Dave Stockton

    Height: 5 ft 11 in

    Born: November 2, 1941

    Birthplace: San Bernardino, California

    College: University of Southern California

    Turned Pro: 1964

    Dave Stockton won 25 professional golf tournaments and two Major Championships during a professional career that spanned 40 years.

    Stockton’s two Major wins were both PGA Championships and both wins were memorable. Playing with Arnold Palmer in the final round of the 1970 PGA Championship, Stockton struggled through a final round 73 but hung one to win by two shots. In his second PGA Championship, Stockton sank a 15-foot putt on the 72nd hole to hold on by a single shot, avoiding a playoff with Don January and multiple Major winner Raymond Floyd.

    Stockton seriously flirted with two other Majors during his career, finishing runner up at the 1974 Masters and the 1978 U.S. Open.

    Dave found even greater success on the Senior Tour (now the Champions Tour) after his 50th birthday. Stockton won 14 Champions Tour titles including three Majors – the 1992 and 1994 Senior Players Championship and the 1996 U.S. Senior Open. He won the money title in 1993 and 1994 and displayed incredibly longevity by remaining competitive into his sixties. Stockton was a model of consistency, finishing in the top 50 on the Senior Tour money list for thirteen consecutive seasons.

    Stockton and his wife Catherine have two sons, Dave Jr. and Ron, both of whom played professional golf. Stockton and his sons started Stockton Golf, a coaching and instructional business, a few years ago.

    Stockton was one of the greatest putters and chippers of his generation who would go on to coach PGA players later in life. He wrote a best-selling teaching book titled Unconscious Putting. Stockton has worked with Phil Mickelson and current world number one Rory McIlroy. McIlroy credits Stockton with helping him win the 2014 Open Championship.