Who's who: Jerry Pate

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Who's who: Jerry Pate

  • Name:

    Jerome Kendrick "Jerry" Pate
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    Sept 16, 1953 in Macon, Georgia.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer; golf commentator and golf course designer.
  • Turned Pro:

    1975

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): US Open (1976). US Amateur champion (1947). Walker Cup player (1975). Ryder Cup player (1981). Total professional wins (15), including PGA Tour (8), Japan Tour (2) and PGA Champions Tour (2). PGA Tour Rookie of the Year (1976).

Did you know?

Former PGA Tour and PGA Champions Tour player, Aged just 22, he won the 1976 US Open Championship in his rookie season on the Tour.

Top tournaments won by Jerry Pate

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pate, Jerry

Score

211 (-5)

Prize money

$240,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Turtle Bay Championship (Jan 25-27). Second-placed Jim Thorpe (USA) and Fulton Allem (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Pate (USA). [Palmer course, Turtle Bay Resort, Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii].

2006
America
202 (-11)
$240,000
Outback Steakhouse

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pate, Jerry

Score

202 (-11)

Prize money

$240,000

Title sponsor

Outback Steakhouse

Played as the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am (Feb 24-26). Second-placed Hale Irwin (USA), Morris Hatalsky (USA) and Mark James (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Pate (USA). This was Pate's first win as a pro in 24 years and maiden victory on the Champions Tour. [TPC Tampa Bay, Lutz, nr Tampa, FL].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pate, Jerry

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

$90,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Tournament Players Championship (March 18-21). Second-placed Brad Bryant (USA) and Scott Simpson (USA) finished 2 shots behind Pate (USA), who recorded the last of his eight PGA Tour wins. [Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].

1981
America
Los Lagartos
262 (-26)
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pate, Jerry

Venue

Los Lagartos

Score

262 (-26)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Colombian Open (Abierto de Colombia). Second-placed Luis Arevalo (Colombia) finished a distant 21 shots behind Pate (USA). [Club Los Lagartos, Bogotá, Colombia].

1981
America
271 (-17)
$36,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pate, Jerry

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

$36,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Pensacola Open (Oct 15-18). Second-placed Steve Melnyk (USA) finished 3 shots behind Pate (USA). [Perdido Bay GC, Pensacola, FL].

1981
America
Colonial CC, Tenn
274 (-14)
$54,000
Danny Thomas

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pate, Jerry

Venue

Colonial CC, Tenn

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$54,000

Title sponsor

Danny Thomas

Played as the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic (June 25-28). Second-placed Tom Kite (USA) and Bruce Lietzke (USA) finished 2 shots behind Pate (USA). [South course, Colonial CC, Cordova, nr Memphis, TN].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pate, Jerry

Score

274

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Brazil Open (Aberto do Brasil). Manuel Pinero (Esp) finished in second place behind Pate (USA). [Sao Fernando GC, Cotia, nr Sao Paulo].

1980
Japan
Sports Shinko CC
276 (-12)
US$28,570
x

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Pate, Jerry

Venue

Sports Shinko CC

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

US$28,570

Title sponsor

x

Played as the United States-Japan Professional Golf Match (Nov 6-9; Japan Tr event; individual low score winner). Second-placed Norio Suzuki (Jpn) and defending champion Tom Purtzer (USA) finished 1 shot behind Pate (USA), who recorded the second of his two Japan Tour wins. [Sports Shinko CC, Kawanishi, Hyogo, Japan].

1978
America
Green Island CC
269 (-11)
$35,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pate, Jerry

Venue

Green Island CC

Score

269 (-11)

Prize money

$35,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Southern Open (Sept 7-10). Second-placed Phil Hancock (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Jerry Pate (USA), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour win. Hancock was also second to Pate in this event a year earlier. [Green Island CC, Columbus, Georgia].

1977
America
Green Island CC
266 (-14)
$25,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pate, Jerry

Venue

Green Island CC

Score

266 (-14)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Southern Open (Oct 20-23). Second-placed Johnny Miller (USA), Phil Hancock (USA), Steve Taylor (USA) and defending champion Mac McLendon (USA) finished 7 shots behind Jerry Pate (USA). [Green Island CC, Columbus, Georgia].

1977
America
Phoenix CC, AZ
277 (-7)
$40,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pate, Jerry

Venue

Phoenix CC, AZ

Score

277 (-7)

Prize money

$40,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 6-9). Pate (USA) beat Dave Stockton (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].

1977
America
270 (-18)
$20,000
Pepsi-Cola

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pate, Jerry

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

Pepsi-Cola

Played as the Pepsi-Cola Mixed Team Ch'ship (two-person team event; one PGA Tr, one LPGA Tr). Winning team: Jerry Pate (USA) & Hollis Stacy (USA). Second-place: Curtis Strange (USA) & Nancy Lopez (USA). [Bardmoor CC, Largo, FL].

1976
America
Essex G&CC, Can
267 (-13)
$40,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pate, Jerry

Venue

Essex G&CC, Can

Score

267 (-13)

Prize money

$40,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Canadian Open (July 22-25). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 4 shots behind Jerry Pate (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [Essex G&CC, LaSalle, Windsor, Ontario].

1976
Majors
277 (-3)
$42,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Pate, Jerry

Score

277 (-3)

Prize money

$42,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (76th) (Jun 17-20). Second-placed Tom Weiskopf (USA) and Al Geiberger (USA) finished 2 shots behind Pate (USA). Pate went through a qualifying event to get into this US Open. [Highlands course, Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Atlanta, GA].

1976
Japan
Sobu CC
279 (-5)
US$65,000
x

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Pate, Jerry

Venue

Sobu CC

Score

279 (-5)

Prize money

US$65,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Taiheiyo Club Pacific Masters (Oct 7-10; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Isao Aoki (Jpn) finished 2 shots behind 23-year-old Pate (USA), who won for the first time in Japan. [Sobu course, Sobu CC, Inzai, Chiba, Japan].

1974
Amateur
2 & 1
amateur
USGA

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Pate, Jerry

Score

2 & 1

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Amateur Championship (74th) (Aug 26-31). Jerry Pate (USA) beat John Grace (USA) 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final. [Ridgewood CC, Paramus, NJ].

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