Billy Casper

American golfer

William Earl Casper, Jr. (June 24, 1931 – February 7, 2015) was an American professional golfer. He was one of the most prolific tournament winners on the PGA Tour from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s.

Billy Casper
Casper in 2008
Personal information
Full nameWilliam Earl Casper, Jr.
NicknameBuffalo Bill
Born(1931-06-24)June 24, 1931
San Diego, California, U.S.
DiedFebruary 7, 2015(2015-02-07) (aged 83)
Springville, Utah, U.S.
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality United States
SpouseShirley Casper (m. 1952)
CollegeUniversity of Notre Dame
Turned professional1954
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins69
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour51 (7th all time)
European Tour1
Champions Tour9
Other7 (regular)
1 (senior)
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 3)
The Masters TournamentWon: 1970
U.S. OpenWon: 1959, 1966
The Open Championship4th: 1968
PGA Championship2nd/T2: 1958, 1965, 1971
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame1978 (member page)
PGA Player of the Year1966, 1970
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1966, 1968
Vardon Trophy1960, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968

Casper died at his home in Springville, Utah on February 7, 2015 after having pneumonia and a heart attack, aged 83.[1]


  1. "Billy Casper passes away at age 83". PGA Tour. February 8, 2015.

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