||John Chandler Harper is born in Portsmouth, Virginia, where he lived all his life. After winning the Virginia State Amateur three times, he went on to win the Virginia State Open ten times (once as an amateur), which remains the record today. He won seven times on the PGA Tour, including the 1950 PGA Championship, when it was still a match play event, beating Henry Williams Jr. 4&3 in the final. He also played in the 1955 US Ryder Cup team which defeated GB&I 8 points to 4. A friend of Bobby Jones, Harper was not a long hitter, but had an excellent short game, as was said by Ben Hogan to be the best putter on the Tour.
In 1954, on his way to winning the Texas Open, he shot 63-63-63 in the first three rounds for a 54 hole total of 189, a record which still stands on the PGA Tour, although it was equalled by John Cook in 1996 with 64-62-63 in the opening rounds of the FedEx St Jude Classic. While playing on Tour, he continued working as Club professional at Glensheallah GC where he remained for 17 years, once shooting 29-29 against a par of 35-35, and is today considered by the PGA of America to be the last real club pro to win the PGA Championship.
He died aged 90 on November 8, 2004.