Billy Casper: Born, Died, Children, Golf Hall of Fame, Signature, Movies

Billy Casper Born, Died, Children, Golf Hall of Fame, Signature, Movies
Written by Jon Snow


Full Name William Earl Casper Jr.
Nickname (s) Buffalo Bill
Profession (s) Golf Player

Personal Information

Date of Birth June 24, 1931
Day of Birth Wednesday
Place of Birth San Diego, California
Nationality United States
Died February 7, 2015
Birth Sign Cancer
Spouse Shirley Casper


Turned Professional 1954
Professional Wins 70

Money Factor

Billy Casper Income / Salary:
Net Worth (2019) – $1 Million – $10 Million (Approx.)Estimated Net Worth (2018) – $100K – $1 MillionEstimated Net Worth (2017) – Not Available

Lesser known facts about Billy Casper

Early Life

Early Life of Billy Casper

  • Billy Casper was born on June 24, 1931, in San Diego, California. Casper was only five years old when his father started teaching him golf.
  • He caddied during his teens to make money for golf at the San Diego Country Club to collect money for golf and also got a golf scholarship for University if Nitre Dame after his high school.
  • Casper then returned to San Diego and married his wife Shirley in 1952.
  • He was pitted against as fellow San Diegan Gene Littler frequently. He became a professional player in 1954.

Major Wins

Billy Casper Major Wins

  • In 1956, Billy Casper won his first PGA tour title. He has a total of 51 PGA tour wins in his kitty which makes him the seventh on the all-time list. His victories helped him finish third in McCormack’s World Golf Rankings in 1968, 1969 and 1970, the first three years they were published.
  • He won three major championships: the 1959 and 1966 U.S. Opens, and the 1970 Masters Tournament.
  • Casper was declared the PGA Tour Money Winner in 1966 and 1968 and the PGA Player of the Year in 1966 and 1970.
  • He also has the feat of winning the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average five times: 1960, 1963, 1965, 1966, and 1968.
  • He was the member of the United States team in the Ryder Cup eight times: 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, and 1975. Casper has the record of scoring most points in the Ryder Cup by an American player.
  • He was unstoppable at the peak of his career won at least one PGA Tour event for 16 straight seasons, from 1956 to 1971, the third-longest streak, trailing only Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, who each won on Tour in 17 straight years.
  • He has earned nine Senior PGA Tour wins on the senior circuit from 1982 to 1989.
  • He was often written about as one of the most underrated golf star and the best modern golfer who was not rewarded the way he deserved.
  • He was not considered one of the “Big Three” — Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player — who are thought of popularizing the golf commercially and winning a myriad of accolades.
  • He bagged 27 tournaments on the PGA tour between 1964 and 1970. This was two more than Nicklaus and six more than Palmer and Player combined.
  • Owing to his flair for golf, Casper was considered by many to have been the best putter of his era.
  • In the winning string of PGA Tour spanning 20 years between 1956 and 1975, he was dauntless and showed extraordinary growth in tournament purses, television coverage, and depth of competition.
  • He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1978.
  • The Golf Digest Magazine ranked him as the 15th greatest golfer of all time in 2000.

Other Unknown Facts about Billy Casper

Facts about Billy Casper

  • Billy Casper died of a heart attack at his home in Springville, Utah on February 7, 2015, aged 83.
  • Casper has designed numerous golf courses, such as The Highlands, The Palm and Eagle Crest in Sun City Summerlin, Nevada.
  • The Billy Casper Golf (BCG) was ranked as one of the largest privately owned golf course management companies in the United States in 2017. BCG has over 150 owned or managed courses.
  • Billy Casper Golf annually hosts the “World’s Largest Golf Outing” – a national golf outing fundraising event for military charities.
  • Billy Casper made a cameo appearance in the movie, Now You See Him, Now You Don’t.
  • Casper did active charitable work and organized fundraising events for children including an annual tournament at San Diego Country Club for “Billy’s Kids”.
  • Casper was loved his extraordinary putting and short-game skills. He was also a great strategist who overcame his distance disadvantages against longer-hitting competitors such as Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.

Billy Casper Quotes

Billy Casper Quotes

  • “I had all kinds of allergy problems with certain meats, and with fruits and vegetables with pesticides. So, I turned to bear, caribou, venison, hippopotamus, buffalo, elk, and moose. Taste-wise, buffal, and elk are tied for first. Not gamy, and loaded with protein. And very expensive, I might add.”
  • “If you can help anyone in any way, that is what we are here for. The pinnacle of my life has really been two lives – golf and service to my fellow man.”
  • “I learned something very important early on: You accept what happens and move on. In other words, if I hit a bad shot, I can’t change it. There is only the next shot. That was a big lesson.”
  • “I never got caught up in playing for history, seeing how many majors I could win, or rewriting the record books. Those are selfish objectives, and the guy who chokes usually does so because he dwells on what it all means to him. I was only worried about my family. And although I had my share of failures, it was never because I choked.”
  • “I grew up on blacks and greens. The best tees were old, dry cowpies, believe it or not.”
  • When I was in first grade, the kids called me ‘fatso.’ It hurt, but the way I overcame it was to outrun every kid in the class. So, I developed a thick skin, and athletics became my way of performing and being accepted.
  • “I was in the Navy and saw, first-hand, the effects of front-line combat.”
  • “I want to be remembered for having a great love for my fellow man. Because, you know, I do.”
  • “I never got caught up in playing for history, seeing how many majors I could win, or rewriting the record books. Those are selfish objectives, and the guy who chokes usually does so because he dwells on what it all means to him. I was only worried about my family. And although I had my share of failures, it was never because I choked.”
  • “It’s hard to believe a kid hitting golf balls in the cow pastures of New Mexico could have accomplished what I have accomplished.”
  • “When I drive into Augusta and down Magnolia Lane, there’s just a spirit and nostalgia about it that you experience nowhere else. Why? Because it’s the same place every year.”
  • “I played golf for 25 years before I made a hole-in-one of any kind. I was on the tour for years before it finally happened. Eventually, I made 23, but boy, that first one was a long time coming. It was the price I paid for not shooting at every flag.”
  • “My parents were strict and taught me the proper fundamentals that I would use in my life. They taught me a commitment to work hard.”
  • “I had such a tie with my eyes and my hands. I could look at a telephone pole 40 yards away, take out a 7-iron, and hit it 10 times in a row. I had something special. And somehow, I really understood the game, all without having a lot of guidance.”
  • “Recently I gave a lecture and a gentleman came to me and asked how I’d like to be remembered, I’d never been asked that before, so I thought for a few seconds. And I said I want to be remembered that I had a great love for my fellow man.”
  • “I don’t care about that. The Green Coat is enough for me.”
  • “Try to think where you want to put the ball, not where you don’t want it to go.”
  • “Think ahead. Golf is a next-shot game.”
  • “The air was so fresh and nice and pure. (But) it was difficult to put on enough clothes to stay warm. No matter how many layers you had on, that wet air had a tendency to penetrate whatever you were wearing.”
  • “He congratulated me, … and I put my arm around him and said, ‘I’m sorry.’ At a time like that, you really feel for a fellow competitor. People still focus on the total collapse of Arnie, but they don’t realize I shot 32 on the back nine to force that playoff. There were only 15 rounds under par at Olympic in ’66, and I had four of them.”
  • “I think they had to carry him up the stairs the last couple years. But you see, he wants to be there.”
  • “It really means a lot, to see this, to be here. Phil is going to just get better. He looks like he’s got the right things going on.”

Awards and Honours

PGA Tour Victories (51)

  • 1956 – Labatt Open.
  • 1957 – Phoenix Open Invitational, Kentucky Derby Open Invitational.
  • 1958 – Bing Crosby National Pro-Am Golf Championship, Greater New Orleans Open Invitational, Buick Open Invitational.
  • 1959 – U.S. Open Championship, Portland Centennial Open Invitational, Lafayette Open Invitational, Mobile Sertoma Open Invitational.
  • 1960 – Portland Open Invitational, Hesperia Open Invitational, Orange County Open Invitational.
  • 1961- Portland Open Invitational.
  • 1962- Doral C.C. Open Invitational, Greater Greensboro Open, 500 Festival Open Invitation, Bakersfield Open Invitational.
  • 1963 – Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, Insurance City Open Invitational.
  • 1964 – Doral Open Invitational, Colonial National Invitation, Greater Seattle Open Invitational, Almaden Open Invitational.
  • 1965 – Bob Hope Desert Classic, Western Open, Insurance City Open Invitational, Sahara Invitational.
  • 1966 – San Diego Open Invitational, U.S. Open Championship, Western Open, 500 Festival Open Invitation.
  • 1967 – Canadian Open, Carling World Open.
  • 1968 – Los Angeles Open, Greater Greensboro Open, Colonial National Invitation, 500 Festival Open Invitation, Greater Hartford Open Invitational, Lucky International Open.
  • 1969 – Bob Hope Desert Classic, Western Open, Alcan Open
  • 1970 – Los Angeles Open, Masters Tournament, IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic, Avco Classic.
  • 1971 – Kaiser International Open Invitational
  • 1973 – Western Open, Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open
  • 1975 – First NBC New Orleans Open

PGA Tour Champions Victories (9)

  • 1982 – The Shootout at Jeremy Ranch, Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Pro-Am
  • 1983 – U.S. Senior Open
  • 1984 – SENIOR PGA TOUR Roundup
  • 1987 – Del E. Webb Arizona Classic, Greater Grand Rapids Open
  • 1988 – Vantage At The Dominion, Mazda SENIOR TOURNAMENT PLAYERS Championship
  • 1989 – Transamerica Senior Golf Championship

International Victories (14)

  • 1956 Tijuana Open
  • 1958 Brazilian Open
  • 1958 Havana Open
  • 1959 Brazilian Open
  • 1973 Hassan II Golf Trophy
  • 1974 Lancome Trophy
  • 1974 Is Molas Tournament
  • 1975 Hassan II Golf Trophy
  • 1975 Italian Open
  • 1977 Mexican Open
  • 1984 Legends of Golf [with Gay Brewer]
  • 1985 Union Mutual Seniors, Doug Sanders Invitational
  • 1988 Urbanet International Golf Championship
  • 1989 Urbanet International Golf Championship

Additional Victories (10)

  • 1956 Tijuana Open
  • 1958 Brazil Open
  • 1959 Brazil Open
  • 1973 Hassan II Trophy
  • 1974 Lancome Trophy
  • 1975 Hassan II Trophy
  • 1975 Italian Open
  • 1977 Mexican Open
  • 1984 Legends of Golf [with Gay Brewer]
  • 1985 Union Mutual Seniors, Doug Sanders Invitational

US National Team Appearances

  • Ryder Cup: 1961 (winners)
  • 1963 (winners)
  • 1965 (winners)
  • 1967 (winners)
  • 1969 (winners)
  • 1971 (winners)
  • 1973 (winners)
  • 1975 (winners)
  • 1979 (winners, non-playing captain)

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