Who's who in golf - Roberto De Vicenzo


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Name: - Roberto De Vicenzo
Country: - Argentina
Lived : - [1923-2017]. Born April 14, 1923 in Villa Ballester, Buenos Aires. Died June 1, 2017 in Ranelagh, Buenos Aires, aged 94.
Original Home/Club: - Ranelagh GC, Buenos Aires.
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1938

Roll of Honour

Majors (1). Senior majors (1). Total professional wins (over 230) predominantly in Argentina and South America, as well as European Tr (9), US PGA Tr (8) and Champions Tr (2). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1989).


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De Vicenzo is one of the most successful South American golfers of all time, as well as a major champion and senior major champion. He developed his golfing skills while caddying in Buenos Aires, particularly at the Ranelagh Golf Club.

Turning professional in 1938, he claimed his first win on the Argentine Tour in 1942. He recorded the first of his nine Argentine Open victories in 1944, and went on to win over 130 more events in Argentina, over 60 elsewhere in South America, nine in Europe (including three French Opens) and nine PGA Tour victories. He represented Argentina 17 times in the Canada Cup (World Cup of Golf). In the event's inaugural year (1953) he and compatriot Antonio Cerda beat Canadians Bill Kerr and Stan Leonard in the final.

Among a myriad of wins around the world, the high point for De Vicenzo came at Royal Liverpool, where he won the Open Championship in 1967. A potential low point occured at the 1968 Masters, when he signed for a score one shot higher than it actually was. Having missed out on a playoff by one shot, he shrugged off the mistake, "What a stupid I am!"


Top tournaments won by Roberto De Vicenzo

1984Snr AmericaNYNEX CommemorativeNewport CC, RI206 (-10)$22,500
Played as the Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Commemorative Pro-Am. Second-placed Gardner Dickinson (USA) finished 2 shots behind De Vicenzo (USA). [Newport CC, Newport, Rhode Island].
1983Snr AmericaDoug Sanders ClassicMemorial Park140$25,000
Played as the Doug Sanders Pro-Celebrity Classic (unofficial 36-hole event). De Vicenzo (Arg) beat Miller Barber (USA) and Pete Hessemer (USA) in a playoff. [Memorial Park GC, Houston, Teaxs].
1983Snr AmericaLegends of Golf (US)Onion Creek258 (-22)$50,000
Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Second-placed Jack Burke (USA) & Paul Harney (USA) finished 2 shots behind Rod Funseth (USA) & Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg). [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].
1980Snr MajorsUS Snr OpenWinged Foot285 (+1)$20,000
The inaugural US Senior Open (June 26-29; together with the PGA Seniors' Championship in December, this event launched the "senior major" concept. The Snr PGA Tour was also launched in 1980). Second-placed William C. Campbell (USA, amateur) finished 4 shots behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [East course, Winged Foot GC, Mamaroneck, NY].
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].
1974Men AmericaArgentine MastersOlivos GC277 (-7)
Played as the Argentine Masters (Torneo de Maestros) (for the first time since 1971, and the last time until 1977). Carlos Liberto (Arg) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Olivos GC, Pablo Nogués, Buenos Aires].
1974Men AmericaArgentine OpenMar del Plata GC273
Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Vicente Fernandez (Arg) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Mar del Plata GC, Mar del Plata, Argentina].
1974Men AmericaPanama OpenPanama GC265
Played as the Panama Open. Won by defending champion De Vicenzo (Arg), who won this event for the third time in four years. [GC de Panama, Panama City, Panama].
1974Snr AmericaUS Snr PGA Ch'shipPort St Lucie CC273 (-15)$6,000
Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship (35th). Second-placed Art Wall Jr (USA) and Julius Boros (USA) finished 3 shots behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Port St Lucie CC, Port St Lucie, FL].
1974Snr EuropeWorld Senior Ch'shipLundin5 & 4£1,000
Played as the World Professional Senior's Golf Championship (July 5; 36-hole match between the US and British PGA Senior Champions). De Vicenzo (Arg) beat Eric Lester (Eng) 5 and 4. [Lundin GC, Lundin Links, nr Leven, Fife].
1973Men AmericaBrazil OpenSao Fernando GC279
Played as the Brazil Open (Aberto do Brasil). Dale Hayes (RSA) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Sao Fernando GC, Cotia, nr Sao Paulo].
1973Men AmericaPanama OpenPanama GC271 (-17)
Played as the Panama Open. Second-placed Peter Oosterhuis (Eng) finished 1 shot behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [GC de Panama, Panama City, Panama].
1973Men AmericaVenezuela OpenValle Arriba GC272 (-8)
Played as the Caracas Open. Peter Oosterhuis (Eng) finished in a tie for second place, 1 shot behind defending champion De Vicenzo (Arg). [Valle Arriba GC, Caracas, Venezuela].
1972Men AmericaVenezuela OpenValle Arriba GC263 (-17)
Played as the Caracas Open. Second-placed John Cook (USA) finished 10 shots behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Valle Arriba GC, Caracas, Venezuela].
1971Men AmericaPanama OpenPanama GC273 (-15)$3,500
Played as the Panama Open. Won by 48-year-old De Vicenzo (Arg). [GC de Panama, Panama City, Panama].
1970Men AmericaArgentine MastersOlivos GC273 (-11)
Played as the Argentine Masters (Torneo de Maestros). De Vicenzo (Arg) beat Billy Casper (USA) and Gary Player (RSA) in a playoff. [Olivos GC, Pablo Nogués, Buenos Aires].
1970Men AmericaArgentine OpenRia Cuarto GC285
Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Fidel De Luca (Arg) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Ria Cuarto GC, Ria Cuarto, Argentina].
1970Men AmericaWorld Cup of Golf (Indiv)Jockey Club, Arg269 (-19)$1,000
Second-placed David Graham (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Roberto De Vincenzo (Arg), who won the International Trophy for best individual score in the World Cup of Golf. Team winners of the Cup: Bruce Devlin & David Graham (Aus). [Jockey Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina].
1968Men AmericaHouston OpenChampions GC274 (-10)$20,000
Played as the Houston Champions International. Second-placed Lee Trevino (USA) finished 1 shot behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Cypress Creek course, Champions GC, Houston, TX].
1967Men AmericaArgentine OpenSan Andres, Arg282
Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Alberto Rivadeneira (Arg) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [San Andres GC, Buenos Aires].
1967Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal Liverpool278 (-10)£2,100
The Open Championship (96th) (July 12-15). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 2 shots behind De Vicenzo (Arg). De Vicenzo became the first South American to win The Open. [Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside].
1966Men AmericaArgentine MastersOlivos GC277 (-7)
Played as the Argentine Masters (Torneo de Maestros). Bob McAllister (USA) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Olivos GC, Pablo Nogués, Buenos Aires].
1966Men AmericaByron Nelson Ch'shipDallas, GC of276 (-8)$15,000
Played as the Dallas Open Invitational (April 23-26). Second-placed Joe Campbell (USA), Raymond Floyd (USA) and Harold Henning (RSA) finished 1 shot behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [GC of Dallas, Dallas, TX; at the time called Oak Cliff CC].
1966Men EuropeSpanish OpenSotogrande279x
Played as the Spanish Open. Bernard Hunt (Eng) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Sotogrande GC, Costa del Sol. From 1994 called Real (Royal) Sotogrande].
1965Men AmericaArgentine OpenHurlingham Club277
Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Orlando Tudino (Arg) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Hurlingham Club, Buenos Aires].
1964Men AmericaArgentine MastersOlivos GC273 (-11)
Played as the Argentine Masters (Torneo de Maestros). Florentino Molina (Arg) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Olivos GC, Pablo Nogués, Buenos Aires].
1964Men AmericaBrazil OpenSao Fernando GC285
Played as the Brazil Open (Aberto do Brasil). Defending champion Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg) beat Elcido Nari (Arg) in a playoff. [Sao Fernando GC, Cotia, nr Sao Paulo].
1964Men EuropeFrench OpenChantilly272x
Played as the Open de France. De Vicenzo (Arg) beat Cobie Le Grange (RSA) in a playoff. This was the last of three French Open wins for De Vicenzo. [Vineuil course, Golf de Chantilly, nr Paris].
1964Men EuropeGerman OpenKrefelder GC275x
Played as the German Open. Won by De Vicenzo (Arg). [Krefelder GC, Krefeld, nr Dusseldorf].
1963Men AmericaBrazil OpenItanhanga GC279
Played as the Brazil Open (Aberto do Brasil). Dave Thomas (Wales) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Itanhangá GC, Itanhangá, Rio de Janeiro].
1962Men AmericaArgentine MastersOlivos GC195 (-18)
Played as the Argentine Masters (Torneo de Maestros). De Vicenzo (Arg) beat Bob Charles (NZ) in a playoff. [Olivos GC, Pablo Nogués, Buenos Aires].
1962Men AmericaWorld Cup of Golf (Indiv)Jockey Club, Arg276 (-4)
Second-placed Arnold Palmer (USA) and Peter Alliss (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Roberto de Vincenzo (Arg), who won the International Trophy for best individual score in the Canada Cup. Team winners of the Cup: Sam Snead & Arnold Palmer (USA). [Jockey Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina].
1961Men AmericaChile Open
Played as the Chile Open (Abierto de Chile). Won by De Vicenzo (Arg).
1961Men AmericaColombian OpenEl Rodeo, Colombia277
Played as the Colombian Open (Abierto de Colombia). Won by De Vicenzo (Arg). [Club El Rodeo, Medellín, Colombia].
1960Men AmericaBrazil OpenSao Paulo GC271 (-13)
Played as the Brazil Open (Aberto do Brasil). Mike Souchak (USA) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Sao Paulo GC, Santo Amoro, Sao Paulo, Brazil].
1960Men EuropeFrench OpenSaint Cloud275x
Played as the Open de France. Second-placed Leopoldo Ruiz (Arg) and Bill Johnston (USA) finished 3 shots behind De Vicenzo (Arg). This was the second of three French Open wins for De Vicenzo. [Vert course, Saint Cloud GC, Garches, nr Paris].
1958Men AmericaArgentine OpenRosario GC278
Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Orlando Tudino (Arg) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Rosario GC, Rosario, Argentina].
1958Men AmericaPeru Open
Played as the Peru Open (Abierto de Peru). Won by De Vicenzo (Arg).
1957Men AmericaAll American OpenTam O'Shanter CC273 (-15)$3,300
Played as the All American Open (aka the Tam O'Shanter). Second-placed Gene Littler (USA) finished 4 shots behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL; now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].
1957Men AmericaBrazil OpenItanhanga GC281 (-7)
Played as the Brazil Open (Aberto do Brasil). Second-placed Leopoldo Ruiz (Arg) finished 8 shots behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Itanhangá GC, Itanhangá, Rio de Janeiro].
1957Men AmericaColonial InvitationalColonial CC, Tex284 (+4)$5,000
Played as the Colonial National Invitation. Second-placed Dick Mayer (USA) finished 1 shot behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
1957Men AmericaJamaica OpenConstant Spring260 (-12)
Played as the Jamaica Open. Second-placed Doug Sanders (USA) and Stan Dudas (USA) finished 13 shots behind defending champion De Vicenzo (Arg). [Constant Spring GC, Kingston, Jamaica].
1956Men AmericaJamaica OpenConstant Spring260 (-12)
Played as the Jamaica Open. Won by De Vicenzo (Arg). [Constant Spring GC, Kingston, Jamaica].
1955Men AmericaMexican OpenChapultepec271
Played as the Mexican Open (Abierto Mexicano de Golf). Tony Holguin (USA) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [GC Chapultepec, Naucalpan, Mexico City].
1954Men AmericaBrazil OpenSao Paulo GC277 (-7)
Played as the Brazil Open (Aberto do Brasil). Defending champion Mario Gonzalez (Brazil) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Sao Paulo GC, Santo Amoro, Sao Paulo, Brazil].
1954Men AmericaPeru Open
Played as the Peru Open (Abierto de Peru). Won by defending champion De Vicenzo (Arg).
1953Men AmericaMexican OpenChapultepec275
Played as the Mexican Open (Abierto Mexicano de Golf). Cary Middlecoff (USA) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [GC Chapultepec, Naucalpan, Mexico City].
1953Men AmericaPanama OpenPanama GC274
Played as the Panama Open. Won by defending champion De Vicenzo (USA). [GC de Panama, Panama City, Panama].
1953Men AmericaPeru Open
Played as the inaugural Peru Open (Abierto de Peru). Won by De Vicenzo (Arg).
1952Men AmericaArgentine OpenSan Andres, Arg287
Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Juan Anzaldo (Arg) finished in second place behind defending champion De Vicenzo (Arg). [San Andres GC, Buenos Aires].
1952Men AmericaPanama OpenPanama GC282
Played as the Panama Open. Won by De Vicenzo (Arg). [GC de Panama, Panama City, Panama].
1951Men AmericaArgentine OpenSan Isidro GC278
Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Antonio Cerda (Arg) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [San Isidro GC, Buenos Aires].
1951Men AmericaMexican OpenChapultepec275
Played as the Mexican Open (Abierto Mexicano de Golf). Al Besselink (USA) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [GC Chapultepec, Naucalpan, Mexico City].
1950Men EuropeBelgian OpenRoyal Zoute282
Played as the Belgian Open (July 21-23). Second-placed Antonio Cerdá (Arg) finished 4 shots behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Royal Zoute GC, Knokke-Heist, West Flanders, Belgium].
1950Men EuropeDutch OpenToxandria269
Played as the Dutch Open. Second-placed John Innes Cruickshank (Scot/Arg) and Eric Brown (Scot) finished 14 shots behind runaway winner De Vicenzo (Arg). [GC Toxandria, Molenschot, nr Breda, Neth. at the time known as Noord-Brabantsche GC].
1950Men EuropeFrench OpenChantilly279x
Played as the Open de France. Second-placed Marcelino Morcillo (Esp) finished 5 shots behind Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg). This was the first of three French Open wins for De Vicenzo. [Vineuil course, Golf de Chantilly, nr Paris].
1949Men AmericaArgentine OpenOlivos GC270
Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Juan Anzaldo (Arg) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Olivos GC, Pablo Nogués, Buenos Aires].
1948Men EuropeHarrogate TournamentOakdale GC277£500
Played as the North British-Harrogate 2000 Guineas Tournament. Second-placed Reg Horne (Eng) finished 2 shots behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Oakdale GC, Harrogate, North Yorkshire].
1946Men AmericaChile Opentie
Played as the Chile Open (Abierto de Chile). Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg) and Enrique Bertolino (Arg) finished in a tie for first place.
1944Men AmericaArgentine OpenItuzaingo GC288
Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Arturo Soto (Arg) finished in second place behind De Vicenzo (Arg). [Ituzaingo GC, San Antonio de Padua, nr Buenos Aires].

 

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