Bill Rogers (golfer)

Bill Rogers
Personal information
Full name William Charles Rogers
Nickname Panther
Born (1951-09-10) September 10, 1951
Waco, Texas
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 148 lb (67 kg; 10.6 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence San Antonio, Texas
College University of Houston
Turned professional 1974
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 14
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 6
Japan Golf Tour 3
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T29: 1978
U.S. Open T2: 1981
The Open Championship Won: 1981
PGA Championship T8: 1980
Achievements and awards
PGA Player of the Year 1981

William Charles Rogers (born September 10, 1951) is an American professional golfer who is best known as the winner of the 1981 Open Championship.

Rogers was born in Waco, Texas. [1] His father was a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force, and Rogers spent part of his military brat youth in Morocco and Germany. Rogers began playing golf at age nine and later attended the University of Houston, where he played on the Cougar golf team and roomed with fellow future PGA Tour pro Bruce Lietzke.[2] As an amateur golfer, he played for the U.S. in the 1973 Walker Cup.

Rogers played the PGA Tour full-time from 1975 to 1988 and won six tournaments, including four in 1981.[3] Almost uniquely for an American golfer, his two most notable victories were in Britain: Rogers won the Suntory World Match Play Championship at Wentworth in 1979, and The Open Championship in 1981 at Royal St George's, four strokes ahead of runner-up Bernhard Langer. He was the PGA Player of the Year for 1981, and finished second on McCormack's World Golf Rankings; he was also on the Ryder Cup team in 1981.

In 1982, Rogers won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, and led the U.S. Open during the final day before falling short. After one further PGA Tour win in 1983, Rogers' tour career faded to the point where he experienced burnout; he left the tour in 1988 and took a position as director of golf at San Antonio Country Club, where he worked for 11 years.[2]

Since turning 50 in 2001, Rogers has played sporadically on the Champions Tour; his most notable accomplishment as a senior player was winning the team portion of the 2002 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf with Bruce Lietzke.

Rogers lives in San Antonio, Texas.[2]

Amateur wins

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins

PGA Tour wins (6)

Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (5)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
1 Feb 13, 1978 Bob Hope Desert Classic 69-67-67-67-69=339 −21 2 strokes United States Jerry McGee
2 Mar 29, 1981 Sea Pines Heritage 71-69-68-70=278 −6 1 stroke Australia Bruce Devlin, United States Hale Irwin,
United States Gil Morgan, United States Craig Stadler
3 Jul 19, 1981 The Open Championship 72-66-67-71=276 −4 4 strokes West Germany Bernhard Langer
4 Aug 30, 1981 World Series of Golf 68-69-71-67=275 −5 1 stroke United States Tom Kite
5 Oct 4, 1981 Texas Open 67-66-70-63=266 −14 Playoff United States Ben Crenshaw
6 Mar 20, 1983 USF&G Classic 69-67-69-69=274 −14 3 strokes United States David Edwards, United States Jay Haas, United States Vance Heafner

PGA Tour playoff record (1–2)

1 1978 Western Open United States Andy Bean Lost to par on first extra hole
2 1979 Byron Nelson Golf Classic United States Tom Watson Lost to birdie on first extra hole
3 1981 Texas Open United States Ben Crenshaw Won with birdie on first extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (3)

Other wins (4)

Other senior wins

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
1981 The Open Championship 5 shot lead −4 (72-66-67-71=276) 4 strokes West Germany Bernhard Langer

Results timeline

Tournament 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T29 DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986
Masters Tournament T33 T37 T38 CUT CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open T16 T2 T3 CUT 57 WD CUT
The Open Championship T19 1 T22 T8 CUT CUT CUT
PGA Championship T8 T27 T29 CUT DNP 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


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 4
U.S. Open 0 1 1 3 3 4 13 7
The Open Championship 1 0 0 1 2 4 7 4
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 5
Totals 1 1 1 4 6 9 35 20

U.S. national team appearances



See also


  1. "Profile on PGA Tour's official site". Archived from the original on December 13, 2010. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
  2. 1 2 3 Stricklin, Art. "Bill Rogers Last Shot". Retrieved March 25, 2011.
  3. "Biographical information from PGA Tour's official site". Retrieved March 25, 2011.

External links

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