Bob Goalby, who won 1968 Masters on scorecard error, dies at 92

Bob Goalby, the winner of the 1968 Masters Tournament, died Wednesday in Belleville, Ill. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
Bob Goalby, the winner of the 1968 Masters Tournament, died Wednesday in Belleville, Ill. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Professional golfer Bob Goalby, who was awarded a 1968 Masters victory when his opponent signed a faulty scorecard, has died, the PGA Tour announced. He was 92.

The PGA Tour said Goalby died Wednesday in Belleville, Ill. His cause of death was not announced.


Goalby won his lone career major title on April 14, 1968, in Augusta, Ga. He was in a close final-round battle with Roberto De Vicenzo and fired a 6-under 66 over his last 18 holes.

De Vicenzo carded a 65, and tied Golby's four-round score, which should have forced a playoff. But De Vicenzo's scorekeeper mistakenly added an extra stroke to his score on No. 17, and the golfer signed the faulty scorecard, giving Goalby a victory.

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"Bob Goalby was one of the true gentlemen in the game of golf, and we are deeply saddened by his passing," Masters and Augusta National Golf Club chairman Fred Ridley said in a statement.

"He demonstrated tremendous play, sportsmanship and humility in his 1968 Masters victory and has worn the green jacket with distinction ever since. His victory will always be remembered and celebrated at Augusta National and the Masters Tournament."


Goalby won 11 times on the PGA Tour. He finished second at the 1961 U.S. Open and at the 1962 PGA Championship.

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The Belleville native was an All-Star quarterback at Belleville West High School. He went to the University of Illinois on a football scholarship and also played baseball at Southern Illinois.

Goalby also served in the military during the Korean War. He turned pro in 1952 and earned 1958 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors.

"He loved going to Augusta," Kye Goalby, one of Bob's three sons, told "He loved being a Masters champion. It was the highlight of his golf life. It meant everything to him."

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