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American Golf Icon George Doug Sanders dies at 86

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

13th Apr, 2020. 08:30 am
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Doug Sanders

George Doug Sanders, known as the “Peacock of the Fairways,” Former American professional golfer has died at the age of 86.

He won 20 events on the PGA Tour and had four runner-up finishes at major championships.

Sanders was one of the most colourful personalities on the PGA Tour, He captured 20 titles including the 1956 Canadian Open.

George Doug Sanders likewise finished a stroke behind Bob Rosburg in the 1959 PGA Championship at Minneapolis Golf Club; a stroke back of Gene Littler at the 1961 US Open at Oakland Hills, and one short of Nicklaus in the 1966 Open at Muirfield.

He also had the third-round lead at the 1960 PGA Championship but finished two back of winner Jay Herbert.

Long Running American Men’s Magazine Esquire once selected Sanders as one of America’s “Ten Best Dressed Jocks.”

He liked to say the two most frequent questions on tour were, “What did Arnold Palmer shoot?” and “What’s Doug Sanders wearing?”

The Cedartown, Georgia native bragged that he owned over 300 pairs of shoes. “Clothes make the man,” Sanders said.

Sanders also played in 218 events on the senior Champions Tour and hosted his own tournament, the Doug Sanders Celebrity Classic.

Sanders was a stylish, flamboyant dresser on the golf course, which earned him the nickname “Peacock of the Fairways.”

After retiring from competitive golf,

Moreover Sanders was active in his own corporate golf entertainment company for nearly 20 years, sponsored the Doug Sanders International Junior Golf Championship in Houston, Texas.

Furthermore From 1988 to 1994, he also sponsored the Doug Sanders Celebrity Classic.

Sanders died in his adopted hometown of Houston, Texas, from natural causes.


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