Two-time major championship winner Dave Stockton recalls the encouraging words he received from Ben Hogan in the locker room at Colonial C.C. that propelled him to victory, the only player to have won the Colonial National Invitational as a "Champion's Choice" in the year selected, "FORE the Good of the Game."
Professional Golfer, Instructor
Dave Stockton is regarded as one of the world’s finest putting instructors. After playing college golf at USC, he turned professional in 1964 and played at the sport’s highest levels. He won 10 PGA Tour events including two majors — the 1970 and 1976 PGA Championships. He began play on the Champions Tour in 1992 and added to his collection of professional tour victories with 14 titles, including three majors. He won Rookie of the Year honors (1992), Player of the Years honors (1993) and was the tour’s money leader in 1993 and 1994.
He also played for the winning U.S. teams in the Ryder Cups of 1971 and 1977. He was the victorious non-playing captain in the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island, known as the "War by the Shore."
Since completing his playing career, Stockton has turned his attention to teaching and he has teamed up with sons Dave Jr. and Ron. Together, they have contributed to more than 60 Tour victories across the world and have engaged the golf world through books, magazines, DVDs, television and the Internet.