Who's who: Jim Colbert

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Who's who: Jim Colbert

  • Name:

    James Joseph "Jim" Colbert
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    March 9, 1941 in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

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

    1965

Roll of Honour

Senior MAJORS (1): Senior Players Ch'ship (1993). Total professional wins (35), including PGA Tour wins (8) and PGA Champions Tour wins (20).

Golf course design

Colbert teamed with golf course architect Jeff Brauer to design the highly-rated Colbert Hills GC in Manhattan, Kansas.

Did you know?

Former PGA Tour and PGA Champions Tour player.

Top tournaments won by Jim Colbert

2001
America
Valencia CC, Calif.
204 (-12)
$210,000
SBC

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Venue

Valencia CC, Calif.

Score

204 (-12)

Prize money

$210,000

Title sponsor

SBC

Played as the SBC Senior Classic (March 9-11). Second-placed José Maria Cañizares (Esp) finished 1 shot behind Colbert (USA), who recorded the last of his 20 Senior PGA Tour wins. [Valencia CC, nr Santa Clarita, California].

2001
America
124 (-20)
$170,000
Liberty Mutual

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Score

124 (-20)

Prize money

$170,000

Title sponsor

Liberty Mutual

Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (Mar 30-Apr 1; unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Second-placed Bruce Fleisher (USA) & David Graham (Aus) finished 3 shots behind defending champions Jim Colbert (USA) & Andy North (USA). Reduced to 36 holes due to rain. [King & Bear course, World Golf Village, St Augustine, FL].

2000
America
191 (-25)
$161,000
Liberty Mutual

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Score

191 (-25)

Prize money

$161,000

Title sponsor

Liberty Mutual

Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (March 17-19; unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Second-placed team of David Graham (Aus) & Bruce Fleisher (USA) finished 1 shot behind Jim Colbert (USA) & Andy North (USA). [Slammer & Squire course, World Golf Village, St Augustine, FL].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Score

205 (-11)

Prize money

$150,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as The Transamerica (Oct 9-11). Second-placed David Lundstrom (USA) finished 1 shot behind Colbert (USA). [South course, Silverado Resort, Napa, California].

1998
America
120 (-24)
$180,000
Lexus

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Score

120 (-24)

Prize money

$180,000

Title sponsor

Lexus

Played as the (last) Lexus Challenge hosted by Raymond Floyd (Dec 18/19; unofficial Snr PGA Tour pro-celebrity post-season two-person team event). Second-placed Hubert Green (USA) & Matt Lauer (USA; newscaster) finished 1 shot behind Jim Colbert (USA) & Kevin Costner (USA; actor). [Citrus course, La Quinta Resort, La Quinta, Calif; now called the Citrus Club at La Quinta].

1997
America
59 (-11)
$150,000
Gillette

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Score

59 (-11)

Prize money

$150,000

Title sponsor

Gillette

Played as the inaugural Gillette Tour Challenge (Oct 7; unofficial money best-ball event involving teams that comprised a PGA Tr, LPGA Tr and Snr PGA Tr player). The second-placed teams of Lee Janzen (USA), Barb Mucha (USA) & Bob Murphy (USA) and Payne Stewart (USA), Karrie Webb (Aus) & Walter Morgan (USA) finished 2 shots behind winning team of Nick Price (Zim), Kelly Robbins (USA) and Jim Colbert (USA). [Mid Ocean Club, Tucker's Town, Bermuda].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Score

3 & 1

Prize money

$110,000

Title sponsor

Diners Club

Played as the Diners Club Matches (Dec 13-15; unofficial post-season event involving four two-player teams from each of the LPGA, PGA and Snr PGA Tours; teams compete against other teams from their own tour). Defending champions Jim Colbert (USA) & Bob Murphy (USA) beat Jay Sigel (USA) & Vicente Fernandez (Arg) 3 and 1 in the final of the Snr PGA Tour matches. [Nicklaus Tournament (resort) course, PGA West, La Quinta, CA].

1996
America
Tanglewood, NC
204 (-9)
$225,000
Vantage

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Venue

Tanglewood, NC

Score

204 (-9)

Prize money

$225,000

Title sponsor

Vantage

Played as the Vantage Championship (Sept 27-29). Second-placed Kermit Zarley (USA), Gary Player (RSA) and defending champion Hale Irwin (USA) finished 1 shot behind Colbert (USA). [Championship course, Tanglewood Golf, Clemmons, nr Winston-Salem, NC].

1996
Awards
x
n/a
Snr PGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

Snr PGA Tr

Colbert (USA) won his second straight Jack Nicklaus Award as the Senior PGA Tour Player of the Year, based on the votes of his peers.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Score

207 (-9)

Prize money

$150,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Las Vegas Senior Classic (April 26-28). Defending champion Colbert (USA) beat Dave Stockton (USA) with a par at the fourth playoff hole. Bob Charles (NZ) was eliminated at the first playoff hole. [TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada].

1996
Awards
$1,627,890
see Score
Snr PGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Venue

Score

$1,627,890

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Snr PGA Tr

Colbert (USA) won his second straight Arnold Palmer Award as the Senior PGA Tour 1996 leading money winner, with earnings of $1,627,890. Hale Irwin (USA) was second with $1,615,769; John Bland (RSA) was third with $1,357,987.

1996
America
Serrano CC
202 (-14)
$120,000
Raley

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Venue

Serrano CC

Score

202 (-14)

Prize money

$120,000

Title sponsor

Raley

Played as the Raley's Gold Rush Classic (Oct 18-20). Second-placed Dave Stockton (USA) finished 5 shots behind Colbert (USA). [Serrano CC, El Dorado Hills, nr Sacramento, CA].

1996
America
GC of Georgia
206 (-10)
$180,000
Nationwide

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Venue

GC of Georgia

Score

206 (-10)

Prize money

$180,000

Title sponsor

Nationwide

Played as the Nationwide Championship (May 10-12). Second-placed Isao Aoki (Jpn) finished 3 shots behind Colbert (USA). [Lakeside course, GC of Georgia, Alpharetta, nr Atlanta, Georgia].

1996
America
Newport Beach, CA
201 (-12)
$150,000
Toshiba

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Venue

Newport Beach, CA

Score

201 (-12)

Prize money

$150,000

Title sponsor

Toshiba

Played as the Toshiba Senior Classic (March 15-17). Second-placed Bob Eastwood (USA) finished 2 shots behind Colbert (USA). [Newport Beach CC, Newport Beach, California].

1995
Awards
$1,444,386
see Score
Snr PGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Venue

Score

$1,444,386

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Snr PGA Tr

Colbert (USA) won the Arnold Palmer Award as the Senior PGA Tour 1995 leading money winner, with earnings of $1,444,386 on the Tour. Raymond Floyd (USA) was second with $1,419,545; Dave Stockton (USA) was third with $1,415,847.

1995
Awards
x
n/a
Snr PGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

Snr PGA Tr

Colbert (USA) won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the Senior PGA Tour Player of the Year, based on the votes of his peers.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Score

282 (-6)

Prize money

$262,000

Title sponsor

Energizer

Played as the Energizer Senior Tour Championship (Nov 9-12; Snr PGA Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Raymond Floyd (USA) finished 1 shot behind Colbert (USA). [The Dunes G&BC, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Score

1 up

Prize money

$125,000

Title sponsor

Diners Club

Played as the Diners Club Matches (Dec 8-10; unofficial post-season event involving four two-player teams from each of the LPGA, PGA and Snr PGA Tours; teams compete against other teams from their own tour). Jim Colbert (USA) & Bob Murphy (USA) beat Dave Stockton (USA) & Hale Irwin (USA) by 1 hole in the final of the Snr PGA Tour matches. [Nicklaus Tournament (resort) course, PGA West, La Quinta, CA].

1995
America
Chester Valley
207 (-3)
$135,000
Bell Atlantic

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Venue

Chester Valley

Score

207 (-3)

Prize money

$135,000

Title sponsor

Bell Atlantic

Played as the Bell Atlantic Classic (May 19-21). Second-placed J.C. Snead (USA) finished 1 shot behind Colbert (USA). [Chester Valley GC, Malvern, nr Philadelphia, PA].

1995
America
205 (-11)
$150,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Score

205 (-11)

Prize money

$150,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Las Vegas Senior Classic (April 28-30). Second-placed Jim Dent (USA), Raymond Floyd (USA) and Rocky Thompson (USA) finished 2 shots behind Colbert (USA). [TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Score

209 (-7)

Prize money

$148,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Senior Tournament of Champions (Jan 12-15; Snr PGA Tour season-opener; first time as a 54-hole event rather than 72). Colbert (USA) beat Jim Albus (USA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole, to record his tenth Snr PGA Tour win. [East course, TPC Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico; at the time known as Dorado Beach Resort].].

1994
America
Kings Island
199 (-14)
$127,500
Kroger

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Venue

Kings Island

Score

199 (-14)

Prize money

$127,500

Title sponsor

Kroger

Played as the Kroger Senior Classic (July 8-10). Second-placed Raymond Floyd (USA) finished 2 shots behind Colbert (USA). [Golf Ctr at Kings Island, Mason, Ohio].

1994
America
Loch Lloyd CC
196 (-14)
$105,000
Southwestern Bell

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Venue

Loch Lloyd CC

Score

196 (-14)

Prize money

$105,000

Title sponsor

Southwestern Bell

Played as the Southwestern Bell Classic. Second-placed Isao Aoki (Jpn) and Larry Gilbert (USA) finished 2 shots behind Colbert (USA). [Loch Lloyd CC, nr Kansas City, Missouri].

1993
Majors
TPC Michigan
278 (-10)
$180,000
Ford

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Venue

TPC Michigan

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

$180,000

Title sponsor

Ford

Played as the Ford Senior Players Championship (June 24-27). Second-placed Raymond Floyd (USA) finished 1 shot behind Colbert (USA), who claimed his first win in a major championship. [TPC Michigan, Dearborn, Detroit, Mich.].

1993
America
199 (-14)
$112,500
Royal Caribbn

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Score

199 (-14)

Prize money

$112,500

Title sponsor

Royal Caribbn

Played as the Royal Caribbean Classic. Second-placed Raymond Floyd (USA) and Al Geiberger (USA) finished 1 shot behind Colbert (USA). [Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne, nr Miami, FL; at the time known as the Links at Key Biscayne].

1992
America
Tanglewood, NC
132 (-12)
$202,500
Vantage

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Venue

Tanglewood, NC

Score

132 (-12)

Prize money

$202,500

Title sponsor

Vantage

Played as the Vantage Championship. Second-placed Jim Dent (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Colbert (USA). [Championship course, Tanglewood Golf, Clemmons, nr Winston-Salem, NC].

1992
America
200 (-13)
$67,500
GTE

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Score

200 (-13)

Prize money

$67,500

Title sponsor

GTE

Played as the GTE Suncoast Classic. Colbert (USA) beat George Archer (USA) with a birdie at the fourth playoff hole. [TPC Tampa Bay, Lutz, nr Tampa, FL].

1991
America
195 (-15)
$90,000
First Development

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Score

195 (-15)

Prize money

$90,000

Title sponsor

First Development

Played as the First Development Kaanapali Classic. Second-placed Dale Douglass (USA) finished 2 shots behind Colbert (USA). [Royal Ka'anapali course, Ka'anapali Resort, Maui, Hawaii; at the time known as the North course].

1991
America
Loch Lloyd CC
201 (-9)
$67,500
Southwestern Bell

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Venue

Loch Lloyd CC

Score

201 (-9)

Prize money

$67,500

Title sponsor

Southwestern Bell

Played as the Southwestern Bell Classic. Second-placed Al Geiberger (USA) and Larry Laoretti (USA) finished 3 shots behind first-time US Snr Tr winner Colbert (USA). [Loch Lloyd CC, nr Kansas City, Missouri].

1991
Awards
$880,749
see Score
Snr PGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Venue

Score

$880,749

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Snr PGA Tr

Colbert (USA) won the Senior PGA Tour 1991 Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player, based on the votes of his peers. He finished third on the Tour's money list, with earnings of $880,749.

1991
America
Tanglewood, NC
205 (-11)
$202,500
Vantage

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Venue

Tanglewood, NC

Score

205 (-11)

Prize money

$202,500

Title sponsor

Vantage

Played as the Vantage Championship. Second-placed George Archer (USA), Jim Dent (USA) and Gibby Gilbert (USA) finished 1 shot behind Colbert (USA). [Championship course, Tanglewood Golf, Clemmons, nr Winston-Salem, NC].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Score

278 (-2)

Prize money

$72,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Colonial National Invitation (May 12-15). Jim Colbert (USA) beat Fuzzy Zoeller (USA) with a par at the sixth playoff hole. [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].

1983
America
261 (-19)
$54,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Score

261 (-19)

Prize money

$54,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Texas Open (Sep 29-Oct 2). Second-placed Mark Pfeil (USA) finished 5 shots behind Jim Colbert (USA), who recorded the last of his eight PGA Tour wins. [Oak Hills CC, San Antonio, TX].

1980
America
270 (-22)
$54,000
Joe Garagiola

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Score

270 (-22)

Prize money

$54,000

Title sponsor

Joe Garagiola

Played as the Joe Garagiola Tucson Open (Feb 14-19). Second-placed Dan Halldorson (Can) finished 4 shots behind Jim Colbert (USA). Tuesday finish required due to earlier bad weather. [Catalina course, Tucson National Resort, Tucson, AZ].

1975
America
252 (-36)
$20,000
Disney World

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Score

252 (-36)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

Disney World

Played as the Walt Disney World National Team Championship (Oct 23-26; two-man team event). Second-placed Victor Regalado (Mex) & Charlie Sifford (USA) and Bobby Cole (RSA) & John Schlee (USA) finished 3 shots behind Jim Colbert (USA) & Dean Refram (USA). This was Colbert's fifth PGA Tour win. [Magnolia course, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL. Earlier rounds also played on the Palm course].

1974
America
281 (+1)
$34,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Score

281 (+1)

Prize money

$34,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the American Golf Classic (June 20-23). Jim Colbert (USA) beat Raymond Floyd (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole (par-5 16th ... "the 615 yd monster"). Gay Brewer (USA) and Forrest Fezler (USA) were eliminated at the first playoff hole. [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].

1973
America
Deerwood CC, FL
279 (-9)
$26,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Venue

Deerwood CC, FL

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$26,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Jacksonville Open (March 15-18). Second-placed Johnny Miller (USA), Lou Graham (USA), Jim Wiechers (USA) and Dan Sikes (USA) finished 1 shot behind Colbert (USA). [Deerwood CC, Jacksonville, FL].

1972
America
Tripoli CC
271 (-13)
$25,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Venue

Tripoli CC

Score

271 (-13)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Milwaukee Open (July 13-16). Second-placed Bud Allin (USA), Chuck Courtney (USA), George Johnson (USA) and Grier Jones (USA) finished 1 shot behind Jim Colbert (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [Tripoli CC, Brown Deer, nr Milwaukee, Wisc.].

1969
America
Pensacola CC
267 (-17)
$20,000
Monsanto

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Colbert, Jim

Venue

Pensacola CC

Score

267 (-17)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

Monsanto

Played as the Monsanto Open (March 15-18; formerly the Pensacola Open). Second-placed Deane Beman (USA) finished 2 shots behind Colbert (USA), who recorded the first of his eight PGA Tour wins. [Pensacola CC, Pensacola, FL].

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