Bill Rogers (golfer)
|— Golfer —|
|Full name||William Charles Rogers|
September 10, 1951|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||148 lb (67 kg; 10.6 st)|
|Residence||San Antonio, Texas|
|College||University of Houston|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Japan Golf Tour||3|
|Best results in major championships|
|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|
Rogers was born in Waco, Texas. 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. 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. 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.
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.
this list may be incomplete
- 1972 Southern Amateur
PGA Tour wins (6)
|Major championships (1)|
|Other PGA Tour (5)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||Feb 13, 1978||Bob Hope Desert Classic||69-67-67-67-69=339||−21||2 strokes||Jerry McGee|
|2||Mar 29, 1981||Sea Pines Heritage||71-69-68-70=278||−6||1 stroke|| Bruce Devlin, Hale Irwin,|
Gil Morgan, Craig Stadler
|3||Jul 19, 1981||The Open Championship||72-66-67-71=276||−4||4 strokes||Bernhard Langer|
|4||Aug 30, 1981||World Series of Golf||68-69-71-67=275||−5||1 stroke||Tom Kite|
|5||Oct 4, 1981||Texas Open||67-66-70-63=266||−14||Playoff||Ben Crenshaw|
|6||Mar 20, 1983||USF&G Classic||69-67-69-69=274||−14||3 strokes||David Edwards, Jay Haas, Vance Heafner|
PGA Tour playoff record (1–2)
|1||1978||Western Open||Andy Bean||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|2||1979||Byron Nelson Golf Classic||Tom Watson||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|3||1981||Texas Open||Ben Crenshaw||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
Japan Golf Tour wins (3)
Other wins (4)
- 1979 Suntory World Match Play Championship
- 1981 Australian Open, New South Wales Open
- 1982 PGA Grand Slam of Golf
Other senior wins
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1981||The Open Championship||5 shot lead||−4 (72-66-67-71=276)||4 strokes||Bernhard Langer|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||T19||1||T22||T8||CUT||CUT||CUT|
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
|The Open Championship||1||0||0||1||2||4||7||4|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 17 (1978 Masters – 1982 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1981 U.S. Open – 1981 Open Championship)
U.S. national team appearances
- Walker Cup: 1973 (winners)
- "Profile on PGA Tour's official site". Archived from the original on December 13, 2010. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
- Stricklin, Art. "Bill Rogers Last Shot". Retrieved March 25, 2011.
- "Biographical information from PGA Tour's official site". Retrieved March 25, 2011.