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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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