Who's who: Tom Purtzer

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Who's who: Tom Purtzer

  • Name:

    Thomas Warren "Tom" Purtzer
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    Dec 5, 1951 in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1973

Roll of Honour

Multiple PGA Tour and Champions Tour winner. PGA Tour wins (5). Champions Tour wins (2).

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Former PGA Tour and PGA Champions Tour player.

Top tournaments won by Tom Purtzer

2007
America
Valencia CC, Calif.
206 (-10)
$240,000
AT&T

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Purtzer, Tom

Venue

Valencia CC, Calif.

Score

206 (-10)

Prize money

$240,000

Title sponsor

AT&T

Played as the AT&T Champions Classic (March 16-18). Purtzer (USA) beat Loren Roberts (USA) with a birdie at the fourth playoff. [Valencia CC, nr Santa Clarita, California].

2005
America
201 (-15)
$262,500
3M

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Purtzer, Tom

Score

201 (-15)

Prize money

$262,500

Title sponsor

3M

Played as the 3M Championship (Aug 5-7). Second-placed Craig Stadler (USA) and Lonnie Nielsen (USA) finished 1 shot behind Purtzer (USA). [TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, nr Minneapolis, Minn.].

2004
America
Newport Beach, CA
198 (-15)
$240,000
Toshiba

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Purtzer, Tom

Venue

Newport Beach, CA

Score

198 (-15)

Prize money

$240,000

Title sponsor

Toshiba

Played as the Toshiba Senior Classic (March 19-21). Second-placed Morris Hatalsky (USA) finished 1 shot behind Tom Purtzer (USA), who posted his second Champions Tour win. [Newport Beach CC, Newport Beach, California].

2003
America
Valencia CC, Calif.
135 (-9)
$225,000
SBC

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Purtzer, Tom

Venue

Valencia CC, Calif.

Score

135 (-9)

Prize money

$225,000

Title sponsor

SBC

Played as the SBC Classic (March 14-16). Second-placed Gil Morgan (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time Champions Tour winner Purtzer (USA). Reduced to 36 holes due to rain. [Valencia CC, nr Santa Clarita, California].

1991
America
279 (-1)
$216,000
NEC

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Purtzer, Tom

Score

279 (-1)

Prize money

$216,000

Title sponsor

NEC

Played as the NEC World Series of Golf (Aug 15-18). Tom Purtzer (USA) beat Davis Love III (USA) and Jim Gallacher Jr (USA) at the second playoff hole, to record the last of his five PGA Tour wins. [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].

1991
America
189 (-27)
$125,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Purtzer, Tom

Score

189 (-27)

Prize money

$125,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Shark Shootout benefiting RMCC (Nov 22-24; played over three rounds: 1-alternate shot; 2-better ball; 3-scramble). Second-placed team of Greg Norman (Aus) & Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 4 shots behind the winning team of Tom Purtzer (USA) & Lanny Wadkins (USA). [Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, nr LA, Calif.].

1991
America
267 (-13)
$216,000
Southwestern Bell

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Purtzer, Tom

Score

267 (-13)

Prize money

$216,000

Title sponsor

Southwestern Bell

Played as the Southwestern Bell Colonial (May 23-26). Second-placed David Edwards (USA), Scott Hoch (USA) and Bob Lohr (USA) finished 3 shots behind Tom Purtzer (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].

1988
America
Fairway Oaks, TX
269 (-19)
$72,000
Gatlin Bros.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Purtzer, Tom

Venue

Fairway Oaks, TX

Score

269 (-19)

Prize money

$72,000

Title sponsor

Gatlin Bros.

Played as the Gatlin Brothers Southwest Golf Classic (Oct 6-9). Purtzer (USA) beat Mark Brooks (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Fairway Oaks CC, Abilene, TX. Now known as the Fairway course, Abilene CC].

1986
America
265 (-23)
$60,450
JCPenney

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Purtzer, Tom

Score

265 (-23)

Prize money

$60,450

Title sponsor

JCPenney

Played as the JCPenney Classic (Dec 4-7; two-person team event; one PGA Tr, one LPGA Tr). Second-placed Mike Hulbert (USA) & Val Skinner (USA) finished 2 shots behind the wire-to-wire winning team of Tom Purtzer (USA) & Juli Inkster (USA). [Bardmoor CC, Largo, FL].

1984
America
Phoenix CC, AZ
268 (-16)
$72,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Purtzer, Tom

Venue

Phoenix CC, AZ

Score

268 (-16)

Prize money

$72,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 19-22). Second-placed Corey Pavin (USA) finished 1 shot behind Purtzer (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].

1979
Japan
Sports Shinko CC
276 (-12)
US$25,000
x

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Purtzer, Tom

Venue

Sports Shinko CC

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

US$25,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the United States-Japan Professional Golf Match (Nov 8-11; Japan Tr event; individual low score winner). Second-placed Bill Rogers (USA) finished 10 shots behind Purtzer (USA), who recorded his first and only Japan Tour win. [Sports Shinko CC, Kawanishi, Hyogo, Japan].

1977
America
273 (-11)
$40,000
Glen Campbell

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Purtzer, Tom

Score

273 (-11)

Prize money

$40,000

Title sponsor

Glen Campbell

Played as the Glen Campbell Los Angeles Open (Feb 17-20). Second-placed Lanny Wadkins (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time PGA Tour winner Purtzer (USA). [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].

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