Golf Birthdays: June 22-24

June 22

Dustin Johnson, current world No. 3 and runner-up at the 2015 US Open, turns 31. Johnson also finished tied for second at the 2011 Open Championship, and has nine PGA wins overall, including two WGC events.

June 23

Colin Montgomerie, who ranks fourth all-time on the European Tour win list with 31, turns 52. Montgomerie recently won his third straight Senior PGA Championship and was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013. He was the European Tour’s Rookie of the Year in 1988, its Player of the Year from 1995-1997 and in 1999, and the Order of Merit winner from 1993-1999, and again in 2005. He never won a PGA Major, but finished second at the US Open thrice (1994, 1997, 2006), the PGA Championship once (1995), and the Open Championship once (2005).

Australia’s Peter O’Malley, an eight-time professional winner, turns 50. He tied for seventh at the 1997 Open Championship. Three of his wins have come on the European Tour, including the 1992 Scottish Open, the 1995 Benson and Hedges International, and the 2001 English Open.

June 24

Jim Carter, current Champions Tour player, and a former NCAA individual champion, turns 54.  He won the collegiate crown for Arizona State in 1983.  He played on the PGA Tour 15 years between 1987 and 2005, and finished tied for 24th at the 2002 US Open.

Billy Casper, winner of three Majors and 51 PGA Tour events, would have turned 84 today, but passed away on February 7, 2015. He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1978. His first Major win was the 1959 US Open in which he finished 2-over, a stroke ahead of Bob Rosburg. He won at the US Open again in 1966, defeating Arnold Palmer in a playoff after trailing by seven strokes at the turn on Sunday. He shot 1-under to Palmer’s 3-over in the playoff, pulling away as Palmer went double bogey, bogey, double-bogey on 14-16. In 1970, he tied with Gene Littler at 9-under to force a playoff at The Masters, and ran away with it, firing a 3-under 69 while Littler finished 2-over.

TC Chen, the runner-up at the 1985 US Open, turns 57. Chen was the first Taiwanese player to earn a PGA card and recorded the first double eagle in US Open history in 1985.  His lone win on the PGA Tour came in 1987 when he defeated Ben Crenshaw in a playoff at the Los Angeles Open.

Loren Roberts, an eight-time PGA winner who finished in the top five of three Majors, turns 60. He had 26 professional wins overall, but not get his first PGA win until he was 38 years old in 1994. In 1994, he finished second at the US Open after forcing a playoff with Ernie Els and Colin Montgomerie – Els won.

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