Who's who in golf - Don January


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Name: - Don January
Country: - USA
Born : - Nov 20, 1929
Original Home/Club: -
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1955

Roll of Honour

MAJORS [1] : US PGA Championship (1967). Ryder Cups (1965, 1977). PGA Tour Wins (10). Champions Tour wins (22).


Top tournaments won by Don January

1987Snr AmericaMitsubishi ChampionshipLa Costa Resort287 (-1)$30,000
Played as the MONY Senior Tournament of Champions (Jan 7-10; Snr PGA Tour season-opener). January (USA) beat Butch Baird (USA) with a birdie at the fourth playoff hole, to record the last of his 22 Snr PGA Tr victories. [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].
1986Snr AmericaAmex ChampionshipGreenbrier GC, WV207 (-9)$30,000
Played as the Greenbrier American Express Championship (July 11-13). Defending champion January (USA) beat Jim Ferree (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Greenbrier GC, White Sulphur Springs, WV].
1986Snr AmericaLegends of Golf (US)Onion Creek255 (-25)$50,000
Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Second-placed Jim Ferree (USA) and Charlie Sifford (USA) finished 2 shots behind Don January (USA) & Gene Littler (USA). [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].
1986Snr AmericaReunion Pro-AmBent Tree CC, TX203 (-13)$26,250
Played as the Senior Players Reunion Pro-Am. Second-placed Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) finished 2 shots behind January (USA). [Bent Tree CC, Dallas, Texas].
1986Snr AmericaTucson Snr Match PlayRandolph GC70$75,000
Played as the Seiko-Tucson Senior Match Play Championship (Oct 31-Nov 2). January (USA) beat Bob Charles (NZ) in the 18-hole final (January 70, Charles 71). [Randolph GC, Tucson, AZ; at the time known as the North Course at Randolph Park Municipal].
1985Snr AmericaAmex ChampionshipGreenbrier GC, WV200 (-16)$30,000
Played as the inaugural Greenbrier American Express Championship (July 5-7). Second-placed Lee Elder (USA) finished 2 shots behind January (USA). [Greenbrier GC, White Sulphur Springs, WV].
1985Snr AmericaArizona ClassicHillcrest GC, AZ198 (-18)$30,000
Played as the Senior PGA Tour Roundup (March 22-24). Second-placed Gene Littler (USA) finished 3 shots behind January (USA). [Hillcrest GC, Sun City West, Phoenix, AZ].
1985Snr AmericaInstinet ClassicChester Valley135 (-5)$30,000
Played as the inaugural United Hospitals Senior Championship. Second-placed Al Balding (Can) finished 5 shots behind January (USA). [Chester Valley GC, Malvern, nr Philadelphia, PA].
1985Snr AmericaLegends of Golf (US)Onion Creek257 (-23)$50,000
Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) & Gay Brewer (USA), Billy Casper (USA) & Lee Elder (USA) and Bob Goalby (USA) & Sam Snead (USA) finished 1 shot behind Don January (USA) & Gene Littler (USA). [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].
1985Snr AwardsLow Stroke Ave - US Snr Tr70.11n/a
January (USA) won his fifth (and fourth straight) Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the Senior PGA Tour. Peter Thomson (Aus) was second with 70.17; Lee Elder (USA) was third with 70.63.
1985Snr AmericaMazda ChampionsTryall Club127 (-15)$250,000
Played as the Mazda Champions (Dec 20/21; unofficial 36-hole better-ball team event; teams comprised an LPGA Tr and Snr PGA Tr player). Winning team of Alice Miller (USA) & Don January (USA) beat Pat Bradley (USA) & Lee Elder (USA) with a 12-foot birdie putt at the second playoff hole. [Tryall Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica].
1985Snr AmericaSan Antonio Ch'shipDominion CC206 (-10)$30,000
Played as the inaugural Dominion Seniors. Second-placed Gay Brewer (USA) finished 2 shots behind January (USA). [Dominion CC, San Antonio, Texas].
1984Snr AmericaBank of America Ch'shipNashawtuc CC209 (-7)$26,000
Played as the Digital Middlesex Classic. Second-placed Orville Moody (USA) finished 4 shots behind defending champion January (USA). [Nashawtuc CC, Concord, Massachusetts].
1984Snr AmericaCanada Snr OpenRoyal Ottawa194 (-19)$33,750
Played as the du Maurier Champions (Aug 10-12; formerly Peter Jackson Champions). Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) and Lee Elder (USA) finished 5 shots behind defending champion January (USA). [Royal Ottawa GC, Gatineau, Québec].
1984Snr AwardsLow Stroke Ave - US Snr Tr70.68n/a
January (USA) won his fourth (and third straight) Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the Senior PGA Tour. Miller Barber (USA) was second with 71.13; Peter Thomson (Aus) was third with 71.59.
1984Snr AwardsMoney Winner - US Snr Tr$328,597see Score
January (USA) won his third (and second straight) Arnold Palmer Award as the Senior PGA Tour 1984 leading money winner, with earnings of $328,597 on the Tour. Miller Barber (USA) was second with $299,099; Peter Thomson (Aus) was third with $228,940.
1984Snr AmericaUtah ShowdownJeremy Ranch250 (-38)$30,000
Played as the Shootout at Jeremy Ranch (unofficial two-man better-ball event; Snr Tr player paired with a PGA Tr player). Second-placed Al Besselink (USA) & Donnie Hammond (USA) and Miller Barber (USA) & Gil Morgan (USA) finished 4 shots behind Don January (USA) & Mike Sullivan (USA). [Jeremy Ranch G&CC, Park City, nr Salt Lake City, Utah].
1984Snr AmericaVintage Invtl.Vintage Club, CA280 (-8)$50,000
Played as the Vintage Invitational. Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) finished 4 shots behind January (USA). [Vintage Club, Palm Desert, California].
1983Snr AmericaBank of America Ch'shipMarlborough CC273 (-11)$25,000
Played as the Marlborough Classic. Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) and Gay Brewer (USA) finished 3 shots behind January (USA). [Marlborough CC, Marlborough, Massachusetts].
1983Snr AmericaBank One ClassicGriffin Gate269 (-19)$25,000
Played as the inaugural Citizens Union Senior Classic. Second-placed Bob Stone (USA) finished 3 shots behind January (USA). [Griffin Gate Resort, Lexington, Kentucky].
1983Snr AmericaCanada Snr OpenEarl Grey GC274 (-10)$33,250
Played as the Peter Jackson Champions (Jun 23-26). Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) finished 2 shots behind January (USA). [Earl Grey GC, Calgary, Alberta, Canada].
1983Snr AmericaDenver Post ChampnsGreen Gables CC271 (-17)$25,000
Played as the Denver Post Champions of Golf. Second-placed Billy Casper (USA) and Doug Sanders (USA) finished 4 shots behind January (USA). [Green Gables CC, Denver, Colorado; now permanently closed].
1983Snr AmericaGatlin Bros Snr ClassicWildcreek GC, NV208 (-8)$33,500
Played as the inaugural Gatlin Brothers Senior Golf Classic (June 3-5). January (USA) beat Billy Casper (USA) with a par at the fifth playoff hole. [Wildcreek GC, Sparks, Nevada].
1983Snr AwardsLow Stroke Ave - US Snr Tr69.46n/a
January (USA) won his third (and second straight) Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the Senior PGA Tour. Miller Barber (USA) was second with 70.15; Doug Sanders (USA) was third with 70.44.
1983Snr AwardsMoney Winner - US Snr Tr$237,571see Score
January (USA) won his second Arnold Palmer Award as the Senior PGA Tour 1983 leading money winner, with earnings of $237,571 on the Tour. Miller Barber (USA) was second with $231,008; Billy Casper (USA) was third with $136,749.
1983Snr AmericaSuntree Snr ClassicSuntree CC274 (-14)$25,000
Played as the Suntree Classic. Second-placed Arnold Palmer (USA) finished 3 shots behind January (USA). [Suntree CC, Melbourne, Florida].
1982Snr AmericaLegends of Golf (US)Onion Creek183 (-27)$50,000
Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Second-placed Sei-ha Chin (Taiw) & Bob Toski (USA), Gene Littler (USA) & Bob Rosburg (USA) and Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg) & Bob Goalby (USA) finished 8 shots behind Sam Snead (USA) & Don January (USA). Reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].
1982Snr AwardsLow Stroke Ave - US Snr Tr70.03n/a
January (USA) won his second Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the Senior PGA Tour.
1982Snr AmericaMichelob Snr ClassicCarrollwood CC278 (-10)$20,000
Played as the Michelob Seniors Classic (April 1-4; Snr PGA Tour season opener). Second-placed Dow Finsterwald (USA) finished 3 shots behind defending champion January (USA). [Carrollwood CC, Tampa, Florida; at the time known as Carrollwood Village G&CC].
1982Snr MajorsUS Snr PGA Ch'shipPGA National288 (E)$25,000
Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship (Dec 2-5; Snr PGA Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Julius Boros (USA) finished 1 shot behind January (USA), who recorded his only senior major championship win. In 1967, on the main PGA Tour, January won the PGA Championship, his only other major championship title. [Champion course, PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gdns, FL].
1981Snr AmericaEureka Fed Savings ClassicHarding Park208 (-5)$25,000
Played as the inaugural (and only) Eureka Federal Savings Classic (June 4-7). Second-placed Bob Goalby (USA) finished 2 shots behind January (USA). [TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, CA].
1981Snr AmericaMichelob Snr ClassicCarrollwood CC280 (-8)$20,000
Played as the inaugural Michelob Egypt Temple Seniors Classic (April 2-5; Snr PGA Tour season opener). January (USA) beat Doug Ford (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Carrollwood CC, Tampa, Florida; at the time known as Carrollwood Village G&CC].
1980Snr AmericaAtlantic City Snr Intl.Atlantic City CC208 (-5)$20,000
Played as the Atlantic City Senior International (June 20-22; the very first official Senior PGA Tour event). Second-placed Mike Souchak (USA) finished 2 shots behind January (USA). [Atlantic City CC, Northfield, New Jersey].
1980Snr AwardsLow Stroke Ave - US Snr Tr71.00n/a
January (USA) won the inaugural Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the Senior PGA Tour.
1980Snr AwardsMoney Winner - US Snr Tr$44,100see Score
January (USA) won the inaugural Arnold Palmer Award as the Senior PGA Tour 1980 leading money winner, with earnings of $44,100 on the Tour. Charlie Sifford (USA) was second with $34,929; Art Wall Jr (USA) was third with $20,829.
1979Snr AmericaUS Snr PGA Ch'shipTurnberry Isle270 (-18)$15,000
Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship (in Dec 1979, the second of two Senior PGA Championships played in 1979). Second-placed George Bayer (USA) finished 8 shots behind January (USA). [South/Soffer course, Turnberry Isle Resort, Aventura, FL].
1976Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA of Am70.56n/a
January (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.
1976Men AmericaTourmnt of Chmpns (PGA Tr)La Costa Resort277 (-11)$45,000
Played as the MONY Tournament of Champions (April 15-18). Second-placed Hubert Green (USA) finished 5 shots behind January (USA), who recorded the last of his 10 PGA Tour wins. [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].
1975Men AmericaTexas OpenWoodlake GC275 (-13)$25,000
Played as the San Antonio Texas Open. Texas native January (USA) beat Larry Hinson (USA) at the second playoff hole. [Woodlake GC, San Antonio, Texas].
1970Men AmericaJacksonville OpenHidden Hills GC279 (-9)$25,000
Played as the Greater Jacksonville Open (March 20-23). January (USA) beat Dale Douglass (USA) in a Monday 18-hole playoff (January 69; Douglass 72). [Hidden Hills GC, nr Jacksonville, FL; at the time Hidden Hills CC].
1968Men AmericaTourmnt of Chmpns (PGA Tr)Stardust CC, NV276 (-8)$30,000
Played as the Tournament of Champions (April 18-21). Second-placed Julius Boros (USA) finished 1 shot behind January (USA). [Stardust CC, Las Vegas, NV. Now called Las Vegas National GC].
1967Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipColumbine CC281 (-7)$25,000
The US PGA Championship (49th) (July 20-24). January (USA) beat Don Massengale (USA) in an 18-hole playoff: January 69 (-3), Massengale 71 (-1). This was January's first and only major championship win. [Columbine CC, Littleton, nr Denver, CO].
1963Men AmericaTucson OpenForty Niner CC266 (-22)$3,500
Played as the Tucson Open Invitational. Second-placed Gene Littler (USA) and Phil Rodgers (USA) finished 11 shots behind January (USA). [Forty Niner CC, Tucson, AZ].
1960Men AmericaTucson OpenEl Rio, AZ271 (-9)$2,800
Played as the Tucson Open Invitational. Second-placed Bob Harris (USA) finished 3 shots behind January (USA). [El Rio G&CC, Tucson, AZ. Now known as El Rio GC].
1956Men AmericaByron Nelson Ch'shipPreston Hollow268 (-12)$6,000
Played as the Dallas Centennial Open (May 24-27; for the first time since 1946). Second-placed Dow Finsterwald (USA) and Doug Ford (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time PGA Tour winner January (USA). [Preston Hollow CC, Dallas, TX. This club no longer exists].

 

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