Johnny Jacobs is known for having a good time, in addition to his golf game. He loves betting on the ponies. Another one of those guys who had real natural talent, partly because of his size and strength, but never made the most of it while playing on the PGA Tour.
Some say he never had the discipline to practice and liked partying too much rather than practicing. But he's had a successful career as a senior player. He always played in the shadow of his older brother, Tommy.
Johnny was one of the hot-shots in junior golf when I was young in Southern Calfironia Junior Golf. He's about 4 years older than me. He would wear these great white FJ shoes with the kilites hanging to the side and tattered jean shorts. Big, strong, and clearly one of those guys who had his way with the girls.
Besides his brother, the guy he is now partnered with (Roger Fredericks) also played junior golf, was, as I remember, one of those who competed against my brother, a year younger.
John Alexander Jacobs (born March 18, 1945) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and currently plays on the Champions Tour. Jacobs is the younger brother of professional golfer Tommy Jacobs.
Jacobs was born in Los Angeles, California. He turned professional in 1967. He played on the PGA Tour from 1968–1980. He never won an official PGA Tour event; his best showings were three 2nd place finishes.
After reaching the age of 50 in 1995, Jacobs began play on the Champions Tour; his level of success has been dramatically greater than during his regular career. His accomplishments as a senior include a major championship and more than 70 top-10 finishes.
Jacobs has teamed up with his brother Tommy and Roger Fredericks, to form Champions Corporate Golf Outings, a company specializing in creating custom tailored golf outings to small and medium size groups and companies.
Jacobs lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Regular wins (5)
Note: None of these are PGA Tour events.
tChampions Tour wins (5)
From an article by Dan Gleason at Golf.com in 2007:
"Jacobs qualified for the 1960 National Junior in Detroit, at 15. While other kids dropped water balloons from hotel windows, he got a fake I.D., checked into a suite, rented a Cadillac, bought a bottle of scotch and picked up a 20-year-old girl.
After the war, his carefree demeanor made him a fearsome money player. "He was always at his best when he was flat broke," says Jacobs's older brother, Tommy, a four-time Tour winner. A lot of marquee pros who played him for money went home with their pockets turned inside out."
"I was a footloose bachelor looking for a good time," Jacobs says. "As for the women, I don't remember most of them. It's all a blur now. If I'd been going for a record, hell, I would have hired Wilt Chamberlain to be my accountant."
"I take care of myself, compared to before," says Jacobs. "I quit cigarettes. And I don't drink hard liquor anymore--only red wine. Of course, I drink a hell of a lot of it." "He's a wonderful guy," says Tom Watson. "I just don't think his lifestyle was conducive to playing winning golf."