Bobby Mitchell (golfer)

Bobby Mitchell
Personal information
Full name Bobby Wayne Mitchell
Born (1943-02-23)February 23, 1943
Chatham, Virginia
Died March 20, 2018(2018-03-20) (aged 75)
Danville, Virginia
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
Turned professional 1959
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 5
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
Other 3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T2: 1972
PGA Championship T34: 1971
U.S. Open T12: 1970
The Open Championship CUT: 1981, 1985

Bobby Wayne Mitchell (February 23, 1943 – March 20, 2018) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.

Mitchell was born in Chatham, Virginia and was raised in nearby Danville, Virginia. He dropped out of high school and turned pro at 15. He won the Virginia State Golf Association Open, the Virginia State PGA Open and the Carolinas PGA Championship before joining the PGA Tour.[1]

Mitchell won two PGA Tour events during his career: the 1971 Cleveland Open and the 1972 Tournament of Champions. He had more than two dozen top-10 finishes in PGA Tour events including more than a half-dozen 2nd or 3rd-place finishes. His best finish in a major was T2 at the 1972 Masters Tournament.[2]

Since 1991, Mitchell has traveled to Finland in the summer to teach golf to young people in association with Averett University. Mitchell joined the Champions Tour in 1995; his best finish in a Champions Tour event is a T-12 at The Transamerica in 1995.[1]

Mitchell died on March 20, 2018 from a presumed heart attack at Lynchburg General Hospital.[3][4]

Professional wins (4)

PGA Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Jun 27, 1971 Cleveland Open −22 (66-64-67-65=262) 7 strokes United States Charles Coody
2 Apr 23, 1972 Tournament of Champions −8 (71-65-74-70=280) Playoff United States Jack Nicklaus

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1972 Tournament of Champions United States Jack Nicklaus Won with birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (2)

Results in major championships

Tournament 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUT CUT CUT T25
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T56 T59 T48
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament T22 T2 CUT
U.S. Open T12 T27 T21 CUT T23 CUT CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T35 T34
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUT CUT
PGA Championship CUT

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

References

  1. ^ a b "Danville's Bobby Mitchell Still Hopes for Senior Tour". Triad Golf Today. Winter 2001. Archived from the original on November 14, 2006. Retrieved October 18, 2006.
  2. ^ "Golf Major Championships".
  3. ^ "PGA golf legend Bobby Mitchell dies". WBTM. March 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "Mitchell Sr., Bobby Wayne – obituary". GoDanRiver.com. March 21, 2018.

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