Who's who in golf - Tommy Bolt

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Name: - Thomas Henry 'Tommy' Bolt
Country: - USA
Lived : - [1916-2008]. Born on March 31, 1916 in Haworth, Oklahoma; died on Aug 30, 2008 in Cherokee Village, Arkansas aged 92.
Original Home/Club: - Oklahoma
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1946

Roll of Honour

Majors (1) - US Open (1958). Ryder Cup player (1955, '57). Total professional wins (18), of which PGA Tour wins (15). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2002).

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Nicknamed 'Thunder' and 'Terrible Tommy', Bolt was well known for his fiery temper, and was not unknown to break and/or throw clubs in fits of 'golf rage'. He is credited with having said, 'there's no better game in the world when you are in good company, and no worse game when you are in bad company'.

Top tournaments won by Tommy Bolt

1980Snr AmericaLegends of Golf (US)Onion Creek187 (-23)$35,000
Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Second-placed Sam Snead (USA) & Don January (USA) finished 2 shots behind Tommy Bolt (USA) and Art Wall (USA). [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].
1969Snr AmericaUS Snr PGA Ch'shipBallenIsles CC278 (-10)
Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship (30th). Second-placed Pete Fleming (USA) finished 1 shot behind Bolt (USA). [East Course, BallenIsles CC, Palm Beach Gdns, FL. Known at the time as Champions course, PGA National GC].
1969Snr AmericaWorld Senior Ch'shipBide-a-Wee39th hole
Played as the World Professional Senior's Golf Championship (Sept 7; 36-hole match between the US and British PGA Senior Champions). Bolt (USA) beat John Panton (Scot) at the 39th hole. [Bide-a-Wee GC, Portsmouth, Virginia].
1960Men AmericaSt Jude ClassicColonial CC, Tenn273 (-9)$4,300
Played as the Memphis Open Invitational. Bolt (USA) beat Ben Hogan (USA) and Gene Littler (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Bolt 68, Hogan 69, Littler 71). [Colonial CC, White Station, Memphis, TN. Club relocated to Cordova, nr Memphis in 1972].
1958Men AmericaColonial InvitationalColonial CC, Tex282 (+2)$5,000
Played as the Colonial National Invitation. Second-placed Ken Venturi (USA) finished 1 shot behind Bolt (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
1958Men MajorsUS OpenSouthern Hills283 (+3)$8,000
The US Open (58th) (Jun 12-14). Second-placed Gary Player (RSA) finished 4 shots behind Bolt (USA). [Southern Hills CC, Tulsa, Oklahoma].
1955Men AmericaFarmers Insurance OpenRiverwalk GC, CA274 (-14)$2,400
Played as the Convair San Diego Open (Jan 20-23). Second-placed Johnny Palmer (USA) finished 2 shots behind Bolt (USA), who won this event for the second time in three years. [Riverwalk GC, San Diego, CA; at the time known as Mission Valley CC].
1955Men AmericaTucson OpenEl Rio, AZ266 (-14)$2,000
Played as the Tucson Open. Second-placed Bud Holscher (USA) and Art Wall Jr (USA) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Bolt (USA), who holed a 30-foot eagle putt on the final hole to seal the win. [El Rio G&CC, Tucson, AZ. Now known as El Rio GC].
1954Men AmericaRubber City OpenFirestone CC265 (-23)$2,400
Played as the inaugural Rubber City Open (Sept 2-5). Second-placed Fred Hawkins (USA) finished 5 shots behind Bolt (USA). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].
1954Men AmericaTravelers Ch'shipWethersfield CC271 (-13)$2,400
Played as the Insurance City Open. Bolt (USA) beat Earl Stewart (USA) in an 18-hole playoff. Stewart conceded on the 18th green in the playoff. [Wethersfield CC, nr Hartford, CT].
1953Men AmericaFarmers Insurance OpenSan Diego CC274 (-14)$2,000
Played as the San Diego Open (15-18). Second-placed Doug Ford (USA) finished 3 shots behind Bolt (USA). [San Diego CC, Chula Vista, CA].
1953Men AmericaTucson OpenEl Rio, AZ265 (-15)$2,000
Played as the Tucson Open. Second-placed Chandler Harper (USA) finished 1 shot behind Bolt (USA). [El Rio G&CC, Tucson, AZ. Now known as El Rio GC].
1952Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenRiviera CC, Calif.289 (+5)$4,000
Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 4-8). Tommy Bolt (USA) beat Jack Burke Jr (USA) and E.J. "Dutch" Harrison (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Bolt 69, Burke 71, Harrison 74). This was Bolt's second PGA Tour win. [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].


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