Doug Sanders is a professional golfer who was born on July 24, 1933 in Cedartown, Georgia, United States. He currently resides in Houston, Texas, and is remembered by many as the player who had an exceptionally short, flat golf swing. His golf swing is a result of a rather painful neck condition which restricts his movements.
Growing up a poor boy, Sanders learned to pick cotton when he was younger. When he won the National Junior Chamber of Commerce Tournament, he was awarded with a golf scholarship to the University of Florida. His story is quite touching, and was subsequently made into a film entitled “The Boy Next Door.” Sometime after attending the University of Florida, Sanders won the Canadian Open, being the first amateur to do so.
Turning pro I 1957, Sanders and has won a number of titles. His winnings total over $1 million and Sanders is ultimately grateful for turning pro around the time when excellent tournament coverage was provided by the television companies. As a Senior player, Sanders is one of the very first to promote the said Tour together with his very own Celebrity Classic.
After retiring from the golfing scene, Sanders is still one of the active people in golf, sponsoring the Doug Sanders International Junior Golf Championship, and heading his own golf entertainment company.
Known as the “Peacock of the Fairways” for his stylish and flamboyant way of dressing, Sanders has amassed a total of 23 professional wins. Twenty of these wins were won on the PGA Tour, while two from other regular tournaments, and one from the Senior PGA Tour. Despite managing to land on top of Major Championship events, Doug Sanders has not yet won a single Major Championship title. He has, however, won the World Seniors Invitational in 1983.