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Name: - Jack Burke Jr.
Country: - USA
Born : - Jan 29, 1923
Original Home/Club: - River Oaks, Houston
Occupation: - Professional golfer, golf course designer and course management.
Turned Pro: -

Roll of Honour

MAJORS [2] : The Masters (1956); US PGA Championship (1956). PGA Tour wins (17). Ryder Cups (1951, 1953, 1955, 1957); Ryder Cup Captain (1957, 1973). USPGA Tour Player of the Year (1956). Vardon Trophy (1952). Inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2000.


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Burke won four US Tour events in a row in 1952, one of only four players to achieve this feat (Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods being the other three). Together with Jimmy Demaret they founded the Champions Golf Club in their hometown of Houston. The Champions hosted the Ryder Cup in 1967; the US Open in 1969.


Top tournaments won by Jack Burke Jr

1961Men AmericaBuick OpenWarwick Hills284 (-4)$9,000
Played as the Buick Open Invitational. Burke (USA) beat Billy Casper (USA) and Johnny Pott (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Burke 71, Casper 74, Pott 74). [Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan].
1959Men AmericaHouston OpenMemorial Park277 (-11)$4,300
Played as the Houston Classic. Burke Jr (USA) beat Julius Boros (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Burke Jr 64, Boros 69). [Memorial Park GC, Houston, TX].
1958Men AmericaTravelers Ch'shipWethersfield CC268 (-16)$3,500
Played as the Insurance City Open. Second-placed Dow Finsterwald (USA) and Art Wall Jr (USA) finished 3 shots behind Burke (USA). [Wethersfield CC, nr Hartford, CT].
1956Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA of Amxn/a
Burke (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).
1956Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National289 (+1)$6,000
The Masters Tournament (20th) (April 5-8). Second-placed Ken Venturi (USA) finished 1 shot behind Jack "Jackie" Burke Jr (USA). In strong winds Burke equalled the then Masters highest winning total of 289 (also shot in 1954 by Sam Snead). [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
1956Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipBlue Hill CC3 & 2$5,000
The US PGA Championship (38th) (July 20-24). John "Jackie" Burke Jr (USA) beat Ted Kroll (USA) 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final, to win his second major championship of 1956. [Blue Hill CC, Canton, nr Boston, MA].
1952Men AmericaHouston OpenMemorial Park277 (-11)$2,000
Played as the Houston Open. Second-placed Frank Stranahan (USA, amateur) finished 6 shots behind Burke Jr (USA). This was the second of four straight wins for Burke Jr, who a week earlier captured the Texas Open, and in subsequent weeks won the Baton Rouge and St Petersburg Opens. (San Antonio. [Memorial Park GC, Houston, TX].
1952Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA of Am70.54n/a
Burke Jr. (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.
1952Men AmericaTexas OpenBrackenridge Park260 (-24)$2,000
Played as the Texas Open (25th). Second-placed Doug Ford (USA) finished 6 shots behind Jack Burke Jr (USA), whose father Jack Sr, also an accomplished professional, failed in nine attempts to win this title. [Brackenridge Park GC, San Antonio, TX].
1950Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach214 (-2)$1,237
Played as the Bing Crosby Pro-Am (Jan 13-15; 54-hole event). Sam Snead (USA), Jack Burke Jr (USA), Smiley Quick (USA) and Dave Douglas (USA) tied for first place. There was no sudden-death playoff in those days. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula CC].
1950Men AmericaRio Grande OpenHarlingen GC264 (-20)$2,000
Played as the Rio Grande Valley Open (Feb 16-19). Second-placed Skip Alexander (USA) finished 2 shots behind Burke (USA), who was a first-time outright winner on the PGA Tour; a month earlier he shared first place in a four-way tie in the Bing Crosby Pro-Am. [Harlingen GC, Harlingen, TX; now called Tony Butler GC].

 

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