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

Sport awardPGA Championship

1927-11-05 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Cedar Crest CC: Defending champion Walter Hagen beats Joe Turnesa 1-up to win his 4th straight PGA title

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen

Sport awardPGA Championship

1929-12-07 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Hillcrest CC: Defending champion Leo Diegel defeats Johnny Farrell, 6 & 4 in the final

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • 1930-09-13 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Fresh Meadow CC: American based Scotsman Tommy Armour defeats Gene Sarazen 1-up in the final for the second of his 3 major titles
  • 1938-03-01 Federal Trade Commission orders 8 manufacturers and the PGA of America to end their practice of golf ball price-fixing

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1940-02-29 American golfer Jimmy Demaret wins his third PGA Tour event within an 8-day span, taking the St. Petersburg Open by 1 stroke from Byron Nelson

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • 1941-04-09 PGA establishes Golf Hall of Fame
  • 1945-08-04 American golfer Byron Nelson wins Canadian Open at Uplands & Thornhill CC for a record 11th consecutive PGA victory, on way to record season tally of 18

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1946-09-02 American golfer Ben Hogan wins the Golden State Open at California CC in Los Angeles; his 3rd consecutive PGA event and 11th title of the season; 2nd time that year he wins 3 straight tournaments

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 1948-02-01 Johnny Palmer sets a 36-hole PGA Tour scoring record with rounds of 62-64 in the Tucson Open; finishes runner-up by 1 stroke to Skip Alexander who cards tournament record total 264
  • 1948-02-29 Lawson Little earns his first tournament victory since his US Navy discharge capturing the St. Petersburg Open by 3 strokes over Bobby Locke; last golfer to win a PGA Tour event on Leap Year Day
  • 1952-01-19 PGA approves allowing black participants
  • 1955-02-17 Mike Souchak sets PGA 72-hole record of 257 (not broken until 2001)

  • 1959-04-05 23rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Art Wall Jr wins by 1 stroke from Cary Middlecoff for his only PGA Tour major victory

Sports record brokenGolf Record

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

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1960-08-07 Arnold Palmer's 20th PGA Tour win; rallies from a 5-stroke deficit to enter a playoff, then beats Jack Fleck and Bill Collins to win the Insurance City Open

  • 1961-11-09 PGA eliminates caucasians only rule
  • 1973-09-03 American golfer Billy Casper finishes at 20-under-par 264 to beat Australian Bruce Devlin by 1 stroke to win the Sammy Davis Jr. Greater Hartford Open; his 50th PGA Tour title

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1973-12-01 Jack Nicklaus finishes at 13-under-par 275 to win the Walt Disney World Open by 1 stroke from Mason Rudolph; becomes the first player to reach $2 million in PGA Tour career earnings

  • 1974-09-02 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Atlanta CC: Jack Nicklaus wins inaugural event; first of his 3 TPC titles, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up J. C. Snead
  • 1975-07-06 Art Wall Jr. at 51 years, 7 months, 10 days becomes the second oldest to win a PGA Tour event, beating Gary McCord by 1 at the Greater Milwaukee Open (oldest Sam Snead)

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1975-08-24 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Colonial CC: Al Geiberger leads wire-to-wire to finish 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Dave Stockton

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
  • 1976-03-01 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Inverrary CC: Jack Nicklaus wins his second TPC title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up J. C. Snead
  • 1977-03-20 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Mark Hayes wins in windy conditions, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Mike McCullough
  • 1977-05-01 American golfer Gene Littler wins the Houston Open, his 29th and final PGA title
  • 1977-06-10 Al Geiberger becomes the 1st player in history to post a score of 59 (−13) in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, during the 2nd round Danny Thomas Memphis Classic at Colonial CC in Cordova, Tennessee
  • 1978-03-19 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Jack Nicklaus wins his 3rd TPC title, 1 stroke ahead of Lou Graham; 4th straight start for Nicklaus that ends with a top-2 finish

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1979-03-25 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Lanny Wadkins wins in windy conditions, 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • 1980-03-23 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Lee Trevino wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Ben Crenshaw
  • 1980-06-22 American golfer Don January beats Mike Souchak by 2 strokes to win the Atlantic City Senior International in Northfield, New Jersey; inaugural tournament of the Senior PGA Tour

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1981-03-23 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Raymond Floyd beats Barry Jaeckel and Curtis Strange on the first hole of a sudden death playoff in a rain affected Monday finish

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • 1982-03-21 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Jerry Pate shoots a final round 67 to win by 2 strokes over runners-up Scott Simpson and Brad Bryant
  • 1983-01-01 PGA inaugurates all-exempt tour

  • 1983-03-28 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Hal Sutton comes from 4 strokes back with a final round 69 to win a rain-affected Monday finish by 1 stroke ahead of Bob Eastwood
  • 1983-10-16 Ryder Cup Golf, PGA National GC: US wins 14½-13½; Bernard Gallacher's missed 3-foot putt for bogey gives Tom Watson 2 & 1 win and the US winning point

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1984-04-01 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 24-year old Fred Couples finishes at 277 (-11), 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Lee Trevino

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples
  • 1985-03-31 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Calvin Peete shoots final round 66 to win by 3 strokes from D. A. Weibring; Peete only player to break par in all 4 rounds
  • 1985-08-04 Scott Verplank beats Jim Thorpe in Western Open playoff, first amateur to win a PGA Tour event since Gene Littler 1954
  • 1986-03-02 Qualifier Kenny Knox is the last player to score in the 80’s (R3 80) and still win a PGA Tour event, the Honda Classic at TPC Eagle Trace; total 287 is highest winning score in PGA tournament history
  • 1986-03-30 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: John Mahaffey wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Larry Mize
  • 1986-08-02 Lee Elder fires a record 11-under par 61 on his way to winning the Senior PGA Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Commemorative at Sleepy Hollow CC; mark stands for 11 years
  • 1987-03-29 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Sandy Lyle of Scotland defeats Jeff Sluman on the 3rd hole of a sudden-death playoff to become the first international player to win the title
  • 1988-03-27 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Local resident Mark McCumber wins with record total 273 (−15), 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Mike Reid
  • 1989-03-19 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Tom Kite wins the title in gusty conditions, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Chip Beck
  • 1990-03-18 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Jodie Mudd wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Mark Calcavecchia; winner's cheque $270,000
  • 1990-03-30 Jack Nicklaus makes his debut on the Senior PGA Tour with a 71 (-1) in the first round of The Tradition at Desert Mountain; wins the event by 4 strokes from Gary Player
  • 1990-04-01 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Jack Nicklaus wins his first start on the Senior PGA Tour by 4 strokes from Gary Player

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1991-03-31 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Australian Steve Elkington birdies final hole to win by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Fuzzy Zoeller

Golfer and PGA Champion Steve Elkington
Golfer and PGA Champion
Steve Elkington
  • 1991-10-11 Chip Beck ties PGA record lowest 18 hole score of 59 during 3rd round of the Las Vegas Invitational at the Sunrise GC

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1992-03-29 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Davis Love III wins by 4 strokes ahead of runners-up Ian Baker-Finch, Phil Blackmar, Nick Faldo, and Tom Watson.

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

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1993-03-28 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Nick Price of Zimbabwe sets a scoring record of 270 (−18) to finish 5 strokes ahead of Germany's Bernhard Langer

Golfer Nick Price
Golfer
Nick Price
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1994-03-27 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Australian Greg Norman sets scoring record of 264 (−24) to finish 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Fuzzy Zoeller

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1995-03-26 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Lee Janzen wins by a stroke ahead of runner-up Bernhard Langer of Germany

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • 1996-03-31 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Fred Couples shoots a final round 64 to win his 2nd PC title, 4 strokes ahead of runners-up Colin Montgomerie and Tommy Tolles
  • 1997-03-30 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Steve Elkington of Australia leads wire-to-wire to win his 2nd PC title, a record 7 strokes ahead of runner-up Scott Hoch.
  • 1998-03-29 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Justin Leonard recovers from 5 strokes back to finish 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Glen Day and Tom Lehman
  • 1999-01-24 David Duval eagles the 18th hole for a final round 59 to win the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic at PGA West; becomes only the 3rd player to fire a sub-60 round on the PGA Tour
  • 1999-03-28 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: David Duval wins by 2 strokes from Scott Gump; Duval's father Bob wins Senior Tour's Emerald Coast Classic on the same day

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

2000-03-27 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 1983 champion Hal Sutton leads wire-to-wire to win by a stroke ahead of runner-up Tiger Woods

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2001-03-26 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Tiger Woods wins the first of his 2 PC's, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Vijay Singh of Fiji
  • 2002-03-24 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Unheralded New Zealander Craig Perks chips-in twice on the final 3 holes for his only PGA Tour career win, 2 strokes ahead of Stephen Ames
  • 2003-03-30 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Davis Love III shoots a final round 64 to win his 2nd Players title, 6 strokes ahead of runners-up Jay Haas and Pádraig Harrington
  • 2003-05-22 In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.
  • 2004-03-28 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 23-year old Australian Adam Scott holds on for his 2nd PGA Tour title, 1 stroke ahead of Irishman Pádraig Harrington
  • 2004-08-29 Future undisputed world light heavyweight boxing champion Andre Ward of the US wins the light heavyweight gold medal at the Athens Olympics beating Magomed Aripgadjiev of Belarus on points
  • 2005-03-28 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 48-year old Fred Funk becomes oldest event winner, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Luke Donald, Tom Lehman, and Scott Verplank
  • 2006-03-26 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Canadian Stephen Ames shoots a final round 67 to complete biggest win of his career by 6 strokes from Retief Goosen of South Africa
  • 2006-08-06 Tiger Woods (30) becomes the youngest player to compile 50 PGA Tour wins with a 3 stroke victory over Jim Furyk in the Buick Open at Grand Blanc, Michigan
  • 2006-09-04 Tiger Woods matches the lowest final round of his career (8-under 63) in the Deutsche Bank C'ship at Norton, MA to win for the 5th straight time and 7th time this PGA Tour season

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

2007-05-13 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: American Phil Mickelson wins by 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Sergio García of Spain; event played in May for the first time

  • 2008-05-11 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Sergio García of Spain claims the biggest win of his career to date in a sudden-death playoff over American Paul Goydos
  • 2009-05-10 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Henrik Stenson of Sweden shoots a bogey-free final round 66 to win by 4 strokes from Englishman Ian Poulter
  • 2010-05-09 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: South African Tim Clark fires a final round 67 for his first PGA Tour victory, 1 stroke ahead of Robert Allenby of Australia
  • 2010-07-08 During 1st round of the John Deere Classic, Paul Goydos becomes the 4th, and oldest player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59; round included 12 birdies and 6 pars
  • 2010-08-01 Australian Stuart Appleby finishes with an 11-under-59 to win the Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs, to become only the 5th player and first non-American to break 60 on the PGA Tour
  • 2011-05-15 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: K. J. Choi of South Korea defeats David Toms on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win $1.71 million winner's cheque
  • 2011-07-31 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Inverness Club: Olin Browne wins by 3 strokes ahead of Mark O'Meara; 5th player in history to win on Nationwide Tour, PGA Tour and Champions Tour
  • 2012-05-13 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Matt Kuchar wins by 2 strokes ahead of Ricky Fowler, Zach Johnson, Martin Laird and Ben Curtis
  • 2012-06-03 Tiger Woods claims his 73rd PGA tour victory with a 2 stroke win over Andrés Romero & Rory Sabbatini in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village GC; equals Jack Nicklaus's record
  • 2013-05-12 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Tiger Woods wins his second PC, 2 strokes ahead of David Lingmerth, Jeff Maggert and Kevin Streelman
  • 2013-09-13 Jim Furyk fires 12-under-par 59 in the 2nd round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms GC in Lake Forest, Illinois, becoming just the 6th player to shoot sub-60 in a PGA Tour event
  • 2013-11-27 Tiger Woods is named PGA Tour's Player of the Year for the 11th time
  • 2014-05-11 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: German Martin Kaymer leads after each round to win by 1 stroke ahead of Jim Furyk; first 8-figure purse in golf with winner's share $1.8 million
  • 2015-05-10 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Rickie Fowler wins beating Kevin Kisner and Sergio García by 1 stroke in a playoff
  • 2016-08-07 Jim Furyk fires 12-under-par 58 in final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC at River Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut, becoming 1st player to shoot 58 in a PGA Tour event and 1st PGA Tour pro to card 2 sub-60 rounds
  • 2016-09-25 Tour Championship Men's Golf, East Lake GC: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins in a playoff with Kevin Chappell & Ryan Moore; biggest winner's prize in golf, US$10m
  • 2017-01-21 Adam Hadwin fires only the 7th sub-60 round (59) in PGA Tour history in the 3rd round of the CareerBuilder Challenge at LaQuinta CC
  • 2017-05-14 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 21 year old South Korean Kim Si-woo shoots final round 69 to win by 3 strokes ahead of Louis Oosthuizen and Ian Poulter
  • 2018-05-13 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: American Webb Simpson wins by 4 strokes from Xander Schauffele, Charl Schwartzel and Jimmy Walker
  • 2018-07-01 PGA Women's Championship, Kemper Lakes GC: Park Sung-hyun of South Korea wins in a playoff with Nasa Hataoka & Ryu So-yeon
  • 2018-08-16 Brandt Snedeker shoots 10th sub-60 round in PGA history with an 11-under par 59 in the opening round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 2018-09-23 Tour Championship Men's Golf, East Lake GC: Tiger Woods wins by 2 strokes from Billy Horschel; Woods' 80th PGA Tour win; first in 5 years; Justin Rose wins FedEx Cup crown, $10m bonus

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018-11-20 South African golfer Gary Player receives PGA recognition for his 3 Senior British Open wins (1988, 90, 97) from before event recognised as a major title (2003); takes him to 9 Senior majors

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • 2019-03-17 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins biggest cheque in golf ($2.25m) by 1 stroke from Jim Furyk
  • 2019-10-27 Tiger Woods scores a wire-to-wire 3-stroke win over Hideki Matsuyama at the inaugural Zozo Championship at Accordia Golf & Country Club to tie Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA victories
  • 2020-03-13 12 hours after PGA Tour cancelled its flagship event, The Players Championship, Augusta National announces postponement of the Masters Tournament to a date to be fixed because of the coronavirus pandemic
  • 2020-08-21 American golfer Scottie Scheffler makes birdie on 4 of final 5 holes to become 12th player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59 in 2nd round of the Northern Trust at TPC Boston

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 279

  • 1884-06-06 Jock Hutchison, Scottish golfer (PGA C'ship 1920, British Open 1921), born in St. Andrews, Fife (d. 1977)

Person of interestJim Barnes

1886-04-08 Jim Barnes, English golfer (PGA C'ship 1916, 19; US Open 1921, British Open 1925), born in Lelant, Cornwall (d. 1966)

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • 1887-04-15 Mike Brady, American golfer (US Open 1911, 19 runner-up; 9 PGA Tour titles), born in Brighton, Massachusetts (d. 1972)
  • 1888-03-28 Jack Burke Sr., American golfer (US open 1920 runner-up; Senior PGA C'ship 1941), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1943)

Person of interestWalter Hagen

1892-12-21 Walter Hagen, American golfer (11 major titles, US Open 1914, 19), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1969)

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1894-09-24 Tommy Armour, Scottish-American golfer (US Open 1927, PGA 1930, British Open 1931), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1968)
  • 1896-04-02 Johnny Golden, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1922, 26, 27 3rd; Ryder Cup 1927, 29 [3-0-0 record]; 9 x PGA Tour titles), born in Tuxedo, New York (d. 1936)

Person of interestLeo Diegel

1899-04-27 Leo Diegel, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1928-29), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1951)

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • 1901-01-17 Olin Dutra, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1932, US Open 1934), born in Monterey, California (d. 1983)
  • 1902-02-27 Gene Sarazen, American golfer (7 major titles including major slam), born in Harrison, New York (d. 1999)

Person of interestDenny Shute

1904-10-25 Denny Shute, American golfer (British Open 1933, PGA C'ship 1936-37), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1974)

Golfer Denny Shute
Golfer
Denny Shute
  • 1906-11-28 Henry Picard, American golfer (Masters 1938, PGA 1939), born in Plymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • 1908-05-29 Dick Metz, American golfer (US Open 1938 runner-up; 10 PGA Tour titles), born in Arkansas City, Kansas (d. 1993)
  • 1908-07-12 Paul Runyan, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1934, 38), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas (d. 2002)
  • 1908-07-21 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American golfer, course designer (17 PGA Tour wins), born in Monticello, Kansas (d. 1996)
  • 1908-10-29 Jimmy Thomson, Scottish golfer (US Open 1935, PGA C'ship 1936 runner-up), born in North Berwick, Scotland (d. 1985)
  • 1909-06-07 Virginia Apgar, American physician and childbirth specialist, born in Westfield, New Jersey (d. 1974)
  • 1910-10-19 Vic Ghezzi, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1941), born in Rumson, New Jersey (d. 1976)
  • 1911-02-03 Tom Creavy, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1931), born in Tuckahoe, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1911-04-05 Johnny Revolta, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1935; 18 PGA Tour titles), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • 1911-09-28 Ellsworth Vines, American tennis player (US Open 1931-32; Wimbledon 1932), golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Los Angeles, CA (d. 1994)

Person of interestByron Nelson

1912-02-04 Byron Nelson, American golfer (winner 5 major titles; record 19 tournaments 1945), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2006)

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson

Person of interestSam Snead

1912-05-27 Sam Snead, American golfer (7 PGA Tour major titles; US Masters 1949, 52, 54), born in Ashwood, Virginia (d. 2002)

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead

Person of interestBen Hogan

1912-08-13 Ben Hogan, American golfer (9-time major title winner; US masters 1951, 53), born in Stephenville, Texas (d. 1997)

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 1912-12-09 Jim Turnesa, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1952; Ryder Cup 1953), born in NYC, NY (d. 1971)
  • 1914-03-10 Chandler Harper, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1950), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2004)
  • 1915-02-02 Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Vancouver, BC (d. 2005)
  • 1915-02-20 Chick Harbert, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1954), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1992)
  • 1915-02-24 Jim Ferrier, Australian golfer (PGA C'ship 1947), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 1986)
  • 1916-01-03 Fred Haas, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1953), born in Portland, Arkansas (d. 2004)
  • 1916-01-10 Bob Hamilton, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1944), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1990)
  • 1916-04-25 Jerry Barber, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1961), born in Woodson, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • 1918-10-09 Walter Burkemo, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1953), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1986)
  • 1920-03-03 Julius Boros, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1968, US Open 1952, 63), born in Fairfield, Connecticut (d. 1994)

Person of interestCharlie Sifford

1922-06-02 Charlie Sifford, American golfer (first African-American to join PGA Tour, 2 titles), born in Charlotte North Carolina (d. 2015)

  • 1923-01-29 Jack Burke Jr, American golfer (US Masters, PGA C'ship 1956), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1923-02-14 Jay Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1960), born in St. Martinville, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1924-04-29 Al Balding, Canadian golfer (first Canadian to win PGA Tour event in US, 4-time winner), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • 1926-09-18 Bob Toski, American golfer, instructor (PGA Tour leading money winner 1954), born in Haydenville, Massachusetts
  • 1927-05-10 Mike Souchak, American golfer (15 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1959, 61), born in Berwick, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)

Person of interestArnold Palmer

1929-09-10 Arnold Palmer, American golfer (7 major titles; US Masters 1958, 60, 62, 64), born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)

  • 1929-11-20 Don January, American golfer (PGA Championship 1967), born in Plainview Texas
  • 1930-07-21 Gene Littler, American golfer (1961 US Open, 29 PGA Tour titles), born in San Diego, California (d. 2019)
  • 1931-03-31 Miller Barber, American golfer (11 PGA Tour; 3 US Senior Open titles), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1931-06-24 Billy Casper, American golfer (US Open 1959, 66; US Masters 1970), born in San Diego, California (d. 2015)
  • 1932-03-19 Gay Brewer, American golfer (US Masters 1967), born in Middletown, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1933-07-24 Doug Sanders, American golfer (4 x runner-up in major C'ships; 20 PGA Tour titles), born in Cedartown, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • 1933-12-09 Orville Moody, American golfer (US Open 1969), born in Chickasha Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • 1934-05-23 Mason Rudolph, American golfer (Ryder Cup 1971; PGA C'ship 1973 3rd), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 2011)
  • 1934-07-14 Lee Elder, American golfer (first African-American to play in the US Masters; 4 PGA Tour titles), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1934-10-03 Harold Henning, South African golfer (2 PGA Tour titles; 3 senior PGA titles; World Cup 1965), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2004)
  • 1935-02-02 Pete Brown, American golfer (first African-American to win on PGA Tour, Waco 1964), born in Port Gibson, Mississippi (d. 2015)
  • 1935-02-12 Ken Still, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1935-02-13 Tommy Jacobs, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1935-09-28 Bruce Crampton, Australian golfer (14 PGA Tour wins), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1935-10-23 Chi Chi Rodriguez, Puerto Rican golfer (Senior Tournament Players C'ship 1986, PGA Senior C'ship 1987), born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

Person of interestGary Player

1935-11-01 Gary Player, South African golfer (9-time major title winner), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • 1936-03-05 Dale Douglass, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles; US Senior Open 1986), born in Wewoka Oklahoma
  • 1936-03-14 Bob Charles, New Zealand golfer (British Open 1963), born in Carterton, New Zealand
  • 1936-04-14 Bobby Nichols, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1964), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1936-07-20 Butch Baird, American golfer (US Open 1976 4th), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937-02-22 Tommy Aaron, American golfer (US Masters 1973), born in Gainesville, Georgia
  • 1937-04-23 Don Massengale, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1967 runner-up), born in Jackson, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1937-05-20 Dave Hill, American golfer (13 PGA Tour titles), born in Jackson, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • 1937-06-28 George Knudson, Canadian golfer (8 PGA Tour titles; Masters 1969 runner-up), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1989)
  • 1937-07-13 Charles Coody, American golfer (US Masters 1971), born in Stamford, Texas
  • 1937-09-01 Al Geiberger, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1966, 1st sub-60), born in Red Bluff, California
  • 1937-10-10 Bruce Devlin, Australian golfer (8 PGA Tour titles), born in Armidale, NSW
  • 1937-12-10 Don Bies, American golfer (The Tradition 1989), born in Cottonwood, Idaho
  • 1938-01-07 Lou Graham, American golfer (US Open 1975), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1938-02-01 Jacky Cupit, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1963; PGA Tour Rookie of Year 1961; 4 titles), born in Longview Texas
  • 1938-03-07 Homero Blancas, American golfer (US Ryder Cup 1973), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1938-04-03 Phil Rodgers, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in San Diego, California (d. 2018)
  • 1938-04-22 Deane Beman, American golfer, administrator, writer, course designer (US Open 1969 runner-up; PGA Tour Commissioner 1974-94), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1938-06-17 Judy Kimball, American golfer (US Women's PGA C'ship 1962), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1938-09-23 Clifford Ann Creed, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship runner-up 1965), born in Alexandria, Louisiana
  • 1938-12-13 Tom Shaw, American golfer (The Tradition 1993), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1939-01-27 Mike Hill, American golfer (3 PGA; PGA 18 Senior titles), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • 1939-05-01 Frank Beard, American golfer (11 PGA Tour titles; US Open 1965, 75 3rd), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1939-05-15 Dudley Wysong, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1966 runner-up), born in McKinney, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1939-07-11 Larry Laoretti, American golfer (US Senior Open 1992), born in Mahopac, New Jersey
  • 1939-10-01 George Archer, American golfer (US Masters 1969), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2005)
  • 1939-12-01 Lee Trevino, American golfer (British Open 1971-72; US Open 1968, 71; US PGA 1974, 84), born in Dallas, Texas

Person of interestMary Mills

1940-01-19 Mary Mills, American golfer (US Open 1963, PGA 1964, 73), born in Laurel, Mississippi

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills

Person of interestJack Nicklaus

1940-01-21 Jack Nicklaus, American golfer (18 major titles, 73 PGA Tour titles), born in Columbus, Ohio

  • 1940-06-23 Simon Hobday, South African golfer (US Senior Open 1984), born in Mafikeng, South Africa (d. 2017)
  • 1940-10-14 J. C. Snead, American golfer (8 PGA Tour titles; Masters 1973 runner-up), born in Hot Springs, Virginia
  • 1940-12-12 Shirley Englehorn, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1970), born in Caldwell, Idaho
  • 1941-01-14 Gibby Gilbert, American golfer (Masters 1980 runner-up), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1941-03-09 Jim Colbert, American golfer (8 PGA Tour titles; Senior Players Championship 1993), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • 1941-05-31 Gil Morgan, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 1998, The Tradition 1997, 98), born in Wewoka, Oklahoma
  • 1941-08-23 Gloria Ehret, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1966), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1941-09-29 Kermit Zarley, American golfer, author (Canadian Open 1970), born in Seattle, Washington

Person of interestDave Stockton

1941-11-02 Dave Stockton, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1970, 76), born in San Bernardino, California

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
  • 1942-08-31 Isao Aoki, Japanese golfer (World Matchplay C'ship 1978), born in Abiko, Chiba, Japan,
  • 1942-09-16 Tom Wargo, American golfer (PGA Senior C'ship 1993, British Senior Open 1994), born in Marlette, Michigan
  • 1942-11-09 Tom Weiskopf, American golfer (British Open 1973), born in Massillon, Ohio
  • 1942-11-19 Larry Gilbert, American golfer (Senior Players Championship 1997), born in Fort Knox, Kentucky (d. 1998)
  • 1943-02-14 Bob Murphy Jr, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1970 runner-up; 11 Senior PGA Tour titles), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943-02-23 Bobby Mitchell, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1972), born in Chatham, Virginia (d. 2018)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan

LoveWedding 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

  • 1936-01-27 Johnny Golden, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1922, 26, 27 3rd; Ryder Cup 1927, 29 [3-0-0 record]; 9 x PGA Tour titles), dies of pneumonia at 39
  • 1943-02-02 Jack Burke Sr., American golfer (US open 1920 runner-up; Senior PGA C'ship 1941), dies at 54

Person of interestLeo Diegel

1951-05-05 Leo Diegel, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1928-29), dies of throat and lung cancer at 52

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • 1968-09-11 Tommy Armour, Scottish-American golfer (US Open 1927, PGA 1930, British Open 1931), dies at 71
  • 1971-08-27 Jim Turnesa, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1952; Ryder Cup 1953), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • 1972-12-03 Mike Brady, American golfer (US Open 1911, 19 runner-up; 9 PGA Tour titles), dies at 85

Person of interestDenny Shute

1974-05-13 Denny Shute, American golfer (British Open 1933, PGA C'ship 1936-37), dies at 69

Golfer Denny Shute
Golfer
Denny Shute
  • 1976-05-30 Vic Ghezzi, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1941), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1977-09-27 Jock Hutchison, Scottish golfer (PGA C'ship 1920, British Open 1921), dies at 93
  • 1979-03-03 Tom Creavy, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1931), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1983-05-05 Olin Dutra, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1932, US Open 1934), dies at 82
  • 1985-06-28 Jimmy Thomson, Scottish golfer (US Open 1935, PGA C'ship 1936 runner-up), dies at 76
  • 1986-06-13 Jim Ferrier, Australian golfer (PGA C'ship 1947), dies at 71
  • 1986-10-08 Walter Burkemo, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1953), dies at 67
  • 1989-01-24 George Knudson, Canadian golfer (8 PGA Tour titles; Masters 1969 runner-up), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • 1990-12-06 Bob Hamilton, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1944), dies at 74
  • 1991-03-03 Johnny Revolta, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1935; 18 PGA Tour titles), dies at 79
  • 1992-09-01 Chick Harbert, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1954, Ryder Cup 1949, 55), dies of a cerebral haemorrhage at 77
  • 1993-05-05 Dick Metz, American golfer (US Open 1938 runner-up; 10 PGA Tour titles), dies at 84
  • 1994-03-17 Ellsworth Vines, American tennis player (US Open 1931-32; Wimbledon 1932), golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), dies at 82
  • 1994-05-28 Julius Boros, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1968, US Open 1952, 63), dies of heart attack at 74
  • 1994-09-23 Jerry Barber, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1961), dies of mitral valve prolapse and stroke at 78
  • 1996-04-22 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American golfer, course designer (17 PGA Tour wins), dies of carbon monoxide poisoning at 87
  • 1996-07-06 Kathy Ahern, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1972), dies of breast cancer at 47
  • 1997-04-30 Henry Picard, American golfer (Masters 1938, PGA 1939), dies at 90
  • 1998-03-29 Dudley Wysong, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1966 runner-up), dies of an aneurysm at 58

Person of interestPayne Stewart

1999-10-25 Payne Stewart, American golfer (US Open 1991, 99; PGA 1989), dies in a plane crash at 42

  • 2002-03-17 Paul Runyan, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1934, 38; Ryder Cup 1933, 35), dies at 93

Person of interestSam Snead

2002-05-23 Sam Snead, American golfer ((7 PGA Tour major titles; US Masters 1949, 52, 54), dies of a stroke at 89

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 2004-01-01 Harold Henning, South African golfer (2 PGA Tour titles; 3 senior PGA titles; World Cup 1965), dies at 69
  • 2004-01-26 Fred Haas, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1953), dies at 88
  • 2004-11-08 Chandler Harper, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1950), dies of pneumonia at 90
  • 2005-12-15 Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), dies of heart failure at 90
  • 2006-07-30 Al Balding, Canadian golfer (first Canadian to win PGA Tour event in US, 4-time winner), dies of cancer at 82

Person of interestByron Nelson

2006-09-26 Byron Nelson, American golfer (winner 5 major titles; record 19 tournaments 1945), dies of a blood disorder at 94

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • 2007-01-02 Don Massengale, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1967 runner-up), dies of heart attack at 69
  • 2007-03-10 Buddy Allin, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), dies of cancer at 62
  • 2008-07-10 Mike Souchak, American golfer (15 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1959, 61), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 2011-04-18 Mason Rudolph, American golfer (Ryder Cup 1971; PGA C'ship 1973 3rd), dies at 76
  • 2011-09-27 Dave Hill, American golfer (13 PGA Tour titles), dies of emphysema at 74
  • 2013-06-11 Miller Barber, American golfer (11 PGA, 3 US Senior Open titles), dies from lymphoma at 82

Person of interestCharlie Sifford

2015-02-03 Charlie Sifford, American golfer (first African-American to join PGA Tour, 2 titles), dies of a stroke at 92

  • 2015-02-07 Billy Casper, American golfer (US Open 1959, 66; US Masters 1970), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • 2015-04-29 Calvin Peete, American golfer (12 PGA Tour titles), dies of lung cancer at 71
  • 2015-05-01 Pete Brown, American golfer (first African-American to win on PGA Tour, Waco 1964), dies at 80
  • 2017-03-02 Simon Hobday, South African golfer (US Senior Open 1994), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2017-03-19 Ken Still, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), dies of kidney failure at 82
  • 2018-06-19 Hubert Green, American golfer (US Open 1977, PGA 1985), dies of throat cancer at 71
  • 2018-06-26 Phil Rodgers, American golfer (5 PGA Tour wins), dies of leukemia at 80
  • 2018-07-28 Bruce Lietzke, American golfer (13 PGA Tour wins; US Senior Open 2003), dies of brain cancer at 67
  • 2019-02-15 Gene Littler, American golfer (1961 US Open, 29 PGA Tour titles), dies at 88