Jacky Cupit was a PGA Tour winner in the 1960s, but is most remembered for the one he lost: the 1963 U.S. Open in a playoff.
Full name: Jacky D. Cupit
Date and place of birth: Feb. 1, 1938, in Greggton, Texas
Cupit won four times on the PGA Tour:
1961 Canadian Open
1962 Western Open
1964 Tucson Open Invitational
1966 Cajun Classic Open Invitational
In the Majors
Cupit's best finish in a major is second place at the 1963 U.S. Open, when he lost in a playoff. He had one other Top 10 finish at the U.S. Open, plus two Top 10s in the PGA Championship.
Notable Notes: Perhaps the first thing you notice about Jacky Cupit is the unusual spelling of his first name. "Jackie" is usually a nickname for "Jack" or "Jackson." But in Cupit's case, "Jacky" - with that spelling - is his given first name.
Cupit is best-known for being part of a three-way playoff at the 1963 U.S. Open with Julius Boros and Arnold Palmer. Boros won, but Cupit finished ahead of Palmer in the 18-hole playoff.
Cupit won 39 amateur titles, including three NCAA titles at the University of Houston before turning pro. ... He had four brothers who also were golf professionals. ... In 1966, Jacky and his brother Buster defeated the team of Jack Nicklaus/Arnold Palmer to win the PGA National Two Ball Tournament.
Back problems forced Cupit from the PGA Tour in 1974. He later worked as a club professional and landscaper.