Who's who in golf - Julius Boros


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Name: - Julius Nicholas Boros
Country: - USA
Lived : - [1920-94]. Born on March 3, 1920 in Fairfield, Connecticut. Died on May 28, 1994 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, aged 74.
Original Home/Club: - Fairfield, CT
Occupation: - Accountant; professional golfer.
Turned Pro: - 1949 (aged 29)

Roll of Honour

Majors (3): US Open (1952, '63); US PGA Championship (1968). Ryder Cup player (1959, '63, '65, '67). Total professional wins 25, of which PGA Tour (18) and Senior PGA Tr (3). PGA Tr leading money winner (1952, '55). PGA Tr Player of the Year (1952, '63). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1982).


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Born to Hungarian immigrants, Boros initially combined a successful amateur golf career with a full-time job as an accountant. After turning professional at the age of 29 in 1949, Boros embarked on a highly successful career that brought him three major championship titles, a total of 18 PGA Tour wins and four Ryder Cup appearances. He was a two-time PGA Tour leading money winner and PGA Tour player of the Year.

As a 48-year old, Boros won the 1968 PGA Championship, in the process becoming the oldest winner of a modern major championship title. Throughout his career Boros was noted for his relaxed swing, the product of his own maxim "swing easy, hit hard". He also possessed a fabulous short game and rarely wasted any time in sizing-up putts. Boros died of a fatal heart attack, which occurred while golfing close to home in Florida.


Top tournaments won by Julius Boros

1979Snr AmericaLegends of Golf (US)Onion Creek195 (-15)$35,000
Played as the Legends of Golf (unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Julius Boros (USA) & Roberto de Vicenzo (Arg) beat Tommy Bolt (USA) & Art Wall (USA) at the sixth playoff hole. [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].
1977Snr AmericaUS Snr PGA Ch'shipDisney's Magnolia283 (-5)$7,500
Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship (38th). Second-placed Freddie Haas (USA) finished 1 shot behind Boros (USA). [Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL].
1971Snr AmericaUS Snr PGA Ch'shipBallenIsles CC285 (-3)$6,000
Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship. Second-placed Tommy Bolt (USA) finished 3 shots behind Boros (USA), the only player to finish under par. [East Course, BallenIsles CC, Palm Beach Gdns, FL. at the time known as Champions course, PGA National GC].
1968Men AmericaNorthern Trust, TheWestchester CC272 (-16)$50,000
Played as the Westchester Classic. Second-placed Bob Murphy (USA), Jack Nicklaus (USA) and Dan Sykes (USA) finished 1 shot behind Boros (USA). [West course, Westchester CC, Rye, NY].
1968Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipPecan Valley281 (+1)$25,000
The US PGA Championship (50th) (July 18-21). Second-placed Bob Charles (NZ) finished 1 shot behind Boros (USA), who claimed his third and final major championship win. [Pecan Valley GC, San Antonio, Texas. This course is now closed].
1967Men AmericaArnold Palmer InvtlRio Pinar CC274 (-10)$23,000
Played as the Florida Citrus Open Invitational (March 9-12). Second-placed George Knudson (Can) and Arnold Palmer (USA) finished 1 shot behind Boros (USA). [Rio Pinar CC, Orlando, FL].
1967Men AmericaBuick OpenWarwick Hills283 (-5)$20,000
Played as the Buick Open Invitational. Second-placed R.H. Sykes (USA), Bert Yancey (USA) and Bob Goalby (USA) finished 3 shots behind Boros (USA). [Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan].
1967Men AmericaPhoenix OpenArizona CC272 (-12)$14,000
Played as the Phoenix Open Invitational (Feb 9-12). Second-placed Ken Still (USA) finished 1 shot behind Boros (USA). [Arizona CC, Phoenix, AZ].
1964Men AmericaWyndham Ch'shipSedgefield CC277 (-7)$6,000
Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (April 2-5). Boros (USA) beat defending champion Doug Sanders (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, NC].
1963Men AmericaBuick OpenWarwick Hills274 (-14)$9,000
Played as the Buick Open Invitational. Second-placed Dow Finsterwald (USA) finished 5 shots behind Boros (USA). [Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan].
1963Men AmericaColonial InvitationalColonial CC, Tex279 (-1)$12,000
Played as the Colonial National Invitation. Second-placed Gary Player (RSA) finished 4 shots behind two-time Colonial winner Boros (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
1963Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA of Amxn/a
Boros (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).
1963Men MajorsUS OpenCountry Club, Brookline293 (+9)$17,500
The US Open (63rd) (Jun 20-23). Boros (USA) beat Jacky Cupit (USA) and Arnold Palmer (USA) in an 18-hole playoff: Boros 70 (-1), Cupit 73 (+2), Palmer 76 (+5). [The Country Club, Brookline, Boston, MA].
1960Men AmericaColonial InvitationalColonial CC, Tex280 (E)$5,000
Played as the Colonial National Invitation. Second-placed Gene Littler (USA) and Kel Nagle (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Boros (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
1959Men AmericaByron Nelson Ch'shipDallas, GC of274 (-10)$3,500
Played as the Dallas Open Invitational (Sept 11-14). Second-placed Earl Stewart Jr (USA), Bo Wininger (USA) and Dow Finsterwald (USA) finished 1 shot behind Boros (USA). [GC of Dallas, Dallas, TX; at the time called Oak Cliff CC].
1955Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$63,121see Score
Boros (USA) won his second PGA Tour leading money winner title, with 1955 season earnings of $63,121 on the Tour. Cary Middlecoff (USA) was second on the money list.
1955Men AmericaWorld Championship (PGA Tr)Tam O'Shanter GC281 (-7)$50,000
Played as the World Championship of Golf (PGA Tr event). Second-placed Fred Haas (USA) finished 2 shots behind Boros (USA). [Tam O'Shanter GC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL. At the time Tam O'Shanter CC].
1954Men AmericaArdmore OpenDornick Hills CC279 (-1)$7,200
Played as the Ardmore Open (May 6-9). Second-placed Jerry Barber (USA) finished 1 shot behind Boros (USA). [Dornick Hills CC, Ardmore, Oklahoma].
1952Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$37,032see Score
Boros (USA) was the PGA Tour 1952 leading money winner, with earnings of $37,032 on the Tour.
1952Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA of Amxn/a
Boros (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).
1952Men MajorsUS OpenNorthwood Club281 (+1)$4,000
The US Open (52nd) (Jun 12-14). Second-placed Ed "Porky" Oliver (USA) finished 4 shots behind Boros (USA), who recorded his first PGA Tour win and first major championship title. [Northwood Club, Dallas, TX].
1952Men AmericaWorld Championship (PGA Tr)Tam O'Shanter GC276 (-12)$25,000
Played as the World Championship of Golf (PGA Tr event). Boros (USA) beat Cary Middlecoff (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Boros 68; Middlecoff 70), to secure his second PGA Tour win. [Tam O'Shanter GC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL. At the time Tam O'Shanter CC].

 

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