Name:John Drayton Mahaffey Jr
Born:May 9, 1948 in Kerrville, Texas.
Played as the Southwestern Bell Dominion (July 18-20). First-time Snr PGA Tour winner Mahaffey (USA) beat José Maria Cañizares (Esp) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. Bruce Fleisher (USA) was eliminated at the first playoff hole. [Dominion CC, San Antonio, Texas].
Played as the Federal Express St Jude Classic (Aug 3-6). Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger), Bob Tway (USA), Bob Gilder (USA) and Hubert Green (USA) finished 3 shots behind Mahaffey (USA), who recorded the last of his ten PGA Tour victories. [TPC Southwind, Memphis, TN].
Played as the Tournament Players Championship (March 27-30). Second-placed Larry Mize (USA) finished 1 shot behind Mahaffey (USA). [Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].
Played as the Texas Open (Sept 26-30). John Mahaffey (USA) beat Jodie Mudd (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole. Monday finish required due to earlier bad weather. [Oak Hills CC, San Antonio, TX].
Played as the Bob Hope Classic (Jan 11-15). Mahaffey (USA) beat Jim Simons (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole, to win this event for the second time. [Bermuda Dunes CC, Coachella Valley, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Indian Wells CC; Eldorado CC; La Quinta CC].
Played as the JCPenney Mixed Team Classic (Dec 9-12; two-person team event; one PGA Tr, one LPGA Tr). Second-placed Jay Haas (USA) & Hollis Stacy (USA) finished 1 shot behind the winning team of John Mahaffey (USA) & JoAnne Carner (USA). [Bardmoor CC, Largo, FL].
Played as the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic (July 23-26; first time played at Kingsmill Resort in Virginia, after moving from Silverado Resort in California). Second-placed Andy North (USA) finished 2 shots behind John Mahaffey (USA). [River course, Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA].
Played as the Kemper Open (May 29-Jun 1). Second-placed Craig Stadler (USA) finished 3 shots behind John Mahaffey (USA), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour win. [Blue course, Congressional CC, Bethesda, Maryland].
Played as the Bob Hope Desert Classic (Jan 10-14). Second-placed Lee Trevino (USA) finished 1 shot behind Mahaffey (USA). [Indian Wells CC, Coachella Valley, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Bermuda Dunes CC; Tamarisk CC; La Quinta CC].
The US PGA Championship (60th) (Aug 3-6). Mahaffey (USA) beat Jerry Pate (USA) and Tom Watson (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole, to win his first and only major championship title. [Oakmont CC, nr Pittsburgh, PA].
Played as the American Optical Classic (Aug 10-13). Second-placed Gil Morgan (USA) and defending champion Raymond Floyd (USA) finished 2 shots behind John Mahaffey (USA). A week earlier Mahaffey captured a major championship win in the PGA Championship. [Pleasant Valley CC, Sutton, MA].
Second-placed Andy North (USA) finished 2 shots behind John Mahaffey (USA), who won the International Trophy for best individual score in the World Cup of Golf. Team winners of the Cup: John Mahaffey & Andy North (USA). [Makai Club at Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii].
Played as the Sahara Invitational (Oct 25-28). Second-placed Dave Eichelberger (USA) finished 3 shots behind 24-year-old John Mahaffey (USA), who recorded his first PGA Tour win. [Las Vegas National GC, Las Vegas, NV; at the time known as Sahara-Nevada CC; originally the Stardust CC].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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