Dave Hill was never short of opinions
In the 1960s and ’70s, Dave Hill acquired the occasional nickname of “the Don Rickles of the PGA Tour” because of his quick wit and biting sarcasm.
It wasn’t unusual for him to lead the PGA Tour in fines and suspensions for violations such as swearing and breaking clubs.
One of his biggest controversies happened in 1971 at the Colonial National Invitation. He shot rounds of 77-85 and on his last hole, Hill threw a ball out of a sand trap.
He was disqualified for signing a scorecard with an incorrect score on it.
The next week was the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic. When he arrived, Hill was told he had been fined $500 for conduct unbecoming a professional.
He had to pay the fine before teeing it up, and he did.
Then things got really interesting. In less than a week, Hill filed a $1 million antitrust suit against the Tour and the Tour responded by putting Hill on probation for a year.
Hill responded by increasing the amount of damages he wanted to $3 million.
The case was resolved out of court in less than a year and Hill was taken off probation.