Date of birth: March 3, 1920
Place of birth: Bridgeport, Connecticut
Died: May 28, 1994
Nicknames: "Jay" to some, "Moose" to others.
1952 U.S. Open
1963 U.S. Open
1968 PGA Championship
Awards and Honors:
Member, Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame
Member, Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame
PGA Player of the Year, 1952 and 1963
PGA Tour Money Leader, 1952 and 1955
Member, U.S. Ryder Cup team, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1967
Julius Boros: "If I tried to muscle the ball like Palmer and Nicklaus do, I'd be home for most of the year."
Julius Boros: "By the time you get to your ball, if you don't know what to do with it, try another sport."
Julius Boros, when asked about retirement: "Retire from what? All I do is play golf and fish."
Boros holds the record as oldest major championship winner. He was 48 when he won the 1968 PGA Championship.
Julius Boros Biography:
Boros' game took off when he moved south to the Carolinas, where he worked as an accountant at a golf club and worked on his game yearround. He turned pro in 1949, at the age of 29. Three years later he had his first professional victory - the 1952 U.S. Open.
Boros won again at the 1963 U.S. Open, at the age of 43, defeating Jacky Cupit and Arnold Palmer in an 18-hole playoff. Between 1951 and 1965, Boros finished in the Top 5 at the U.S. Open nine times. At age 53, he was tied for the lead at the U.S. Open with 10 holes to play before finishing 7th.
Boros was a quiet person with a quiet swing that generated plenty of power. "Swing easy, hit it hard" was his slogan, and it was personified in his seemingly effortless swing. He was a terrific iron player, and one of the best with a sand wedge from the rough. Boros was known for never taking a practice swing and for being very quick to play once over a ball, especially on the greens.
Boros remained competitive well intos his 50s. He won the 1971 and 1977 Senior PGA Championship. On the "regular" tour, he lost a playoff to Gene Littler at the 1975 Westchester Classic at age 55. He made the cut in the same event at age 59.
Boros is also remembered for helping launch the PGA Tour's senior circuit. He sank the winning putt on the sixth hole of a sudden-death playoff at the 1979 Legends of Golf that gave him and teammate Roberto De Vicenzo the win over Tommy Bolt and Art Wall. That tournament is credited by many as the starting point of the Senior Tour, later known as the Champions Tour.
Julius Boros was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1982.