Who's who in golf - Bruce Crampton


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Name: - Bruce Crampton
Country: - Australia
Born : - Sept 28, 1935
Original Home/Club: - Sydney, Australia
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1953

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14 wins on the USPGA Tour and 20 on the US PGA Senior Tour.


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Apart from Bruce Crampton's many wins on the US PGA and US PGA Seniors tours, he came very close to winning Major championships; on four occasions he finished second in a Major, each time he was beaten to the title by Jack Nicklaus.


Top tournaments won by Bruce Crampton

1997Snr AmericaNFL Golf ClassicUpper Montclair CC210 (-6)$150,000
Played as the Cadillac NFL Golf Classic (May 16-18). Crampton (Aus) beat Hugh Baiocchi (RSA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole, to record the last of his 20 Snr PGA Tour wins. [Upper Montclair CC, Clifton, NJ].
1992Snr AmericaGTE West ClassicOjai Valley195 (-15)$67,500
Played as the GTE West Classic. Second-placed Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) finished 3 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Ojai Valley Inn & CC, Ojai, nr Ventura, California].
1991Snr AmericaMitsubishi ChampionshipLa Costa Resort279 (-9)$80,000
Played as the Infiniti Senior Tournament Of Champions (Jan 3-6; Snr PGA Tour season-opener). Second-placed Frank Beard (USA) finished 4 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].
1990Snr AmericaGatlin Bros SW Snr ClassicFairway Oaks, TX204 (-12)$45,000
Played as the Gatlin Brothers Southwest Senior Classic (Oct 12-14). Second-placed Lee Trevino (USA) finished 4 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Fairway Oaks CC, Abilene, TX. Now known as the Fairway course, Abilene CC].
1990Snr AmericaHome Depot Invtl.TPC Piper Glen205 (-11)$67,500
Played as the PaineWebber Invitational (not played in 1989). Second-placed Tom Shaw (USA) finished 3 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [TPC Piper Glen, Charlotte, North Carolina].
1989Snr AmericaAmeritech Snr OpenCanterbury GC205 (-11)$75,000
Played as the inaugural Ameritech Senior Open (July 21-23). Second-placed Jim Ferree (USA) and Orville Moody (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [Canterbury GC, Beachwood, nr Cleveland, Ohio].
1989Snr AmericaArizona ClassicPointe GC, AZ200 (-16)$45,000
Played as the MONY Arizona Classic (March 10-12). Second-placed Bobby Nichols (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [The Pointe GC, Phoenix, AZ; renamed as Phantom Horse GC; now known as Arizona Grand Resort].
1988Snr AmericaGTE Northwest ClassicInglewood GC, WA207 (-9)$45,000
Played as the GTE Northwest Classic. Second-placed Don Bies (USA) and Bruce Devlin (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [Inglewood GC, Kenmore, nr Seattle, Washington].
1988Snr AmericaInstinet ClassicChester Valley205 (-5)$33,750
Played as the United Hospitals Classic. Crampton (Aus) beat Billy Casper (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Chester Valley GC, Malvern, nr Philadelphia, PA].
1988Snr AmericaLegends of Golf (US)Onion Creek254 (-26)$60,000
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].
1987Snr AmericaAmex ChampionshipGreenbrier GC, WV200 (-16)$33,750
Played as the Greenbrier American Express Championship (July 3-5). Second-placed Orville Moody (USA) finished 6 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Greenbrier GC, White Sulphur Springs, WV].
1987Snr AmericaBank One ClassicGriffin Gate197 (-13)$33,750
Played as the Bank One Senior Golf Classic. Second-placed Miller Barber (USA), Joe Jimenez (USA) and Bob Charles (NZ) finished 6 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Griffin Gate Resort, Lexington, Kentucky].
1987Snr AmericaDenver Post ChampnsPlum Creek204 (-12)$37,500
Played as the Denver Post Champions of Golf. Second-placed Walt Zembriski (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [Plum Creek GC, Castle Rock, Colorado; at the time known as TPC Plum Creek].
1987Snr AmericaLegends of Golf (US)Onion Creek251 (-29)$60,000
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].
1987Snr AmericaSyracuse Snr ClassicLafayette CC, NY197 (-19)$37,500
Played as the MONY Syracuse Senior Classic. Second-placed Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) finished 6 shots behind defending champion Crampton (Aus). [Lafayette CC, Onondaga, Syracuse, NY; this course shut down in 2013].
1986Snr AmericaGTE Northwest ClassicSahalee CC210 (-6)$37,500
Played as the GTE Northwest Classic. Second-placed Don January (USA) and George Lanning (USA) finished 2 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Sahalee CC, Sammamish, nr Seattle, WA].
1986Snr AmericaHome Depot Invtl.Quail Hollow Club279 (-9)$30,000
Played as the PaineWebber World Seniors Invitational. Second-placed Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) and Lee Elder (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina].
1986Snr AmericaLas Vegas Snr ClassicDesert Inn CC206 (-10)$37,500
Played as the Las Vegas Senior Classic. Second-placed Dale Douglass (USA) finished 2 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Desert Inn CC, Las Vegas, NV; now known as Wynn Las Vegas].
1986Snr AwardsMoney Winner - US Snr Tr$454,299see Score
Crampton (Aus) won the Arnold Palmer Award as the Senior PGA Tour 1986 leading money winner, with earnings of $454,299 on the Tour. Chi Chi Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) was second with $399,172; Dale Douglass (USA) was third with $309,760.
1986Snr AmericaPepsi Snr ChallengeHorseshoe Bend136 (-8)$37,500
Played as the Pepsi Senior Challenge (Oct 24-26). Second-placed Gary Player (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [Horseshoe Bend CC, Roswell, Atlanta, Georgia].
1986Snr AmericaSan Antonio Ch'shipDominion CC202 (-14)$37,500
Played as the Benson & Hedges Invitational at the Dominion. Second-placed Bob Charles (NZ) finished 2 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Dominion CC, San Antonio, Texas].
1986Snr AmericaShearson-Lehman ClassicGleneagles CC, FL200 (-16)$30,000
Played as the Shearson-Lehman Brothers Seniors Classic (Nov 21-23). Second-placed Butch Baird (USA) finished 4 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Gleneagles CC, Delray Beach, Florida].
1986Snr AmericaSyracuse Snr ClassicLafayette CC, NY206 (-10)$30,000
Played as the MONY Syracuse Senior's Pro Classic. Second-placed Orville Moody (USA), Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) and Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [Lafayette CC, Onondaga, Syracuse, NY; this course shut down in 2013].
1975Men AmericaHouston OpenWoodlands CC, TX273 (-15)$30,000
Played as the Houston Open. Second-placed Gil Morgan (USA) finished 2 shots behind Crampton (Aus), who recorded the last of his 14 PGA Tour wins. [The Woodlands CC, nr Houston, TX. Course used was based on the current back-nine of the Tournament course and part of the neighbouring Panther Trail course].
1975Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA of Am70.57n/a
Crampton (Aus) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.
1973Men AmericaAmerican ClassicFirestone CC273 (-7)$32,000
Played as the American Golf Classic. Second-placed Gay Brewer (USA), Bob Murphy (USA) and Lanny Wadkins (USA) finished 3 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].
1973Men AmericaHouston OpenQuail Valley277 (-11)$41,000
Played as the Houston Open. Second-placed Dave Stockton (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [Quail Valley CC, Missouri City, nr Houston, TX].
1973Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA of Am70.57n/a
Crampton (Aus) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.
1973Men AmericaPhoenix OpenArizona CC268 (-12)$30,000
Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 11-14). Second-placed Steve Melnyk (USA) and Lanny Wadkins (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus), who recorded his tenth PGA Tour win. [Arizona CC, Phoenix, AZ].
1973Men AmericaTucson OpenTucson Natl.277 (-11)$30,000
Played as the Dean Martin Tucson Open. Second-placed Labron Harris Jr (USA), Gay Brewer (USA) and George Archer (USA) finished 5 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Catalina course, Tucson National Resort, Tucson, AZ].
1971Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Olympia Fields279 (-5)$30,000
Played as the Western Open. Second-placed Bobby Nichols (USA) finished 2 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Olympia Fields CC, nr Chicago, IL].
1970Men AmericaNorthern Trust, TheWestchester CC273 (-15)$50,000
Played as the Westchester Classic. Second-placed Larry Hinson (USA) and Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [West course, Westchester CC, Rye, NY].
1969Men AmericaSony Open in HawaiiWaialae CC274 (-14)$25,000
Played as the Hawaiian Open. Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 4 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].
1965Men America500 Festival OpenTwin Lakes279 (-5)$15,200
Played as the "500" Festival Open Invitational (May 24-27; held in conjunction with the Indy 500 race week). Second-placed Jacky Cupit (USA) and Lionel Hebert (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [Twin Lakes GC, at the time known as Greentree GC, Carmel, IN].
1965Men AmericaColonial InvitationalColonial CC, Tex276 (-4)$20,000
Played as the Colonial National Invitation. Second-placed George Knudson (Can) finished 3 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
1965Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach284 (-4)$7,500
Played as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am (Jan 21-24). Second-placed and defending champion Tony Lema (USA) finished 3 shots behind Crampton (Aus). [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula CC (Shore course)].
1964Men AmericaTexas OpenOak Hills CC, TX273 (-7)$5,800
Played as the Texas Open Invitational. Second-placed Bob Charles (NZ) and Chi Chi Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) finished 1 shot behind Crampton (Aus). [Oak Hills CC, San Antonio, TX].
1959Men AsiaPhilippine OpenWack Wack G&CC
Played as the Philippine Open. Won by Crampton (Aus). [East course, Wack Wack G&CC, Manila, Philippines].
1956Men Aus/NZAustralian OpenRoyal Sydney289 (+1)
Played as the Australian Open (Aug 9-11). Second-placed Kelvin "Kel" Nagle (Aus) finished 2 shots behind 20-year-old Crampton (Aus). [Royal Sydney GC, Rose Bay, Sydney, Aus].
1954Men Aus/NZNew Zealand PGARoyal Wellington
Played as the New Zealand PGA Championship. Won by Bruce Crampton (Aus). [Wellington GC, Heretaunga, Upper Hutt, nr Wellington, NZ; from 2004 Royal Wellington GC].

 

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