Leo Diegel

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel

Profession: Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion

United States of America

Why Famous: Prominent professional golfer of the 1920s and early 1930s. In 1928 and 1929 he captured consecutive PGA Championships. He also played on the first four Ryder Cup teams, and is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Born: April 27, 1899
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: May 5, 1951 (aged 52)
Cause of Death: Throat and lung cancer

Events in the Life of Leo Diegel

  • 1920-08-13 US Open Men's Golf, Inverness GC: Isle of Jersey native Ted Ray pars the 18th, giving him a 1-stroke win over runners-up Harry Vardon, Jock Hutchison, Leo Diegel & Jack Burke Sr
  • 1926-09-25 PGA Championship, Salisbury GC: Walter Hagen defeats Leo Diegel, 5 & 3 in the final to win his 3rd consecutive PGA C'ship title
  • 1928-10-06 11th PGA Championship: Leo Diegel at Five Farms CC Baltimore
  • 1929-10-06 12th PGA Championship: Leo Diegel at Hillcrest CC Los Angeles
  • 1929-12-07 Leo Diegel wins PGA golf tournament
  • 1930-06-20 British Open Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Bobby Jones wins his 3rd Open title, 2 strokes ahead of Leo Diegel and Macdonald Smith on his way to the single-season Grand Slam

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