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About Doug Sanders
Winner of Twenty Championships on the regular PGA Tour
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Doug Sanders was born in Cedartown, Georgia. A poor boy from the backwoods in Georgia, he picked cotton as a youngster. He attended the University of Florida on a golf scholarship by winning the National Junior Chamber of Commerce Tournament and was the subject of a film called, "The Boy Next Door". After attending the University of Florida, Sanders became the first amateur to win the Canadian open.
Doug joined the tour in 1957 and has won 20 PGA Pro Tournaments. There have been only 4 golfers in the world who turned pro in the last 40 years, who have won more PGA Championships than Doug. He's had winnings of over $1 million. Doug counts himself fortunate for turning pro at a time when television gave such excellent coverage to the tournaments and the purses made it worthwhile to play.
Sanders was one of the first to promote the Seniors Tour with his own Celebrity Classic and joined the Seniors Tour in 1983. Later that year he won the World Seniors Invitational.
He has always been known as a stylish, flamboyant dresser on the golf course, thus earning his name "Peacock of the Fairways". ESQUIRE named him as one of America's " Ten best dressed Jocks" in 1973.
It is said that the two most frequently asked questions on the Senior PGA Tour were "What did Arnold Palmer shoot?" and "What is Doug Sander's wearing?"
For nearly twenty years, Doug has sponsored the Doug Sanders International Junior Golf Championship. The Championship brings together young players from six continents for an annual competition in Aberdeen, Scotland. Sanders contributions have benefited a number of organizations including: Texas Special Olympics, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Sunshine Kids, Depelchin Children's Home, Ronald McDonald House, Camp Periwinkle, Easter Seals and an amazing $100,000 contribution to the Betty Ford Center, as well as $176,000 to the UMCF.
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Sanders often states, "I'm as rich as any man or woman in the world because I weigh and measure my wealth by friends, and golf has given me that opportunity."
A character known for his flamboyant style of dress and reputation for endearing himself to celebrities and entertainers, Sanders has often used his charm to help raise money for charities and sponsor organizations such as the Doug Sanders International Junior Golf Championship.
PGA Tour Wins
  • 1956 (1) Canadian Open (as an amateur)
  • 1958 (1) Western Open
  • 1959 (1) Coral Gables Open Invitational
  • 1961 (5) Greater New Orleans Open Invitational, Colonial National Invitation, Hot Springs Open Invitational, Eastern Open Invitational, Cajun Classic Open Invitational
  • 1962 (3) Pensacola Open Invitational, St. Paul Open Invitational, Oklahoma City Open Invitational
  • 1963 (1) Greater Greensboro Open
  • 1965 (2) Pensacola Open Invitational, Doral Open Invitational
  • 1966 (3) Bob Hope Desert Classic, Jacksonville Open, Greater Greensboro Open
  • 1967 (1) Doral Open Invitational
  • 1970 (1) Bahama Islands Open
  • 1972 (1) Kemper Open
Results in Major Championships
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Senior PGA Tour Victories:
1983 -- World Senior Invitational
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