Who's who in golf - Chi Chi Rodriguez


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Name: - Juan Antonio "Chi Chi" Rodriguez
Country: - Puerto Rico / USA
Born : - Oct 23, 1935 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.
Original Home/Club: - Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
Occupation: - Professional golfer; founder of Chi'Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation; golf course designer.
Turned Pro: - 1960

Roll of Honour

Senior majors (2). Ryder Cup player (1973). Total professional wins (38), of which PGA Tr (8) and Champions Tr (22). Senior PGA Tr leading money winner (1987). Bob Jones Award (1989). Old Tom Morris Award (1989, GCSAA). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1992).


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One of the most popular and colourful golfers of the 1960s and '70s, Rodriguez became the first Puerto Rican to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.


Top tournaments won by Chi Chi Rodriguez

1993Snr America3M ChampionshipBunker Hills201 (-15)$157,500
Played as the Burnet Senior Classic (June 19-20). Second-placed Jim Colbert (USA) and Bob Murphy (USA) finished 2 shots behind Rodríguez (PR/USA), who recorded the last of his 22 Snr PGA Tour victories. [Bunker Hills GC, Coon Rapids, nr Minneapolis, Minn.].
1992Snr AmericaKo Olina Snr Invtl.Ko Olina GC206 (-10)$75,000
Played as the inaugural (and only) Ko Olina Senior Invitational (Nov 6-8). Second-placed Charles Coody (USA) finished 6 shots behind Rodríguez (PR/USA). [Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii].
1991Snr AmericaGTE West ClassicOjai Valley132 (-8)$67,500
Played as the GTE West Classic (not played in 1990). Second-placed Gary Player (RSA) and Bruce Crampton (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Rodríguez (PR/USA). [Ojai Valley Inn & CC, Ojai, nr Ventura, California].
1991Snr AmericaLas Vegas Snr ClassicDesert Inn CC204 (-12)$67,500
Played as the Las Vegas Senior Classic. Second-placed Walt Zembriski (USA) finished 3 shots behind Rodríguez (PR/USA). [Desert Inn CC, Las Vegas, NV; now known as Wynn Las Vegas].
1991Snr AmericaReunion Pro-AmStonebriar CC208 (-8)$60,000
Played as the Murata Reunion Pro-Am. Rodríguez (PR/USA) beat Jim Colbert (USA) with a par at the fourth playoff hole. [Stonebriar CC, Frisco, nr Dallas, Texas].
1991Snr AmericaVintage Invtl.Vintage Club, CA206 (-10)$75,000
Played as the Vintage ARCO Invitational. Second-placed Mike Hill (USA) and Don January (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rodríguez (PR/USA). [Vintage Club, Palm Desert, California].
1990Snr AmericaAmeritech Snr OpenGrand Traverse203 (-13)$75,000
Played as the Ameritech Senior Open (July 18-20). Second-placed George Archer (USA) and Al Kelley (USA) finished 7 shots behind Rodríguez (PR/USA). [Bear course, Grand Traverse Resort, Acme, nr Traverse City, Michigan].
1990Snr AmericaCharley Pride Snr ClassicFour Hills CC205 (-11)$52,500
Played as the Sunwest Bank Charley Pride Senior Classic (Aug 10-12). Second-placed Charles Coody (USA), Jim Dent (USA) and Jim Ferree (USA) finished 2 shots behind Rodríguez (PR/USA). [Canyon Club, Albuquerque, New Mexico; at the time known as Four Hills CC].
1990Snr AmericaLas Vegas Snr ClassicDesert Inn CC204 (-12)$67,500
Played as the Las Vegas Senior Classic. Second-placed George Archer (USA) and Charles Coody (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rodríguez (PR/USA). [Desert Inn CC, Las Vegas, NV; now known as Wynn Las Vegas].
1989Snr AmericaCrestar Classic (Snrs)Hermitage CC, VA203 (-13)$52,500
Played as the Crestar Classic. Second-placed Jim Dent (USA) and Dick Rhyan (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rodríguez (PR/USA). [Hermitage CC, Manikin-Sabot, Virginia].
1989Snr AmericaSkins Game (Snrs)La Quinta Resort, Cal4 skins$120,000
Played as the Senior Skins Game (Jan 21/22; four-man Snr PGA Tr unofficial money event). Defending champion Rodriguez (PR/USA) won with a total of 4 skins worth $120,000. Second was Gary Player (RSA) 7 skins worth $120,000. Third was Billy Casper (USA) 3 skins worth $80,000. Fourth was Arnold Palmer (USA) 4 skins worth $70,000. [Mountain course, La Quinta Resort, La Quinta, Calif.].
1988Snr AmericaBank of America Ch'shipNashawtuc CC202 (-14)$45,000
Played as the Digital Seniors Classic. Second-placed Bob Charles (NZ) finished 1 shot behind Rodríguez (PR/USA), who won this event for the third straight year. [Nashawtuc CC, Concord, Massachusetts].
1988Snr AmericaDoug Sanders ClassicDeerwood Club208 (-8)$37,500
Played as the Doug Sanders Kingwood Celebrity Classic. Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) and John Brodie (USA) finished 2 shots behind Rodríguez (PR/USA). [Deerwood Course, Clubs of Kingswood, Houston, Texas].
1988Snr AmericaSkins Game (Snrs)Turtle Bay5 skins$300,000
Played as the inaugural Senior Skins Game (Jan 30/31; four-man Snr PGA Tr unofficial money event). Rodriguez (PR/USA) won with a total of 5 skins worth $300,000. Second was Gary Player (RSA) 2 skins worth $40,000. Third was Arnold Palmer (USA) 1 skin worth $20,000. Sam Snead (USA) was shutout with no skins. [Fazio course, Turtle Bay Resort, Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii].
1987Snr AmericaBank of America Ch'shipNashawtuc CC198 (-18)$37,500
Played as the Digital Seniors Classic. Second-placed Orville Moody (USA) finished 8 shots behind defending champion Rodríguez (PR/USA). [Nashawtuc CC, Concord, Massachusetts].
1987Snr AmericaGTE Northwest ClassicInglewood GC, WA206 (-10)$45,000
Played as the GTE Northwest Classic. Second-placed Butch Baird (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rodríguez (PR/USA). [Inglewood GC, Kenmore, nr Seattle, Washington].
1987Snr AmericaGtr Kansas City ClassicQuail Creek G&CC200 (-16)$37,500
Played as the inaugural Silver Pages Classic. Second-placed Bruce Crampton (Aus) finished 3 shots behind Rodríguez (PR/USA). [Quail Creek G&CC, Oklahoma City, OK].
1987Snr AmericaInstinet ClassicChester Valley202 (-8)$33,750
Played as the United Hospitals Senior Championship. Second-placed Lee Elder (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rodríguez (PR/USA). [Chester Valley GC, Malvern, nr Philadelphia, PA].
1987Snr AwardsLow Stroke Ave - US Snr Tr70.07n/a
Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) won his second straight Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the Senior PGA Tour. Bob Charles (NZ) was second with 70.18; Bruce Crampton (Aus) was third with 70.39.
1987Snr AwardsMoney Winner - US Snr Tr$509,145see Score
Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) won the Arnold Palmer Award as the Senior PGA Tour 1987 leading money winner, with earnings of $509,145 on the Tour. Bruce Crampton (Aus) was second with $437,904; Bob Charles (NZ) was third with $389,437.
1987Snr AmericaReunion Pro-AmBent Tree CC, TX201 (-15)$30,000
Played as the Senior Players Reunion Pro-Am. Second-placed Bruce Crampton (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Rodríguez (PR/USA). [Bent Tree CC, Dallas, Texas].
1987Snr AmericaSan Antonio Ch'shipDominion CC203 (-13)$37,500
Played as the Vantage at the Dominion. Second-placed Butch Baird (USA) finished 3 shots behind Rodríguez (PR/USA). [Dominion CC, San Antonio, Texas].
1987Snr MajorsUS Snr PGA Ch'shipPGA National282 (-6)$47,000
Played as the General Foods PGA Seniors' Championship (Feb 12-15). Second-placed Dale Douglass (USA) finished 1 shot behind Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA). [Champion course, PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gdns, FL].
1986Snr AmericaBank of America Ch'shipNashawtuc CC203 (-13)$30,000
Played as the Digital Seniors Classic. Second-placed Gary Player (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Rodríguez (PR/USA). [Nashawtuc CC, Concord, Massachusetts].
1986Snr AmericaCrestar Classic (Snrs)Hermitage CC, VA202 (-14)$45,000
Played as the United Virginia Bank Seniors Classic. Second-placed Don January (USA) finished 3 shots behind Rodríguez (PR/USA). [Hermitage CC, Manikin-Sabot, Virginia].
1986Snr AwardsLow Stroke Ave - US Snr Tr69.65n/a
Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) won the Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the Senior PGA Tour. Bruce Crampton (Aus) was second with 69.89; Gary Player (RSA) was third with 69.94.
1986Snr MajorsSenior Players Ch'shipCanterbury GC206 (-10)$45,000
Played as the Senior Tournament Players Championship (June 19-22). Second-placed Bruce Crampton (Aus) finished 2 shots behind first-time Snr PGA Tour winner Rodriguez (PR/USA), who recorded his first career win in a major championship. Reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [Canterbury GC, Beachwood, Ohio].
1979Men AmericaPanama Open267
Played as the Panama Open. Butch Baird (USA) and Chi-Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) tied for first place after they both parred the first two sudden-death playoff holes. Nightfall prevented any further play.
1979Men AmericaTallahassee OpenKillearn CC269 (-19)$18,000
Played as the Tallahassee Open (April 19-22). Second-placed Lindy Miller (USA) finished 3 shots behind Rodríguez (PR/USA), who recorded the last of his eight PGA Tour wins. [Killearn CC, Tallahassee, FL].
1976Men AmericaJCPenney ClassicDoral Golf Resort275$20,000
Played as the Pepsi-Cola Mixed Team Ch'ship (two-person team event; one PGA Tr, one LPGA Tr). Winning team: Chi Chi Rodriguez (Puerto Rico/USA) & Jo Ann Washam (USA). Second-place: Jim Colbert (USA) & Silvia Bertolaccini (Arg) and David Graham (Aus) & Penny Pulz (Aus). [Doral Golf Resort, Miami, FL].
1973Men AmericaWyndham Ch'shipSedgefield CC267 (-17)$42,000
Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (Mar 30-Apr 2). Second-placed Lou Graham (USA) and Ken Still (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rodriguez (Puerto Rico/USA). Monday finish required after earlier rain interruptions during the event. [Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, NC].
1972Men AmericaByron Nelson Ch'shipPreston Trail273 (-7)$25,000
Played as the Byron Nelson Golf Classic (April 28-May 1). Rodriguez (Puerto Rico/USA) beat Billy Casper (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Preston Trail GC, Dallas, TX].
1968Men AmericaSahara Invtl.xx
Played as the Sahara Invitational.
1967Men AmericaTexas OpenPecan Valley277 (-7)$20,000
Played as the Texas Open Invitational. Second-placed Bob Charles (NZ) and Bob Goalby (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rodriguez (Puerto Rico). [Pecan Valley GC, San Antonio, Texas. This course is now closed].
1964Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Tam O'Shanter GC268 (-16)$11,000
Played as the Western Open. Second-placed Arnold Palmer (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rodríguez (Puerto Rico/USA). [Tam O'Shanter GC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL. At the time Tam O'Shanter CC].
1964Men AmericaLucky Intl. Openxx
Played as the Lucky International Open.
1963Men AmericaColombian OpenBarranquilla CC287
Played as the Colombian Open (Abierto de Colombia). Won by Chi-Chi Rodriguez (Puerto Rico/USA). [CC of Barranquilla, Barranquilla, Colombia].
1963Men AmericaDenver Openxx
Played as the Denver Open Invitational.

 

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