Famous Golfers in 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1930-04-01 American golfer Bobby Jones starts his Grand Slam season by winning the Southeastern Open by 13 strokes over Horton Smith at the Forest Hills-Ricker Golf Course in Atlanta, Georgia

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • 1930-12-16 Golfer Bobby Jones is the first to win the James E. Sullivan Award (best US amateur athlete)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1932-07-02 American golfer Walter Hagen wins his 5th and last Western Open in Cleveland, 16 years after he won his first

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen

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
  • 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
  • 1948-02-29 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
  • 1949-10-05 Sportswriter Robert Ruark first reports golfing great Bobby Jones's rare spinal disease (syringomyelia) which prevent him from playing any form of golf again

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1953-03-01 American golfer Babe Zaharias wins a controversial Sarasota Women's Open by 7 strokes as playing partner Louise Suggs refuses to sign the scorecard after Zaharias given a beneficial ruling

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1955-05-01 American golfer Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins the Peach Blossom LPGA Tournament in Spartanburg, South Carolina, her final victory before her death the following year

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962-01-08 21 year old future Hall of Fame golfer Jack Nicklaus makes his first professional appearance; tied 50th in Los Angeles Open

  • 1973-07-01 Australian Bruce Crampton becomes the 5th golfer (but first non-American) to win more than $1m when 4th in the Western Open

  • 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
  • 1974-03-31 American golfer Lee Trevino goes bogey-free for the full 4 rounds as he wins the Greater New Orleans Open by 8 strokes from Bobby Cole and Ben Crenshaw
  • 1977-05-01 American golfer Debbie Austin wins the Birmingham Classic, the first of 5 LPGA Tour victories in a 4-month span
  • 1977-05-01 American golfer Gene Littler wins the Houston Open, his 29th and final PGA title
  • 1977-05-29 Australian Sue Prell first female golfer to hit consecutive holes-in one; 13th and 14th holes at Chatswood Golf Club, Sydney
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981-01-03 American golfer Johnny Miller wins the sport's first $1 million tournament when he beats Seve Ballesteros of Spain in a playoff in the inaugural Million Dollar World Challenge at Sun City, South Africa

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • 1992-04-09 Record 18 golfers shoot in 60s in Masters round 1 (old record 12)
  • 2001-05-18 101-year-old Harold Stilson becomes oldest golfer to record a hole-in-one when he aces the 108-yard, par-3, 16th hole at Deerfield CC, FL
  • 2001-05-29 U.S. Supreme Court rules that disabled golfer Casey Martin can use a cart to ride in tournaments

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013-03-25 Golfer Tiger Woods returns to his world number one ranking

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2014-12-17 103-year-old Gus Andreone records the 8th ace of his career on the 113-yard, 14th hole of the Lakes Course, Palm Aire, Sarasota, FL; oldest golfer to record a hole-in-one
  • 2015-01-31 17 year old Lydia Ko of New Zealand becomes the youngest golfer in men's or women's golf history to be ranked No. 1 in the world
  • 2016-08-20 South Korean golfer Inbee Park wins the inaugural Olympic women's individual gold with a final score of 16 under par in Rio de Janeiro; Lydia Ko (New Zealand) 11 under par; Shanshan Feng (China) 10 under par
  • 2017-07-22 South African golfer Branden Grace records lowest round for a men's major championship - 62 in 3rd round at British Open, Royal Birkdale, England
  • 2017-11-07 South Korean golfer Park Sung-hyun becomes the first LPGA rookie to be ranked no. 1
  • 2018-07-08 South Korean golfer Sei Young Ki breaks LPGA 72-hole scoring record with 31 under-par 257, also first to better -30, in winning Thornberry Creek Classic

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

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 609

  • 1821-06-16 Old Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (British Open 1861-62, 64, 67), born in St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland (d. 1908)
  • 1833-06-30 Willie Park Sr., Scottish golfer (British Open 1860, 63, 66, 75), born in Wallyford, East Lothian (d. 1903)
  • 1836-10-22 Mungo Park, Scottish golfer (British Open 1874), born in Inveresk, East Lothian (d. 1904)
  • 1837-03-01 Andrew Strath, Scottish golfer (British Open 1865), born in St. Andrews, Fife (d. 1868)
  • 1842-06-27 Jamie Anderson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1877-79), born in St. Andrews, Fife (d. 1905)
  • 1851-04-20 Young Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (British Open 1868-70, 72), born in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland (d. 1875)
  • 1855-05-07 Willie Fernie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1883), born in St. Andrews, Fife (d. 1924)
  • 1859-12-29 Jack Simpson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1884), born in Earlsferry, Fife (d. 1895)
  • 1862-01-10 Walter Travis, Australian-American golfer, writer, course designer (US Amateur C'ship 1900-01, 03; British Amateur 1904), born in Maldon, Australia (d. 1927)
  • 1870-02-06 James Braid, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1901, 05-06, 08, 10), born in Earlsferry, Fife (d. 1950)
  • 1870-05-09 Harry Vardon, Jersey golfer (6-time British Open champion, US Open 1900), born in Grouville, Jersey (d. 1937)
  • 1871-08-22 James Foulis, Scottish golfer (US Open 1896), born in St. Andrews, Scotland (d. 1928)
  • 1872-08-07 William Auchterlonie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1893), born in St. Andrews, Scotland (d. 1963)
  • 1873-11-26 Fred Herd, Scottish golfer (US Open 1898), born in St. Andrews, Scotland (d. 1954)
  • 1874-01-28 Alex Smith, Scottish-American golfer (US Open 1906, 10), born in Carnoustie, Scotland (d. 1930)
  • 1874-08-05 Horace Rawlins, English golfer (US Open 1895), born in Shanklin, Isle of Wight (d. 1935)
  • 1876-10-08 Willie Smith, Scottish golfer (US Open 1899), born in Dundee, Scotland (d. 1916)
  • 1877-04-06 Ted Ray, British golfer (British Open 1912, US Open 1920), born in Jersey (d. 1943)
  • 1878-06-15 Margaret Abbott, American golfer (1st American woman to win Olympic event, golf 1900), born in Calcutta, India (d. 1955)
  • 1879-09-15 Alec Ross, Scottish golfer (US Open 1907), born in Dornoch, Scotland (d. 1952)
  • 1879-10-21 Willie Anderson, Scottish golfer (US Open 1901, 1903-05), born in North Berwick, Scotland (d. 1910)
  • 1882-04-25 Fred McLeod, Scottish golfer (US Open 1908), born in North Berwick, Scotland (d. 1976)
  • 1882-08-02 George Sargent, English golfer (US Open 1909), born in Dorking, Surrey (d. 1962)
  • 1883-09-16 George Duncan, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1920), born in Methlick, Scotland (d. 1964)
  • 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)
  • 1889-06-29 Willie Macfarlane, Scottish golfer (US Open 1925), born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 1961)
  • 1890-07-18 Chick Evans, American golfer (US Open 1916), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1979)
  • 1891-08-12 John McDermott, American golfer (US Open 1911, 12), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1971)
  • 1892-09-18 Cyril Walker, English golfer (US Open 1924), born in Manchester, England (d. 1948)

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
  • 1893-05-08 Francis Ouimet, American golfer (US Open 1913, US Amateur 1914, 31), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 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)
  • 1897-05-19 Jerome Travers, American golfer (US Open 1915), born in NYC, NY (d. 1951)
  • 1899-02-01 Al Watrous, American golfer (British Open 1926 runner-up), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1983)

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)
  • 1901-04-01 Johnny Farrell, American golfer (US Open 1928), born in White Plains, NY (d. 1988)
  • 1901-11-17 Joyce Wethered, British golfer (English Ladies' champion 1920–24), born in London, England (d. 1997)
  • 1901-11-18 Craig Wood, American golfer (US Masters, US Open 1941), born in Lake Placid, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1902-02-27 Gene Sarazen, American golfer (7 major titles including major slam), born in Harrison, New York (d. 1999)

Person of interestBobby Jones

1902-03-17 Bobby Jones Jr., American golfer, course designer (13 major titles, Grand Slam 1930), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1971)

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • 1902-12-14 Billy Burke, American golfer (US Open 1931), born in Naugatuck, Connecticut (d. 1972)
  • 1903-06-20 Glenna Collett-Vare, American golfer (6-time US Amateur champion), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • 1904-10-23 Harvey Penick, American golfer, coach, author (World Golf Hall of Fame), born in Austin, Texas (d. 1995)

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
  • 1904-12-14 Jack Westland, American politician (US House of Representatives 1953-65) and golfer (US Amateur C'ship 1952), born in Everett, Washington (d. 1982)
  • 1905-04-04 Tony Manero, American golfer (US Open 1936), born in NYC, NY (d. 1989)
  • 1906-11-28 Henry Picard, American golfer (Masters 1938, PGA 1939), born in Plymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • 1907-01-28 Henry Cotton, English golfer (British Open 1934, 1937, 1948), born in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire (d. 1987)
  • 1908-05-22 Horton Smith. American golfer (US Masters 1934, 36), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 1963)
  • 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)
  • 1909-06-23 Sam Parks Jr., American golfer (US Open 1935), born in Bellevue, Pennsylvania (d. 1997)
  • 1909-12-28 Johnny Goodman, American golfer (US Open 1933), born in South Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1970)
  • 1910-05-24 Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (US Masters 1940, 47, 50), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1983)
  • 1910-06-23 Lawson Little, American golfer (US Open 1940), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1968)
  • 1910-10-02 William C. Fownes Jr, American golfer and administrator (US Amateur C'ship 1910; President US Golf Ass'n 1926-27), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1950)
  • 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)
  • 1911-02-11 Helen Hicks, American golfer (Western Open 1937, Titleholders Championship 1940), born in Cedarhurst, NY (d. 1974)
  • 1911-03-23 Dick Chapman, American golfer (1940 US amateur, 1951 British amateur), born in Greenwich, Connecticut (d. 1978)
  • 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)
  • 1911-11-22 Ralph Guldahl, American golfer (US Masters 1939, US Open 1937-38), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1987)

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)
  • 1913-03-31 Dai Rees, Scottish golfer (British Open runner-up 1953-54, 61), born in Fontegary, Glamorgan (d. 1983)
  • 1913-05-01 Marvin 'Bud' Ward, American golfer (1939, 1941 US Amateur), born in Elma, Washington (d. 1968)
  • 1914-02-14 Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer, coach, broadcaster (British Open 1948 3rd), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 2007)
  • 1914-03-10 Chandler Harper, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1950), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2004)
  • 1914-10-07 Herman Keiser, American golfer (US Masters 1946), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 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)
  • 1915-11-15 Bea Barrett, American golfer (Western Open 1938), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 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)
  • 1916-03-31 Tommy Bolt, American golfer (US Open 1958), born in Haworth, Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • 1916-04-25 Jerry Barber, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1961), born in Woodson, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • 1916-07-14 Claude Harmon, American golfer (US Masters 1948), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1989)
  • 1917-03-24 Ed Furgol, American golfer (US Open 1954), born in New York Mills, NY (d. 1997)
  • 1917-10-05 Lew Worsham, American golfer (US Open 1947; Ryder Cup 1947), born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • 1917-11-20 Bobby Locke, South African golfer (British Open 1949-50, 52, 57), born in Germiston, South Africa (d. 1987)
  • 1918-02-13 Patty Berg, American golfer (15 major titles, US Open 1946), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d.2006)
  • 1918-09-07 Carolyn Cudone, American golfer (US Senior Women's Amateur 1968-72; most consecutive wins in any USGA championship), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1918-10-09 Walter Burkemo, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1953), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1986)
  • 1919-05-09 Betty Jameson, American golfer (US Open 1947, Western Open 1942, 54), born in Norman, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • 1920-03-03 Julius Boros, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1968, US Open 1952, 63), born in Fairfield, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • 1920-11-16 Betty Hicks, American golfer, author (US Open runner-up 1948, 54), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2011)
  • 1920-12-21 Kel Nagle, Australian golfer (British Open 1960), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 2015)
  • 1921-01-06 Cary Middlecoff, American golfer (US Open 1949, 56; US Masters 1955), born in Halls, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • 1921-10-28 Peggy Kirk, American golfer, (Titleholders Championship 1949), born in Findlay, Ohio (d. 2016)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

1986-01-03 British 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

  • 1868-02-23 Andrew Strath, Scottish golfer (British Open 1865), dies at 30
  • 1875-12-25 Young Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (British Open 1868-70, 72), dies of pulmonary haemorrhage at 24
  • 1895-07-09 Jack Simpson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1884), dies of typhoid fever at 35
  • 1903-07-25 Willie Park Sr., Scottish golfer (British Open 1860, 63, 66, 75), dies at 70
  • 1904-06-19 Mungo Park, Scottish golfer (British Open 1874), dies of pernicious anemia at 67
  • 1905-08-16 Jamie Anderson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1877-79), dies at 63
  • 1908-05-24 Old Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (British Open 1861-62, 64, 67), dies as result of a fall at 86
  • 1910-10-25 Willie Anderson, Scottish golfer (US Open 1901, 1903-05), dies of epilepsy at 31
  • 1915-05-19 Bob Ferguson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1880-82), dies at 69
  • 1916-12-26 Willie Smith, Scottish golfer (US Open 1899), dies of pneumonia at 40
  • 1924-06-24 Willie Fernie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1883), dies at 69
  • 1927-07-31 Walter Travis, Australian-American golfer, writer, course designer (US Amateur C'ship 1900-01, 03; British Amateur 1904), dies at 65
  • 1928-03-03 James Foulis, Scottish golfer (US Open 1896), dies at 56
  • 1930-04-21 Alex Smith, Scottish-American golfer (US Open 1906, 10), dies at 56
  • 1935-01-22 Horace Rawlins, English golfer (US Open 1895), dies at 60
  • 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
  • 1937-03-20 Harry Vardon, Jersey golfer (6 time British Open champion, US Open 1900), dies of lung cancer at 66
  • 1943-02-02 Jack Burke Sr., American golfer (US open 1920 runner-up; Senior PGA C'ship 1941), dies at 54
  • 1943-08-26 Ted Ray, British golfer (British Open 1912, US Open 1920), dies at 66
  • 1948-08-06 Cyril Walker, English golfer (US Open 1924), dies of pleural pneumonia at 55
  • 1950-07-04 William C. Fownes Jr, American golfer and administrator (US Amateur C'ship 1910; President US Golf Ass'n 1926-27), dies at 72
  • 1950-11-27 James Braid, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1901, 05-06, 08, 10), dies at 80
  • 1951-03-29 Jerome Travers, American golfer (US Open 1915), dies at 63

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
  • 1952-06-25 Alec Ross, Scottish golfer (US Open 1907), dies at 72
  • 1954-03-14 Fred Herd, Scottish golfer (US Open 1898), dies at 80
  • 1955-06-10 Margaret Abbott, American golfer (1st American woman to win Olympic event, golf 1900), dies at 76
  • 1961-08-15 Willie Macfarlane, Scottish golfer (US Open 1925), dies at 72
  • 1962-06-18 George Sargent, English golfer (US Open 1909), dies at 79
  • 1963-02-27 William Auchterlonie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1893), dies at 90
  • 1963-10-15 Horton Smith. American golfer (US Masters 1934, 36), dies of Hodgkin's disease at 55
  • 1964-01-15 George Duncan, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1920), dies at 80
  • 1966-07-24 Tony Lema, American golfer (British Open 1964), dies in a plane crash at 32
  • 1967-09-02 Francis Ouimet, American golfer (US Open 1913, US Amateur 1914, 31), dies at 74
  • 1968-01-02 Marvin 'Bud' Ward, American golfer (US Amateur 1939, 41), dies of cancer at 54
  • 1968-02-01 Lawson Little, American golfer (US Open 1940), dies at 57
  • 1968-05-07 Craig Wood, American golfer (US Masters, US Open 1941), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1968-09-11 Tommy Armour, Scottish-American golfer (US Open 1927, PGA 1930, British Open 1931), dies at 71

Person of interestWalter Hagen

1969-10-06 Walter Hagen, American golfer (11 major titles, US Open 1914, 19), dies of throat cancer at 76

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1970-08-08 Johnny Goodman, American golfer (US Open 1933), dies at 60
  • 1971-08-01 John McDermott, American golfer (US Open 1911-12), dies of mental illness at 79
  • 1971-08-27 Jim Turnesa, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1952; Ryder Cup 1953), dies of lung cancer at 58

Person of interestBobby Jones

1971-12-18 Bobby Jones Jr., American golfer, course designer (13 major titles, Grand Slam 1930), dies of syringomyelia at 69

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • 1972-04-19 Billy Burke, American golfer (US Open 1931), dies at 69
  • 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
  • 1974-12-16 Helen Hicks, American golfer (Western Open 1937, Titleholders Championship 1940), dies of throat cancer at 63
  • 1976-05-08 Fred McLeod, Scottish golfer (US Open 1908), dies at 94
  • 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
  • 1978-11-15 Dick Chapman, American golfer (1940 US amateur, 1951 British amateur), dies of a stroke at 67
  • 1979-03-03 Tom Creavy, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1931), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1979-11-06 Chick Evans, American golfer (US Open 1916), dies at 89
  • 1982-11-03 Jack Westland, American politician (US House of Representatives 1953-65) and golfer (US Amateur C'ship 1952), dies at 77
  • 1983-05-05 Olin Dutra, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1932, US Open 1934), dies at 82
  • 1983-11-15 Dai Rees, Scottish golfer (British Open runner-up 1953-54, 61), dies of car accident injuries at 70
  • 1983-12-03 Al Watrous, American golfer (British Open 1926 runner-up), dies at 84
  • 1983-12-28 Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (US Masters 1940, 47, 50), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • 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
  • 1987-03-09 Bobby Locke, South African golfer (British Open 1949-50, 52, 57), dies of meningitis at 69
  • 1987-06-11 Ralph Guldahl, American golfer (US Masters 1939, US Open 1937-38), dies at 75
  • 1987-12-22 Henry Cotton, English golfer (British Open 1934, 1937, 1948), dies at 80
  • 1988-06-14 Johnny Farrell, American golfer (US Open 1928), dies of a stroke at 87
  • 1989-01-24 George Knudson, Canadian golfer (8 PGA Tour titles; Masters 1969 runner-up), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • 1989-02-03 Glenna Collett-Vare, American golfer (6-time US Amateur champion), dies at 85
  • 1989-06-02 Dick Mayer, American golfer (US Open 1957), dies from alcoholism complications at 64
  • 1989-07-23 Claude Harmon, American golfer (US Masters 1948), dies of heart failure at 73
  • 1989-10-22 Tony Manero, American golfer (US Open 1936), dies at 84
  • 1990-10-19 Lew Worsham, American golfer (US Open 1947; Ryder Cup 1947), dies at 73
  • 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
  • 1995-04-02 Harvey Penick, American golfer, coach, author (World Golf Hall of Fame), dies of degenerative arthritis at 90
  • 1995-12-23 Gabrielle Keiller, Scottish art collector, golfer, archaeological photographer, dies at 87
  • 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
  • 1997-03-06 Ed Furgol, American golfer (US Open 1954), dies at 79
  • 1997-04-07 Sam Parks Jr., American golfer (US Open 1935), dies at 87
  • 1997-04-30 Henry Picard, American golfer (Masters 1938, PGA 1939), dies at 90
  • 1997-05-25 Jay Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1960), dies at 74

Person of interestBen Hogan

1997-07-25 Ben Hogan, American golfer (9-time major title winner; US masters 1951, 53), dies of a stroke at 84

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 1997-10-05 Dave Marr, golfer/sportscaster, (PGA Championship 1965), dies of stomach cancer at 63
  • 1997-11-18 Joyce Wethered, British golfer (English Ladies' champion 1920–24), dies at 96
  • 1998-01-21 Larry Gilbert, American golfer (Senior Players Championship 1997), dies of lung cancer at 55
  • 1998-03-29 Dudley Wysong, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1966 runner-up), dies of an aneurysm at 58
  • 1998-09-01 Cary Middlecoff, American golfer (US Open 1949, 56; US Masters 1955), dies at 77
  • 1999-05-13 Gene Sarazen, American golfer (7 major titles including major slam), dies of pneumonia at 97

Person of interestPayne Stewart

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

  • 2000-12-30 Lionel Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1957), dies at 72
  • 2001-10-31 Art Wall Jr, American golfer (Masters 1959), dies of respiratory failure at 77
  • 2002-03-06 Alice Bauer, American golfer (co-founder LPGA), dies of colon cancer at 74
  • 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
  • 2002-08-26 Bea Barrett, American golfer (Western Open 1938), dies at 85