Mike Fetchick

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Mike Fetchick
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Michael Fetchick
Born (1922-10-13)October 13, 1922
Yonkers, New York
Died March 8, 2012(2012-03-08) (aged 89)
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  United States
Turned professional 1950
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 10
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
Champions Tour 1
Other 4 (regular)
2 (senior)
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T16: 1957
U.S. Open T13: 1957
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T23: 1964

Michael Fetchick (October 13, 1922 – March 8, 2012) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Senior PGA Tour.

Fetchick was born in Yonkers, New York. He turned pro in 1950 and joined the PGA Tour in 1952. He won the 1956 Western Open at The Presidio in San Francisco, California in an 18-hole playoff over Doug Ford, Jay Hebert and Don January. In the 1950s, the Western Open was considered by some to be one of major championships in men's professional golf along with The Masters, U.S. Open and the PGA Championship. It's generally conceded by golf historians that Fetchick's victory over the sports top stars resulted in a demotion for the Western Open below the other majors.[1] His best finish in an event considered to be one of four modern major championships was T13 at the 1957 U.S. Open.[2]

Fetchick holds the Champions Tour record for the oldest winner (1985 Hilton Head Seniors International on his 63rd birthday), and the longest time between his last PGA Tour victory and his first Champions Tour victory: 28 years, 9 months and 27 days. Fetchick also finished T-2 (playoff loss) at the 1990 NYNEX Commemorative at age 67.[3]

Fetchick died in 2012.[4]

Professional wins (10)

PGA Tour wins (3)

Other wins (4)

Senior PGA Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Jul 20, 1985 Hilton Head Seniors International −6 (69-69-72=210) 2 strokes United States Al Chandler, United States Gene Littler, United States Orville Moody

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1990 NYNEX Commemorative United States Jimmy Powell, United States Chi-Chi Rodríguez
United States Lee Trevino
Trevino won with birdie on fifth extra hole
Powell and Rodríguez eliminated with birdie on first hole

Other senior wins (2)


  1. Ziehm, Len (July 2, 2006). "Part of history becoming history: Final Western Open this week puts". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved March 28, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Golf Major Championships – Mike Fetchick". Retrieved March 28, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Yannis, Alex (June 4, 1990). "Trevino Is Winner On 5th Playoff Hole". The New York Times. Retrieved March 28, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Fields, Bill (March 26, 2012). "Fetchick, Oldest Senior Tour Winner, Dies at 89". Golf World: 15. Retrieved March 28, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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