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Jim Ferrier

James B. Ferrier (February 24, 1915June 13, 1986) was an Australian professional golfer from Manly, New South Wales.

Ferrier was born in Sydney, Australia. He was a runner up in the 1931 Australian Open at the age of sixteen and won the Australian Amateur title in 1935, 1936, 1938 and 1939. He was also victorious in the Australian Open as an amateur in 1938 and 1939. He was runner-up in the British Amateur at St Andrews in 1936.

In 1940, Ferrier went to the United States where he turned professional. His most significant win came at the PGA Championship, one of golf's four major championships, in 1947. He was the first Australian to win a major. He later led Jimmy Demaret by three shots with six holes to play in the 1950 Masters, finishing second. He was also runner up at the 1960 PGA Championship. His other victories included the Canadian Open in 1950 and 1951.

In June 1954, he appeared on the television game show You Bet Your Life hosted by Groucho Marx, of Marx Brothers fame. Paired with Marilyn Pierce, a dog trainer and former model, he showed a conservative betting style and great charm, as evidenced by this short exchange with Groucho:

Groucho: "I play golf too, you know. What is your handicap, Jim?"
Ferrier: "Well, as a pro, I don't have a handicap."
Groucho: "Well congratulations. How is it a tall, handsome man like you isn't married?"
Ferrier: "I'm married. I have a wife."
Groucho: "You just said you didn't have a handicap. Haven't you got the same handicap that fifty million other men have?"
Ferrier: "Well, I don't consider my wife a handicap."

Ferrier was renowned as an outstanding putter. He eventually became a U.S. Citizen in 1944. He died in California.

PGA Tour wins (18)

Major championship is shown in bold.

Results in major championships

Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
The Masters 26 T29 T15 NT NT NT T4 T6 T4 T16
U.S. Open T29 T30 NT NT NT NT CUT T6 CUT T23
The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP NT DNP DNP R16 1 R32 SF

Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
The Masters 2 7 T3 T15 WD DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T5 CUT DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship R32 R16 R32 R32 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T38

Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
The Masters DNP DNP CUT DNP T5 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT T22 DNP DNP CUT WD DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship 2 T45 T39 7 T56 CUT T49 T64 CUT CUT

Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP WD

NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF, F = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

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