Bill Cox (golfer)

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Bill Cox
Personal information
Full name James Alfred Cox
Born (1910-03-18)18 March 1910
Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, England
Died 3 December 1985(1985-12-03) (aged 75)
Copthorne, West Sussex, England
Nationality  England
Status Professional
Professional wins 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T8: 1938
PGA Championship DNP

James Alfred 'Bill' Cox OBE (18 March 1910[1] – 3 December 1985[2]) was an English professional golfer. In golfing publications his full name was given as William James Cox. He was in the British Ryder Cup teams in 1935 and 1937 and tied for 8th place in the 1938 Open Championship. After World War II he became a commentator on BBC Television.

Golf career[edit]

Cox played on the British Ryder Cup teams in 1935 and 1937. He was tied for the lead after two rounds in the 1936 Open Championship but a third-round 79 dropped him down the field and he finished tied for 12th place. In the 1938 Open he finished tied for 8th place, his best finish. In 1939 he finished tied for second place in the News Chronicle Tournament.[3]

In 1946 he became the professional Fulwell Golf Club where he remained until 1975.

He was awarded the OBE in the 1967 Birthday Honours "for services to golf".[4]

Broadcasting career[edit]

After World War II Cox was a frequent broadcaster on BBC Television, generally as a commentator with Henry Longhurst. He was replaced by Peter Alliss in 1969.

Professional wins[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950
The Open Championship T12 T12 T21 T8 CUT NT NT NT NT NT NT CUT CUT CUT CUT

Note: Cox only played in The Open Championship.

  Top 10
  Did not play

NT = No tournament
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Team appearances[edit]