PGA in History

Golf Tours: LPGA

Related Topics: PGA Championship - U.S. Golf Open

Events in Sport

  • 1916-01-17 Rodman Wanamaker organises a lunch to discuss forming a golfers association (later the PGA) at the Taplow Club, Martinique Hotel, New York City
  • 1916-04-10 The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) is founded in New York City.
  • 1922-06-14 Charles Hoffner wins PGA golf tournament
  • 1924-07-29 Paul Runyan wins PGA golf championship

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1925-05-12 Walter Hagen wins PGA golf tournament

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen

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1929-12-07 Leo Diegel wins PGA golf tournament

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • 1930-09-13 Tommy Armour wins PGA golf tournament
  • 1934-08-19 Paul Runyan wins PGA golf tournament
  • 1935-10-23 Johnny Revolta wins PGA golf tournament
  • 1941-04-09 PGA establishes Golf Hall of Fame
  • 1945-08-20 Robert Hamilton wins PGA golf tournament
  • 1947-06-24 Jim Ferrier wins PGA golf tournament
  • 1952-01-19 PGA approves allowing black participants
  • 1955-02-17 Mike Souchak sets PGA 72-hole record of 257

Sports record brokenGolf Record

1959-05-17 Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 1961-11-09 PGA eliminates caucasians only rule
  • 1965-08-05 Dave Marr wins PGA title
  • 1972-08-06 Garry Player wins PGA golf tournament
  • 1980-01-22 PGA begins a senior golf tour
  • 1983-01-01 PGA inaugurates all-exempt tour
  • 1983-10-16 25th Ryder Cup: US, 14½-13½ at PGA National Golf Club (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, US)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1990-04-01 2nd Seniors Golf Tradition: Jack Nicklaus wins his first start on the Senior PGA tour

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1991-01-13 Phil Mickelson wins PGA Northern Telecom Golf Open

  • 1991-10-11 Chip Beck ties PGA lowest 18 hole score of 59

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1992-02-27 Tiger Woods, 16, becomes youngest PGA golfer in 35 years

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 1996-12-15 Jim Colbert & Bob Murphy wins Diner's Club Senior PGA Golf Matches
  • 1996-12-15 Tom Lehman & Duffy Waldoff wins Diner's Club PGA Golf Matches

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1997-06-29 Greg Norman wins PGA St Jude Classic

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman
  • 2003-05-22 In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.
  • 2012-06-03 Tiger Woods' 73rd PGA tour victory equals Jack Nicklaus's record
  • 2013-11-27 Tiger Woods is named PGA Tour's player of the year for the 11th time
  • 2014-01-06 Zach Johnson wins the 2014 PGA Tournament of Champions
  • 2016-09-25 PGA's FedEx Cup won by Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, prize money $10 million at East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 256


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1892-12-21 Walter Hagen, PGA golfer (US Open 1914, 19), born in Rochester, New York

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1901-12-23 Gene Sarazen, golfer (PGA 1922, 23, 33)
  • 1902-02-27 Gene Sarazen, Harrison NY, PGA golfer (Masters 1935, US Open 1922, 32)
  • 1909-06-07 Virginia Apgar, American physician and childbirth specialist (d. 1974)

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1912-02-04 Byron Nelson, PGA golfer (won 19 tournaments in 1945), born in Fort Worth, Texas

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson

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1912-05-27 Sam Snead, American golfer (PGA-1963, 65, 67, 70, 72, 73), born in Ashwood, Virginia (d. 2002)

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead

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1912-08-13 Ben Hogan, American PGA golfer (US Open 1950, 51, 53), born in Stephenville, Texas (d. 1997)

Golfer Ben Hogan
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Ben Hogan
  • 1923-02-14 Jay Herbert, golfer (1960 PGA winner)

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1929-09-10 Arnold Palmer, American golfing great (4x Masters), born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)

  • 1929-11-20 Donald Ray January, Plainview TX, PGA golfer (1960 Tucson Open)
  • 1930-07-21 Gene Alec Littler, PGA golfer (1961 US Open), born in San Diego, California
  • 1931-03-31 Miller Barber, PGA golfer (1968 Byron Nelson Classic), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1931-06-10 Jim [Purvis] Ferree Jr, Pine Bluff NC, PGA golfer (1958 Vancouver)
  • 1931-06-24 Billy Casper, American golfer and three time PGA Player of the Year (1966, 1968 and 1970), born in San Diego, California (d. 2015)
  • 1932-03-19 Gay Robert Brewer, Middletwon OH, PGA golfer (1972 Canadian)
  • 1933-12-09 Orville Moody, Chickasha OK, PGA golfer (1969 US Open)
  • 1934-05-07 Ben Smith, PGA golfer (Ralphs Senior Classic-4th), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1934-07-14 [Robert] Lee Elder, PGA golfer (1974 Monsanto Open), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1934-10-03 Harold Ralph Henning, PGA golfer (1966 Texas Open), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1934-11-28 Dick Rhyan, PGA golfer (1994 GTE-5th), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1935-01-17 Jimmy Powell, PGA golfer (1990 Southwestern Bell Classic), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1935-02-13 Tommy Jacobs, American PGA golfer, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1935-09-28 Bruce Crampton, Australian PGA golfer (1961 Milwaukee Open), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1935-10-23 Chi Chi Rodriguez, Rio Piedras PR, PGA golfer (1972 Byron Nelson)

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1935-11-01 Gary Player, South African PGA golfer (British Open-1959, 68, 74), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • 1936-01-14 John Paul Cain, Sweetwater TX, PGA golfer (1989 Greater Grand Rapids)
  • 1936-03-05 Dale Douglass, Wewoka OK, PGA golfer (1970 Phoenix Open)
  • 1936-03-14 Bob Charles, Carterton, New Zealand, PGA golfer (1963 Houston Open)
  • 1936-04-14 Robert Herman Nichols, PGA golfer (1986 Showdown), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1936-07-20 Butch Baird, PGA golfer (1961 Waco Turner Open), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1936-10-20 Larry Mowry, PGA golfer (1987 Crestar Pepsi Senior), born in San Diego, California
  • 1937-02-22 Tommy Aaron, PGA golfer (1973 Masters), born in Gainesville, Georgia
  • 1937-04-23 Don Massengale, PGA golfer (1966 Bing Crosby Celebrity), born in Jackson, Texas
  • 1937-05-20 Dave Hill, PGA golfer (1967 Memphis), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • 1937-07-13 Charles Coody, Stamford TX, PGA golfer (1971 Masters)
  • 1937-09-01 Al Geiberger, Red Bluff CA, PGA golfer (1962 Ontario Open)
  • 1937-10-10 Bruce Devlin, Armidale Australia, PGA golfer (1964 St Petersburg Open)
  • 1937-12-10 Don Bies, Cottonwood ID, PGA golfer (1975 Sammy Davis Jr)
  • 1938-01-04 Louis Krebs Graham, PGA golfer (1975 US Open), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1938-03-07 Homero Blancas, PGA golfer (1972 Phoenix Open), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1938-10-31 Rives McBee, PGA golfer (1989 RJR Bank One Classic), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1938-12-13 Tom Shaw, Wichita KS, PGA golfer (1969 Doral Open AVCO Golf Classic)
  • 1939-01-27 Mike Hill, PGA golfer (1977 Ohio Kings Island Open), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • 1939-05-09 Jim Dent, PGA golfer (1989 MONY Syracuse Senior), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1939-05-13 Terry Dill, Forth Worth TX, PGA golfer (1992 Bank One Senior Classic)
  • 1939-07-11 Larry Laoretti, Mahopac NJ, PGA golfer (US Seniors Open 1992)
  • 1939-09-14 DeWitt T Weaver Jr, Danville KY, PGA golfer (1972 Southern Open)
  • 1939-10-01 George Archer, PGA golfer (1969 Masters Bing Crosby), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1939-10-14 Hugh Delane Thompson, PGA golfer (1991 MONY Syracuse), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1939-12-01 Lee Buck Trevino, PGA golfer (US Open 1968, 71), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1940-01-01 Jack Kiefer, Columbia PA, PGA golfer (1994 Ralphs Senior Classic)
  • 1940-06-18 Jim Albus, PGA golfer (1991 Mazda Senior Players), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1940-06-23 Simon Hobday, South African PGA golfer (1994 US Senior Open), born in Mafikeng, South Africa (d. 2017)
  • 1940-10-14 Jesse Carlyle Snead, Hot Springs VA, PGA golfer (1972 Philadelphia Classic)
  • 1941-01-14 C L "Gibby" Gilbert Jr, PGA golfer (1976 Danny Thomas), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1941-03-09 Jim Colbert, Elizabeth NJ, PGA golfer (1969 Monsanto Open)
  • 1941-05-31 Gil [Walter] Morgan, Haddock GA, PGA golfer (1990 Kemper Open)
  • 1941-09-02 Tommy Aycock, Edinburg TX, PGA golfer (1994 Las Vegas Senior-5th)
  • 1941-09-29 Kermit Zarley, PGA golfer (1970 Canadian Open), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1941-11-02 David Knapp Stockton, PGA golfer (1970 PGA), born in San Bernardino, California
  • 1942-08-31 Isao Aoki, Abiko Chiba Japan, PGA golfer (1983 Hawaiian Open)
  • 1942-11-09 Thomas Daniel Weiskopf, Massillon OH, PGA golfer (British Open 1973)
  • 1942-11-19 Lawrence Allen Gilbert, Fort Knox KY, PGA golfer (1994 Dallas Reunion)
  • 1942-12-02 Bob E Smith, PGA golfer (1993 Yanase Cup), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1943-02-14 Robert J Murphy Jr, PGA golfer (1968 Philadelphia Classic), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943-02-23 Bobby Wayne Mitchell, Chatham VA, PGA golfer (1971 Cleveland Open)
  • 1943-07-18 Calvin Peete, PGA golfer (1979 Greater Milwaukee Open), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943-07-21 Jerry McGee, New Lexingon OH, PGA golfer (1975 Pensacola Open)
  • 1943-09-03 Dave Eichelberger, PGA golfer (1971 Greater Milwaukee Open), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1943-11-13 Robert Jay Sigel, Narberth PA, PGA golfer (1994 GTE West Classic)
  • 1944-01-06 Robert Landers, Tarrant County TX, PGA golfer (Fort Worth-1976, 78, 80)
  • 1944-01-14 Graham Vivian Marsh, Kalgoorlie Australia, PGA golfer (1977 Heritage)
  • 1944-02-08 Bunky Henry, American PGA golfer, born in Valdosta, Georgia
  • 1944-02-11 Bert Greene, American PGA golfer, born in Gray, Georgia
  • 1944-02-14 Bruce Summerhays, PGA golfer (Provo Open-1966, 91 93), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1944-07-07 Tony Jacklin, Scunthorpe England, PGA golfer (1970 US Open)
  • 1944-10-13 Buddy Allin, Bremerton WA, PGA golfer (1980 NZ Open)
  • 1945-06-03 Hale S Irwin, Joplin MO, PGA golfer (1974 US Open)
  • 1946-09-25 Gilmer Bryan Morgan, Wewoka OK, PGA golfer (1977 BC Open)
  • 1946-12-18 Hubie Green, PGA golfer (US Open 1977), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1946-12-28 Hubie Green, golfer (US Open-1977, PGA-1985)
  • 1947-11-04 Edward Matt Dougherty, Chester PA, PGA golfer (1995 Deposit Guaranty)
  • 1948-06-26 Allen Michael Doyle, Woonsocket RI, PGA golfer (1991 Memorial-64th)
  • 1949-01-15 Howard Allen Twitty, PGA golfer (1979 BC Open), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1949-02-01 Jimmy Lee Thorpe, Roxboro NC, PGA golfer (1985 Greater Milwaukee Open)
  • 1949-08-27 Douglas Fred Tewell, Baton Rouge LA, PGA golfer (1980 Sea Pines)
  • 1949-09-04 Thomas Sturges Watson, PGA golfer (1975 Byron Nelson), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1949-12-05 Lanny [Jerry Lanston] Wadkins PGA golfer (1972 Sahara), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1949-12-09 Thomas O Kite Jr, PGA golfer (1978 BC Open, Crosby 1983), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1950-12-31 Robert Bryan Gilder, Corvallis OR, PGA golfer (1980 Canadian Open)
  • 1951-07-18 Bruce Alan Lietzke, Kansas City KS, PGA golfer (1978 Canadian Open)
  • 1951-07-26 Robert Edwin Wadkins, PGA golfer (1994 Kemper Open-2nd), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1951-08-27 Don [Sheldon George] Pooley Jr, PGA golfer (1980 BC Open), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1951-09-07 Mark R McCumber, PGA golfer (1979 Doral-Eastern), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951-11-11 Fuzzy [Frank] Zoeller, New Albany IN, PGA golfer (Masters 1981)
  • 1951-12-05 Thomas Warren Purtzer, PGA golfer (1977 Glen Campbell), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1952-01-11 Ben Daniel Crenshaw, PGA golfer (1976 Bing Crosby), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1952-02-22 Wayne John Levi, Little Falls NY, PGA golfer (1983 Buick Open)
  • 1952-03-01 David Allen Barr, Kelowna BC, PGA golfer (Atlanta Golf Classic)
  • 1953-03-13 Andy Bean, Lafayette Ga, PGA golfer (Western 1978, Kemper 1978)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1935-04-14 PGA golfer Ben Hogan (22) weds Valerie Fox in Cleburne, Texas

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan

HeartWedding of Interest

1940-08-12 PGA golfer Sam Snead (28) weds high school sweetheart Audrey Karnes

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 2011-01-15 PGA golfer Hunter Mahan (28) weds former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Kandi Harris in Dallas, Texas

Deaths in Sport


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1969-10-06 Walter Hagen, US PGA golfer (US Open 1914, 19), dies at 76

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen

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2002-05-23 Sam Snead, American golfer (PGA-1963, 65, 67, 70, 72, 73), dies of a stroke at 89

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead

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2006-09-26 Byron Nelson, American PGA golfer (won 19 tournaments in 1945), dies at 94

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • 2007-01-02 Don Massengale, American PGA Tour golf player (b. 1937)
  • 2015-02-07 Billy Casper, American golfer and three time PGA Player of the Year (1966, 1968 and 1970), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • 2015-04-29 Calvin Peete, PGA golfer (12 PGA wins), dies at 71
  • 2017-03-02 Simon Hobday, South African PGA golfer (1994 US Senior Open), dies at 76