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birth_place = Fort Bragg, North Carolina
death_date =
death_place =
height =
weight =
nationality =
residence = Palm Beach, Florida
spouse = Maria Fraietta Floyd
(m. 1973–2012, her death)
partner =
children = 2 sons, 1 daughter
college = University of North Carolina (one semester)
yearpro = 1961
retired = 2010
tour =
extour = PGA Tour
Champions Tour
prowins = 65
pgawins = 22
eurowins = 4
japwins = 1
champwins = 14
otherwins = 11 (regular)
17 (senior)
majorwins = 4
masters = Won 1976
usopen = Won 1986
open = T2: 1978
pga = Won: 1969, 1982
wghofid = ray-floyd
wghofyear = 1989
award1 = Vardon Trophy
year1 = 1983
award2 = Byron Nelson Award
year2 = 1983
Raymond Loran Floyd (born September 4, 1942) is an American retired golfer who has won numerous tournaments on both the PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour, including four majors and three senior majors. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989.

Early years

Born at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Floyd was raised in Fayetteville. His father L.B. had a 21-year career in the U.S. Army, much of it at Fort Bragg as the golf pro at its enlisted men's course. He also owned a nearby driving range where Raymond and younger sister Marlene, a future LPGA tour pro, honed their games. From an early age, Floyd could play equally well left-handed, and used his skills to enhance his allowance, winning money from soldiers on the course, as well as civilians in nearby towns.
Floyd graduated from Fayetteville High School (now named Terry Sanford High School) in 1960. Skilled in golf and baseball, he had an offer to pitch in the Cleveland Indians organization, but chose to attend the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, but only stayed for a semester.

Professional career

After leaving college, Floyd turned professional in 1961, and quickly established himself on the PGA Tour. His first victory came two years later at age 20 in March 1963 in Florida, winning $3,500 at the St. Petersburg Open Invitational, the first of his 22 wins on the PGA Tour, including four major championships.
Floyd won his first major title six years later at the PGA Championship in 1969, and the second came in 1976 at The Masters, by an eight-stroke margin and was won wire-to-wire. He won his second PGA Championship in 1982, after shooting a brilliant opening round of 63 in sweltering hot conditions at Southern Hills Country Club. Floyd's round of 63 was the lowest round in a major championship until 2017. Floyd finished 1982 ranked second in Mark McCormack's world golf rankings, behind only Tom Watson who had won two majors that season; had those rankings been calculated over just two seasons, on a par with the system in place at the end of 2012, Floyd would have been ranked world number one in 1982, as he had earned more points from all events in total than Watson in both 1981 and 1982.
Floyd's fourth and final major title came at the U.S. Open in 1986 at Shinnecock Hills. After three rounds, he was tied for fifth place, three shots behind leader Greg Norman, who held the 54-hole lead at all four majors in 1986. Norman faltered on Sunday with a 75 (+5), but Floyd shot 66 to win by two strokes and became the then-oldest U.S. Open champion by a few months at 43 years and nine months. (The record was Ted Ray's since 1920, and is now held by Hale Irwin, a champion at age 45 in 1990.)
The one major title that eluded Floyd, which prevented him from completing the career grand slam, was The Open Championship. His best result was in 1978 at St Andrews; he tied for second place, behind three-time winner Jack Nicklaus.
Floyd came very close to winning a second Green Jacket at the 1990 Masters, where he lost in a playoff to Nick Faldo. On the second playoff hole, Floyd pulled a 7-iron shot into the pond left of the 11th green. Afterward, he said, "This is the most devastating thing that's ever happened to me in my career. I've had a lot of losses, but nothing like this."
In 1992, Floyd again finished runner-up at The Masters, two strokes behind the winner Fred Couples. Floyd's final win on the PGA Tour came at the Doral-Ryder Open in 1992 at age 49, making him one of the oldest players to win a PGA Tour event. The Doral-Ryder Open victory also gave him the distinction of winning PGA Tour events in four decades, joining Sam Snead as the second player to achieve that feat. Floyd also won on the Senior PGA Tour (now PGA Tour Champions) later that season, making him the first player to win on both tours in the same year.
At the end of 1992, Floyd was ranked 14th on the Official World Golf Ranking at the age of 50, one of the highest positions ever attained by a player of that age. Floyd's successful run continued on the Senior Tour, with 14 wins between 1992 and 2000, including four senior majors and two Senior Tour Championships.
In addition to Floyd's victories on the PGA and Champions Tours, he won at least 24 additional tournaments around the world, taking his total victory tally to at least 60 events. While active, Floyd was considered by most golf experts to be the best at chipping the golf ball. He holed many shots from just off the green, the most famous may have been at the Doral-Eastern Open in 1980, where his successful birdie chip on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff defeated Jack Nicklaus.
On his decision to continue playing professional golf on the Senior Tour, Floyd spoke with Golf Digest and mused aloud: "Why do I enjoy golf after 31 years, going out there and doing things that are necessary to be competitive—having practice, having to work, having to dedicate yourself? I guess it comes down to the competition. My personality...I'm not going to play if I'm not competitive."
Floyd won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour in 1983 and played for the U.S. on eight Ryder Cup teams (1969, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1991, and 1993).
Floyd was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989. He captained the U.S. Ryder Cup team at The Belfry in England in 1989. At a gala dinner held before the start of the matches, Floyd famously introduced his American side as "The 12 greatest players in the world." This irritated European player Nick Faldo of England, who later said that he felt Floyd's comment was inappropriate.
Floyd was an assistant Ryder Cup captain in 2008. On the eve of the Masters in 2010, Floyd announced his retirement from competitive golf. He was the honoree at Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament in 2013.

Professional wins (65)

PGA Tour wins (22)

{
-
Legend
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Major championships (4)
-
Players Championships (1)
-
Other PGA Tour (17)
{
-
!No.
!Date
!Tournament
!Winning score
!To par
!Margin of
victory
!Runner(s)-up
-
align=center1
align=rightMar 17, 1963
St. Petersburg Open Invitational
align=right67-71-67-69=274
align=center−14
1 stroke
Dave Marr
-
align=center2
align=rightJun 27, 1965
St. Paul Open Invitational
66-70-65-69=270
align=center−14
4 strokes
Tommy Aaron, Gene Littler
-
align=center3
align=rightMar 23, 1969
Greater Jacksonville Open
68-71-68-71=278
align=center−10
Playoff
Gardner Dickinson
-
align=center4
align=rightJul 27, 1969
American Golf Classic
67-68-68-65=268
align=center−12
4 strokes
Bobby Nichols
-
align=center5
align=rightAug 17, 1969
PGA Championship
69-66-67-74=276
align=center−8
1 stroke
Gary Player
-
align=center6
align=rightJun 8, 1975
Kemper Open
65-71-73-69=278
align=center−10
3 strokes
John Mahaffey, Gary Player
-
align=center7
align=rightApr 11, 1976
Masters Tournament
65-66-70-70=271
align=center−17
8 strokes
Ben Crenshaw
-
align=center8
align=rightSep 12, 1976
World Open Golf Championship
69-67-67-71=274
align=center−10
Playoff
Jerry McGee
-
align=center9
align=rightMay 8, 1977
Byron Nelson Golf Classic
69-70-68-69=276
align=center−8
2 strokes
Ben Crenshaw
-
align=center10
align=rightJul 17, 1977
Pleasant Valley Classic
67-68-67-69=271
align=center−12
1 stroke
Jack Nicklaus
-
align=center11
align=rightApr 8, 1979
Greater Greensboro Open
73-71-71-67=282
align=center−6
1 stroke
George Burns, Gary Player
-
align=center12
align=rightMar 16, 1980
Doral-Eastern Open
74-69-70-66=279
align=center−9
Playoff
Jack Nicklaus
-
align=center13
align=rightMar 15, 1981
Doral-Eastern Open (2)
66-68-71-68=273
align=center−15
1 stroke
Keith Fergus, David Graham
-
align=center14
align=rightMar 23, 1981
Tournament Players Championship
72-74-71-68=285
align=center−3
Playoff
Barry Jaeckel, Curtis Strange
-
align=center15
align=rightJun 14, 1981
Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic
70-68-68-69=275
align=center−9
2 strokes
Bobby Clampett, Gibby Gilbert,
Craig Stadler
-
align=center16
align=rightMay 30, 1982
Memorial Tournament
74-69-67-71=281
align=center−7
2 strokes
Peter Jacobsen, Wayne Levi,
Roger Maltbie, Gil Morgan
-
align=center17
align=rightJun 13, 1982
Danny Thomas Memphis Classic
67-68-67-69=271
align=center−17
6 strokes
Mike Holland
-
align=center18
align=rightAug 8, 1982
PGA Championship (2)
63-69-68-72=272
align=center−8
3 strokes
Lanny Wadkins
-
align=center19
align=rightApr 28, 1985
Houston Open
69-70-69-69=277
align=center−11
1 stroke
David Frost, Bob Lohr
-
align=center20
align=rightJun 15, 1986
U.S. Open
75-68-70-66=279
align=center−1
2 strokes
Chip Beck, Lanny Wadkins
-
align=center21
align=rightOct 19, 1986
Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic
68-66-70-71=275
align=center−13
Playoff
Lon Hinkle, Mike Sullivan
-
align=center22
align=rightMar 8, 1992
Doral-Ryder Open (3)
67-67-67-70=271
align=center−17
2 strokes
Keith Clearwater, Fred Couples
PGA Tour playoff record (5–10)
{
!No.!!Year!!Tournament!!Opponent(s)!!Result
-
align=center1
1969
Greater Jacksonville Open
Gardner Dickinson
Won with birdie on first extra hole
-
align=center2
1971
Bob Hope Desert Classic
Arnold Palmer
Lost to birdie on second extra hole
-
align=center3
1973
Bing Crosby Pro-Am
Orville Moody, Jack Nicklaus
Nicklaus won with birdie on first extra hole
-
align=center4
1974
American Golf Classic
Gay Brewer, Jim Colbert
Forrest Fezler
Colbert won with par on second extra hole
Brewer, Fezler eliminated with par on first hole
-
align=center5
1975
Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational
Bobby Nichols, J. C. Snead
Snead won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Nichols eliminated with par on first hole
-
align=center6
1976
World Open Golf Championship
Jerry McGee
Won with birdie on first extra hole
-
align=center7
1980
Doral-Eastern Open
Jack Nicklaus
Won with birdie on second extra hole
-
align=center8
1981
Wickes-Andy Williams San Diego Open
Tom Jenkins, Bruce Lietzke
Lietzke won with birdie on second extra hole
Jenkins eliminated with par on first hole
-
align=center9
1981
Tournament Players Championship
Barry Jaeckel, Curtis Strange
Won with par on first extra hole
-
align=center10
1982
Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic
Keith Fergus
Lost to birdie on first extra hole
-
align=center11
1982
World Series of Golf
Craig Stadler
Lost to par on fourth extra hole
-
align=center12
1985
Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic
George Burns, Roger Maltbie
Maltbie won with birdie on fourth extra hole
-
align=center13
1986
Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic
Lon Hinkle, Mike Sullivan
Won with par on first extra hole
-
align=center14
1990
Masters Tournament
Nick Faldo
Lost to par on second extra hole
-
align=center15
1992
GTE Byron Nelson Classic
Billy Ray Brown, Ben Crenshaw
Bruce Lietzke
Brown won with birdie on first extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)

{ class="wikitable"
-
!No.
!Date
!Tournament
!Winning score
!To par
!Margin of
victory
!Runner-up
-
align=center1
align=rightSep 1, 1991
Daiwa KBC Augusta
align=right66-69-69-69=273
align=center−15
1 stroke
Frankie Miñoza

Other wins (11)

  • 1978 Brazil Open
  • 1979 Friendship Cup (Costa Rica)
  • 1981 Canadian PGA Championship, Seiko Point Leader
  • 1982 Seiko Point Leader, Million Dollar Challenge (South Africa)
  • 1985 Chrysler Team Championship (with Hal Sutton)
  • 1988 Skins Game
  • 1990 RMCC Invitational (with Fred Couples)
  • 1993 Franklin Funds Shark Shootout (with Steve Elkington)
  • 2000 Tylenol Par-3 Shootout

Senior PGA Tour wins (14)

{ class="wikitable"
-
Legend
-
Senior PGA Tour major championships (4)
-
Other Senior PGA Tour (10)
{ class="wikitable"
!No.
!Date
!Tournament
!Winning score
!To par
!Margin of
victory
!Runner(s)-up
-
align=center1
align=rightSep 20, 1992
GTE North Classic
align=right66-67-66=199
align=center−17
2 strokes
Mike Hill
-
align=center2
align=rightOct 25, 1992
Ralphs Senior Classic
align=right68-65-62=195
align=center−21
3 strokes
Isao Aoki
-
align=center3
align=rightDec 13, 1992
Senior Tour Championship
align=right65-67-65=197
align=center−19
5 strokes
George Archer, Dale Douglass
-
align=center4
align=rightMar 21, 1993
Gulfstream Aerospace Invitational
align=right65-65-64=194
align=center−22
5 strokes
George Archer
-
align=center5
align=rightAug 1, 1993
Northville Long Island Classic
align=right73-70-65=208
align=center−8
2 strokes
Bob Betley, Bob Charles,
Harold Henning, Bruce Lehnhard,
Walt Zembriski
-
align=center6
align=rightApr 3, 1994
The Tradition
align=right65-70-68-68=271
align=center−17
Playoff
Dale Douglass
-
align=center7
align=rightMay 1, 1994
Las Vegas Senior Classic
align=right68-70-65=203
align=center−13
3 strokes
Tom Wargo
-
align=center8
align=rightMay 22, 1994
NFL Golf Classic
align=right68-66-64=198
align=center−10
1 stroke
Bob Murphy, Gary Player
-
align=center9
align=rightNov 13, 1994
Golf Magazine Senior Tour Championship (2)
align=right67-73-67-66=273
align=center−15
Playoff
Jim Albus
-
align=center10
align=rightApr 16, 1995
PGA Seniors' Championship
align=right70-70-67-70=277
align=center−11
5 strokes
John Paul Cain, Larry Gilbert,
Lee Trevino
-
align=center11
align=rightAug 13, 1995
Burnet Senior Classic
align=right68-65-68=201
align=center−15
1 stroke
Graham Marsh
-
align=center12
align=rightNov 5, 1995
Emerald Coast Classic
align=right69-66=135
align=center−7
Playoff
Tom Wargo
-
align=center13
align=rightJul 14, 1996
Ford Senior Players Championship
align=right71-66-65-73=275
align=center−14
2 strokes
Hale Irwin
-
align=center14
align=rightJul 16, 2000
Ford Senior Players Championship (2)
align=right71-67-69-66=273
align=center−15
1 stroke
Larry Nelson, Dana Quigley
Senior PGA Tour playoff record (3–1)
{ class="wikitable"
!No.!!Year!!Tournament!!Opponent!!Result
-
align=center1
1994
The Tradition
Dale Douglass
Won with birdie on first extra hole
-
align=center2
1994
Golf Magazine Senior Tour Championship
Jim Albus
Won with birdie on fifth extra hole
-
align=center3
1995
Royal Caribbean Classic
J. C. Snead
Lost to par on first extra hole
-
align=center4
1995
Emerald Coast Classic
Tom Wargo
Won with birdie on third extra hole

Other senior wins (17)

  • 1992 Fuji Electric Grandslam
  • 1994 Diners Club Matches (with Dave Eichelberger), Senior Skins Game
  • 1995 Senior Skins Game, Senior Slam at Los Cabos, Office Depot Father/Son Challenge (with Raymond Floyd Jr.), Lexus Challenge (with Michael Chiklis)
  • 1996 Senior Skins Game, Senior Slam at Los Cabos, Office Depot Father/Son Challenge (with Raymond Floyd Jr.)
  • 1997 Senior Skins Game, Office Depot Father/Son Challenge (with Raymond Floyd Jr.), Lexus Challenge (with William Devane)
  • 1998 Senior Skins Game
  • 2000 Office Depot Father/Son Challenge (with Robert Floyd)
  • 2001 Office Depot Father/Son Challenge (with Robert Floyd)
  • 2006 Wendy's Champions Skins Game (with Dana Quigley)

Major championships

Wins (4)

{class="wikitable"
!Year!!Championship!!54 holes!!Winning score!!Margin!!Runner(s)-up
-
align=center1969 PGA Championship 5 shot lead −8 (69-66-67-74=276) 1 stroke Gary Player
-
align=center1976 Masters Tournament 8 shot lead −17 (65-66-70-70=271) 8 strokes Ben Crenshaw
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align=center1982 PGA Championship (2) 5 shot lead −8 (63-69-68-72=272) 3 strokes Lanny Wadkins
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align=center1986 U.S. Open 3 shot deficit −1 (75-68-70-66=279) 2 strokes Chip Beck, Lanny Wadkins

Results timeline

{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament !! 1963 !! 1964 !! 1965 !! 1966 !! 1967 !! 1968 !! 1969
-
align=leftMasters Tournament
CUT
T8
CUT
T7
T36
-
align=leftU.S. Open
T14
T6
WD
T38
T13
-
align=leftThe Open Championship
T34
-
align=leftPGA Championship
T57
T17
T18
T20
T41
1
{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament !!1970 !! 1971 !! 1972 !! 1973 !! 1974 !! 1975 !! 1976 !! 1977 !! 1978 !! 1979
-
align=leftMasters Tournament
CUT
T13
CUT
54
T22
T30
1
T8
T16
T17
-
align=leftU.S. Open
T22
8
CUT
16
T15
T12
13
T47
T12
CUT
-
align=leftThe Open Championship
CUT
T23
4
8
T2
T36
-
align=leftPGA Championship
T8
CUT
T4
T35
T11
T10
T2
T40
T50
T62
{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament !!1980 !! 1981 !! 1982 !! 1983 !! 1984 !! 1985 !! 1986 !! 1987 !! 1988 !! 1989
-
align=leftMasters Tournament
T17
T8
T7
T4
T15
T2
CUT
CUT
T11
T38
-
align=leftU.S. Open
T47
T37
T49
T13
T52
T23
1
T43
T17
T26
-
align=leftThe Open Championship
T3
T15
T14
CUT
T16
T17
CUT
T42
-
align=leftPGA Championship
T17
T19
1
T20
T13
CUT
CUT
T14
T9
T46
{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament !!1990 !! 1991 !! 1992 !! 1993 !! 1994 !! 1995 !! 1996 !! 1997 !! 1998 !! 1999
-
align=leftMasters Tournament
2
T17
2
T11
T10
T17
T25
CUT
CUT
T38
-
align=leftU.S. Open
CUT
T8
T44
T7
T36
-
align=leftThe Open Championship
T39
CUT
T12
T34
T58
-
align=leftPGA Championship
T49
T7
T48
CUT
T61
{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament !! 2000 !! 2001 !! 2002 !! 2003 !! 2004 !! 2005 !! 2006 !! 2007 !! 2008 !! 2009
-
align=leftMasters Tournament
CUT
CUT
CUT
CUT
CUT
CUT
CUT
CUT
CUT
CUT
-
align=leftU.S. Open
CUT
-
align=leftThe Open Championship
-
align=leftPGA Championship
CUT = missed the halfway cut (3rd round cut in 1984 Open Championship)
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

Summary

{ class=wikitable style=text-align:center
!Tournament !! Wins !! 2nd !! 3rd !! Top-5 !! Top-10 !! Top-25 !! Events !! Cuts made
-
align=leftMasters Tournament 1 3 0 5 11 22 45 27
-
align=leftU.S. Open 1 0 0 1 5 16 31 26
-
align=leftThe Open Championship 0 1 1 3 4 10 20 16
-
align=leftPGA Championship 2 1 0 4 8 17 31 27
-
!Totals !! 4 !! 5 !! 1 !! 13 !! 28 !! 65 !! 127 !! 96
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 24 (1972 PGA – 1979 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (1976 Open Championship – 1977 Masters)

The Players Championship

Wins (1)

{class="wikitable"
!Year!!Championship!!54 holes!!Winning score!!Margin!!Runners-up
-
1981 Tournament Players Championship 6 shot deficit −3 (72-74-71-68=285) Playoff1 Barry Jaeckel, Curtis Strange
1 Defeated Barry Jaeckel and Curtis Strange in a sudden-death playoff: Floyd (3), Jaeckel (4) and Strange (4).

Results timeline

{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament
!1974
!1975
!1976
!1977
!1978
!1979
!1980
!1981
!1982
!1983
!1984
!1985
!1986
!1987
!1988
!1989
!1990
-
align=leftThe Players Championship
T24
T21
T12
T13
CUT
T14
CUT
1
T22
T23
T12
T33
T21
CUT
DQ
CUT
CUT
CUT = missed the halfway cut
DQ = disqualified
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

Champions Tour major championships

Wins (4)

{class="sortable wikitable"
!Year!!Championship!!Winning score!!Margin!!Runner(s)-up
-
align=center1994 The Tradition −17 (65-70-68-68=271) Playoff1 Dale Douglass
-
align=center1995 PGA Seniors' Championship −11 (70-70-67-70=277) 5 strokes John Paul Cain, Larry Gilbert, Lee Trevino
-
align=center1996 Ford Senior Players Championship −13 (71-66-65-73=275) 2 strokes Hale Irwin
- style="background:#ff9;"
align=center2000 Ford Senior Players Championship (2) −15 (71-67-69-66=273) 1 stroke Larry Nelson, Dana Quigley
1Floyd birdied the first extra hole.

U.S. national team appearances

Professional
  • Ryder Cup: 1969 (winners), 1975 (winners), 1977 (winners), 1981 (winners), 1983 (winners), 1985, 1989 (non-playing captain), 1991 (winners), 1993 (winners)
  • Dunhill Cup: 1985, 1986
  • Nissan Cup: 1985 (winners)
  • UBS Cup: 2001 (winners), 2002 (winners), 2003 (tie), 2004 (winners)
  • Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (representing Senior PGA Tour): 1992 (PGA Tour), 1993 (winners), 1994, 1995 (winners), 1996

See also

  • List of golfers with most Champions Tour major championship wins
  • List of golfers with most Champions Tour wins
  • List of golfers with most PGA Tour wins
  • List of men's major championships winning golfers

External links

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