Name:Thomas Daniel "Tom" Weiskopf
Also known as:The Towering Inferno
Lived:[1942-2022]. Born on Nov 9, 1942 in Massillon, Stark County, Ohio. Died on Aug 21, 2022 at home in Big Sky, Montana (aged 79).
Original/Home Club:Massillon, Ohio
Occupation:Professional golfer, course designer, TV commentator.
MAJORS (1): Open Championship (1973). Senior MAJORS (1): US Senior Open (1995). Ryder Cup player (1973, '75). Total professional wins (28), including PGA Tour (16), European Tour (2) and Champions Tour (4).
Especially in the first decade of Weiskopf's golf design career, from 1983 to 1993, he worked on many projects in partnership with Jay Morrish. The best known courses in Weiskopf's impressive design portfolio include, but are not limited to:
UNITED STATES: (* co-designs with Jay Morrish)
Broken Top, OR (1993*) / Buffalo Creek, TX (1992*) / Daufuskie Island, SC (1991, Bloody Point course*) / Double Eagle, OH (1991*) / Eagle Springs, CO (1995*) / Foothills, AZ (1988*) / Forest Dunes, MI (2002) / Forest Highlands, AZ (1986, Canyon course*; 1999, Meadow course) / Harbor Club, GA (1991*) / Hualalai, HI (2002, Ke'olu course) / La Cantera, TX (1995, Resort course*) / Mira Vista, TX (1987*) / Old Kinderhook, MO (1999) / Olympic Club, CA (1994, 9-hole Cliffs course*; 2000, redesign of Ocean course) / Quail Hollow, OH (1996*) / Reserve Club, CA (1998*) / Ridge at Castle Pines North, CO (1997) / The Rim, AZ (1999*) / Seven Canyons, AZ (2002) / Shadow Glen, KS (1989*) / Shanty Creek, MI (1999, Cedar River course) / TPC Scottsdale, AZ (1986, Stadium course*; 1987, Desert course* ... now called Champions course) / Troon CC, AZ (1986*) / Troon North, AZ (1990 & 1996, Monument & Pinnacle courses*) / Vistoso, AZ (1995) / Waikoloa Beach, HI (1981, Kings' course*) / The Wilds, MN (1995*) / Willowbend, KS (1987*)
BEYOND THE UNITED STATES:
Cabo del Sol, Mex (2002, Desert course) / Castiglion del Bosco, Italy (2011) / The Country Club Philippines (1997) / Dunes at Shenzhou Peninsula, China (2010 & 2012, West & East courses) / Loch Lomond, Scot (1993, with Jay Morrish) / Ocean Club, Bahamas (2000) / Toyosato GC, Japan (1997, with Jay Morrish) / Vista Vallarta, Mex (2001, Weiskopf course) / Zimbali, S Africa (1998).
In the early-60s, Weiskopf was a key member on the Ohio State University "Buckeye" golf team. During his collegiate days he also notched-up a prestigious win in the 1963 Western Amateur Championship, before turning professional in 1964.
His illustrious professional career saw him win the Open Championship in 1973, as well as 16 PGA Tour titles. In the mid-1990s he turned his attention to the Champions Tour, winning another four titles, including the US Senior Open in 1995. Occasional outbursts of temper on the golf course earned him the nickname "The Towering Inferno".
During his later playing days on the PGA Tour, Weiskopf became involved in golf course design, initially working in partnership from 1983 to 1993 with Jay Morrish. The pair built-up an admirable reputation, not least for their design of "desert" courses in Arizona, and for their revered layout on the banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland.
Played as the SBC Dominion Seniors (March 29-31). Second-placed Bob Dickson (USA), Gary Player (RSA) and Graham Marsh (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Weiskopf (USA). [Dominion CC, San Antonio, Texas].
Played as the Pittsburgh Senior Classic (June 7-9). Second-placed J.C. Snead (USA) and Brian Barnes (Scot) finished 3 shots behind Weiskopf (USA), who recorded the last of his four Snr PGA Tour wins. [Quicksilver GC, Midway, nr Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania].
The US Senior Open (Jun 29-Jul 2). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 4 shots behind Weiskopf (USA). [Blue course, Congressional CC, Bethesda, Maryland].
Played as the Franklin Quest Championship. First-time US Snr Tr winner Weiskopf (USA) beat Dave Stockton (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Park Meadows CC, Park City, nr Salt Lake City, Utah].
Played as the Chrysler Cup (individual prize) (Feb 26-28; lowest individual 54-hole score during USA vs Internationals senior professional team event; eight players per team). Won by the USA team. Weiskopf (USA), playing in his first Snr PGA Tour event, pocketed an additional $55,000 for the lowest individual 54-hole score: 202 (-14). Second-placed Bob Charles (NZ) and George Archer (USA) finished 4 shots behind Weiskopf. [TPC Prestancia, Sarasota, Florida].
Played as the Western Open (July 1-4). Second-placed Larry Nelson (USA) finished 1 shot behind Tom Weiskopf (USA), who recorded the last of his 16 PGA Tour wins. [Butler National GC, Oak Brook, IL].
Played as the Benson & Hedges International Open (Aug 20-23). Second-placed Eamonn Darcy (Ire) and Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 1 shot behind Weiskopf (USA), who recorded the second of his two European Tour wins. [Fulford GC, York, North Yorkshire].
Played as the inaugural LaJet Classic (Sept 17-20). Second-placed Gil Morgan (USA) finished 2 shots behind Weiskopf (USA), who recorded his fifteenth PGA Tour win. [Fairway Oaks CC, Abilene, TX. Now known as the Fairway course, Abilene CC].
Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Alberto Rivadeneira (Arg) finished in second place behind Weiskopf (USA). [Olivos GC, Pablo Nogués, Buenos Aires].
Played as the Doral-Eastern Open (March 9-12). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 1 shot behind Tom Weiskopf (USA). [Blue Monster course, Doral Resort, Miami, FL].
Played as the Kemper Open (June 2-5). Second-placed George Burns (USA) and Bill Rogers (USA) finished 2 shots behind Tom Weiskopf (USA), who recorded the last of his three wins in this event. [Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC].
Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (April 3-6). Second-placed Al Geiberger (USA) finished 3 shots behind Weiskopf (USA). [Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, NC].
Played as the Canadian Open (July 24-27). Tom Weiskopf (USA) beat Jack Nicklaus (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Blue course, Royal Montreal GC, Ile Bizard, Montreal].
Played as the IVB Philadelphia Golf Classic (Jun 7-10). Second-placed Jim Barber (USA) finished 4 shots behind Tom Weiskopf (USA), who recorded his third win in his last four starts, and second win in this event in three years. [Whitemarsh Valley CC, Lafayette Hill, nr Philadelphia, PA].
Played as the Beck's PGA Championship. Won by Weiskopf (USA). [The Wanderers GC, Ilovo, Johannesburg, RSA].
The Open Championship (102nd) (July 11-14). Second-placed Johnny Miller (USA) and Neil Coles (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Weiskopf (USA). [Old Course, Royal Troon GC, Troon, Ayrshire].
Played as the Canadian Open (July 26-29). Second-placed Forrest Fezler (USA) finished 2 shots behind Tom Weiskopf (USA), who recorded his second win in this event in three years. [Vallée du Richelieu GC, Sainte-Julie, nr Montreal, Québec].
Played as the Colonial National Invitation (May 10-13). Second-placed Bruce Crampton (Aus) and defending champion Jerry Heard (USA) finished 1 shot behind Tom Weiskopf (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
Played as the Kemper Open (May 31-Jun 3). Second-placed Lanny Wadkins (USA) finished 3 shots behind Tom Weiskopf (USA), who recorded his second win in three years in this event. [Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC].
Played as the World Series of Golf (Sept 8/9; unofficial four-man 36-hole exhibition event for the season's four major championship winners). First (on 137): Tom Weiskopf (USA; British Open). Second (140): Jack Nicklaus (USA; US PGA) and Johnny Miller (USA; US Open). Fourth (149): Tommy Aaron (USA; Masters). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].
Played as the inaugural Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic (Feb 24-27). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 1 shot behind Weiskopf (USA), who posted his fifth PGA Tour win. [East course, Inverrary CC, Ft Lauderdale, FL].
Played as the Piccadilly World Match Play Championship (Oct 12-14; field of eight players). Weiskopf (USA) beat Lee Trevino (USA) 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
Played as the IVB Philadelphia Golf Classic (Aug 19-22). Second-placed Dave Hill (USA) finished 1 shot behind Tom Weiskopf (USA). [Whitemarsh Valley CC, Lafayette Hill, nr Philadelphia, PA].
Played as the Kemper Open (June 10-13). Tom Weiskopf (USA) beat Dale Douglass (USA), Gary Player (RSA) and Lee Trevino (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC].
Played as the Andy Williams San Diego Open Invitational (Feb 8-11). Second-placed Al Geiberger (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time PGA Tour winner Weiskopf (USA). [South course, Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA].
Played as the Buick Open Invitational (July 4-7). Second-placed Mike Hill (USA) finished 1 shot behind Tom Weiskopf (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan].
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