Jimmy Wright was born in Arkansas and started caddying at a local golf course when he was 12. In 1957, he won the State High School Championship. After an All-American career at Oklahoma State, he played the PGA Tour part-time in 1962 and 1963. After a short stint in the National Guard, Wright resumed his golf career and was selected for the number one assistant position at Winged Foot Golf Club where he worked under Claude Harmon. Wright was at Winged Foot from 1964 until the fall of 1965 when he was selected as the Head Professional of the Inwood Country Club. His position at Inwood afforded him the opportunity to play part-time on the PGA Tour, making 48 starts between 1968 and 1972. After a decade at Inwood, Wright moved to Westchester and replaced Herman Barron as the head golf professional at Fenway Golf Club. He held this position from 1976 to 1988. Wright was a 7-time Metropolitan PGA Player of the Year (1969, 1972–1976, 1980), he won four Met PGA Championships (1972, 1974, 1976, 1980) and he won the 1969 Met Open. He played 21 major championships with a best finish of 4th place at the 1969 PGA at NCR in Dayton. Wright also represented the USA on 3 PGA Cup Teams.