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.
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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