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

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

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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

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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 1st amateur winner since 1969 by winning the Canadian Women's Open by 3 strokes from Inbee Park

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
  • 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 620

  • 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, Scotland (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, Scotland (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, Scotland (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
  • 1985-09-09 Rod Funseth, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1978), dies from cancer at 52 [1]
  • 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
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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


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