Who's who: Orville Moody

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Who's who: Orville Moody

  • Name:

    Orville James Moody
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1933-2008]. Born on Dec 9, 1933 in Chickasa, Oklahoma. Died on Aug 8, 2008 in Allen, Texas aged 74.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Chickasha, OK
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1967

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): US Open (1969). Senior MAJORS (2): US Senior Open (1989), Snr Players Ch'ship (1989). Total professional wins (26), including PGA Tour (1), Champions Tour (11) and other international tours (14).

Did you know?

Although Moody had limited success on the PGA Tour, he did win the 1969 US Open, having come through local and sectional qualifying. His career on the Senior PGA Tour was considerably more successful in terms of the number of wins recorded, with two senior major championships included.

Top tournaments won by Orville Moody

1992
America
Jeremy Ranch
137 (-7)
$60,000
Franklin

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Venue

Jeremy Ranch

Score

137 (-7)

Prize money

$60,000

Title sponsor

Franklin

Played as the Franklin Showdown Classic. Moody (USA) beat Bob Betley (USA) with a birdie at the eighth playoff hole to record the last of his 11 US Snr Tr wins. [Jeremy Ranch G&CC, Park City, nr Salt Lake City, Utah].

1991
America
TPC Piper Glen
207 (-9)
$67,500
PaineWebber

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Venue

TPC Piper Glen

Score

207 (-9)

Prize money

$67,500

Title sponsor

PaineWebber

Played as the PaineWebber Invitational. Second-placed Dick Hendrickson (USA) finished 1 shot behind Moody (USA). [TPC Piper Glen, Charlotte, North Carolina].

1989
Majors
279 (-9)
$80,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$80,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Senior Open (Jun 29-Jul 2). Second-placed Frank Beard (USA) finished 2 shots behind Moody (USA), who recorded the second of his two major championship wins, both coming in 1989. [Laurel Valley GC, Ligonier, nr Pittsburgh, PA].

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

$105,000

Title sponsor

Mazda

Played as the Mazda Senior Tournament Players Championship (June 8-11). Second-placed Charles Coody (USA) finished 2 shots behind Moody (USA), who recorded his first senior major championship win. [Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].

1988
America
Highlands GC, The
203 (-7)
$37,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Venue

Highlands GC, The

Score

203 (-7)

Prize money

$37,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Grand Rapids Open. Second-placed Chick Evans (USA), Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) and Gary Player (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Moody (USA). [The Highlands GC, Grand Rapids, Michigan; at the time known as Elks CC].

1988
America
Vintage Club, CA
263 (-25)
$48,000
Chrysler

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Venue

Vintage Club, CA

Score

263 (-25)

Prize money

$48,000

Title sponsor

Chrysler

Played as the Vintage Chrysler Invitational. Second-placed Al Geiberger (USA) and Harold Henning (RSA) finished 11 shots behind Moody (USA). [Vintage Club, Palm Desert, California].

1988
America
Onion Creek
255 (-26)
$60,000
Liberty Mutual

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Venue

Onion Creek

Score

255 (-26)

Prize money

$60,000

Title sponsor

Liberty Mutual

Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Defending champions Orville Moody (USA) & Bruce Crampton (Aus) beat Tommy Aaron (USA) & Lou Graham (USA) with a 12-foot birdie putt at the sixth playoff hole. [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].

1988
America
Bent Tree CC, TX
206 (-10)
$37,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Venue

Bent Tree CC, TX

Score

206 (-10)

Prize money

$37,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Senior Players Reunion Pro-Am. Moody (USA) beat Don Massengale (USA), Bobby Nichols (USA) and Bob Charles (NZ) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Bent Tree CC, Dallas, Texas].

1987
America
Rancho Murieta
205 (-11)
$45,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Venue

Rancho Murieta

Score

205 (-11)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Rancho Murieta Senior Gold Rush. Second-placed Butch Baird (USA) finished 2 shots behind Moody (USA). [Rancho Murieta CC, nr Sacramento, California].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Score

132 (-12)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

GTE

Played as the inaugural GTE Kaanapali Classic. Second-placed John Brodie (USA) finished 3 shots behind Moody (USA). [Royal Ka'anapali course, Ka'anapali Resort, Maui, Hawaii; at the time known as the North course].

1987
America
Onion Creek
251 (-29)
$60,000
Liberty Mutual

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Venue

Onion Creek

Score

251 (-29)

Prize money

$60,000

Title sponsor

Liberty Mutual

Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Second-placed Butch Baird (USA) & Fred Haas (USA) and Fred Hawkins (USA) & Bobby Nichols (USA) finished 4 shots behind Orville Moody (USA) & Bruce Crampton (Aus). [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].

1984
America
Pelican Bay, Daytona Bch
213 (-3)
$22,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Venue

Pelican Bay, Daytona Bch

Score

213 (-3)

Prize money

$22,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Daytona Beach Seniors Classic (April 6-8). Moody (USA) beat Arnold Palmer (USA) and Dan Sikes (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [North course, Club at Pelican Bay, Daytona Beach, FL].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Score

288 (E)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

MONY

Played as the inaugural MONY Senior Tournament of Champions (May 3-6). Second-placed Dan Sikes (USA) finished 7 shots behind Orville Moody USA), who recorded his second Senior PGA Tour win. [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].

1984
America
Panama GC
207
$20,000
Viceroy

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Venue

Panama GC

Score

207

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

Viceroy

Played as the Viceroy Senior Panama Open (Jan 27-29; unofficial Snr PGA Tr event). Won by Moody (USA) by 3 shots. [GC de Panama, Panama City, Panama].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Score

291 (-1)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Moroccan Grand Prix/Hassan II Trophy (Dec 16-19; unofficial limited-field event). Jerry Heard (USA) finished 2 shots behind Moody (USA). [Red course, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco].

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Score

266

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Hong Kong Open. Second-placed Haruo Yasuda (Jpn) finished 2 shots behind Moody (USA). [Hong Kong GC, Fanling; composite of 10 holes from Eden course, 8 from the New; at the time known as Royal Hong Kong GC].

1969
Majors
281 (+1)
$30,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Score

281 (+1)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (69th) (Jun 12-15). Second-placed Al Geiberger (USA), Deane Beman (USA) and Bob Rosburg (USA) finished 1 shot behind Moody (USA). Moody only got into this US Open after local and sectional qualifying events. [Cypress Creek course, Champions GC, Houston, TX].

1969
Awards
x
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Moody (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).

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Score

141 (+1)

Prize money

$50,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the World Series of Golf (Sept 6/7; unofficial four-man 36-hole exhibition event for the season's four major championship winners). First (on 141): Orville Moody (USA; US Open). Second (143): George Archer (USA; Masters). Third (145): Tony Jacklin (Eng; British Open) and Raymond Floyd (USA; US PGA). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].

1966
Asia
Seoul CC
289
x

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Venue

Seoul CC

Score

289

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the KPGA Championship (June 10-12). Chang-sang Hahn (S Kor) finished in second place behind Moody (USA). [Gurakbu course, Seoul CC, Neung-dong, Seoul; this course/club no longer exists].

1960
Asia
Seoul CC
288 (E)
x

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Venue

Seoul CC

Score

288 (E)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Korea Open (Oct 22-24). Won for the third straight year by Moody (USA), who was a U.S. Army serviceman stationed in Korea at the time. [Gurakbu course, Seoul CC, Neung-dong, Seoul; this course/club no longer exists].

1959
Asia
Seoul CC
301 (+13)
x

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Venue

Seoul CC

Score

301 (+13)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Korea Open (Sept 18-20). Won by defending champion Moody (USA), who was a U.S. Army serviceman stationed in Korea at the time. [Gurakbu course, Seoul CC, Neung-dong, Seoul; this course/club no longer exists].

1959
Asia
Seoul CC
296
x

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Venue

Seoul CC

Score

296

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the KPGA Championship (June 19-21). Am-gil Cho (S Kor) finished in second place behind Moody (USA). [Gurakbu course, Seoul CC, Neung-dong, Seoul; this course/club no longer exists].

1958
Asia
Seoul CC
306 (+18)
x

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Moody, Orville

Venue

Seoul CC

Score

306 (+18)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Korea Open (Sept 11-14). Won by Moody (USA), who was a U.S. Army serviceman stationed in Korea at the time. [Gurakbu course, Seoul CC, Neung-dong, Seoul; this course/club no longer exists].

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