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The ARIES Golf Legends: Roberto De Vincenzo

  • Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989.
  • Major Championship Victories: 1
  • British Open: – 1967
  • PGA Tour Victories: – 5
  • US Senior Open: – 1980

Roberto de Vicenzo is best remembered for what he lost, not for what he won. His gaff in the 1968 Masters where he signed an incorrect scorecard reflecting a par on 17 when he actually made birdie, then losing in a playoff – is one of the saddest moments in golf.

Reflecting the true courageous spirit of the Aries golfer, De Vicenzo was able to shake off this catastrophic moment and continue to play at the highest levels, awarded the Bob Jones and William Richardson Awards in 1970.

Roberto De VincenzoBorn in Buenos Aires on April 14, 1923, De Vicenzo picked up the game as a caddy’s assistant, turned pro at the age of 15, and six years later won the first of nine Argentine Opens. In subsequent years, he won national opens in Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Holland, Germany, Jamaica, France, Mexico, Peru, Spain and Argentina. In all, he captured over 230 tournaments, including the 1967 British Open where he held off the Sunday charges of Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player to become at 44, the oldest winner of that event.

 

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De Vicenzo was a hard worker and practiced constantly to improve his skills. Displaying calm nerves during intense competition was one of his strong suits along with a simple swing that held up under pressure. His love for the game was strengthened by the friendships he made traveling the world in pursuit of the next title.

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