Orville MOODY

Orville Moody - U.S.A. - Top golfer of 1960s & 1970s.

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Date: 15 July 1980

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      Saturday, 09 December 1933
      Chickasha, OK, U.S.A. Died 8th. August 2008 (aged 74).
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Orville MOODY - U.S.A. - Top golfer of 1960s & 1970s.

The Open 1978
1. Jack Nicklaus (USA) -7 71-72-69-69 = 281
2. Ben Crenshaw (USA) -5 70-69-73-71 = 283
Ray Floyd (USA) -5 69-75-71-68 = 283
Tom Kite (USA) -5 72-69-72-70 = 283
Simon Owen (NZL) -5 70-75-67-71 = 283
6. Peter Oosterhuis (ENG) -4 72-70-69-73 = 284
7. Isao Aoki (JPN) -3 68-71-73-73 = 285
Nick Faldo (ENG) -3 71-72-70-72 = 285
John Schroeder (USA) -3 74-69-70-72 = 285
Bob Shearer (USA) -3 71-69-74-71 = 285
11.Michael Cahill (AUS) -2 71-72-75-68 = 286
Dale Hayes (SAF) -2 74-70-71-71 = 286
Orville Moody (USA) -2 73-69-74-70 = 286
14.Mark Hayes (USA) -1 70-75-75-67 = 287
Jumbo Ozaki (JAP) -1 72-69-75-71 = 287
Tom Watson (USA) -1 73-68-70-76 = 287 Orville James Moody (December 9, 1933 – August 8, 2008) was an American professional golfer who won numerous tournaments in his career. He won the 1969 U.S. Open, the last champion in the 20th century to win through local and sectional qualifying.Orville was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma. The son of a golf course superintendent, he began his career at Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma City, winning the 1952 state high school golf championship. After attempting college for a few weeks at the University of Oklahoma, Moody joined the U.S. Army. He was able to continue playing golf while in uniform, winning the All-Service championship and three Korea Opens. He spent 14 years in the Army, heading up maintenance supervision and instruction at all Army golf courses. Moody gave up his military career in favor of a trial run at the PGA Tour in 1967. His nickname on the Tour was "Sarge" because he rose to the rank of sergeant in the Army. Moody had limited success on the PGA Tour prior to 1969. In April 1969, he took part in a four-way playoff at the Greater Greensboro Open won by Gene Littler.The 1969 U.S. Open was played in June at the Cypress Creek Course of the Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. Before the tournament began, defending champion Lee Trevino picked Moody to win. Trevino saying "He's one helluva player." Moody won by one stroke over Deane Beman, Al Geiberger and Bob Rosburg with a 72-hole score of 281.It was the only PGA Tour victory for Moody, who was also named PGA Player of the Year for 1969. He toured Japan, played in a few tournaments and eventually took a club pro job in Sulphur Springs, Texas. Moody was troubled by poor putting during his early pro years. His luck on the Senior PGA Tour (later known as the Champions Tour) was dramatically different. After turning 50, he won three of his first five tournaments and finished fifth on the money list on his way to a total of 11 Senior PGA Tour  victories. In 1989, he became only the fourth man to win both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Senior Open. Orville Moody went to a long putter after becoming a senior golfer, and this method improved his putting significantly. Moody had triple bypass heart surgery prior to the 1995 season, but still managed to play in 29 events. He died in 2008 from complications of multiple myeloma. The Text above was made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.