Tom Weiskopf Biography – Tom Weiskopf Wiki
Tom Weiskopf (born Thomas Daniel Weiskopf) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. He won 16 PGA Tour titles, including the 1973 Open Championship, and became a prominent golf course architect and broadcaster.
Weiskopf was born on Nov. 9, 1942, in Massillon, Ohio, the oldest of three children of Thomas Weiskopf, a railroad worker, and his wife, Eva Shorb, both of whom had enjoyed success playing in Ohio tournaments.
His passion for golf was kindled when his father brought him to the United States Open at Inverness in Toledo, Ohio, in 1957.
“He took me straight to the practice range and pointed out Sam Snead,” Weiskopf recalled in the book “Chasing Greatness,” the story of the 1973 Open, by Adam Lazarus and Steve Schlossman. “The sound of Sam’s iron shots, the flight of the ball, thrilled me. I was hooked even before I started playing.”
He helped guide Benedictine High School to the Cleveland city championship as both a junior and senior in the late 1950s, adding an individual championship the latter year. He then was recruited to Ohio State by golf coach Bob Kepler, who already had one local Ohio kid on the roster with a decent skillset by the name of Jack Nicklaus.
NCAA rules prohibited him from playing as a freshman—the lone season he would have teamed with Nicklaus for the Buckeyes—but Weiskopf still managed to leave his mark the following season. As a sophomore, he posted the individual low score, 72-76, en route to OSU’s victory in the Ohio Intercollegiate Championship. Weiskopf finished third in the Big Ten Championship a few weeks later.
He left Ohio State not long after, raising money to help earn his way onto the PGA TOUR. Weiskopf won five times on the PGA Tour in 1973, his shining moment coming at the British Open, played at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland. He led wire to wire, defeating Johnny Miller and Neil Coles by three shots with Jack Nicklaus four strokes back.
Weiskopf was the runner-up four times at the Masters and tied for second at the 1976 United States Open. He also won the Canadian Open in 1973 and again in 1975, when he captured a one-hole playoff over Nicklaus, his fellow Ohio State University alumnus. Weiskopf was a member of the United States Ryder Cup teams in 1973 and 1975.
Weiskopf turned pro in 1964 and played on the PGA Tour from 1968 to 1982.
After his time on the PGA TOUR came to an end, Weiskopf joined the Senior PGA Tour, now known as the Champions Tour, in 1993 and promptly added another four victories—including the 1995 U.S. Senior Open when he edged Nicklaus by four strokes.
Weiskopf embarked on his second golf career, as a course designer, and teamed with the golf architect Jay Morrish to create Troon North in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1984. He found success bringing his vision to life with such courses as Loch Lomond in Scotland—home for 10 years to the Scottish Open—TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course, which has hosted the PGA TOUR’s WM Phoenix Open since 1987, and La Cantera, which was home to the Valero Texas Open from 1995-2009.
Other Weiskopf designs included TPC Craig Ranch (McKinney, Texas), Forest Dunes Golf Club (Roscommon, Mich.), Double Eagle Golf Course (Galena, Ohio), Forest Highlands Golf Club (Flagstaff, Ariz.) and The Ridge at Castle Pines in Colorado.
And, of course, Torrey Pines North—home to not only the TOUR’s Farmers Insurance Open, but the site of Weiskopf’s first professional win on Feb. 11, 1968, where he beat 11-time PGA TOUR winner Al Geiberger by one stroke.
Weiskopf was part of the CBS team that covered Nicklaus’s victory in the 1986 Masters. He also worked as a golf analyst for CBS Sports, covering the Masters, and contributed to ABC Sports and ESPN’s coverage of the British Open.
Tom Weiskopf Age
He was born Thomas Daniel Weiskopf on November 9, 1942, in Massillon, Ohio. He died on August 20, 2022, in Big Sky, Montana. He was 79 years old.
Tom Weiskopf Wife
Golfer Tom Weiskopf was married twice. At the time of his death, he was married to his second wife, Laurie, whom he married in 1999. He was previously married to his first wife, Jeanne.
Tom Weiskopf Family
Weiskopf is survived by his wife, Laurie, whom he married in 1999. He has two children — Heidi and Eric — with his first wife, Jeanne. Eric preceded him in death in 2021.
Tom Weiskopf Death
Open Championship winner and 16-time PGA Tour champion Tom Weiskopf died on August 20, 2022 aged 79 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. His death was announced by the PGA Tour.
“The PGA Tour is saddened at the passing of Tom Weiskopf, a towering figure in the game of golf not only during his playing career but through his accomplished work in the broadcast booth and golf course design business,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement.
“Tom is leaving behind a lasting legacy in golf. The beautiful swing he showcased during his 16 career PGA Tour victories is still being emulated today, while his golf courses remain as testaments to his love for the game. Our hearts and deepest sympathies are with the entire Weiskopf family during this time.”
Tom Weiskopf Cause of Death
Weiskopf’s cause of death was pancreatic cancer. He had suffered from pancreatic cancer since December 2020.
Tom Weiskopf Cancer – Tom Weiskopf Health
Weiskopf was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2020 after experiencing sharp pain in his stomach during the re-opening of Troon Country Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. He underwent a CT Scan back home in Montana, which revealed a lesion in his pancreas.
Tom Weiskopf Net Worth
Golfer Tom Weiskopf’s net worth is estimated to be $2 million.
Tom Weiskopf Height
Weiskopf was 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) tall.