|Full name Patrick Ray McGowan|
The Open Championship DNP
Nationality United States
Name Pat McGowan
Turned professional 1977
|Height 1.80 m|
Professional wins 2
U.S. Open T13: 1983
Weight 77 kg
|Born November 27, 1954 (age 61)
Grand Forks, North Dakota (1954-11-27) |
College Brigham Young University
Masters Tournament CUT: 1981, 1984
Education Brigham Young University
Former tours PGA TOUR, Champions Tour
Pat McGowan's first TV Ad - "Typical"
Patrick Ray McGowan (born November 27, 1954) is an American professional golf instructor and former PGA Tour player.
McGowan was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He attended Brigham Young University. He played on the golf team with fellow PGA Tour player Mike Reid and graduated in 1977.
McGowan developed his game under the tutelage of Warren McCarty, head pro at Colusa Golf and Country Club, and Karl Tucker, golf coach at Brigham Young University. During more recent years, his game and career have been influenced by Peggy Kirk Bell, his mother-in-law and one of golf’s leading instructors, and David Orr, Head Teaching Professional at Pine Needles. McGowan qualified for the PGA Tour on his first attempt in the fall of 1977, playing at Pinehurst, where he met his wife, Bonnie, daughter of Peggy Kirk and late "Bullet" Bell. McGowan was named Golf Digest / Rolex Rookie-of-the-Year in 1978.
One highlight of McGowan's career came in the 1984 Sacramento Classic in the Tournament Players Series during which he defeated Steve Hart in a playoff. Other highlights include a 2nd-place finish in the 1978 Canadian Open to Bruce Lietzke. During the Quad Cities Open in 1982, he was tied for the lead after three rounds with Calvin Peete and Jeff Mitchell. A final round 67 left him tied for second behind Payne Stewart who finished with a 63. McGowan also finished second to Calvin Peete in the 1986 USF&G Classic, while his best finish in a major was 4th in the 1983 PGA Championship at Riviera Country Club.