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Howard Twitty

Howard Twitty
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Howard Allen Twitty
Born (1949-01-15) January 15, 1949
Phoenix, Arizona
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st)
Nationality  United States
College Arizona State University
Turned professional 1974
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T17: 1993
U.S. Open T32: 1979
The Open Championship T34: 1993
PGA Championship T5: 1980
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour Comeback
Player of the Year

Howard Allen Twitty (born January 15, 1949) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s; and played on the Champions Tour from 1999 until 2007.

Twitty was born in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe in 1972 and turned pro in 1974. He won three tournaments on the PGA Tour during his career. His best finish in a major tournament was a T-5 at the 1980 PGA Championship.[1] Twitty missed part of the 1996 season due to foot surgery, and now wears sandals with golf spikes while he plays. Twitty played some on the Nationwide Tour in his late forties to prepare for the Champions Tour. After reaching the age of 50 in 1999, he began play on the Champions Tour, where his best finish was a T-2 at the 2000 Toshiba Senior Classic.

Twitty has done some consulting on golf course design. He collaborated with Roger Maltbie on the well-received redesign of the TPC at River Highlands course in Connecticut, site of the Buick Championship. He also collaborated with Tom Weiskopf on the TPC Scottsdale redesign, site of the FBR Open.

Twitty resides in Paradise Valley, a suburb of Scottsdale, Arizona. He has seven children. He lists his special interests as "all sports", and is nicknamed "Twitty-Bird" by his fellow golfers.


  • Amateur wins (2) 1
  • Professional wins (4) 2
    • PGA Tour wins (3) 2.1
    • Other wins (1) 2.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Amateur wins (2)

Professional wins (4)

PGA Tour wins (3)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
1 Sep 2, 1979 B.C. Open -14 (69-70-64-67=270) 1 stroke Tom Purtzer
2 Jul 27, 1980 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open -18 (68-66-63-69=266) Playoff Jim Simons
3 Jan 17, 1993 United Airlines Hawaiian Open -19 (63-68-70-68=269) 4 strokes Joey Sindelar
PGA Tour playoff record (1-0)
No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1980 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open Jim Simons Won with birdie on sixth extra hole

Other wins (1)


  1. ^ "Golf Major Championships". 

External links

  • Howard Twitty at the PGA Tour official site
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