Who's who: Roberto De Vicenzo

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Who's who: Roberto De Vicenzo

  • Name:

    Roberto De Vicenzo
  • Country:

    Argentina
  • Lived:

    [1923-2017]. Born on April 14, 1923 in Villa Ballester, Buenos Aires. Died on June 1, 2017 in Ranelagh, Buenos Aires, aged 94.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Ranelagh GC, Buenos Aires.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1938

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1). Senior MAJORS (1). Total professional wins (over 230) predominantly in Argentina and South America, as well as European Tour (9), PGA Tour (8) and Champions Tour (2). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1989).

Did you know?

De Vicenzo is one of the most successful South American golfers of all time, as well as a major champion and senior major champion. He developed his golfing skills while caddying in Buenos Aires, particularly at the Ranelagh Golf Club.

Turning professional in 1938, he claimed his first win on the Argentine Tour in 1942. He recorded the first of his nine Argentine Open victories in 1944, and went on to win over 130 more events in Argentina, over 60 elsewhere in South America, nine in Europe (including three French Opens) and nine PGA Tour victories. He represented Argentina 17 times in the Canada Cup (World Cup of Golf). In the event's inaugural year (1953) he and compatriot Antonio Cerda beat Canadians Bill Kerr and Stan Leonard in the final.

Among a myriad of wins around the world, the high point for De Vicenzo came at Royal Liverpool, where he won the Open Championship in 1967. A potential low point occured at the 1968 Masters, when he signed for a score one shot higher than it actually was. Having missed out on a playoff by one shot, he shrugged off the mistake, "What a stupid I am!"

Top tournaments won by Roberto De Vicenzo

1984
America
206 (-10)
$22,500
Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

206 (-10)

Prize money

$22,500

Title sponsor

Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest

Played as the Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Commemorative Pro-Am. Second-placed Gardner Dickinson (USA) finished 2 shots behind De Vicenzo (USA). [Newport CC, Newport, Rhode Island].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

140

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

Doug Sanders

Played as the Doug Sanders Pro-Celebrity Classic (unofficial 36-hole event). De Vicenzo (Arg) beat Miller Barber (USA) and Pete Hessemer (USA) in a playoff. [Memorial Park GC, Houston, TX].

1983
America
Onion Creek
258 (-22)
$50,000
Liberty Mutual

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Onion Creek

Score

258 (-22)

Prize money

$50,000

Title sponsor

Liberty Mutual

Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Second-placed Jack Burke (USA) & Paul Harney (USA) finished 2 shots behind Rod Funseth (USA) & Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg). [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].

1980
Majors
285 (+1)
$20,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

285 (+1)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The inaugural US Senior Open (June 26-29; together with the PGA Seniors' Championship in December, this event launched the "senior major" concept. The Snr PGA Tour was also launched in 1980). Second-placed William C. Campbell (USA, amateur) finished 4 shots behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [East course, Winged Foot GC, Mamaroneck, NY].

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

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

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].

1974
America
Panama GC
265
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Panama GC

Score

265

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Panama Open. Won by defending champion De Vicenzo (Arg), who won this event for the third time in four years. [GC de Panama, Panama City, Panama].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

273

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Vicente Fernandez (Arg) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Mar del Plata GC, Mar del Plata, Argentina].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Lundin

Score

5 & 4

Prize money

£1,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the World Professional Senior's Golf Championship (July 5; 36-hole match between the US and British PGA Senior Champions). De Vicenzo (Arg) beat Eric Lester (Eng) 5 and 4. [Lundin GC, Lundin Links, nr Leven, Fife].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

277 (-7)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Argentine Masters (Torneo de Maestros) (for the first time since 1971, and the last time until 1977). Carlos Liberto (Arg) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Olivos GC, Pablo Nogués, Buenos Aires].

1974
America
Port St Lucie CC
273 (-15)
$6,000
PGA of America

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Port St Lucie CC

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$6,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship. Second-placed Art Wall Jr (USA) and Julius Boros (USA) finished 3 shots behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Port St Lucie CC, Port St Lucie, FL].

1973
America
Valle Arriba GC
272 (-8)
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Valle Arriba GC

Score

272 (-8)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Caracas Open. Peter Oosterhuis (Eng) finished in a tie for second place, 1 shot behind defending champion De Vicenzo (Arg). [Valle Arriba GC, Caracas, Venezuela].

1973
America
Panama GC
271 (-17)
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Panama GC

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Panama Open. Second-placed Peter Oosterhuis (Eng) finished 1 shot behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [GC de Panama, Panama City, Panama].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

279

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Brazil Open (Aberto do Brasil). Dale Hayes (RSA) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Sao Fernando GC, Cotia, nr Sao Paulo].

1972
America
Valle Arriba GC
263 (-17)
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Valle Arriba GC

Score

263 (-17)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Caracas Open. Second-placed John Cook (USA) finished 10 shots behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Valle Arriba GC, Caracas, Venezuela].

1971
America
Panama GC
273 (-15)
$3,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Panama GC

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$3,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Panama Open. Won by 48-year-old De Vicenzo (Arg). [GC de Panama, Panama City, Panama].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

273 (-11)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Argentine Masters (Torneo de Maestros). De Vicenzo (Arg) beat Billy Casper (USA) and Gary Player (RSA) in a playoff. [Olivos GC, Pablo Nogués, Buenos Aires].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

269 (-19)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

Second-placed David Graham (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Roberto De Vincenzo (Arg), who won the International Trophy for best individual score in the World Cup of Golf. Team winners of the Cup: Bruce Devlin & David Graham (Aus). [Jockey Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina].

1970
America
Ria Cuarto GC
285
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Ria Cuarto GC

Score

285

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Fidel De Luca (Arg) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Ria Cuarto GC, Ria Cuarto, Argentina].

1968
America
274 (-10)
$20,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

274 (-10)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Houston Champions International. Second-placed Lee Trevino (USA) finished 1 shot behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Cypress Creek course, Champions GC, Houston, TX].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

282

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Alberto Rivadeneira (Arg) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [San Andres GC, Buenos Aires].

1967
Majors
278 (-10)
£2,100
R&A

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

£2,100

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (96th) (July 12-15). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 2 shots behind De Vicenzo (Arg). De Vicenzo became the first South American to win The Open. [Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside].

1966
America
Dallas, GC of
276 (-8)
$15,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Dallas, GC of

Score

276 (-8)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Dallas Open Invitational (April 23-26). Second-placed Joe Campbell (USA), Raymond Floyd (USA) and Harold Henning (RSA) finished 1 shot behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [GC of Dallas, Dallas, TX; at the time called Oak Cliff CC].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

279

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Spanish Open. Bernard Hunt (Eng) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Real (Royal) Sotogrande GC, Costa del Sol; at the time known as Sotogrande GC].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

277 (-7)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Argentine Masters (Torneo de Maestros). Bob McAllister (USA) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Olivos GC, Pablo Nogués, Buenos Aires].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

277

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Orlando Tudino (Arg) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Hurlingham Club, Buenos Aires].

1964
Europe
Chantilly (Veneuil)
272
x

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Chantilly (Veneuil)

Score

272

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Open de France. De Vicenzo (Arg) beat Cobie Le Grange (RSA) in a playoff. This was the last of three French Open wins for De Vicenzo. [Vineuil course, Golf de Chantilly, nr Paris].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

275

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the German Open. Won by De Vicenzo (Arg). [Krefelder GC, Krefeld, nr Dusseldorf].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

273 (-11)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Argentine Masters (Torneo de Maestros). Florentino Molina (Arg) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Olivos GC, Pablo Nogués, Buenos Aires].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

285

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Brazil Open (Aberto do Brasil). Defending champion Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg) beat Elcido Nari (Arg) in a playoff. [Sao Fernando GC, Cotia, nr Sao Paulo].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

279

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Brazil Open (Aberto do Brasil). Dave Thomas (Wales) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Itanhangá GC, Itanhangá, Rio de Janeiro].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

195 (-18)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Argentine Masters (Torneo de Maestros). De Vicenzo (Arg) beat Bob Charles (NZ) in a playoff. [Olivos GC, Pablo Nogués, Buenos Aires].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

276 (-4)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Second-placed Arnold Palmer (USA) and Peter Alliss (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Roberto de Vincenzo (Arg), who won the International Trophy for best individual score in the Canada Cup. Team winners of the Cup: Sam Snead & Arnold Palmer (USA). [Jockey Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina].

1961
America
El Rodeo, Colombia
277
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

El Rodeo, Colombia

Score

277

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Colombian Open (Abierto de Colombia). Won by De Vicenzo (Arg). [Club El Rodeo, Medellín, Colombia].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Chile Open (Abierto de Chile). Won by De Vicenzo (Arg).

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

271 (-13)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Brazil Open (Aberto do Brasil). Mike Souchak (USA) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Sao Paulo GC, Santo Amoro, Sao Paulo, Brazil].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

275

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Open de France. Second-placed Leopoldo Ruiz (Arg) and Bill Johnston (USA) finished 3 shots behind De Vicenzo (Arg). This was the second of three French Open wins for De Vicenzo. [Vert course, Saint Cloud GC, Garches, nr Paris].

1958
America
Rosario GC
278
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Rosario GC

Score

278

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Orlando Tudino (Arg) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Rosario GC, Rosario, Argentina].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Peru Open (Abierto de Peru). Won by De Vicenzo (Arg).

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

284 (+4)

Prize money

$5,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Colonial National Invitation. Second-placed Dick Mayer (USA) finished 1 shot behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Brazil Open (Aberto do Brasil). Second-placed Leopoldo Ruiz (Arg) finished 8 shots behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Itanhangá GC, Itanhangá, Rio de Janeiro].

1957
America
Tam O'Shanter CC
273 (-15)
$3,300
George S. May

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Tam O'Shanter CC

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$3,300

Title sponsor

George S. May

Played as the All American Open (aka the Tam O'Shanter). Second-placed Gene Littler (USA) finished 4 shots behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL; now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

260 (-12)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Jamaica Open. Second-placed Doug Sanders (USA) and Stan Dudas (USA) finished 13 shots behind defending champion De Vicenzo (Arg). [Constant Spring GC, Kingston, Jamaica].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

260 (-12)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Jamaica Open. Won by De Vicenzo (Arg). [Constant Spring GC, Kingston, Jamaica].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

271

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Mexican Open (Abierto Mexicano de Golf). Tony Holguin (USA) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [GC Chapultepec, Naucalpan, Mexico City].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Peru Open (Abierto de Peru). Won by defending champion De Vicenzo (Arg).

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

277 (-7)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Brazil Open (Aberto do Brasil). Defending champion Mario Gonzalez (Brazil) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Sao Paulo GC, Santo Amoro, Sao Paulo, Brazil].

1953
America
Panama GC
274
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Panama GC

Score

274

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Panama Open. Won by defending champion De Vicenzo (USA). [GC de Panama, Panama City, Panama].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

275

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Mexican Open (Abierto Mexicano de Golf). Cary Middlecoff (USA) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [GC Chapultepec, Naucalpan, Mexico City].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Peru Open (Abierto de Peru). Won by De Vicenzo (Arg).

1952
America
Panama GC
282
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Panama GC

Score

282

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Panama Open. Won by De Vicenzo (Arg). [GC de Panama, Panama City, Panama].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

287

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Juan Anzaldo (Arg) finished in second place behind defending champion De Vicenzo (Arg). [San Andres GC, Buenos Aires].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

275

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Mexican Open (Abierto Mexicano de Golf). Al Besselink (USA) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [GC Chapultepec, Naucalpan, Mexico City].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

278

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Antonio Cerda (Arg) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [San Isidro GC, Buenos Aires].

1950
Europe
Chantilly (Veneuil)
279
x

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Chantilly (Veneuil)

Score

279

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Open de France. Second-placed Marcelino Morcillo (Esp) finished 5 shots behind Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg). This was the first of three French Open wins for De Vicenzo. [Vineuil course, Golf de Chantilly, nr Paris].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

269

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Dutch Open. Second-placed John Innes Cruickshank (Scot/Arg) and Eric Brown (Scot) finished 14 shots behind runaway winner De Vicenzo (Arg). [GC Toxandria, Molenschot, nr Breda, Neth. at the time known as Noord-Brabantsche GC].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

282

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Belgian Open (July 21-23). Second-placed Antonio Cerdá (Arg) finished 4 shots behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Royal Zoute GC, Knokke-Heist, West Flanders, Belgium].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Score

270

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Juan Anzaldo (Arg) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Olivos GC, Pablo Nogués, Buenos Aires].

1948
Europe
Oakdale GC
277
£500
x

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Oakdale GC

Score

277

Prize money

£500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the North British-Harrogate 2000 Guineas Tournament. Second-placed Reg Horne (Eng) finished 2 shots behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Oakdale GC, Harrogate, North Yorkshire].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Score

tie

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Chile Open (Abierto de Chile). Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg) and Enrique Bertolino (Arg) finished in a tie for first place.

1944
America
Ituzaingo GC
288
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

De Vicenzo, Roberto

Venue

Ituzaingo GC

Score

288

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Arturo Soto (Arg) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Ituzaingo GC, San Antonio de Padua, nr Buenos Aires].

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