Who's who: Julius Boros

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Who's who: Julius Boros

  • Name:

    Julius Nicholas Boros
  • Also known as:

    Moose
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1920-1994]. Born on March 3, 1920 in Fairfield, Connecticut. Died on May 28, 1994 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, aged 74.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Fairfield, CT
  • Occupation:

    Accountant; professional golfer.
  • Turned Pro:

    1949 (aged 29)

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (3): US Open (1952, '63); US PGA Championship (1968). Ryder Cup player (1959, '63, '65, '67). Total professional wins 25, including PGA Tour (18) and Senior PGA Tour (3). PGA Tour leading money winner (1952, '55). PGA Tour Player of the Year (1952, '63). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1982).

Did you know?

Born to Hungarian immigrants, Boros initially combined a successful amateur golf career with a full-time job as an accountant. After turning professional at the age of 29 in 1949, Boros embarked on a highly successful career that brought him three major championship titles, a total of 18 PGA Tour wins and four Ryder Cup appearances. He was a two-time PGA Tour leading money winner and PGA Tour player of the Year.

As a 48-year old, Boros won the 1968 PGA Championship, in the process becoming the oldest winner of a modern major championship title. Throughout his career Boros was noted for his relaxed swing, the product of his own maxim "swing easy, hit hard". He also possessed a fabulous short game and rarely wasted any time in sizing-up putts. Boros died of a fatal heart attack, which occurred while golfing close to home in Florida.

Top tournaments won by Julius Boros

1979
America
Onion Creek
195 (-15)
$35,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Venue

Onion Creek

Score

195 (-15)

Prize money

$35,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Legends of Golf (unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Julius Boros (USA) & Roberto de Vicenzo (Arg) beat Tommy Bolt (USA) & Art Wall (USA) at the sixth playoff hole. [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].

1977
America
283 (-5)
$7,500
PGA of America

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

$7,500

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship. Second-placed Freddie Haas (USA) finished 1 shot behind Boros (USA). [Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL].

1971
America
BallenIsles CC
285 (-3)
$6,000
PGA of America

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Venue

BallenIsles CC

Score

285 (-3)

Prize money

$6,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship. Second-placed Tommy Bolt (USA) finished 3 shots behind Boros (USA), the only player to finish under par. [East Course, BallenIsles CC, Palm Beach Gdns, FL. at the time known as Champions course, PGA National GC].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

$50,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Westchester Classic (Aug 15-18). Second-placed Dan Sykes (USA), tour rookie Bob Murphy (USA), and defending champion Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 1 shot behind Boros (USA), who recorded the last of his 18 PGA Tour wins. [West course, Westchester CC, Rye, NY].

1968
Majors
Pecan Valley
281 (+1)
$25,000
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Venue

Pecan Valley

Score

281 (+1)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (50th) (July 18-21). Second-placed Bob Charles (NZ) finished 1 shot behind Boros (USA), who claimed his third and final major championship win. [Pecan Valley GC, San Antonio, Texas. This course is now closed].

1967
America
Warwick Hills
283 (-5)
$20,000
Buick

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Venue

Warwick Hills

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

Buick

Played as the Buick Open Invitational (June 8-11). Second-placed R.H. Sykes (USA), Bert Yancey (USA) and Bob Goalby (USA) finished 3 shots behind Julius Boros (USA), who won this event for the second time. [Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan].

1967
America
Arizona CC
272 (-12)
$14,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Venue

Arizona CC

Score

272 (-12)

Prize money

$14,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Phoenix Open Invitational (Feb 9-12). Second-placed Ken Still (USA) finished 1 shot behind Boros (USA). [Arizona CC, Phoenix, AZ].

1967
America
Rio Pinar CC
274 (-10)
$23,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Venue

Rio Pinar CC

Score

274 (-10)

Prize money

$23,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Florida Citrus Open Invitational (March 9-12). Second-placed George Knudson (Can) and Arnold Palmer (USA) finished 1 shot behind Boros (USA). [Rio Pinar CC, Orlando, FL].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Score

277 (-7)

Prize money

$6,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (April 2-5). Boros (USA) beat defending champion Doug Sanders (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, NC].

1963
America
Warwick Hills
274 (-14)
$9,000
Buick

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Venue

Warwick Hills

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$9,000

Title sponsor

Buick

Played as the Buick Open Invitational (June 6-9). Second-placed Dow Finsterwald (USA) finished 5 shots behind Julius Boros (USA). [Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan].

1963
Awards
x
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Boros (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).

1963
Majors
293 (+9)
$17,500
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Score

293 (+9)

Prize money

$17,500

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (63rd) (Jun 20-23). Boros (USA) beat Jacky Cupit (USA) and Arnold Palmer (USA) in an 18-hole playoff: Boros 70 (-1), Cupit 73 (+2), Palmer 76 (+5). [The Country Club, Brookline, Boston, MA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Score

279 (-1)

Prize money

$12,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Colonial National Invitation (May 9-12). Second-placed Gary Player (RSA) finished 4 shots behind Julius Boros (USA), who recorded his second win in this event and tenth PGA Tour win overall. [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Score

280 (E)

Prize money

$5,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Colonial National Invitation (May 12-15). Second-placed Gene Littler (USA) and Kel Nagle (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Julius Boros (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].

1959
America
Dallas, GC of
274 (-10)
$3,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Venue

Dallas, GC of

Score

274 (-10)

Prize money

$3,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Dallas Open Invitational (Sept 11-14). Second-placed Earl Stewart Jr (USA), Bo Wininger (USA) and Dow Finsterwald (USA) finished 1 shot behind Boros (USA). [GC of Dallas, Dallas, TX; at the time called Oak Cliff CC].

1958
America
273 (-15)
$2,800
Arlington Hotel

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$2,800

Title sponsor

Arlington Hotel

Played as the Arlington Hotel Open (May 8-11). Second-placed Cary Middlecoff (USA) finished 1 shot behind Julius Boros (USA). [Arlington course, Hot Springs CC, Hot Springs, AR].

1955
Awards
$63,121
see Score
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Venue

Score

$63,121

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Boros (USA) won his second PGA Tour leading money winner title, with 1955 season earnings of $63,121 on the Tour. Cary Middlecoff (USA) was second on the money list.

1955
America
Tam O'Shanter CC
281 (-7)
$50,000
George S. May

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Venue

Tam O'Shanter CC

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$50,000

Title sponsor

George S. May

Played as the World Championship of Golf (Aug 11-14; PGA Tour event for the richest first prize in world golf). Second-placed Fred Haas (USA) finished 2 shots behind Julius Boros (USA), who recorded his second win in this event. [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL; now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].

1954
America
Dornick Hills CC
279 (-1)
$7,200
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Venue

Dornick Hills CC

Score

279 (-1)

Prize money

$7,200

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Ardmore Open (May 6-9). Second-placed Jerry Barber (USA) finished 1 shot behind Julius Boros (USA). [Dornick Hills CC, Ardmore, Oklahoma].

1952
America
Tam O'Shanter CC
276 (-12)
$25,000
George S. May

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Venue

Tam O'Shanter CC

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

George S. May

Played as the World Championship of Golf (Aug 7-11; PGA Tour event for the richest first prize in world golf). Julius Boros (USA) beat Cary Middlecoff (USA) in an 18-hole Monday playoff (Boros 68; Middlecoff 70), to secure his second PGA Tour win. [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL; now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].

1952
Awards
$37,032
see Score
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Venue

Score

$37,032

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Boros (USA) was the PGA Tour 1952 leading money winner, with earnings of $37,032 on the Tour.

1952
Majors
Northwood Club
281 (+1)
$4,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Venue

Northwood Club

Score

281 (+1)

Prize money

$4,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (52nd) (Jun 12-14). Second-placed Ed "Porky" Oliver (USA) finished 4 shots behind Boros (USA), who recorded his first PGA Tour win and first major championship title. [Northwood Club, Dallas, TX].

1952
Awards
x
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Boros, Julius

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Boros (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).

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