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Dave Hill

Dave Hill
(1937 – 2011)

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Dave Hill

(1937 – 2011)
About Dave
This is an online obituary dedicated to Dave Hill. Born James David Hill, but more commonly known as Dave Hill, was an American professional golfer. He was the brother of golfer Mike Hill.
Dave Hill was born in Jackson, Michigan. He attended the University of Detroit, where he played on the golf team. Dave Hill won 13 times on the PGA Tour, three of which came during his career year of 1969, when he also won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average. He was a member of the United States Ryder Cup team in 1969, 1973, and 1977.
Dave Hill was known for his quick wit and biting sarcasm, and was sometimes referred to as "the Don Rickles of the golf tour". He frequently led the tour in fines and suspensions
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for violations such as swearing and breaking clubs. Dave Hill played in the acrimonious 1969 Ryder Cup that ended in a 16-16 tie when Jack Nicklaus made his famous "concession" of a short but missable putt to Tony Jacklin on the 18th green in the final match.
In 1970, Dave Hill had his best finish in a major championship, placing second at the U.S. Open played at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. What gained him the most notoriety, though, was not his excellent play but his criticisms of the golf course. When first asked what he thought of the golf course, he said "I'm still looking for it". When asked what Hazeltine needed, he retorted, "Hazeltine really did lack only 80 acres of corn and
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a few cows. They ruined a good farm when they built this course". Dave Hill was far from alone among the pros in his criticism of Hazeltine, which had to be extensively redesigned before getting a chance to host another men's major, again the U.S. Open, in 1991. Afterward, Dave Hill claimed to have paid a farmer cash to borrow his tractor. If he had won the 1970 U.S. Open, Dave Hill planned to ride the tractor out onto the golf course as he hoisted the trophy.
Another controversy involving Dave Hill started in 1971. At the 1971 Colonial National Invitation, Dave Hill shot rounds of 77-85 to miss the cut. On his last hole, Dave Hill threw a ball out of a sand trap. Dave Hill was disqualified but it was for
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his signing a scorecard with an incorrect score on it. When Dave Hill went to play in his next tournament, the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic, He was told he was being fined $500 for conduct unbecoming a professional golfer. Dave Hill was required to pay the fine before teeing it up in the tournament. He did so but less than a week later, Dave Hill filed a one-million dollar anti-trust suit against the PGA Tour. In response, the tour put Dave Hill on probation for one year. Dave Hill then increased the the amount of damages he was seeking to three-million dollars. The litigation was resolved out of court in less than a year and Dave Hill was taken off probation.
In 1987, Dave Hill joined the Senior PGA Tour
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(now the Champions Tour). He won six tournaments on that tour. Dave Hill had a cameo appearance in the movie, Now You See Him, Now You Don't.
Dave Hill died on the 27th September 2011. This online tribute has been created to remember his life and his endearing character. May he rest in peace.
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Dave Hill

This is an online obituary dedicated to Dave Hill. Born James David Hill, but more commonly known as Dave Hill, was an American professional golfer. He was the brother of golfer Mike Hill.
Dave Hill was born in Jackson, Michigan. He attended the University of Detroit, where he played on the golf team. Dave Hill won 13 times on the PGA Tour, three of which came during his career year of 1969, when he also won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average. He was a member of the United States Ryder Cup team in 1969, 1973, and 1977.
Dave Hill was known for his quick wit and biting sarcasm, and was sometimes referred to as "the Don Rickles of the golf tour". He frequently led the tour in fines and suspensions...

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