Date of birth: April 14, 1923
Place of birth: Buenos Aires, Argentina
European Tour: 9
Champions Tour: 3
1967 British Open
Awards and Honors:
Roberto De Vicenzo: "If you hurry, then nothing seems to go right."
Roberto De Vicenzo Biography:
At the 1968 Masters, De Vicenzo played one of the best final rounds in major championship history, shooting 31 on the front nine at Augusta National and finishing with a 65. It was De Vicenzo's 45th birthday. He should have faced Bob Goalby in a playoff the following day for the Masters championship.
Instead, tragedy struck for De Vicenzo. Playing partner Tommy Aaron had written an incorrect hole score on De Vicenzo's scorecard, marking a 4 on No. 17 when De Vicenzo had in fact made a 3. De Vicenzo failed to catch the mistake, signing the scorecard. The higher score stood, dropping De Vicenzo from the playoff.
De Vicenzo would end his career with just one major, the 1967 British Open. He finished fifth or better nine times in the Open Championship.
If you think five PGA Tour wins and one major sound like a light resume, think again: the peripatetic Argentinian won, by the World Golf Hall of Fame's count, more than 230 tournaments around the world. He won national opens in 16 countries. He represented Argentina in the World Cup 17 times, and won the Argentina Open nine times, the last at age 62 in 1985.
De Vicenzo was on the winning team at the 1979 Legends of Golf, the tournament that led to the creation of the Champions Tour. He posted three more wins on the Champions Tour, including the inaugural U.S. Senior Open in 1980.
Golf Digest described De Vicenzo's swing thusly: "Like two of his contemporaries, Julius Boros and Sam Snead, De Vicenzo had a drowsy swing that was surprisingly powerful. He was a very solid ball-striker who concentrated on keeping mechanical thoughts to a minimum."
Roberto de Vicenzo was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989.