Orville Moody

Orville Moody ( born December 9, 1933, Chickasha, Oklahoma; † August 8, 2008 ) was an American professional golfer who has won numerous tournaments during his career.


The son of a golf course marshal began his career at Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma City when he won the 1952 Golf High School Championships of Oklahoma. After studying a few weeks at the University of Oklahoma, he joined the United States Army. Even in uniform he could continue to pursue the sport of golf and won the Military Championships and three open Korean Championships. Moody spent 14 years in the Army, which he left as a sergeant. This rank later earned him the nickname Sarge.

Moody gave his military career for a test at the PGA Tour in 1967. This decision proved to be advantageous; compared to U.S. $ 5,000, which he earned a year in the military, the prize money accumulated in his first professional year to nearly $ 300,000.

In 1969, the U.S. Open championship on the Cypress Creek Course at Champions Golf Club in Houston. Moody won with one blow the play on 72 holes tournament with 281 strokes before Deane Beman, Al Geiberger and Bob Rosburg, which required each 282 strokes.

Moody's success in the PGA Tour was limited, although in 1969 he won the probably most prestigious men's professional golf tournament. He was elected in the year, player of the year. The victory was the only one Moody reached into the PGA Tour. Moode was a gifted ball bat in his career about the putting but had problems.

On the Senior Tour (which is now known as the Champions Tour ) he had much more success. As a senior, he won 11 tournaments. In 1989, he won the U.S. Senior Open and thus became the fourth man to have won both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Senior Open.

Before the season 1995, Moody had to undergo a triple bypass surgery, but played in the year still in 29 contests.

PGA Tour victories

Senior PGA tour victories

Major Championships bold