Wife, Ann (deceased), wife, Armen; Jay (9/7/51), Joy (3/1/56), Julius, Jr. (5/2/57), Gary (5/1/60), Gay (2/6/62), Guy (9/4/64), Jody (8/15/66)
Hall of Fame
PGA TOUR: Deceased
First wife, Ann, nicknamed "Buttons," was an accomplished amateur golfer and won the 1950 Massachusetts State Championship in 1950, the same year the couple married.
Brother Ernie also played on the PGA TOUR, as did his cousin, Jim Boros.
Authored the instructional book Swing Easy, Hit Hard that came out in 1965.
On May 28, while riding in a golf cart at Coral Ridge CC not far from his Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home, suffered a fatal heart attack, dying at age 74. 1991: Made his final competitive appearance, in the Legendary Division at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. Teaming with Bill Collins, the duo T5 at Barton Creek CC in Austin, Texas. 1990: Made three Champions Tour starts, a 75th-place showing at the Fairfield-Barnett Space Coast Classic his best outing. That also marked his final, official Champions Tour start. 1989: Opened 69-65 with partner Bill Collins and went on to T10 in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf's Legendary Division. 1988: Made six official starts. Also teamed with George Bayer to T9 in the Legendary Division of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf at Onion Creek CC in Austin, Texas.1987: Finished 35th at the Newport Cup in late-September, his top outing of the campaign. Also was T4 at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf's Legendary Division. Teamed with Kel Nagle to finish at 10-under with Jack Fleck-Howie Johnson, well behind runaway winners Jerry Barber-Doug Ford. 1986: Made 14 Champions Tour starts, a T33 in July at the Greenbrier American Express Championship in West Virginia his best effort
Underwent a heart bypass to open a clogged artery in 1982.1981: His streak of top-10 finishes at the PGA Seniors' Championship ended at 10 consecutive tournaments when he turned in a T27 at Turnberrry Isle CC
Suffered a tragedy in September, 1951 when his wife, Ann, nicknamed "Buttons," died of a cerebral hemorrhage during childbirth. 1950: Left behind a job as an accountant to become a professional golfer and made his PGA TOUR debut as a pro at the Masters Tournament. Finished T35 in his first event
Married Ann Cosgrove in 1950.
PGA TOUR Victories (18)
1952 U.S. Open Championship, World Championship of Golf
1954 Ardmore Open, Carling Open
1955 World Championship of Golf
1958 Arlington Hotel Open, Carling Open Invitational
1959 Dallas Open Invitational
1960 Colonial National Invitation
1963 Colonial National Invitation, Buick Open Invitational, U.S. Open Championship
1964 Greater Greensboro Open
1967 Phoenix Open Invitational, Florida Citrus Open Invitational, Buick Open Invitational
1968 PGA Championship, Westchester Classic
PGA TOUR (4)
1951 Massachusetts Open.
1956 Carolinas PGA Championship.
1964 Carolinas PGA Championship.
1979 South Florida PGA Championship.
1979 Legends of Golf [with Roberto De Vicenzo].
Ryder Cup (4), 1959, 1963, 1965, 1967. World Cup (2), 1953, 1968.
First top-10 of the year came at the Los Angeles Open, a T9 after a third-round 67 moved him up the leaderboard
At the unofficial Miami Beach International Four-Ball, joined with Dutch Harrison to finish second to the team of Tommy Bolt and Dick Mayer
At the Insurance City Open in Connecticut in June, used rounds of 69-66-68 over his final 65 holes to finish third at Wethersfield CC, two shots out of the Bolt-Earl Stewart playoff Bolt won
After playing well in the team format in Miami earlier in the year, returned to South Florida for the Miami Open in mid-December. Opened with a 66 to take a one-shot lead. Hung around the top of the leaderboard the rest of the way. Was tied for fourth with 18 holes to play, only a shot behind 54-hole leaders Ed Furgol, Kroll and Bo Wininger. Shot a final-round 69 but watched as Bob Rosburg blitzed the field with a closing 65 to take the victory. Settled for a T4 with Pete Cooper, Furgol and Kroll.1953: Had something of a disappointing season, playing in 20 events and finishing 30th on the money list. Best performance of the year came in San Antonio, at the Texas Open. Four sub-70 rounds led to a T3 at 18-under, two shots behind unlikely winner Tony Holguin
Best outing of the season came at the unofficial Bing Crosby Pro-Am Invitational in Monterey. At the 54-hole tournament, was tied for second with Tommy Bolt, three shots behind 36-hole leader Lloyd Mangrum. At Pebble Beach GL on the final day, could only manage an even-par 72 but remained in second, four shots behind Mangrum's winning total
Enjoyed a strong showing at the Greater Greensboro Open. After an opening 73, three 69s followed that gave him a seventh-place finish
Two weeks later, was T10 at the Masters Tournament
Added a T10 two weeks after that, at the Tournament of Champions
Final top-10 of the season came in Baltimore, at the Eastern Open. A disappointing final round of 76 came after he was only a stroke off Doug Ford and Dick Mayer's 54 hole lead. Settled for a T8
Represented the U.S. at the World Cup.1952: Won twice and was named the PGA Player of the Year, leading the TOUR in money earned. Made his first official victory a big one when he captured the U.S. Open at Northwood CC in Dallas. Had one of only eight under-par rounds—a 2-under 68 in the third round. Began the third round four shots behind leader Ben Hogan, and when the round was over, he held a two-shot lead advantage over Hogan. In the afternoon, played his second 18 holes and fired a 1-over 71 that was more than enough to give him a four-shot triumph over Ed Oliver
Won again seven weeks later against a stellar field at the World Championship of Golf outside Chicago. Put together rounds of 68-71-70-67 at the Tam O'Shanter Club, enough to help him finish regulation tied with Cary Middlecoff, a shot clear of Roberto De Vicenzo and Jim Ferrier. In the 18-hole playoff, shot a 68 to Middlecoff's 70, capturing the title and the $25,000 first prize
First top-10 of the year was at the Phoenix Open in January. Opened 66-69 at Phoenix CC to take a two-shot, 36-hole lead over Lloyd Mangrum. Couldn't keep the momentum going, and a pair of 2-over 73s left him T4 with Fred Hawkins and Middlecoff
In March, put himself in contention at the Texas Open in San Antonio. Began the tournament 65-68 (11-under) and was a stroke behind the leaders at the halfway point. Added two more under-par rounds (67-68), but it wasn't enough as he T3, eight shots behind winner Jack Burke, Jr.'s pace
At the Masters Tournament, began a three-start streak that saw him finish T7 in all three events. Shot a final-round 71 at Augusta National to secure the T7 at the Masters
Two weeks later, was par or better in all four Greater Greensboro Open rounds for the T7
At the unofficial Greenbrier Pro-Am, in West Virginia, opened with a 70 then rattled off three consecutive 69s to T7
Finished T4 at the Ardmore Open at Dornick Hills G&CC in Ardmore, Okla
Following his U.S. Open win, in his next start, flirted with victory at the Motor City Open in Michigan. A final-round 68, to go with a second-round 68, left him T6 with Max Evans and Fred Haas, four shots out of the Middlecoff-Ted Kroll playoff
Added two more top-10s the rest of the way, at the Fort Wayne Open (T4) and the National Celebrities Open (T5)
As a tribute, the Carolinas PGA and Mid-Pines Club in Southern Pines, N.C., hosted the unofficial Julius Boros Open, a 54-hole event won by Sam Snead by a shot over Doug Ford. Shot rounds of 70-72-70 (T7) at the eponymous event that paid tribute to his late-wife, Ann, who had died a year earlier. 1951: Made 15 cuts and had six top-10 finishes. At the unofficial Bing Crosby Pro-Am, a rain-shortened event in January, finished T3
First official top-10 was at the Lakewood Park Open, where he tied with Jimmy Thomson, Dick Mayer and Henry Ransom for a T3, four shots behind champion Cary Middlecoff
Enjoyed top-10s at both the Colonial National Invitation (eighth) and the U.S. Open (T4)
Added a T10 at the Canadian Open, thanks to a pair of 69s
Final official top-10 was a T7 at the Blue Ribbon Open in Milwaukee
A year after finishing T4 at the North & South Open, followed that with a T7 at Pinehurst