Hart, winner of 1965 Azalea Open, dies at 77

April 19, 2013

Laury Livsey, PGA TOUR staff

Dick Hart, who won one of the longest playoffs in PGA TOUR history, died April 10 in Covington, La. He was 77.

Hart, a native of Salem, Mass., joined the TOUR in 1959 and enjoyed his greatest success in 1965 when he played eight sudden-death holes against Phil Rodgers before finally winning the Azalea Open in Wilmington, N.C. In the playoff, the two players parred the first four holes, along with the sixth and seventh holes. Both bogeyed the fifth hole. Hart won the trophy and the top prize of $3,850 when he parred the eighth hole to Rodgers’ bogey.

Hart made 78 cuts during his TOUR career while also serving as head professional at Hinsdale Golf Club in Hinsdale, Ill., a position he held for 43 years. His 75th position on the 1965 money list was his best showing. He was the first- and second-round leader of the 1963 PGA Championship at the Dallas Athletic Club. He eventually tied for 17th after weekend scores of 76-74. He made one Champions Tour appearance — at the 1989 PGA Seniors’ Championship, where he missed the cut.

He is survived by his daughter, Dalyce Burvant, and two sons, Rick and Ross, along with five grandchildren. His family held a private service.