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Ted Kroll

Ted J. Kroll (August 4, 1919 – April 23, 2002) was an American professional golfer.

Kroll was born in New Hartford, New York.

Kroll served in the United States Army during World War II and earned three Purple Hearts after being wounded four times. Shortly after the war, he took a job as assistant professional at Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania.[1] He began a 34-year PGA Tour career in 1949. He won eight times on the tour, including three wins in 1956, when he topped the money list with earnings of $72,836. That same year he lost the final of the PGA Championship to Jack Burke, Jr., 3 and 2.

In 1954, Kroll became the third player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 60, joining Al Brosch (1951) and Bill Nary (1952). He had nines of 30-30 at Brackenridge Park Golf Course during the third round of the Texas Open. His 11-under score vaulted him into a tie for sixth going into the final round, where he shot a 2-under 69 over his final 18 holes to tie for ninth.

Kroll played on three Ryder Cup teams: 1953, 1955, and 1957, compiling a 3–1 record.

Kroll was married for over 50 years and had four daughters. In his later years he suffered from Parkinson's disease. He died in Boca Raton, Florida and is buried in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.


  • Professional wins (11) 1
    • PGA Tour wins (8) 1.1
    • Other wins 1.2
  • Results in major championships 2
    • Summary 2.1
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Professional wins (11)

PGA Tour wins (8)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Jun 20, 1952 San Diego Open −12 (65-69-72-70=276) 3 strokes Jimmy Demaret
2 Sep 1, 1952 Insurance City Open −11 (69-70-67-67=273) 4 strokes Lawson Little, Skee Riegel,
Earl Stewart
3 Sep 7, 1953 National Celebrities Open −7 (70-69-71-71=281) 1 stroke Lew Worsham
4 Sep 18, 1955 Philadelphia Daily News Open +1 (68-72-66-67=273) Playoff Doug Ford
5 Feb 12, 1956 Tucson Open Invitational −16 (65-68-66-65=264) 3 strokes Dow Finsterwald
6 Feb 26, 1956 Houston Open −11 (70-67-71-69=277) 3 strokes Jack Burke, Jr., Dave Douglas
7 Aug 12, 1956 World Championship of Golf −15 (67-69-71-66=273) 3 strokes Fred Hawkins
8 Jul 29, 1962 Canadian Open −10 (71-68-69-70=278) 2 strokes Charlie Sifford
PGA Tour playoff record (1–7)
No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1952 Motor City Open Cary Middlecoff Lost to birdie on first extra hole
2 1953 El Paso Open Chandler Harper Lost 18-hole playoff (Chandler:70, Kroll:73)
3 1953 Carling Open Cary Middlecoff Lost to par on second extra hole
4 1954 Western Open Lloyd Mangrum Lost to par on first extra hole
5 1955 Philadelphia Daily News Open Doug Ford Kroll won on the first extra hole
6 1956 Insurance City Open Arnold Palmer Lost to birdie on second extra hole
7 1960 Dallas Open Johnny Pott, Bo Wininger Pott won with birdie on third extra hole
Wininger eliminated with par on first hole
8 1961 Insurance City Open Billy Maxwell Lost to birdie on seventh extra hole

Other wins

this list is probably incomplete

Results in major championships

Tournament 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament DNP T25 T14 7 T51 DNP T51 CUT T23 T14
U.S. Open T25 DNP T7 T7 T27 CUT T4 CUT DNP T11
PGA Championship R16 R64 SF R64 R16 R32 2 R16 T20 T25
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967
Masters Tournament T13 T24 T25 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T3 T27 DNP CUT DNP T24 DNP T48
PGA Championship T12 4 T30 T59 T23 T63 DNP DNP

Note: Kroll never played in The Open Championship.
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 8 11 10
U.S. Open 0 0 1 2 4 7 14 10
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PGA Championship 0 1 1 3 6 11 16 16
Totals 0 1 2 5 11 26 41 36
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 14 (1957 PGA – 1962 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (1952 U.S. Open – 1953 U.S. Open)

See also


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