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Bob Murphy (golfer)

Nationality  United States
Former tour(s)  PGA Tour
Weight  93 kg
College  University of Florida
Name  Bob Murphy
Spouse  Gail Murphy
Turned professional  1967
Role  Golfer
Education  University of Florida
Current tour(s)  Champions Tour
Height  1.78 m

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Full name  Robert Joseph Murphy, Jr.
Born  February 14, 1943 (age 72) Brooklyn, New York (1943-02-14)
Residence  Delray Beach, Florida, United States
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Robert Joseph Murphy, Jr. (born February 14, 1943) is an American professional golfer who was formerly a member of the PGA Tour and currently plays on the Champions Tour. Murphy has won 21 tournaments as a professional.

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Early years

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Murphy was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was a standout pitcher in his youth, and as a teen led his high school baseball team to the state championship in 1960. After suffering a football injury (which also ended his baseball career), Murphy got started in golf.

College career

Murphy attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity (Florida Upsilon Chapter). While he was an undergraduate, he played for coach Buster Bishop's Florida Gators men's golf team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1964 to 1966. While he was a college student, he won the 1965 U.S. Amateur and the 1966 individual NCAA championship, and was recognized as an All-American in 1966. He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in health and human performance in 1966, and was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 1971.

Professional career

Murphy turned professional in 1967, and won five tournaments on the PGA Tour. He was a member of the victorious U.S. team in the 1975 Ryder Cup competition. His best finish in a major tournament was a second-place tie at the 1970 PGA Championship. Murphy won 11 times on the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour).

Murphy first got into broadcasting while still playing. He joined CBS Sports as a tower announcer in 1984, working for CBS through 1991. He then joined ESPN as a color commentator, where he stayed through 1994. After a break from TV to play on the Senior PGA Tour, he joined NBC Sports in November 1999, and was a tower announcer for the PGA Tour on NBC through 2009, at which point he retired.

He was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

Personal life

Murphy lives in Delray Beach, Florida with his wife, Gail.

Amateur wins (2)

  • 1965 U.S. Amateur
  • 1966 NCAA championship (individual)
  • PGA Tour wins (5)

    PGA Tour playoff record (1–5)

    Other wins (4)

  • 1967 Florida Open
  • 1972 Wills Masters
  • 1979 Jerry Ford Invitational
  • 1980 South Florida PGA Championship
  • Senior PGA Tour wins (11)

    Champions Tour playoff record (2–0)

    Other senior wins (3)

  • 1995 Diners Club Matches (with Jim Colbert)
  • 1996 Diners Club Matches (with Jim Colbert)
  • 2013 Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf - Demaret Division (with Jim Colbert)
  • Results in major championships

    LA = Low Amateur
    DNP = Did not play
    CUT = missed the half-way cut
    "T" indicates a tie for a place
    Yellow background for top-10.


  • Most consecutive cuts made – 11 (1971 PGA – 1976 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (three times)
  • U.S. national team appearances


  • Walker Cup: 1967 (winners)
  • Eisenhower Trophy: 1966
  • Professional

  • Ryder Cup: 1975 (winners)
  • References

    Bob Murphy (golfer) Wikipedia

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