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Encyclopedia > Bob Charles (golfer)
Bob Charles
Personal Information
Birth March 14, 1936 (1936-03-14) (age 71)
Carterton, New Zealand
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 175 lb (80 kg)
Nationality Flag of New Zealand New Zealand
College None
Career
Turned Pro 1960
Current tour Champions Tour
Professional wins 66
Best Results in Major Championships
Wins: 1
Masters T15: 1963
U.S. Open 3rd/T3: 1964, 1970
British Open Won 1963
PGA Championship T2: 1968

Sir Robert James "Bob" Charles, KNZM, CBE, (born March 14, 1936), is a New Zealand professional golfer whose achievements over five decades rank him among the most successful left handed golfers of all time, being the first lefty to win a golf major, winning more than 70 titles, and beating his age twice during a tournament as a 71-year- old. is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Carterton may be: For Carterton in New Zealand, go to Carterton, New Zealand For Carterton in Oxfordshire, UK, go to Carterton, Oxfordshire This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The pound or pound-mass (abbreviations: lb, , lbm, or sometimes in the United States: #) is a unit of mass (sometimes called weight in everyday parlance) in a number of different systems, including the imperial and US and older English systems. ... Kg redirects here. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... The Champions Tour, a golf tour run by the PGA TOUR, hosts 30 events annually in the United States and Canada for golfers 50 and older. ... The Masters is one of four Grand Slam golf tournaments. ... The United States Open Championship is the annual open golf tournament of the United States. ... “British Open” redirects here. ... The PGA Championship (often referred to as the U.S. PGA Championship outside of North America) is an annual golf tournament conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA Tour. ... The New Zealand Order of Merit is an order of chivalry established on 30 May 1996 by Queen Elizabeth II of New Zealand. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... In golf the distinction between amateurs and professionals is rigorously maintained. ... // The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the majors, are the four most prestigious annual tournaments in professional golf. ...


Born in Carterton, a small town in the Wairarapa district on New Zealand’s North Island, Charles lived in Masterton where he worked as a bank teller and demonstrated great golfing potential. Carterton is a small town in a farming area of the Wairarapa district in New Zealand’s North Island. ... Wairarapa (often known as The Wairarapa) is a geographical region of New Zealand. ... For other uses, see New Zealand (disambiguation). ... North Island The North Island is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, the other being the South Island. ... Masterton is a town (and local government district) in the Wellington region of New Zealand. ...


He caused a sensation on November 8, 1954 when as an 18 year old amateur he beat a top international field to win the New Zealand Open at Heretaunga. The media was full of praise for this slight young man who equalled the open record of 280, and there were many predictions for an imminent venture in the professional ranks and a lucrative career. is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New Zealand Open, which is currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Blue Chip New Zealand Open, is the leading mens golf tournament in New Zealand. ... Upper Hutt is New Zealands smallest city by population and is located in the Wellington region of New Zealand. ...


Charles decided to hone his skills as an amateur first, and remained in his bank employment for a further six years, but all the while continued to show exceptional putting prowess which helped immensely later on the professional circuits. He represented New Zealand several times in international amateur tournaments during this period.

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Professional career

He turned professional in 1960 and the next year won the New Zealand PGA Championship and soon after ventured overseas to the European and North American circuits. For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... North America North America is a continent [1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ...


In 1963, he really came to notice when he won his first PGA Tour event in the United States, the Houston Classic. His greatest moment came later that year when he won the British Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. After four rounds (68,72,66,71) his 277 was level with American Phil Rodgers. Demonstrating unerring putting, Charles won the 36-hole playoff by eight shots. The PGA Tour is an organization that operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... The Shell Houston Open is a regular golf tournament on the PGA Tour. ... “British Open” redirects here. ... Map sources for Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club at grid reference SD329286 Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England is one of the courses in the Open Championship rotation. ... Phil Rodgers (born April 3, 1938) is an American golfer. ...


Charles has won about 80 tournaments around the world, and has finished in the top five countless times. As well as his important PGA victories, his win in the 1969 World Matchplay Championship was considered one of his best. He was also thrilled when in 1993 he won the Senior British Open 30 years after winning his British Open title. Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... In golf the World Matchplay Championship may mean: The WGC-Accenture World Matchplay Championship: one of the World Golf Championships events. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The Senior British Open Championship is a professional golf tournament for men aged fifty and over. ...


In 2007 Charles became the oldest golfer to make a cut on the European Tour at the Michael Hill New Zealand Open. Charles shot a 68 in the second round, beating his age by three strokes.[1] He would go on to finish in a tie for 23rd place. The PGA European Tour is a top-level professional mens golf tour. ... For other uses, see New Zealand Open (disambiguation). ...


Seniors tour

His move to the Senior PGA Tour (now called Champions Tour) was very lucrative and successful with 23 titles and in three years 1988, 1989 and 1993, he recorded lowest scoring average. He finished second on the European Seniors Tour's 2007 Wentworth Senior Masters at the age of 71. The Champions Tour, a golf tour run by the PGA TOUR, hosts 30 events annually in the United States and Canada for golfers 50 and older. ... The European Seniors Tour is a professional tour for male golfers aged 50 and over. ... Wentworth Senior Masters is a mens professional golf tournament on the European Seniors Tour. ...


Personal life

Charles is a sporting hero in New Zealand, not only for his achievements but also for his demeanour and philanthropy regarding junior golfers. He was also a role model worldwide for left-handed golfers. Until Canadian Mike Weir won the U.S. Masters title in 2003, Charles was the only golfer with a left-handed swing to have won a major. Personal Information Birth May 12, 1970 ) Brights Grove, Ontario Height 5 ft 9 in (1. ... This article is about the golf tournament. ...


Charles was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Queen Elizabeth in 1972 and advanced to Commander in the same Order in 1992. He became Sir Bob Charles in 1999 when made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... The New Zealand Order of Merit is an order of chivalry established on 30 May 1996 by Queen Elizabeth II of New Zealand. ...


Charles married his wife Verity in 1962 and they have two children, Beverly and David. David is a golf director in the U.S.. Charles is a successful golf course designer having had major input into the Formosa Country Club in North Shore City, Millbrook at the resort town of Queenstown, and the nine-hole course at Matarangi on the Coromandel Peninsula. North Shore City (orange). ... Millbrook, Bedfordfshire is a village in Bedfordshire, United Kingdom Millbrook, Greater Manchester is an area of Stalybridge in Greater Manchester, United Kingdom Millbrook, New York is a village in the United States Millbrook is a district of Southampton, United Kingdom This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which... For other places with the same name, see Queenstown (disambiguation). ... Location of Coromandel Peninsula A true-colour image showing Auckland city (left), the Hauraki Gulf (centre) and the Coromandel Peninsula (right). ...


Professional wins (66)

PGA Tour wins (6)

Major championship is shown in bold. The Shell Houston Open is a regular golf tournament on the PGA Tour. ... The Champions Belt & The Claret Jug. ... The Chrysler Classic of Tucson is a golf tournament on the PGA Tour. ... The BellSouth Classic is a regular golf tournament on the PGA Tour. ... The Canadian Open is a golf tournament which was founded in 1904. ... The Chrysler Classic of Greensboro is a regular golf tournament on the Fall Finish of the PGA Tour. ... // The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the majors, are the four most prestigious annual tournaments in professional golf. ...


Australasia wins (8)

The New Zealand Open, which is currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Blue Chip New Zealand Open, is the leading mens golf tournament in New Zealand. ... The New Zealand PGA Championship is a golf tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Nationwide Tour. ... The New Zealand Open, which is currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Blue Chip New Zealand Open, is the leading mens golf tournament in New Zealand. ... The New Zealand Open, which is currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Blue Chip New Zealand Open, is the leading mens golf tournament in New Zealand. ... The New Zealand Open, which is currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Blue Chip New Zealand Open, is the leading mens golf tournament in New Zealand. ... The New Zealand PGA Championship is a golf tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Nationwide Tour. ... The New Zealand PGA Championship is a golf tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Nationwide Tour. ...

Other wins (16)

The Omega European Masters is the Swiss stop on mens golfs European Tour, currently played in early September each year. ... The HSBC World Match Play Championship is the current sponsored name of a match play golf tournament played annually at Wentworth Club near London. ... The Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters is a PGA European Tour golf tournament which takes place each May. ... The Scandinavian Masters is an annual golf tournament on the PGA European Tour which is played in Sweden at the end of July or the beginning of August each year. ... The South African Open is one of the principal golf tournaments on the Sunshine Tour and since 1997 it has been co-sanctioned by the PGA European Tour. ... The Omega European Masters is the Swiss stop on mens golfs European Tour, currently played in early September each year. ... This article is about the former PGA Tour event, for information on the former Nationwide Tour event, see Tallahassee Open (Nationwide Tour Event). ...

Senior PGA Tour wins (23)

  • 1987 (3) Vintage Chrysler Invitational, GTE Classic, Sunwest Bank Charley Pride Senior Golf Classic
  • 1988 (5) NYNEX/Golf Digest Commemorative, Sunwest Bank Charley Pride Senior Golf Classic, Rancho Murieta Senior Gold Rush, Vantage presents Bank One Senior Golf Classic, Pepsi Senior Challenge
  • 1989 (5) GTE Suncoast Classic, NYNEX/Golf Digest Commemorative, Digital Seniors Classic, Sunwest Bank Charley Pride Senior Golf Classic, Fairfield Barnett Space Coast Classic
  • 1990 (2) Digital Seniors Classic, GTE Kaanapali Classic
  • 1991 (1) GTE Suncoast Classic
  • 1992 (2) Raley's Senior Gold Rush, Transamerica Senior Golf Championship
  • 1993 (3) Doug Sanders Celebrity Classic, Bell Atlantic Classic, Quicksilver Classic
  • 1995 (1) Hyatt Regency Maui Kaanapali Classic
  • 1996 (1) Hyatt Regency Maui Kaanapali Classic

// The 1987 Senior PGA Tour was the eighth season since the Senior PGA Tour officially began in 1980 (it was renamed the Champions Tour in 2003). ... The Gulfstream Aerospace Invitational was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1984 to 1993. ... The FHP Health Care Classic was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1987 to 1996. ... The Sunwest Bank Charley Pride Senior Golf Classic was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1986 to 1991. ... // The 1988 Senior PGA Tour was the ninth season since the Senior PGA Tour officially began in 1980 (it was renamed the Champions Tour in 2003). ... The NYNEX Commemorative was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1982 to 1993. ... The Sunwest Bank Charley Pride Senior Golf Classic was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1986 to 1991. ... The Gold Rush Classic was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1987 to 2001. ... The Bank One Classic was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1983 to 1997. ... The Pepsi Senior Challenge was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1986 to 1988. ... // The 1989 Senior PGA Tour was the 10th season since the Senior PGA Tour officially began in 1980 (it was renamed the Champions Tour in 2003). ... The Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am is a golf tournament on the Champions Tour. ... The NYNEX Commemorative was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1982 to 1993. ... The Bank of America Championship is a golf tournament on the Champions Tour. ... The Sunwest Bank Charley Pride Senior Golf Classic was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1986 to 1991. ... The Fairfield Barnett Space Coast Classic was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1980 to 1990. ... // The 1990 Senior PGA Tour was the 11th season since the Senior PGA Tour officially began in 1980 (it was renamed the Champions Tour in 2003). ... The Bank of America Championship is a golf tournament on the Champions Tour. ... The Turtle Bay Championship is a golf tournament on the Champions Tour. ... // The 1991 Senior PGA Tour was the 12th season since the Senior PGA Tour officially began in 1980 (it was renamed the Champions Tour in 2003). ... The Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am is a golf tournament on the Champions Tour. ... The 1992 Senior PGA Tour was the 13th season since the Senior PGA Tour officially began in 1980 (it was renamed the Champions Tour in 2003). ... The Gold Rush Classic was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1987 to 2001. ... The Napa Valley Championship was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1989 to 2002. ... // The 1993 Senior PGA Tour was the 14th season since the Senior PGA Tour officially began in 1980 (it was renamed the Champions Tour in 2003). ... The Doug Sanders Celebrity Classic was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1988 to 1994. ... The Instinet Classic was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1985 to 2002. ... The Pittsburgh Senior Classic was a golf tournament on the Champions Tour from 1993 to 1998. ... // The 1995 Senior PGA Tour was the 16th season since the Senior PGA Tour officially began in 1980 (it was renamed the Champions Tour in 2003). ... The Turtle Bay Championship is a golf tournament on the Champions Tour. ... The 1996 Senior PGA Tour was the 17th season since the Senior PGA Tour officially began in 1980 (it was renamed the Champions Tour in 2003). ... The Turtle Bay Championship is a golf tournament on the Champions Tour. ...

Other senior wins (13)

Amy Alcott (born February 22, 1956 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American professional golfer. ... The Senior British Open Championship is a professional golf tournament for men aged fifty and over. ... The Senior British Open Championship is a professional golf tournament for men aged fifty and over. ... The Father/Son Challenge is an annual two person golf tournament for PGA Tour and Champions Tour golfers and (usually) their sons that is played at ChampionsGate Golf Resort in Florida, USA. The events name has become somewhat inaccurate as Fuzzy Zoeller teamed up with his daughter Gretchen in... The Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf is a golf tournament on the Champions Tour. ... Stewart Ginn (born 2 June 1949 in Melbourne) is an Australia golfer. ...

Major Championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship Winning Score Margin Runner Up
1963 The Open Championship -7 (68-72-66-71=277) Playoff1 Flag of the United States Phil Rodgers

1Defeated Phil Rodgers in a 36 hole playoff (Charles 69-71=140, Rodgers 72-76=148). For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... “British Open” redirects here. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Phil Rodgers (born April 3, 1938) is an American golfer. ...


Results timeline

Tournament 1958 1959
The Masters CUT DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
The Masters DNP DNP T25 T15 T40 T45 CUT CUT 19 T29
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP T19 3 CUT CUT CUT T7 CUT
The Open Championship DNP CUT 5 1 T17 CUT T37 CUT T2 2
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP T13 T19 T41 DNP DNP T2 T35
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Masters 17 CUT T22 T29 CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T3 T13 CUT 11 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T13 T18 T15 T7 CUT T12 CUT T43 T48 T10
PGA Championship T26 T13 T58 DNP T73 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T60 T35 CUT DNP T47 WD T19 DNP T20 DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT 71 DNP DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2000 2001
The Masters DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10 This article is about the golf tournament. ... The United States Open Championship is the annual open golf tournament of the United States. ... “British Open” redirects here. ... The PGA Championship (often referred to as the U.S. PGA Championship outside of North America) is an annual golf tournament conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA Tour. ... This article is about the golf tournament. ... The United States Open Championship is the annual open golf tournament of the United States. ... “British Open” redirects here. ... The PGA Championship (often referred to as the U.S. PGA Championship outside of North America) is an annual golf tournament conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA Tour. ... This article is about the golf tournament. ... The United States Open Championship is the annual open golf tournament of the United States. ... “British Open” redirects here. ... The PGA Championship (often referred to as the U.S. PGA Championship outside of North America) is an annual golf tournament conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA Tour. ... This article is about the golf tournament. ... The United States Open Championship is the annual open golf tournament of the United States. ... “British Open” redirects here. ... The PGA Championship (often referred to as the U.S. PGA Championship outside of North America) is an annual golf tournament conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA Tour. ... This article is about the golf tournament. ... The United States Open Championship is the annual open golf tournament of the United States. ... “British Open” redirects here. ... The PGA Championship (often referred to as the U.S. PGA Championship outside of North America) is an annual golf tournament conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA Tour. ... This article is about the golf tournament. ... The United States Open Championship is the annual open golf tournament of the United States. ... “British Open” redirects here. ... The PGA Championship (often referred to as the U.S. PGA Championship outside of North America) is an annual golf tournament conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA Tour. ...


See also

This is a list of golfers who have won five or more official money events on the PGA Tour. ... This is a list of all the golfers who have won twenty or more official events on the Champions Tour, the leading golf tour in the world for men aged fifty and above. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=A1YourView&xml=/sport/2007/12/01/sgeuro101.xml

External links

  • Profile on PGA Tour's official site

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Bob Charles (golfer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (739 words)
Charles decided to hone his skills as an amateur first, and remained is his bank employment for a further six years, but all the while continued to show exceptional putting prowess which helped immensely later on the professional circuits.
Charles was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Queen Elizabeth in 1972 and was made a Commander in the same Order in 1992.
Charles is a successful golf course designer having had major input into the Formosa Country Club in North Shore City, Millbrook at the resort town of Queenstown, and the nine-hole course at Matarangi on the Coromandel Peninsula.
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