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|Full name||Gardner Edward Dickinson, Jr.|
|Born||(1927-09-14)September 14, 1927
|Died||April 19, 1998(1998-04-19) (aged 70)
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||144 lb (65 kg; 10.3 st)|
|Spouse||Judy Clark Dickinson|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||T10: 1973|
|PGA Championship||5th: 1965|
|U.S. Open||T6: 1967|
|The Open Championship||CUT: 1969|
Gardner Edward Dickinson, Jr. (September 14, 1927 – April 19, 1998) was an American professional golfer.
Born in Dothan, Alabama, Dickinson was a student of Ben Hogan and crafted his swing in the Hogan tradition. He played college golf at Louisiana State, where he and teammate Jay Hebert led the Tigers to the national title in 1947. In a long PGA Tour career, he won seven times between 1956 and 1971. In his last win, the 1971 Atlanta Classic, he beat Jack Nicklaus in a sudden-death playoff.
During his PGA Tour career, Dickinson competed in 12 Masters Championships. His best finish came in 1973, when he tied for tenth. He played on the 1967 and 1971 Ryder Cup teams. With a 9–1–0 match record, Dickinson holds the record for best winning percentage (minimum of seven matches). In team Ryder Cup play, he never lost a match with partner Arnold Palmer (5–0).
Dickinson was one of the founders of the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour). He authored the book Let 'er Rip — a lengthy, bitey rant in which he opines on everything from golf officials and his fellow players to topical issues such as how young people dress. He also designed the 36-hole Frenchman's Creek Club in Palm Beach, Florida.
A well-known quote by Dickinson is: "They say golf is like life, but don't believe them. Golf is more complicated than that."
Professional wins (11)
PGA Tour wins (7)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Mar 25, 1956||Miami Beach Open||−16 (64-72-67-69=272)||1 stroke||Dow Finsterwald, Billy Maxwell|
|2||Sep 2, 1957||Insurance City Open Invitational||−12 (66-68-68-70=272)||2 strokes||George Bayer|
|3||Dec 9, 1962||Coral Gables Open Invitational||−10 (70-66-67-71=274)||1 stroke||Bill Collins, Don Fairfield|
|4||Jun 25, 1967||Cleveland Open Invitational||−9 (68-66-67-70=271)||4 strokes||Miller Barber, Homero Blancas|
|5||Mar 10, 1968||Doral Open Invitational||−13 (65-71-67-72=275)||1 stroke||Tom Weiskopf|
|6||May 18, 1969||Colonial National Invitation||−2 (71-68-73-66=278)||1 stroke||Gary Player|
|7||Jun 6, 1971||Atlanta Classic||−13 (68-68-69-70=275)||Playoff||Jack Nicklaus|
PGA Tour playoff record (1–2)
|1||1956||Fort Wayne Open||Bill Trombley, Art Wall Jr.||Wall won with birdie on first extra hole|
|2||1969||Greater Jacksonville Open||Raymond Floyd||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|3||1971||Atlanta Classic||Jack Nicklaus||Won with par on first extra hole|
Other wins (4)
- 1952 Florida Open
- 1956 West Palm Beach Open
- 1965 Haig & Haig Scotch Foursome (with Ruth Jessen)
- 1978 Legends of Golf (with Sam Snead)
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship|
|The Open Championship||CUT|
|The Open Championship|
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1969 Open Championship)
"T" indicates a tie for a place
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 10 (1964 PGA – 1968 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (four times)
- Brown, Clifton (April 22, 1998). "Gardner Dickinson, 70, Golfer And a Founder of Senior Tour". New York Times. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
- "Jay Hebert". Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
- "A Big Victory For Little Ben". Sports Illustrated. May 26, 1969. Retrieved March 22, 2011.
- "No Holds Barred". Sports Illustrated. February 27, 1995. Retrieved March 22, 2011.
- "Gardener Dickinson quotes". Think exist.com. Retrieved March 22, 2011.[permanent dead link]
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