1. One of the Greatest Golfers of All Time
In 1989, Raymond Floyd was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, cementing his legacy as one of the greatest golfers of all time. Floyd won four major championships throughout his career, including the Masters Tournament in 1976 and the PGA Championship in 1969 and 1982. He was also the first golfer to win the U.S. Open on both the traditional and the modern courses. His induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame was a fitting recognition of his accomplishments and his lasting impact on the game of golf.
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2. Raymond Floyd, Professional Golfer, Wins 4 Major Championships
In 1961, Raymond Floyd left college and began his professional golf career on the PGA Tour. His impressive skill and talent were quickly recognized, and he quickly established himself as a formidable force on the Tour. His success was evident in his first year, as he won the Canadian Open and finished in the top 10 in the U.S. Open. He went on to win four major championships, including the Masters in 1976 and the PGA Championship in 1969 and 1982. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989.
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3. Raymond Floyd Wins PGA Championship at Age 23
In 1969, Raymond Floyd made history by becoming the youngest golfer to win the PGA Championship, at the age of 23. His victory marked the beginning of a long and successful career, as he went on to win four major titles and become one of the most decorated golfers of all time.
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4. World #1 Over 2 Seasons
In 1982, Raymond Floyd was ranked second in the world golf rankings by Mark McCormack, just behind Tom Watson who had won two majors that year. However, had the rankings been calculated over two seasons, as they were at the end of 2012, Floyd would have been the world number one. This is because he had earned more points from all events in total than Watson in both 1981 and 1982.
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5. Raymond Floyd Wins Second PGA Championship
In 1982, Raymond Floyd achieved a remarkable feat by winning his second PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Despite the sweltering hot conditions, Floyd managed to shoot an impressive opening round of 63, setting the stage for his eventual victory. This win was a testament to Floyd's skill and determination, and it cemented his place as one of the greatest golfers of all time.
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6. Raymond Floyd's Epic 63 at 1986 U.S. Open Ties Record
Raymond Floyd's incredible round of 63 at the 1986 U.S. Open is still tied for the lowest round ever recorded in a major championship. His remarkable performance that day included nine birdies and an eagle, and he finished the tournament with a score of 276, four strokes ahead of the runner-up. To this day, Floyd's record-tying round remains one of the most impressive achievements in golf history.
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7. Raymond Floyd almost makes history at the 1990 Masters
Raymond Floyd almost made history at the 1990 Masters, coming within a hair's breadth of becoming the first golfer to win a major championship in four different decades. His impressive career spanned from the 1960s to the 1990s, and he was one of the most successful golfers of his time. Despite his near-miss at the Masters, Floyd still managed to win four major championships throughout his career, including the 1976 Masters and the 1986 U.S. Open.
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8. The Master of Masters
In 1976, Raymond Floyd achieved a remarkable feat by winning The Masters with an impressive eight-stroke margin. This was his second major victory, and it cemented his place as one of the greatest golfers of all time. His victory was a testament to his skill and determination, and it was a defining moment in his career.
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9. 49-Year-Old Raymond Floyd Wins Doral-Ryder Open
At the ripe age of 49, Raymond Floyd achieved a remarkable feat by winning the Doral-Ryder Open in 1992, making him one of the oldest players to ever win a PGA Tour event. His victory was a testament to his skill and determination, as he was able to overcome the odds and prove that age is just a number. Floyd's win was a remarkable accomplishment, and it stands as a testament to his legacy as one of the greatest golfers of all time.
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10. Raymond Floyd Makes History by Winning on Both Tours in the Same Year
Raymond Floyd made history in 1992 when he became the first golfer to win on both the PGA Tour and the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour) in the same year. His first win of the year was on the PGA Tour at the Doral-Ryder Open, and he followed that up with a win on the Senior PGA Tour at the GTE West Classic. This remarkable feat cemented Floyd's place in golf history and demonstrated his remarkable skill and longevity in the sport.
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