Jim Dent

James Lacey Dent (born May 9, 1939) is an American professional golfer.

American professional golfer
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Jim Dent
Personal information
Full name James Lacey Dent
Born (1939-05-09) May 9, 1939 (age 82)
Augusta, Georgia
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 224 lb (102 kg; 16.0 st)
Sporting nationality  United States
Career
College Paine College
Turned professional 1966
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 16
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour Champions 12
Other 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
PGA Championship T34: 1978
U.S. Open T36: 1979
The Open Championship DNP

Dent was born in the golf mecca of Augusta, Georgia, home of the Masters Tournament, though as an African American he wouldn’t have been allowed onto the Augusta National course at the time, except as a caddie. He caddied both at Augusta National and at Augusta Country Club as a youth. Dent attended Augusta’s historically black Paine College.

Dent turned pro in 1966. During his regular (under 50) career he was Florida PGA Champion three times. However he is mainly notable for his success on the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour), where he won 12 tournaments between 1989 and 1998. Known for his driving ability, Dent was in 1974 the inaugural winner of the World Long Drive Championship and would go on to retain the title in 1975.

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No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 May 15, 1983 Michelob-Chattanooga Gold Cup Classic −12 (67-69-70-66=272) 1 stroke Lance Ten Broeck
  • 1976 Florida PGA Championship
  • 1977 Florida PGA Championship
  • 1978 Florida PGA Championship
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jun 25, 1989 MONY Syracuse Senior Classic −15 (69-68-64=201) 1 stroke Al Geiberger
2 Jul 30, 1989 Newport Cup −10 (67-73-66=206) 1 stroke Harold Henning
3 Mar 18, 1990 Vantage at The Dominion −11 (69-70-66=205) 3 strokes Harold Henning
4 Jun 17, 1990 MONY Syracuse Senior Classic (2) −17 (66-67-66=199) 1 stroke George Archer
5 Jul 15, 1990 Kroger Senior Classic −9 (67-66=133)* 1 stroke Harold Henning
6 Sep 23, 1990 Crestar Classic −14 (73-64-65=202) 1 stroke Lee Trevino
7 Oct 26, 1992 Newport Cup (2) −12 (67-69-68=204) 1 stroke Jimmy Powell
8 Jun 5, 1994 Bruno’s Memorial Classic −15 (66-68-67=201) 2 strokes Bob Charles, Larry Gilbert,
Kermit Zarley
9 Jun 11, 1995 BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland −13 (66-69-68=203) 2 strokes Bob Murphy
10 Aug 25, 1996 Bank of Boston Senior Classic −12 (69-68-67=204) 1 stroke Jay Sigel, Tom Wargo
11 May 11, 1997 The Home Depot Invitational −8 (68-70-70=208) Playoff Larry Gilbert, Lee Trevino
12 May 10, 1998 The Home Depot Invitational (2) −9 (67-68-72=207) Playoff Bob Charles

*Note: The 1990 Kroger Senior Classic was shortened to 36 holes due to rain.

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (2–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1993 Ralphs Senior Classic Dale Douglass Lost to birdie on first extra hole
2 1997 The Home Depot Invitational Larry Gilbert, Lee Trevino Dent won with birdie on second extra hole
Gilbert eliminated by birdie on first hole
3 1998 The Home Depot Invitational Bob Charles Won with par on third extra hole
4 2000 Vantage Championship Gil Morgan, Larry Nelson Nelson won with birdie on sixth extra hole
Dent eliminated by birdie on first hole

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