May 29, 2023

Bobby Nichols - Part 2 (Early Tour Wins and the 1964 PGA)

Bobby Nichols - Part 2 (Early Tour Wins and the 1964 PGA)

Bobby Nichols recounts his early PGA Tour wins, several of which Bruce Devlin later won including the site of their first victories, the St. Petersburg O pen. Bobby takes us back to his 1964 PGA Championship at Columbus CC where he played the final round with Ben Hogan and secured a wire-to-wire win, setting a scoring record that was to stand for thirty years. He gratefully remembers his relationship with Firestone CC as their Head Professional and remembers winning the 1964 Carling World Open at Oakland Hills over Arnold Palmer, again playing with Ben Hogan who was quoted as saying "you ought to pay me to play with you!" Bruce enjoys reminding Bobby of the drubbing Bruce and Bob Charles put on Bobby and Tony Lema in the 1964 CBS Golf Classic but Bobby turns the tables reminding Bruce of his win the following year at the Houston Classic by 1 over Bruce and Chi Chi Rodriguez. Bobby Nichols continues his life story, "FORE the Good of the Game."

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Nichols, Bobby

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Bobby Nichols was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He was seriously injured in an auto accident as a teenager and spent 96 days in the hospital recovering. He persevered to play competitive golf at the highest levels, first as a high school champion, then as a college player at Texas A&M where the legendary Bear Bryant offers bobby a football scholarship. He started on the Tour in 1960 and had 15 professional wins including 12 PGA Tour victories and 1 win on the Senior Tour. Bobby won the 1964 PGA Championship at Columbus CC, leading wire-to-wire and playing with Ben Hogan in the final round. In 1975, Bobby, along with Lee Trevino, Jerry Heard and others were struck by lightning while playing in the Western Open at Butler National GC near Chicago. Bobby made 36 of his first 38 cuts in majors but never traveled to the UK for the British Open. He participated in the 1967 Ryder Cup at Champions GC playing for Captain Ben Hogan. His Bobby Nichols Fiddlesticks Charity Foundation has raised millions for local children's charities in SW Florida.