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Billy Casper

Full Name: William Earl Casper Jr.
Profession: Golfer

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Won the US Open in 1959 and 1966 and the US Masters in 1970.

Born: June 24, 1931
Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: February 7, 2015 (aged 83)
Cause of Death: A heart attack

Events in the Life of Billy Casper

  • 1958-07-20 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Llanerch CC: Dow Finsterwald wins 1st PGA C'ship held in current stroke play format; wins by 2 from Billy Casper
  • 1959-06-14 US Open Men's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Billy Casper wins first of his 2 Open titles, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Bob Rosburg
  • 1965-08-15 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Laurel Valley GC: Dave Marr wins his only major title, beating Billy Casper and Jack Nicklaus by 2 strokes
  • 1966-06-20 US Open Men's Golf, Olympic CC: Billy Casper erases a 7-stroke deficit on the final 9 holes to tie Arnold Palmer; wins Monday 18-hole playoff by 4 strokes
  • 1969-04-13 33rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: George Archer wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Billy Casper, George Knudson, and Tom Weiskopf
  • 1970-04-13 34th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Billy Casper defeats Gene Littler, 69 to 74 in a Monday 18-hole playoff to win his 3rd major title; last 18-hole playoff at the Masters
  • 1971-02-28 PGA Championship Men's Golf, PGA National East: Jack Nicklaus leads wire-to-wire for his 2nd career grand slam; wins by 2 from Billy Casper
  • 1973-09-03 American golfer Billy Casper finishes at 20-under-par 264 to beat Australian Bruce Devlin by 1 stroke to win the Sammy Davis Jr. Greater Hartford Open; his 50th PGA Tour title
  • 1981-07-12 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Arnold Palmer comfortably wins 18-hole playoff against Billy Casper and Bob Stone
  • 1983-07-25 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Hazeltine National GC: Billy Casper wins with birdie on first extra hole after an 18-hole playoff with Rod Funseth
  • 1988-06-12 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Sawgrass: Billy Casper wins final career major title by 2 strokes from Al Geiberger

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