Who's who: Jim Ferrier

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Who's who: Jim Ferrier

  • Name:

    James Bennett Elliott "Jim" Ferrier
  • Country:

    Australia
  • Lived:

    [1915-1986]. Born on Feb 24, 1915 in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Died on June 13, 1986 in Burbank, California (aged 71).
  • Original/Home Club:

    Manly GC, Sydney.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1941

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): US PGA Championship (1947). Australian Amateur champion (1935, '36, '38, 39). PGA Tour wins (18).

Did you know?

Ferrier was the first Australian and first golfer from the southern hemisphre to win one of golf's major championship. His excellent record of success on the PGA Tour just after the Second World War set the stage for other international players to follow, such as South African Bobby Locke and fellow Australian Peter Thomson. (Ferrier became a U.S. citizen in 1944).

Top tournaments won by Jim Ferrier

1961
America
Almaden G&CC
279 (-9)
$1,200
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ferrier, Jim

Venue

Almaden G&CC

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$1,200

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Almaden Open (Nov 2-5; PGA Tour event). Second-placed Bob Rosburg (USA) finished 1 shot behind Jim Ferrier (Aus/USA), who recorded the last of his 18 PGA Tour wins. [Almaden CC, San Jose, CA; now called Almaden G&CC].

1951
America
273 (-15)
$2,250
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ferrier, Jim

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$2,250

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Canadian Open (July 5-7). Second-placed Fred Hawkins (USA) and Ed "Porky" Oliver (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Jim Ferrier (Aus/USA). [Mississaugua G&CC, Mississauga, Ont.].

1951
America
273 (-15)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ferrier, Jim

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Miami Beach Open (March 8-11; next played in 1955). Second-placed Chuck Klein (USA) and Sam Snead (USA) finished 1 shot behind Jim Ferrier (Aus/USA). [Normandy Shores GC, Miami Beach, FL; at the time called Normandy Isle GC].

1951
America
272 (-16)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ferrier, Jim

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Jacksonville Open (March 16-19). Second-placed Lloyd Mangrum (USA) and Jack Shields (USA) finished a distant 11 shots behind Ferrier (Aus/USA), who won for the third straight time on the PGA Tour. [Hyde Park GC, Jacksonville, FL].

1950
America
271 (-17)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ferrier, Jim

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Canadian Open (Aug 24-27). Second-placed Ted Kroll (USA) finished 3 shots behind Jim Ferrier (Aus/USA). [Royal Montreal GC, Dixie, Dorval, Montreal - this course no longer exists].

1949
America
Swope Memorial
277 (-11)
$1,000
KCGA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ferrier, Jim

Venue

Swope Memorial

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

KCGA

Played as the Kansas City Open (Sept 8-11; last played in 1946 as the Kansas City Invitational). Second-placed Dick Metz (USA) finished 4 shots behind Ferrier (USA). [Swope Memorial GC, Kansas City, Missouri; at the time called Swope Park GC].

1947
Majors
Plum Hollow
2 & 1
$3,500
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Ferrier, Jim

Venue

Plum Hollow

Score

2 & 1

Prize money

$3,500

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (29th) (June 18-24). Ferrier (USA) beat Chick Harbert (USA) 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final, to claim his first and only major championship win. [Plum Hollow CC, Southfield, nr Detroit, Mich.].

1944
America
Sequoyah CC
277 (-3)
$1,600
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Ferrier, Jim

Venue

Sequoyah CC

Score

277 (-3)

Prize money

$1,600

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Oakland Open (Dec 7-10). Second-placed Ky Laffoon (USA) finished 1 shot behind 29-year-old US Army Sgt Jim Ferrier (Aus/USA), who recorded his first PGA Tour win. [Sequoyah CC, Oakland, California].

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Ferrier, Jim

Score

285

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Australian Open (Aug 24-26). Second-placed Norman Von Nida (Aus) and Martin Smith (Aus) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Ferrier (Aus, amateur). [West course, Royal Melbourne GC, Victoria, Aus].

1938
Aus/NZ
283 (-17)
amateur
x

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Ferrier, Jim

Score

283 (-17)

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Australian Open (Aug 18-20). Second-placed Norman Von Nida (Aus) finished 14 shots behind Ferrier (Aus, amateur). [Royal Adelaide GC, Seaton, Adelaide, SA].

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