Bob Goalby

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Bob Goalby
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Robert George Goalby
Born (1929-03-14) March 14, 1929 (age 93)
Belleville, Illinois
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality  United States
College University of Illinois
Turned professional 1952
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 14
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 11
Champions Tour 2
Other 1
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament Won: 1968
U.S. Open T2: 1961
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship 2nd: 1962

Robert George Goalby (born March 14, 1929) is a former American professional golfer on the PGA Tour, who won the Masters Tournament in 1968, his lone major championship among 11 Tour wins achieved between 1958 and 1971.

Goalby was born, raised, and has lived much of his life in Belleville, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois, where he played on the football team. He turned professional in 1952. His first Tour win came in 1958, and he won and contended steadily until 1971, when he was 42 years old.

At the 1968 Masters, Goalby tied Roberto DeVicenzo at the end of 72 holes of regulation play, and would have had to face an 18-hole playoff the next day, had there not been a mistake on DeVicenzo's scorecard. In the final round, DeVicenzo's playing partner Tommy Aaron marked a par-4 on the 17th hole, when DeVicenzo had in fact made a birdie-3. DeVicenzo failed to catch the mistake and signed the scorecard. The rules of golf state that the higher written score signed by a golfer on his card must stand. As such, the error gave Goalby the championship. Goalby, playing in the group behind DeVicenzo, was not personally at fault for anything in the incident.[1][2] The story received overwhelming attention at the time, and has remained high in public consciousness since. It was recounted in great detail in the 2005 book "The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68" by Curt Sampson. The personal relationship between Goalby and DeVicenzo was unaffected by the difficult situation, and the two players formed a partnership years later, for a team event on the Champions Tour.

Goalby played on the Ryder Cup team in 1963 and retired from the PGA Tour after winning 11 tournaments. He joined the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour) in 1979, winning twice, and contributed key ideas to the formation and structure of that new Tour, before retiring to a home in his native Belleville, where he has designed several nearby golf courses.

Goalby's nephew, Jay Haas, currently plays on the Champions Tour, and another nephew, Jerry Haas, coaches the Wake Forest University golf team. His great-nephew, Bill Haas, plays on the PGA Tour, and won the Tour Championship tournament and FedEx Cup in 2011.[1]

Goalby has lent his name each year since 1982 to a charity golf tournament, the Bob Goalby Golf Open, for the benefit of Maur Hill - Mount Academy, a Catholic, international, college preparatory school in Atchison, Kansas.[3]

Professional wins (14)

PGA Tour wins (11)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Apr 13, 1958 Greater Greensboro Open −9 (71-69-69-66=275) 2 strokes United States Dow Finsterwald, United States Don January,
United States Tony Lema, United States Sam Snead,
United States Art Wall, Jr.
2 Dec 11, 1960 Coral Gables Open Invitational −12 (67-67-71-67=272) 1 stroke United States Dow Finsterwald
3 Jan 9, 1961 Los Angeles Open −9 (67-70-71-67=275) 3 strokes Scotland Eric Brown, United States Art Wall, Jr.
4 Mar 19, 1961 St. Petersburg Open Invitational −23 (67-62-67-65=261) 3 strokes United States Ted Kroll
5 Aug 5, 1962 Insurance City Open Invitational −13 (69-69-66-67=271) Playoff United States Art Wall, Jr.
6 Sep 9, 1962 Denver Open Invitational −3 (72-69-67-69=277) 1 stroke United States George Bayer, United States Bob Duden,
United States Jack Fleck, United States Bill Johnston,
United States Billy Maxwell, United States Art Wall, Jr.
7 Jan 15, 1967 San Diego Open Invitational −15 (68-64-68-69=269) 1 stroke United States Gay Brewer
8 Apr 14, 1968 Masters Tournament −11 (70-70-71-66=277) 1 stroke Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo
9 Sep 28, 1969 Robinson Open Golf Classic −15 (62-71-73-67=273) Playoff United States Jim Wiechers
10 Nov 29, 1970 Heritage Golf Classic −4 (74-70-70-66=280) 4 strokes United States Lanny Wadkins
11 Dec 12, 1971 Bahamas National Open −9 (69-70-66-70=275) 1 stroke United States George Archer

PGA Tour playoff record (2–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1962 Insurance City Open Invitational United States Art Wall, Jr. Won with birdie on seventh extra hole
2 1965 Hawaiian Open United States Gay Brewer Lost to birdie on first extra hole
3 1969 Robinson Open Golf Classic United States Jim Wiechers Won with birdie on first extra hole

Major championship is shown in bold.

Senior PGA Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Jun 28, 1981 Marlboro Classic −2 (70-68-70=208) 2 strokes United States Art Wall, Jr.
2 Jun 27, 1982 Peter Jackson Champions −15 (68-68-64-73=273) 1 stroke United States Gene Littler

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1985 Bank One Senior Golf Classic United States Miller Barber, United States Gene Littler Littler won with par on third extra hole
Goalby eliminated with par on first hole

Other senior wins (1)

Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1968 Masters Tournament 1 shot deficit −11 (70-70-71-66=277) 1 stroke Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo

Results timeline

Tournament 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP T38
PGA Championship DNP DNP T5
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament CUT 36 T25 CUT T37 T39 T59 CUT 1 T40
U.S. Open T19 T2 T14 CUT DNP CUT T22 T6 T39 DNP
PGA Championship T32 T15 2 T17 CUT T68 T49 T7 T8 CUT
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament CUT T36 T17 T6 T22 CUT CUT CUT 52 CUT
PGA Championship CUT T46 T62 T18 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986
Masters Tournament CUT CUT 46 CUT CUT CUT CUT

Note: Goalby never played in The Open Championship.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 1 0 0 1 2 5 27 13
U.S. Open 0 1 0 1 2 6 14 11
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PGA Championship 0 1 0 2 4 7 15 12
Totals 1 2 0 4 8 18 56 36
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 9 (1971 PGA – 1974 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (1967 U.S. Open – 1968 Masters)

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Criddle, Dean (April 7, 2010). "The Master speaks: Bob Goalby talks about the tournament, his great-nephew and Tiger Woods". Belleville News-Democrat. Retrieved 2010-05-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  2. "Today in Sports History: April 14th". Inhistoric sports history blog. Retrieved 2010-05-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Alumni and Friends: Bob Goalby". Maur Hill-Mount Academy. Retrieved 2010-05-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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