Golf Birthdays: September 1-4

September 1

Keith Clearwater, two-time PGA Tour tournament winner, turns 56.  Both of those wins came in his rookie year of 1987 – the Colonial and the Central Classic.

September 3

Dave Eichelberger, who has four wins on the PGA Tour and six on the Champions Tour, turns 72. He won the Greater Milwaukee Open twice (1971, 1977) as well as the 1980 Bay Hill Classic and the 1981 Tallahassee Open.  In 1999, at age 55, he won the US Senior Open.

Robert Karlsson, the Swede who has won 11 times on the European Tour, turns 46. Karlsson has finished in the Top 10 of all four Majors, including fourth at the 2008 US Open and 2011 PGA Championship. He won the Tour’s 2008 Order of Merit, the last year before it was changed to its current Race to Dubai format.  In 2008 he finished in the top 8 in the first three Majors of the year.

September 4

Guy Boros, winner of the 1996 Greater Vancouver Open, turns 51. Boros is the son of Hall of Famer Julius Boros.

Ray Floyd, four-time Major winner and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, turns 73. Floyd won 22 PGA Tour titles, good for 27th all-time, and has won 14 on the Champions Tour. His first Major was the 1969 PGA Championship, beating Gay Player by one stroke and finishing 8-under.  Seven years later he won The Masters with a 17-under 271, tying Jack Nicklaus’ course record. The won by eight strokes over Ben Crenshaw. After just missing The Open Championship in 1978 (he finished tied for second), he went wire-to-wire at the 1982 PGA Championship at age 39, winning by three strokes with an 8-under 272.  Four years later, he became the oldest US Open winner ever, taking the crown at age 43 years, 284 days with a 1-under 279.

Tom Watson, who won eight Major titles, the sixth-most in history, turns 66. His 39 PGA wins are tied for 11th most all-time and his five victories at The Open Championship are good for second all-time.  His first Major was the 1975 Open Championship, which he won in an 18-hole playoff.  In 1977, he won The Masters by two strokes over Jack Nicklaus, then nipped Nicklaus by one stroke three months later to win The Open for a second time, becoming just the fourth golfer (Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Nicklaus) to win both tournaments in the same season. His third Open title came in 1980, by four strokes over Lee Trevino, and his second Masters came a year later, by two strokes over Nicklaus and Johnny Miller. He added his first and only US Open title in 1982, again edging Nicklaus by two strokes, then became just the fifth man to win the US and Open Championships in the same year, when he won at Royal Troon by one stroke. His final Major was the 1983 Open as he defended his crown with a 9-under 275. He just missed his ninth Major title several times, including at the 1991 Masters (shared the lead on the 18th), and the 2009 Open Championship (lost a four-hole playoff at age 59). Since joining the Champions Tour in 1999, he has won 14 titles, including five Majors.

 

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