Tom Weiskopf was known for two things during his entire career as a pro golfer: having one of the best swings in the sport as well as having the worst tempers in his era. Born on Nov.9, 1942 in Ohio, Weiskopf attended the Ohio State University before turning pro in 1964. His first PGA win came in 1968 at the Andy Williams-San Diego Open.
He experienced the best season of his career in 1973 when he won seven tournaments including the British Open and capped the year off by placing 2nd at Mark McCormack’s World Golf Rankings. Weiskopf also represented the US in the Ryder Cup in 1973 and 1975.
He has recorded a substantial number of runner-up finishes in the course of his career, sharing the spot with Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan for the most number of runner-up finishes (4) at the Masters. He enjoyed four seasons where he carded multiple wins and finished third on the money list three times before retiring.
Weiskopf recorded his final victory at the 1983 Western Open, the same tournament where he made his professional debut in 1964. He eventually joined the senior tour in 1993, winning the 1995 Senior Open, and for a brief period thereafter worked as CBS television analyst. He eventually ventured into golf course design, first by teaming up with architect Jay Morrish and later working on his own. Some of his well-known works include the Loch Lomond golf course in Scotland and The Ridge golf course at Castle Pines North in Colorado.
Weiskopf was also an avid hunter. He loved hunting so much that he declined his selection for the 1977 Ryder team because the event coincided with a hunting trip.