|Roberto De Vicenzo|
De Vicenzo in 2013
|Full name||Roberto De Vicenzo|
14 April 1923|
Villa Ballester, Argentina
|Died||1 June 2017
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
Senior PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour Champions||2|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||2nd: 1968|
|U.S. Open||T8: 1958|
|The Open Championship||Won: 1967|
|PGA Championship||T5: 1954|
|Achievements and awards|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||1989 (member page)|
|Bob Jones Award||1970|
|Olimpia Award||1967, 1970|
Roberto De Vicenzo (14 April 1923 - 1 June 2017) was a professional golfer from Argentina. He won more than 230 tournaments worldwide in his career including eight on the PGA Tour and most famously the 1967 Open Championship.
De Vicenzo was born in Villa Ballester, a northern suburb of Buenos Aires province, Argentina. He was raised in the Villa Pueyrredón neighborhood of Buenos Aires, and acquired the game of golf as a caddie. He developed his skills at the Ranelagh Golf Club, and later relocated to the town of the same name.
He won his first Argentine tournament, the Abierto del Litoral, in 1942; his first World Cup in 1953; and a major tournament, The Open Championship, in 1967. De Vicenzo is best remembered for his misfortune in the 1968 Masters Tournament. On the par-4 17th hole, Roberto De Vicenzo made a birdie, but playing partner Tommy Aaron inadvertently entered a 4 instead of 3 on the scorecard. He did not check the scorecard for the error before signing it, and according to the Rules of Golf the higher score had to stand and be counted. If not for this mistake, De Vicenzo would have tied for first place with Bob Goalby, and the two would have met in an 18-hole playoff the next day. His quote afterwards became legendary for its poignancy: "What a stupid I am!"
De Vicenzo subsequently found great success in the early days of the Senior PGA Tour, winning the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf two times and the inaugural U.S. Senior Open in 1980. He also won the 1974 PGA Seniors' Championship, and represented Argentina 15 times in the Canada Cup/World Cup, leading Argentina to victory in 1953.
De Vicenzo was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989, and officially retired on 12 November 2006, at age 83 with over 200 international victories. The Museum of Golf in Argentina in Berazategui was founded because of his hard work. It was named in his honor upon its completion in 2006.
Major championship is shown in bold.
this list is incomplete
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||29 Jun 1980||U.S. Senior Open||-3 (74-73-68-70=285)||4 strokes||William C. Campbell (a)|
|2||15 Jul 1984||Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Commemorative Pro-Am||8 (70-70-65=205)||2 strokes||Gardner Dickinson|
Senior PGA Tour playoff record (0-1)
|1||1986||Denver Post Champions of Golf||Gary Player||Lost to par on fourth extra hole|
Senior major championship is shown in bold.
this list may be incomplete
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1967||The Open Championship||2 shot lead||-10 (70-71-67-70=278)||2 strokes||Jack Nicklaus|
|The Open Championship||2||6||3||T35|
|The Open Championship||T3||3||4||T20||1||T10||T3|
|The Open Championship||T17||T11||T28||T51||T28||T32||T48||CUT||CUT|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" = tied
|The Open Championship||1||1||6||9||11||14||22||20|
|1980||U.S. Senior Open||-3 (74-73-68-70=285)||4 strokes||William C. Campbell (a)|