Bruce William Devlin (born 10 October 1937) is an Australian professional golfer, sportscaster and golf course designer.

Devlin was born in Armidale, Australia. He turned pro in 1961 and joined the PGA Tour in 1962 after an amateur career in Australia which included a win at the Australian Amateur in 1959. During his PGA Tour career, he had eight victories all of which occurred between 1964 and 1972. In 1972, he earned $119,768 and finished eighth on the money list.[2]

On the Senior PGA Tour, Devlin won one tournament, the 1995 FHP Health Care Classic. At the end of the 1998 golf season, Devlin decided to retire from the Senior PGA Tour to concentrate on his Golf Course Architecture and Design business and his commitment to ESPN's Golf Telecasts.[3]

The main focus of Devlin's career in the past 30 years has been his work as a Golf Course Architect and Designer. Devlin has designed and built more than 150 golf courses throughout the world including Australia, Japan, Scotland, the Bahamas, and the United States. About two-thirds of the golf courses he designed have been in Florida and Texas. Many of these courses have hosted all of the professional golf tours, including: The Houston Open, HealthSouth LPGA Classic, Key Biscayne Golf Classic, and The Nike Cleveland Open. His golf design business is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Devlin has also worked as a television commentator. He worked for NBC from 1977 to 1982; ESPN from 1983 to 1987; and since 1999 has occasionally covered professional golf for ESPN.[3]

Devlin's most infamous moment came in 1975 at the Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational. On the 72nd hole at Torrey Pines South Course, he made a 10 after hitting multiple shots into the water in front of the green.[6] Many have referred to this moment as a real life Tin Cup moment (the movie starring Kevin Costner).

Amateur wins (2)

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (28)

PGA Tour wins (8)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
115 Mar 1964St. Petersburg Open Invitational−16 (69-64-69-70=272)4 strokes Dan Sikes
222 May 1966Colonial National InvitationEven (67-68-70-75=280)1 stroke R. H. Sikes
33 Sep 1966Carling World Open−6 (73-70-74-69=286)1 stroke Billy Casper
427 Apr 1969Byron Nelson Golf Classic−3 (71-66-70-70=277)1 stroke Frank Beard, Bruce Crampton
58 Feb 1970Bob Hope Desert Classic−21 (67-68-68-70-66=339)4 strokes Larry Ziegler
628 Jun 1970Cleveland Open−12 (69-69-66-64=268)4 strokes Steve Eichstaedt
78 May 1972Houston Open−10 (69-70-67-72=278)2 strokes Tommy Aaron, Lou Graham,
Doug Sanders
820 Aug 1972USI Classic−13 (69-68-69-69=275)3 strokes Lee Elder

PGA Tour playoff record (0–3)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11968Bing Crosby National Pro-Am Billy Casper, Johnny PottPott won with birdie on first extra hole
21969Atlanta Classic Bert YanceyLost to birdie on second extra hole
31972Cleveland Open David GrahamLost to birdie on second extra hole

Australasian wins (16)

Other wins (3)

Senior PGA Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
15 Mar 1995FHP Health Care Classic−10 (64-66=130)Playoff Dave Eichelberger

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
11995FHP Health Care Classic Dave EichelbergerWon with birdie on second extra hole

Results in major championships

Tournament19621963196419651966196719681969
Masters TournamentCUT4T15T28T104T19
U.S. OpenCUTCUTT6T26T23T9T10
The Open ChampionshipCUTT335T8T4T8T10T16
PGA ChampionshipT39T6T28WDT32
Tournament1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
Masters TournamentT31T13T5T8T31T15T19T42
U.S. OpenT8T27T65CUTT60CUT
The Open ChampionshipT25T37T26T18T39
PGA ChampionshipT18T13CUTT24T22T50T51
Tournament1980198119821983
Masters TournamentT31CUT
U.S. OpenT12T26T10T65
The Open Championship
PGA ChampionshipT30CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament00035101715
U.S. Open0000571713
The Open Championship0002581312
PGA Championship0000151411
Totals000516306151
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 18 (1968 Masters – 1972 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (twice)

Team appearances

these lists may be incomplete

Amateur

  • Eisenhower Trophy (representing Australia): 1958 (team winners and individual winner, tie), 1960

Professional

See also