May 12, 2023

Al Geiberger - Part 1 (The Early Years and Tour Wins)

Al Geiberger - Part 1 (The Early Years and Tour Wins)

1966 PGA Championship winner  AKA "Mr. 59" Al Geiberger begins his life story learning the game on a hard scrabble nine-hole course in Sacramento, California, and playing high school golf in Santa Barbara with soon-to-be-famous teammate, Charles Schwab. Al was team captain at USC playing for the legendary coach, Stan Wood, playing in the L.A. Open three times while in college, ultimately finishing 5th while a senior and beating Arnold Palmer. He remembers turning pro at age 22 and recounts his early wins including the 1965 American Golf Classic at Firestone where he became famous for his mid-round PB&J sandwiches. Al Geiberger fondly recalls his younger days, "FORE the Good of the Game."

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California native Al Geiberger played high school golf with Charles Schwab and collegiate golf for Stan Wood at USC where he competed in 3 L.A. Opens while in school. He turned professional in 1959 at age 22 and went on to win 30 professional events including 11 wins on the PGA Tour and 10 victories on the Senior Tour. Al won the 1966 PGA Championship at Firestone ad the 1975 Tournament Players Championship at Colonial CC. In 1977, Al won the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic without scoring a round in the 60's, shooting a second-round 59 (-13), the first sub-60 score ever recorded in competition. He played on two victorious Ryder Cup teams in 1967 and 1975 and was inducted into the inaugural Hall of Fame class of USC Athletics.