Who's who: Johnny Revolta

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Who's who: Johnny Revolta

  • Name:

    John F. "Johnny" Revolta
  • Also known as:

    Iron Master
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1911-1991]. Born on April 5, 1911 in St Louis, Missouri. Died on March 3, 1991 in Palm Springs, California (aged 79).
  • Original/Home Club:

    Oshkosh Muni (as a caddie)
  • Occupation:

    Club pro and professional golfer; golf writer and instructor.
  • Turned Pro:

    1929

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): US PGA Championship (1935). Ryder Cup (1935, 1937).

Did you know?

Revolta was dubbed the "Iron Master" thanks to his excellent short game, not least his exceptional bunker play.

Top tournaments won by Johnny Revolta

1944
America
Willow Springs, TX
273 (-11)
$1,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Revolta, Johnny

Venue

Willow Springs, TX

Score

273 (-11)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Texas Open (Feb 11-14). Second-placed Byron Nelson (USA) and Harold "Jug" McSpaden (USA) finished 1 shot behind Johnny Revolta (USA). [Willow Springs GC, San Antonio, TX].

1941
America
7 & 6
$1,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Revolta, Johnny

Venue

Score

7 & 6

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the San Francisco Match Play Championship.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Revolta, Johnny

Score

282 (-2)

Prize money

$2,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Miami Biltmore Open (Dec 10-13; next played in 1959 as the Coral Gables Open). Second-placed Dick Metz (USA) and Jimmy Thomson (Scot/USA) finished 1 shot behind Johnny Revolta (USA), who avoided a possible three-way playoff by sinking a 22-foot birdie putt at the last. [The Biltmore, Coral Gables, Miami, FL].

1936
America
Glen Arven CC
283 (-5)
$700
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Revolta, Johnny

Venue

Glen Arven CC

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

$700

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Thomasville Open (Feb 14-16). Second-placed Vic Ghezzi (USA) finished 1 shot behind Johnny Revolta (USA). Trailing by one shot on the final tee, Revolta snatched victory with a birdie-4 to Ghezzi's bogey-6 on the 72nd hole. [Glen Arven CC, Thomasville, Georgia].

1935
Majors
Twin Hills
5 & 4
$1,000
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Revolta, Johnny

Venue

Twin Hills

Score

5 & 4

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (18th) (Oct 18-23). Revolta (USA) beat Tommy Armour (USA) 5 and 4 in the 36-hole final. [Twin Hills G&CC, Oklahoma City, OK].

1935
America
South Bend CC
290 (+6)
$500
WGA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Revolta, Johnny

Venue

South Bend CC

Score

290 (+6)

Prize money

$500

Title sponsor

WGA

Played as the Western Open (June 14-16). Second-placed Willie Goggin (USA) finished 4 shots behind Johnny Revolta (USA). [South Bend CC, South Bend, Indiana].

1935
Awards
$9,543
see Score
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Revolta, Johnny

Venue

Score

$9,543

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Revolta (USA) was the PGA Tour 1935 leading money winner, with earnings of $9,543 on the Tour.

1933
America
Miami Springs G&CC
278 (-2)
$500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Revolta, Johnny

Venue

Miami Springs G&CC

Score

278 (-2)

Prize money

$500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Miami Open (Dec 30, 1932-Jan 1, 1933). Second-placed Densmore "Denny" Shute (USA) finished 4 shots behind 21-year-old wire-to-wire winner Johnny Revolta (USA), who recorded the first of his 18 PGA Tour wins. [Miami Springs G&CC, Miami, FL; at the time known as Miami Springs Golf Club].

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