Bobby Clampett arrived on the golf scene in 1978, finishing as the low amateur at the US Open.
He replicated that finish at The Masters a year later and he went on to amass six amateur victories before turning professional in 1980.
Having finished tied-third at the US Open in June 1982, a first major triumph seemed inevitable for the American, despite his tender age.
Just a month later, a 22-year-old Clampett held a seven-shot lead early in the third round at Royal Troon, but a triple-bogey at the eighth allowed the chasing pack to gain ground.
He ultimately finished four shots back and tied for 10th as Tom Watson won his fourth Claret Jug.
Clampett did secure a first PGA Tour win before the year was out, however, winning the Southern Open in Georgia ahead of three-time major winner Hale Irwin.
He finished tied-53rd in his second and final Open Championship appearance a year later and made the cut at majors on just two further occasions, at the PGA Championship in 1987 and US Open in 2000.
Prior to joining the Champions Tour in 2010, the California native worked as an on-course reporter and tower announcer at the PGA Championship and has also been involved in designing courses across America.