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Dave Hill (golfer)

Personal information
NameDave Hill
Full nameJames David Hill
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight145 lb (65.8 kg ; 10.4 st)
NationalityUnited States
CollegeUniversity of Detroit
Turned professional1958
Former toursPGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins25
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour13
Champions Tour6
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentT5: 1970
U.S. Open2nd: 1970
The Open Championship2nd: 1970
PGA ChampionshipT3: 1974
Achievements and awards
Vardon Trophy1969

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James David Hill (born May 20, 1937) is an American professional golfer. He is the brother of golfer Mike Hill.

Hill was born in Jackson, Michigan. He attended the University of Detroit, where he played on the golf team. Hill won 13 times on the PGA Tour, three of which came during his career year of 1969, when he also won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average. He was a member of the United States Ryder Cup team in 1969, 1973, and 1977.

Hill was known for his quick wit and biting sarcasm, and was sometimes referred to as "the Don Rickles of the golf tour". He frequently led the tour in fines and suspensions for violations such as swearing and breaking clubs. Hill played in the acrimonious 1969 Ryder Cup that ended in a 16-16 tie when Jack Nicklaus made his famous "concession" of a short but missable putt to Tony Jacklin on the 18th green in the final match. During that event, Hill threatened to wrap a 1-iron around his opponent Bernard Gallacher's head.

In 1970, Hill had his best finish in a major championship, placing second at the U.S. Open played at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. What gained him the most notoriety, though, was not his excellent play but his criticisms of the golf course. When first asked what he thought of the golf course, he said "I'm still looking for it". When asked what Hazeltine needed, he retorted, "Hazeltine really did lack only 80 acres of corn and a few cows. They ruined a good farm when they built this course". Hill was far from alone among the pros in his criticism of Hazeltine, which had to be extensively redesigned before getting a chance to host another major, again the U.S. Open, in 1991. In his controversial golf memoir 'Teed Off' published in 1977, Hill claimed to have paid a farmer cash to borrow his tractor. If he had won the 1970 U.S. Open, Hill planned to ride the tractor out onto the golf course as he hoisted the trophy.

In 1987, Hill joined the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour). He won six tournaments on that tour. Hill had a cameo appearance in the movie, Now You See Him, Now You Don't.

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PGA Tour wins (13) :
No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of
1 Feb 19, 1961 Home of the Sun Open -11(69-66-69-65=269) Playoff US Tommy Bolt, Bud Sullivan
2 Sep 10, 1961 Denver Open Invitational -17 (63-64-67-69=263) 6 strokes US Bob Goalby, US Art Wall, Jr.
3 Jul 14, 1963 Hot Springs Open Invitational -11 (69-70-70-68=277) Playoff US Mike Souchak
4 Jun 4, 1967 Memphis Open Invitational -8 (65-66-68-73=272) 2 strokes US Johnny Pott
5 Jun 1, 1969 Memphis Open Invitational -15 (67-67-66-65=265) 2 strokes US Lee Elder
6 Jul 6, 1969 Buick Open Invitational -11 (68-68-71-70=277) 2 strokes US Frank Beard
7 Jul 20, 1969 IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic -9 (71-71-68-69=279) Playoff US Gay Brewer, US Tommy Jacobs, US R. H. Sikes
8 May 31, 1970 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic -14 (68-67-71-68=274) 3 strokes US Frank Beard, US Homero Blancas, NZ Bob Charles
9 Apr 16, 1972 Monsanto Open -13 (64-68-68-71=271) 1 stroke US Jerry Heard
10 May 20, 1973 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic -5 (68-69-74-72=283) 1 stroke US Allen Miller, US Lee Trevino
11 May 12, 1974 Houston Open -12 (70-67-74-65=276) 1 stroke US Rod Curl, US Steve Melnyk, US Andy North
12 Sep 28, 1975 Sahara Invitational -14 (68-66-67-69=270) Playoff US Rik Massengale
13 Jul 4, 1976 Greater Milwaukee Open -18 (66-67-68-69=270) 3 strokes US John Jacobs

Other senior wins (1) :
Tournament 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T50 T24
U.S. Open T51 WD DNP CUT DNP T22 T18 T16 T13
PGA Championship DNP CUT T17 CUT DNP DNP T11 T17 T15

Other senior wins (1) :
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament T5 T27 CUT T37 T11 7 T15 T39 T45 CUT
PGA Championship T68 T6 WD CUT T3 T7 T22 T48 T50 DNP

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