Golfers in Sports History

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.
  • 1927-02-20 Golfers in SC arrested for violating Sabbath
  • 1927-02-27 For 2nd Sunday in a row golfers in SC arrested for violating Sabbath

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1930-12-16 Golfer Bobby Jones wins James E Sullivan Award

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones

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1945-08-04 Golfer Byron Nelson records most tournament wins (18) in a season

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson

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1962-01-08 Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 21, 1st pro appearance, he came in 50th

  • 1973-12-01 Jack Nicklaus becomes 1st golfer to earn $2M in a year
  • 1975-06-28 Golfer Lee Trevino is struck by lightning at Western Open (Ill)
  • 1977-05-29 Sue Press is 1st woman golfer to hit consecutive holes-in one

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

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 1992-04-09 Record 18 golfers shoot in 60s in Masters round 1 (old record 12)
  • 2000-08-21 82nd PGA Championship: Tiger Woods become the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win 3 majors in a calendar year. He ties the to-par record for the PGA (-18) with Bob May, and wins in a playoff
  • 2001-05-29 U.S. Supreme Court rules that disabled golfer Casey Martin can use a cart to ride in tournaments.
  • 2002-04-14 66th Masters Golf Tournament: Tiger Woods becomes the third golfer to win in two consecutive years
  • 2012-06-17 American golfer, Webb Simpson, wins the US Open

Sport awardGolf Tournament

2012-08-26 15 year-old New Zealand golfer, Lydia Ko, becomes the youngest LPGA Tour event winner and the first amateur winner since 1969

Golfer Lydia Ko
Golfer
Lydia Ko
  • 2013-03-25 Golfer Tiger Woods returns to his world number one ranking
  • 2013-05-26 Golfer Matteo Manassero wins the BMW PGA Championship
  • 2013-06-16 113rd US Golf Open: Justin Rose shoots a 281 at the Merion Golf Club, PA
  • 2014-05-18 Adam Scott overtakes Tiger Woods as the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world
  • 2015-01-31 Lydia Ko at 17, becomes the youngest golfer in men's or women's golf history to be ranked No. 1 in the world
  • 2015-07-04 US golfer Bubba Watson announces he will paint over Confederate flag on Dukes of Hazard car General Lee

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 1,033

  • 1821-06-16 Old Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (d. 1908)
  • 1851-04-20 Young Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (d. 1875)
  • 1889-06-29 Willie MacFarlane, Scottish golfer (d. 1961)

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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
  • 1894-09-24 Tommy Armour, Anglo-American golfer (d. 1968)

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1899-04-27 Leo Diegel, American golfer (two-time PGA Champion), born in Detroit, Michigan

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • 1901-07-12 Robert Allenby, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1901-11-17 Joyce Wethered, Surrey England, golfer (4 time British Amateur champ)
  • 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)

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1902-03-17 Bobby Jones Jr, amateur golfer (Grand Slam 1930), born in Atlanta, Georgia,

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • 1904-10-23 Harvey Penick, American golfer (d. 1995)

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1904-10-25 [Herman] Denny Shute, American golfer and three-time major champion, born in Cleveland, Ohio

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Denny Shute
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Denny Shute
  • 1907-01-26 Henry Cotton, English golfer (British Open 1934, 1937, 1948)
  • 1908-05-22 Horton Smith. American golfer (d. 1963)
  • 1908-07-21 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American professional golfer (d. 1996)
  • 1908-08-10 Gabrielle Keiller, collector/golfer
  • 1911-03-23 Richard Chapman, golfer (1940 US amateur, 1951 British amateur)
  • 1911-09-28 Henry Ellsworth Vines Jr, tennis (US Open 1931, 32)/golfer

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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
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 1914-02-14 Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer (d. 2007)
  • 1914-03-10 Chandler Harper, golfer (1950 PGA champ)
  • 1915-02-02 Stan Leonard, Canadian professional golfer (d. 2005)
  • 1917-11-20 Bobby Locke, South African golfer (d. 1987)
  • 1918-02-13 Patty Berg, Minneapolis MN, LPGA golfer (1938 US Amateur)
  • 1919-05-19 Betty Jameson, Norman OK, LPGA golfer (1947 US Women's Open)
  • 1920-03-03 Julius Boros, golfer (PGA Champ 1968, US Open 1952, 63)
  • 1920-11-16 Betty Hicks, LPGA golfer
  • 1921-01-06 Cary Middlecoff, golfer (1956 Vardon Trophy, 1955 Byron Nelson Award)
  • 1921-10-28 Peggy Kirk Bell, LPGA golfer

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1922-06-02 Charlie Sifford, American professional golfer, born in Charlotte North Carolina

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1923-09-07 Louise Suggs, American golfer (US Women's Open 1949, 1952) and co-founder of LPGA, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2015)

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1924-04-29 Al Balding, Canadian Tour golfer (Quebec Open-1952), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1926-09-18 Bob Toski, American golfer
  • 1927-05-14 Shirley Spork, LPGA golfer
  • 1927-10-06 Alice Bauer, LPGA golfer

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1928-05-04 Betsy Rawls, American golfer (US Womens Open-51, 53, 57, 60), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1929-04-13 Marilynn Smith, Topeka KS, LPGA golfer (1972 Pabst Open)
  • 1929-07-10 Moe Norman, Canadian Tour golfer (1966 Quebec Open), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1929-08-23 Peter Thompson, golfer

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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)
  • 1929-11-29 Don January, pro golfer (1976 Vardon Trophy)
  • 1930-07-21 Gene Alec Littler, PGA golfer (1961 US Open), born in San Diego, California
  • 1931-03-14 Bob Goalby, golfer (British Open-1968, Canadian Open-1968, NZ-1970)
  • 1931-03-31 Miller Barber, PGA golfer (1968 Byron Nelson Classic), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1931-05-15 Ken Venturi, American golfer, (d. 2013)
  • 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)
  • 1932-10-27 Kathy Cornelius, LPGA golfer
  • 1932-11-16 Barbara Romack, LPGA golfer
  • 1933-02-09 Jo Ann Prentice, LPGA golfer
  • 1933-07-24 Doug Sanders, American golfer
  • 1933-12-09 Orville Moody, Chickasha OK, PGA golfer (1969 US Open)
  • 1934-02-16 Marlene Bauer Hagge, Eureka SD, LPGA golfer (1950 Woman Athlete)
  • 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, Johannesburg South Africa, PGA golfer (1966 Texas Open)
  • 1934-10-24 Margie Masters, LPGA golfer
  • 1934-11-28 Dick Rhyan, PGA golfer (1994 GTE-5th), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1934-12-28 Peggy Wilson, American LPGA golfer, born in Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1935-01-17 Jimmy Powell, PGA golfer (1990 Southwestern Bell Classic), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1935-02-12 Ken Still, American professional golfer, born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1935-02-13 Tommy Jacobs, American PGA golfer, born in Denver, Colorado

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1935-02-14 [Mary] Mickey Wright, LPGA golfer (4 times LPGA champ), born in San Diego, California

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 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, Johannesburg, South African PGA golfer (British Open-1959, 68, 74)

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
  • 1936-11-12 Ruth Jessen, LPGA golfer
  • 1937-02-22 Tommy Aaron, Gainesville GA, PGA golfer (1973 Masters)
  • 1937-04-03 Sandra Spuzich, LPGA golfer, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2015)
  • 1937-04-23 Don Massengale, Jackson TX, PGA golfer (1966 Bing Crosby Celebrity)
  • 1937-05-20 Dave Hill, PGA golfer (1967 Memphis), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • 1937-06-28 George Knudson, Canadian golfer (d. 1989)
  • 1937-07-13 Charles Coody, Stamford TX, PGA golfer (1971 Masters)
  • 1937-09-01 Al Geiberger, Red Bluff CA, PGA golfer (1962 Ontario Open)
  • 1937-09-15 Cynthia Anzolut, Harrisburg PA, LPGA golfer
  • 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, Nashville TN, PGA golfer (1975 US Open)
  • 1938-02-01 Jacky Cupit, golfer (Rookie of Year 1961)
  • 1938-02-19 Penny Zavichas, LPGA golfer
  • 1938-03-07 Homero Blancas, PGA golfer (1972 Phoenix Open), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1938-06-09 Anne Kenny, Mudgee NSW, golfer (1968, 71 Australian Champ)
  • 1938-06-13 Carole Jo Callison, LPGA golfer
  • 1938-06-17 Judy Kimball-Simon, LPGA golfer
  • 1938-08-14 Betsy Cullen, LPGA golfer
  • 1938-09-23 Clifford Ann Creed, LPGA golfer
  • 1938-10-31 Rives McBee, PGA golfer (1989 RJR Bank One Classic), born in Denton, Texas

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1923-04-30 Golfer champion Walter Hagen (30) weds Edna Straus at the Hotel Biltmore in New York

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen

HeartWedding of Interest

1924-06-17 Golfer Bobby Jones (22) weds high school sweetheart Mary Rice Malone (22) in Atlanta, Georgia

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones

HeartWedding of Interest

1934-06-24 Golfer Byron Nelson (22) weds Louise Shofner

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson

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

HeartWedding of Interest

1957-01-19 Golfer Gary Player (21) weds Bobby Verwey's sister Vivienne Verwey

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

HeartWedding of Interest

1960-07-23 Professional golfer Jack Nicklaus (20) weds Barbara Bash

HeartWedding of Interest

1986-01-03 Britain's greatest golfer Nick Faldo (28) weds manager's secretary Gill Bennett

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

HeartWedding of Interest

2004-10-05 Professional golfer Tiger Woods (28) weds former Swedish model Elin Nordegren (24) at Sandy Lane Resort in St. James, Barbados

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods

HeartWedding of Interest

2005-01-26 Professional golfer Arnold Palmer (75) weds Kathleen Gawthrop in an intimate ceremony at a cottage on the beach at Turtle Bay Resort

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-11-06 Professional golfer Greg Norman (51) weds Australian interior decorator Kirsten Kutner (41) on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands

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

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1998-10-13 Golfer champ Nick Faldo (41) divorces manager's secretary Gill Bennett after 12 years of marriage

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2010-08-23 Former Swedish model Elin Nordegren (30) divorces professional golfer Tiger Woods (34) after 6 years of marriage

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods

Deaths in Sport

  • 1875-12-25 Young Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (b. 1851)
  • 1908-05-24 Old Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (b. 1821)

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1951-05-05 Leo Diegel, American golfer, dies of throat and lung cancer at 52

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • 1963-10-15 Horton Smith. American golfer (b. 1908)
  • 1966-07-24 Tony Lema, US golfer, dies at 32
  • 1968-02-01 Lawson Little, amateur golfer (US/British Opens 1934,35), dies at 57
  • 1968-09-12 Tommy Armour, Scottish golfer (b. 1894)

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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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1971-12-18 Bobby Jones Jr, amateur golfer (Grand Slam 1930), dies at 69

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones

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1974-05-13 Denny Shute, American golfer, dies at 69

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Denny Shute
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Denny Shute
  • 1983-12-28 Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (b. 1910)
  • 1989-01-24 George Knudson, Canadian golfer (b. 1937)
  • 1993-11-20 Heather Farr, golfer, dies of cancer at 28
  • 1994-05-28 Julius Boros, pro golfer (US Open 1952), dies of heart attack at 74
  • 1994-09-23 Jerry Barber, American golfer (b. 1916)
  • 1995-04-03 Harvey Pennick, golfer/teacher, dies at 89
  • 1995-12-23 Gabrielle Keiller, collector/golfer, dies at 87
  • 1996-04-22 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American professional golfer (b. 1908)
  • 1996-07-06 Kathy Ahern, American golfer (b. 1949)

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1997-07-25 Ben Hogan, golfer (Masters, British Open, US Open-1953), dies at 84

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 1997-10-05 Dave Marr, golfer/commentator, dies at 63
  • 1998-09-01 Cary Middlecoff, American golfer (b. 1921)
  • 1999-05-13 Gene Sarazen, American golfer (b. 1902)

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1999-10-25 Payne Stewart, American golfer, dies in a plane crash at 42

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2002-05-23 Sam Snead, American golfer (b. 1912)

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 2004-01-26 Fred Haas, American golfer (b. 1916)
  • 2004-09-04 Moe Norman, Canadian golfer (b. 1929)
  • 2005-09-25 George Archer, American golfer (b. 1939)
  • 2005-12-15 Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (b. 1915)
  • 2006-07-30 Al Balding, Canadian golfer (b. 1924)

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2006-09-26 Byron Nelson, American golfer (b. 1912)

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • 2007-05-20 Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer (b. 1914)
  • 2007-08-31 Gay Brewer, American golfer (b. 1932)
  • 2008-07-10 Mike Souchak, professional golfer (b. 1927)
  • 2008-08-08 Orville Moody, American golfer (b. 1933)

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2011-05-07 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer, dies of brain cancer at 54

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • 2013-05-17 Ken Venturi, American golfer and sports broadcaster, dies from multiple infections at 82
  • 2013-06-11 Miller Barber, American golfer, dies from lymphoma at 82

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2015-02-03 Charlie Sifford, American professional golfer, dies at 92

  • 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

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2015-08-06 Louise Suggs, American golfer (US Women's Open 1949, 1952) and co-founder of LPGA, dies at 91

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 2015-10-06 Sandra Spuzich, American LPGA golfer, dies at 78