Billy Kratzert, a familiar voice to golf fans on both television and radio, works as an on-course reporter for many of ESPN’s golf telecasts as well as an analyst for SportsCenter.
A four-time winner on the PGA TOUR during his playing career, Kratzert turned pro in 1974, with his final PGA TOUR appearance coming at the 1997 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. His best career year was 1978 when he finished eighth on the PGA TOUR earning’s list ($134,758) and finished tied for fifth at the Masters and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open.
Among Kratzert’s 59 career Top-10 finishes were victories at the Walt Disney World National Team Championship (1976), the Sammy Davis, Jr. Greater Hartford open (1977), the Greater Milwaukee Open (1980), and the Pensacola Open (1984).
Kratzert, who also has played some events on the Champions Tour, has been working in broadcasting since joining ESPN and ABC in 1998. He has also appeared on CBS, the Golf Channel, TNT, the PGA TOUR Radio Network and Sirius-XM Radio.
Kratzert, who was born in Quantico, Va., and grew up in Indiana, won the 1968 Indiana Amateur and 1969 Indiana Open, and in 1993 was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame.
He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he was an All-American golfer.