November 23, 2015

Jake is the obvious and deserving pick in Oregon, though not by much. The underrated Bob Gilder, a lifelong Corvallis resident, also deserves a nod for his 10 Champions Tour titles and going undefeated in playoffs (1-0 on the regular tour, 3-0 on the senior circuit). Jacobsen was born in Portland, attended Lincoln High and starred for the University of Oregon, winning the Pac-8 Championship in 1974. He prevailed at the Oregon Open as an amateur in 1976 and won it again in 1979 after turning professional. Best known now for his broadcasting duties, Jacobsen was perhaps the PGA Tour’s greatest entertainer, between his impressions and his band, Jake Trout and the Flounders. But some forget he also forged a fine record, with seven wins, 23 years apart from first to last, and two Ryder Cup appearances. Injuries curtailed his career on the Champions Tour, where he won just twice, but both were majors. He nailed down six Tour wins, three in 1982. One of those victories was at Westchester, where he holed out with a 3-wood for double eagle on Saturday’s final hole to double his lead going into the final round.