Ernie González, winner of the 1986 Pensacola Open, dies at 59

PONTE VEDRA BEACH: Ernie Gonzalez , who spent four years in PGA Tour and won the rain shortened Pensacola Open in 1986, he died. He was 59 years old.

The PGA Tour said he died Friday in a Chicago hospital of Alzheimer's.

González played 119 events over a four-year period from 1985 to 1988, when he finished 207th on the earnings list. The Californian's only victory was in 1986 when he made five birdies and an eagle over his last nine holes of the second round for a 63 and a single-shot lead. But the 36 hole final due to rain was eliminated, and Gonzales was the winner.

His biggest reward was $ 48,000 for a tie for third place in the Vantage Championship, two weeks after his victory at Pensacola. That tournament was reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather.

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Gonzalez played at least one PGA Tour event every year through 2003. He also worked at a beverage distributorship in Las Vegas. His lone PGA Tour Champions event after turning 50 was the Senior British Open in 2011. I missed the cut.