Class of: 1968
Robert Joseph Murphy, Jr. was born on February 14, 1943, in Brooklyn, NY. A standout pitcher, he led his high school baseball team to the state championship (1960). After a football injury derailed his baseball career, he took up golf.. Murphy attended the University of Florida, where he was an All-American, winning the 1965 US Amateur and 1966 individual NCAA Golf Championship. After turning professional in 1967, he won five tournaments on the PGA Tour and was a member of the victorious U.S. Team in the 1975 Ryder Cup competition. His best finish in a major was second-place tie at the 1970 PGA Championship. While still golfing, he joined CBS Sports as a tower announcer in 1984 and also enjoyed broadcasting stints with ESPN and NBC Sports.