

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Burke Jr, Jack

Score

214 (-2)

Prize money

$1,237

Title sponsor

Bing Crosby

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].

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