On this day, In 1960 Bob Goalby wins the Coral Gables Open Invitational over Dow Finsterwald

Bob Goalby

In 1960 Bob Goalby won the Coral Gables Open Invitational over Dow Finsterwald

On this day, In 1960 Bob Goalby won the Coral Gables Open Invitational over Dow Finsterwald.  The 25-year-old Goalby made up six shots on the back nine with a 33-34=67 total score for the final round.  He bested Finsterwald by a stroke during the event held in Coral Gables, Florida.  Goalby scored his second victory in just three years on the PGA Tour.  Ted Kroll, the third round leader held a six stroke lead staring the back nine holes.  But he eventually ended up with a doubles and three bogeys.

After Kroll choked, Goalby Rallied to the Title

Kroll carried a two-stroke lead over Finsterwald and Goalby going into the final round.  Kroll appeared to lock it up when he continued his stellar play with a front nine of 32.  From there on he only found trouble.  Goalby was out on the front with a 33 and Finsterwald a 36.  All of a sudden the 41-year-old hot hands of Kroll lost their putting touch.  From then on it was all Goalby who narrowly escaped disaster and ended up with the title.

Goalby’s biggest claim to fame is his win at Augusta in 1968.  He won the Championship after an odd circumstance within he had no part of.  In the group ahead of him played Robert DeVicenzo and Tommy Aaron, and it was later found out that an error on Aaron’s part cost DeVicenzo a shot at a playoff.  Aaron incorrectly marked the Argentinians birdie 3 a 4 and the rest was history.  Goalby won the Green jacket, no disputes about it.

 

 

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