Bob Shearer, who won the 1982 Australian Open against Jack Nicklaus and Payne Stewart, died of a heart attack on Sunday. Shearer was 73 years old.
A 1969 Australian Amateur winner, the Melbourne native turned professional in 1971. He has enjoyed a successful career on the Australian circuit, winning 18 tournaments on the circuit and winning the Order of Merit four times. One of the highlights of his career was the 1982 Australian Open, where he beat Stewart and Nicklaus – on a course designed by Nicklaus – by four strokes. Shearer also won the 1982 Australian PGA at Royal Melbourne.
Shearer’s performance wasn’t limited to Australia, with over 150 starts on the PGA Tour. Its highlight on the US Tour was a four-week race in the spring of 1982. Shearer won the Tallahassee Open in mid-April, followed by a T-2 at the USF & G (now Zurich) Classic, contested at the Byron Nelson Golf Classic and finished T-6, and finished his heat by making a playoff game at the Michelob-Houston Open, ultimately failing Ed Sneed. Shearer only played 48 events after that success, his best showing a T-4 at the 1982 World Series of Golf.
Shearer also played on the European Tour, securing two victories on the Old World Tour and finished T-7 in the 1978 Open Championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews.
In his later years, Shearer divided his time between the European Senior Tour and design work.
âBob was a gaming giant here in Australia in the 70s and 80s and I am absolutely devastated to have lost another good friend of mine,â said Rodger Davis, President of the PGA Australia. “Bob and I have traveled a lot together playing in Europe and as hard as it is to beat on the golf course you couldn’t find a better guy to have a beer with after the game.”