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.
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].
2021 Opens: whether by accident or design, four of the top five mens’ Open Championships played in the British Isles occupy consecutive weeks in July: the Irish Open (1-4), Scottish Open (8-11), The Open (15-18) and Wales Open (22-25). The recently relaunched English Open is scheduled for early-August.
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