A 20-time PGA Tour winner, Doug Sanders passed away on Sunday from natural causes at the age of 86. Sanders was known as “the Peacoack of the Fairways”, for his stylish and flamboyant dressing as well as the way he played.
Sanders will be remembered for all his close calls as he had 20 runner-up finishes, including four second-place performances at some major championships, some of them were 1959 PGA Championship, the 1961 US Open, and the 1966 and 1970 Open Championships.
Totally, he had 13 top-10 finishes in some major championships, unfortunately without recording a victory. In the year 1956, Sanders won the Canadian Open to become the first ever amateur ever to pull off that feat. Soon he turned professional, after that victory and joined the Tour for the 1957 season.
His best year in terms of achievements came in the year, 1961 when he won the title five times. He had three-win seasons in 1962 and 1966.
Sanders was also a member of 1967 US Ryder Cup team which was captained by Ben Hogan. In 1973, he was also named as one of America’s “Ten Best Dressed Jocks”.