Peter Jacobsen

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Peter Jacobsen
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Peter Erling Jacobsen
Born (1954-03-04) March 4, 1954 (age 68)
Portland, Oregon
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Bonita Springs, Florida
Spouse Jan (m. 1976)
Children Amy, Kristen, Mick
College University of Oregon
Turned professional 1976
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 22
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 7
Champions Tour 2
Other 13
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T11: 1981
U.S. Open T7: 1984
The Open Championship T11: 1985
PGA Championship 3rd: 1983, 1986
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour Comeback
Player of the Year
Old Tom Morris Award 2012
Payne Stewart Award 2013
(For a full list of awards, see here)

Peter Erling Jacobsen (born March 4, 1954) is an American professional golfer and commentator on Golf Channel and NBC. He has played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. He has won seven events on the PGA Tour and two events on the Champions Tour, both majors.

Early years

Jacobsen was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Portland’s Lincoln High School.[1]

Jacobsen played college golf at the University of Oregon. He turned professional in 1976 after winning the Oregon Open as an amateur. He is one of golf's most colorful personalities, which makes him one of the more popular players with fans.[2]

Professional career

PGA Tour

Jacobsen qualified for the PGA Tour in his first attempt, finishing in 19th place at the 1976 qualifying tournament. He made steady progress during his first few seasons on the tour, before capturing his first title in 1980 at the Buick-Goodwrench Open. He won twice on the tour in 1984 and broke into the top-10 on the money list for the first time. Two more wins in 1995 catapulted him to a career best 7th place on the end of season money list. As a result of his performance during those two seasons, he was selected to play in two Ryder Cups, in 1985 and 1995.

Jacobsen has won seven tournaments on the PGA Tour, the last coming at the 2003 Greater Hartford Open at the age of 49, making him one of the oldest players to win on the PGA Tour. That year he was voted the Tour's comeback player of the year.[3]

Champions Tour

Since turning fifty, Jacobsen has competed mainly on the Champions Tour, although he continued to play on the PGA Tour for several years. In his first year of eligibility for senior golf, he won the 2004 U.S. Senior Open, one of senior golf's major championships.[4] The following year he added a second senior major title at the 2005 Senior Players Championship.

Other projects

Away from competing, Jacobsen has presented two shows on the Golf Channel. Plugged In was a variety show, featuring music, story-telling and skits performed with co-host Matt Griesser, former star of the FootJoy SignBoy campaign, and Peter and Friends was a panel discussion show.

Jacobsen appeared as himself alongside Kevin Costner in the 1996 movie Tin Cup, where he was the winner of the fictional U.S. Open.[2]

A self-taught guitarist, Jacobsen was a founding member and lead singer of Jake Trout & The Flounders, a band he formed in the mid-80s with Mark Lye and Payne Stewart. The group is no longer together, but they recorded two albums.[5]

Jacobsen owns Peter Jacobsen Sports,[3][6] an event management company that has run several professional golf tournaments including the JELD-WEN Tradition, one of the majors on the Champions Tour,[3] and the CVS Caremark Charity Classic, one of the PGA Tour's Challenge Series events. Until 2002 it also organized the Fred Meyer Challenge, a three-day charity event in Oregon.[7]

Jacobsen is known for his laid-back, humorous personality. During the Fred Meyer Challenge, he was known to do impressions of other players, such as Craig Stadler. The event was filmed and broadcast on the Golf Channel, and they have released a DVD and VHS of the footage, titled "Peter's Party."[8] His sharp but playful humor is also evident in the video and audio commentary he provides for the player's shot, good or bad, in various versions of Golden Tee Golf, a video game from Incredible Technologies.

Jacobsen is also the face of Peter Jacobsen Challenge Keno and Peter Jacobsen Challenge Poker, two video gambling casino games.[9]

Personal life

Jacobsen married in December 1976 to Jan. The couple have three children: Amy, Kristen, and Mick.

Amateur wins (1)

Professional wins

PGA Tour wins (7)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Aug 24, 1980 Buick-Goodwrench Open −12 (70-70-69-67=276) 1 stroke United States Mark Lye, United States Billy Kratzert
2 May 20, 1984 Colonial National Invitation −10 (64-71-65-70=270) Playoff United States Payne Stewart
3 Jul 29, 1984 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open −15 (67-69-63-70=269) 2 strokes United States Mark O'Meara
4 Jan 21, 1990 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic −21 (67-66-69-66-71=339) 1 stroke United States Scott Simpson, United States Brian Tennyson
5 Feb 5, 1995 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am −17 (67-73-66-65=271) 2 strokes United States David Duval
6 Feb 12, 1995 Buick Invitational of California −19 (68-65-68-68=269) 4 strokes United States Mark Calcavecchia, United States Mike Hulbert,
United States Hal Sutton, United States Kirk Triplett
7 Jul 27, 2003 Greater Hartford Open −14 (63-67-69-67=266) 2 strokes United States Chris Riley

PGA Tour playoff record (1–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1981 Buick Open United States Bobby Clampett, United States Hale Irwin, United States Gil Morgan Irwin won with birdie on second extra hole
2 1984 Colonial National Invitation United States Payne Stewart Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1985 Honda Classic United States Curtis Strange Lost to par on first extra hole
4 1989 Beatrice Western Open United States Mark McCumber Lost to par on first extra hole

Other wins (12)

Champions Tour wins (2)

Champions Tour major championships (2)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Aug 1, 2004 U.S. Senior Open −12 (65-70-69-68=272) 1 stroke United States Hale Irwin
2 Jul 10, 2005 Ford Senior Players Championship −15 (70-66-71-66=273) 1 stroke United States Hale Irwin

Other senior wins (1)

Results in major championships

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP T11 T20 T20 T25 CUT T25 DNP DNP T34
U.S. Open T22 T37 DNP T34 T7 T31 T59 T24 T21 8
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP T12 T22 T11 CUT WD DNP T30
PGA Championship T10 T27 T34 3 T18 T10 3 20 47 T27
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament T30 T17 T61 DNP DNP T31 DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT T31 63 CUT DNP T51 T23 DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T16 T73 DNP DNP T24 T31 T44 DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T26 DNP T28 T28 DNP T23 WD T67 DNP DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 6 11 10
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 2 7 17 14
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 5 11 9
PGA Championship 0 0 2 2 4 7 17 15
Totals 0 0 2 2 6 25 56 48
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 15 (1980 U.S. Open – 1984 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (six times)

Champions Tour major championships

Wins (2)

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
2004 U.S. Senior Open −12 (65-70-69-68=272) 1 stroke United States Hale Irwin
2005 Ford Senior Players Championship −15 (70-66-71-66=273) 1 stroke United States Hale Irwin

Results timeline

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
The Tradition T4 T42 WD WD DNP 56 DNP T60 24 WD T46 T65
Senior PGA Championship DNP T6 T7 T52 DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT T35 CUT CUT
Senior Players Championship DNP 1 T45 DNP DNP DNP DNP T72 T62 T39 70 DNP
U.S. Senior Open 1 T26 T3 T33 CUT CUT WD CUT T17 WD CUT CUT
Senior British Open Championship DNP T56 T40 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.


U.S. national team appearances


See also


  1. Meehan, Brian. Jacobsen works at golf, but attitude is natural. The Oregonian, August 27, 2004.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wang, Gene (June 19, 2005). "Jacobsen Hopes for a Hollywood Ending". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 1, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Tokito, Mike. JELD-WEN to sponsor Portland golfer Jacobsen. The Oregonian, December 18, 2003.
  4. "Patience in the heat pays off for Jacobsen". USA Today. August 3, 2004. Retrieved August 1, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Peter Jacobsen". Peter Jacobsen Sports. Retrieved October 31, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Peter Jacobsen Sports
  7. White, Ryan. Fred Meyer pulls out of charity golf event. The Oregonian, August 28, 2002.
  8. "Peter's Party I&II". Golf Channel. Archived from the original on September 7, 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Peter Jacobsen's Corporate Partnerships

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