Who's who in golf - Jimmy Demaret


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Name: - Jimmy Demaret
Country: - USA
Lived : - [1910-1983]. Born May 24, 1910 in Houston, Texas. Died December 28, 1983 in Houston, Texas, aged 73.
Original Home/Club: - Houston, Texas.
Occupation: - Professional golfer; golf broadcaster; golf club founder (Champions GC, Houston); singer and comedian.
Turned Pro: - 1927 (aged 17)

Roll of Honour

Majors (3). Ryder Cup player (1947, '49, '51). PGA Tour wins (36), of which US PGA Tour (31). USPGA leading money winner (1947). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1983).


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Growing up in windy Texas, Demaret developed a reputation as one of the best golfers in windy conditions, something acknowledged by his contemporaries, not least Ben Hogan. A flambouyant and colouful dresser, on and off the golf course, Demaret was one of the leading golfers of his day. He became the first three-time winner of The Masters (1940, '47, '50), played in three Ryder Cups and, late in his career, partnered Sam Snead to win the 1961 Canada Cup (World Cup of Golf).

Demaret was one of the first top professionals to get involved in television broadcasting. For many years he and Gene Sarazen presented the very popular 'Shell's Wonderful World of Golf.' Together with Jack Burke Jr, Demaret founded the Champions Golf Club in their hometown of Houston. Among other top events, The Champions hosted the Ryder Cup (1967), US Open (1969) and US Amateur (1993).


Top tournaments won by Jimmy Demaret

1957Men AmericaThunderbird InvtlThunderbird CC273$1,500
Played as the Thunderbird Invitational. Defending champion Demaret (USA) beat Mike Souchak (USA) and Ken Venturi (USA) in a playoff. [Thunderbird CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].
1956Men AmericaThunderbird InvtlThunderbird CC269$1,500
Played as the Thunderbird Invitational. Second-placed Cary Middlecoff (USA) finished 1 shot behind Demaret (USA). [Thunderbird CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].
1953Men AmericaThunderbird InvtlThunderbird CCx$1,500
Played as the Thunderbird Invitational. Ben Hogan (USA) finished in second-place behind Demaret (USA). [Thunderbird CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].
1952Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach145 (+1)$2,000
Played as the Bing Crosby Pro-Am (Jan 10-12). Second-placed Art Bell (USA) finished 2 shots behind Demaret (USA). Event reduced from 54 holes to 36 following cancellation of second round due to bad weather. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula CC].
1950Men AmericaPhoenix OpenPhoenix CC, AZ269 (-15)$2,000
Played as the Ben Hogan Open (Jan 26-29; Phoenix Open renamed in 1950 in tribute to Hogan). Second-placed Sam Snead (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Demaret (USA). [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].
1950Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National282 (-6)$2,400
The Masters Tournament (14th) (April 6-9). Second-placed Jim Ferrier (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Demaret (USA), who became the first three-time winner of The Masters. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
1949Men AmericaPhoenix OpenPhoenix CC, AZ278 (-6)$2,000
Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 27-31). Demaret (USA) beat Ben Hogan (USA) in an 18-hole Monday playoff (Demaret 67; Hogan 70). It was driving back from Phoenix to Dallas after this event that Hogan and his wife Valerie were involved in a near fatal road accident that nearly finished his career. [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].
1948Men AmericaAlbuquerque OpenUniv of New Mexico268 (-20)$2,000
Played as the Albuquerque Open (June 3-6). Second-placed Skip Alexander (USA) finished 4 shots behind Demaret (USA), who averaged 67 in his four rounds on the 6,813-yard course. [North course, Univ of New Mexico, Albuquerque. At the time called the University GC; now only 9-holes].
1947Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA of Am69.90n/a
Demaret (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.
1947Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$27,936see Score
Demaret (USA) was the PGA Tour 1947 leading money winner, with earnings of $27,936 on the Tour.
1947Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National281 (-7)$2,500
The Masters Tournament (11th) (April 3-6). Second-placed Byron Nelson (USA) and Frank Stranahan (USA, amateur) finished 2 shots behind Demaret (USA), who recorded the second of his three Masters wins. Demaret shot four sub-par rounds; the first player to do this in The Masters. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
1947Men AmericaTucson OpenEl Rio, AZ264 (-16)$2,000
Played as the Tucson Open. Second-placed Ben Hogan (USA) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Demaret (USA). [El Rio G&CC, Tucson, AZ. Now known as El Rio GC].
1946Men AmericaTucson OpenEl Rio, AZ268 (-12)$1,500
Played as the Tucson Open. Second-placed Herman Barron (USA) finished 4 shots behind Demaret (USA). [El Rio G&CC, Tucson, AZ, which played at 6,402 yds for the event. Now known as El Rio GC].
1941Men AmericaArgentine OpenSan Isidro GC279
Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Second-placed Eduardo Blasi (Arg) and Enrique Bertolino (Arg) finished 4 shots behind Demaret (USA), who posted the lowest 72-hole total in the event's 37-year history. [San Isidro GC, Buenos Aires].
1940Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)River Oaks CC293x
Played as the Western Open. Demaret (USA) beat Toney Penna (Italy/USA) in a playoff. [River Oaks CC, Houston, TX].
1940Men AmericaNew Orleans ClassicCity Park GC286 (-2)$2,000
Played as the New Orleans Open. Second-placed Ralph Guldahl (USA), Harold "Jug" McSpaden (USA) and Sam Snead (USA) finished 1 shot behind Demaret (USA). [East course, City Park, New Orleans, LA. Also known as the No.1 or Wisner course].
1940Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National280 (-8)$1,500
The Masters Tournament (7th) (April 4-7). Second-placed Lloyd Mangrum (USA) finished 4 shots behind Demaret (USA), who recorded the first of his three Masters titles. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
1939Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenGriffith Park274 (-10)$1,650
Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 6-9). Second-placed Harold "Jug" McSpaden (USA) finished 7 shots behind Demaret (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [Wilson course, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA].

 

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