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Encyclopedia > Jack Burke, Jr

Jack Burke, Jr. (born Jan. 29, 1923) -- Celebrated US golfer of the 1950s. First rose to prominence with two lopsided victories in the 1951 Ryder Cup matches. Subsequently selected for the 1953 and 1955 sides, and in 1957 was named captain of the team. Also served as non-playing captain in the 1973 matches. Won 15 PGA tournaments in his career, including the 1956 Masters and PGA Championship. Perhaps his most famous match was his nine-hour, 40-hole quarterfinal loss to Cary Middlecoff in the 1955 PGA Championship. Selected PGA Player of the Year in 1956, and subsequently challenged in the PGA Championship (fourth, 1958).


After retiring from competition, Burke, along with Jimmy Demaret, was the main force in creating the Houston Champions Golf Club which has been the site of many PGA tournaments, including the 1969 US Open.


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On golf: Fifty years later, feat doesn't pale | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle (841 words)
Burke whittled the deficit to two by the end of the morning round and closed the deal in the afternoon by making a 12-foot birdie putt on the 37th hole.
Burke lost the first hole of the afternoon session, won five of the next seven and pulled away to a 3 and 2 victory.
Burke and most of his contemporaries hoped to parlay major championships into better jobs as club pros, but there's something to be said for the hand-to-mouth existence of the day.
His thrill came at Blue Hill - The Boston Globe (896 words)
Since he had won the Masters in April, Burke had become just the seventh player to take two majors in a season, but in truth, the Texan remains a golfing institution as much for his wit, insight, and straight talk as for his playing record.
Burke chose the latter, but he isn't afraid of bruising egos with his blunt talk.
Burke has a passion for the game, particularly for great amateur play, but he cares little for some aspects that shape the landscape.
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