Phil Blackmar officially joined USA Sports in December 2003 as a
course reporter for USA after spending parts of the 2003 season in a
similar role. Blackmar's duties involve reporting from the course as a
walker and some analysis during USA's live coverage.
Blackmar joined the TOUR in 1985 after turning professional in 1980
from the University of Texas. Named Golf Digest's 1985 PGA TOUR Rookie
of the Year, he is a three-time TOUR winner and, at 6'7, is noted as
one of the tallest players in the history of the PGA TOUR. Blackmar's
PGA TOUR victories came at the 1985 Canon Sammy Davis Jr. Greater
Hartford Open, the 1988 Providence Classic, and the 1997 Shell Houston
Open. All three of Blackmar's victories came in playoffs. Blackmar
ranked consistently in the Top 100 on the money list 10 times since his
rookie season in 1985.
Before his professional golf career, Blackmar worked as a bank auditor,
a truck driver for Coca-Cola, and as a golf equipment and sprinkler
repairman. His father was the National Left-handed Golf Champion in
1965. Away from the golf course, Blackmar enjoys fishing.
Blackmar was born on September 22, 1957 in San Diego and attended the
University of Texas. He resides in Corpus Christi, Texas with his wife,
Carol, and their four children, Kristin, Kelli, Phillip, and Mark.