Famous Golfers in History (Part 2)

Events in Sport


Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 613

  • 1921-11-07 Jack Fleck, American golfer (US Open 1955), born in Bettendorf, Iowa (d. 2014)
  • 1921-12-13 Jackie Pung, American golfer (5 LPGA titles), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2017)
  • 1922-04-19 Billy Joe Patton, American golfer (Masters 1954 3rd; Walker Cup captain 1969), born in Morganton, North Carolina (d. 2011)

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)

  • 1922-08-06 Doug Ford, American golfer (PGA Championship 1955, US Masters 1957), born in West Haven, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 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)
  • 1923-04-14 Roberto De Vicenzo, Argentine golfer (British Open 1967; US Masters 1968 runner-up),, born in Villa Ballester, Argentina (d. 2017)
  • 1923-05-21 Bettye Danoff, American golfer (co- founder LPGA Tour), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1923-09-03 Fred Hawkins, American golfer (US Masters 1958 runner-up), born in Antioch, Illinois (d. 2014)

Person of interestLouise Suggs

1923-09-07 Louise Suggs, American golfer, co-founder LPGA (11 major titles, US Open 1949, 52), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2015)

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1923-11-25 Art Wall Jr, American golfer (Masters 1959), born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 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)
  • 1924-08-28 Dick Mayer, American golfer (US Open 1957), born in Stamford, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • 1924-12-05 Beverly Hanson, American golfer (3 LPGA major titles), born in Fargo, North Dakota (d. 2014)
  • 1926-09-01 Pat O'Sullivan, American golfer (Titleholders Championship 1951), born in Orange, Connecticut
  • 1926-09-18 Bob Toski, American golfer, instructor (PGA Tour leading money winner 1954), born in Haydenville, Massachusetts
  • 1926-10-21 Bob Rosburg, American golfer, analyst (PGA Championship 1959), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2009)
  • 1927-05-10 Mike Souchak, American golfer (15 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1959, 61), born in Berwick, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1927-05-14 Shirley Spork, American golfer, co-founder LPGA (Women's PGA C'ship runner-up 1962), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1927-10-06 Alice Bauer, American golfer (co-founder LPGA), born in Eureka, South Dakota (d. 2002)
  • 1928-01-20 Lionel Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1957), born in Lafayette, Louisiana (d. 2000)

Person of interestBetsy Rawls

1928-05-04 Betsy Rawls, American golfer (US Women's Open: 1951, 53, 57, 60), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1929-03-14 Bob Goalby, American golfer (US Masters 1968), born in Belleville, Illinois
  • 1929-04-13 Marilynn Smith, American golfer (Titleholders Championship 1963-64), born in Topeka, Kansas (d. 2019)
  • 1929-07-10 Moe Norman, Canadian golfer (Canadian Golf Hall of Fame), born in Kitchener, Ontario (d. 2004)
  • 1929-08-23 Peter Thomson, Australian golfer (British Open 1954-56, 58, 65), born in Brunswick, Victoria (d. 2018)
  • 1929-09-06 Dow Finsterwald, American golfer (PGA Championship 1958), born in Athens, Ohio

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)
  • 1931-05-15 Ken Venturi, American golfer, broadcaster (US Open 1964), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2013)
  • 1931-06-24 Billy Casper, American golfer (US Open 1959, 66; US Masters 1970), born in San Diego, California (d. 2015)
  • 1931-08-27 Sven Tumba, Swedish ice hockey center, football winger, golfer, course designer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2011)
  • 1932-03-19 Gay Brewer, American golfer (US Masters 1967), born in Middletown, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1932-10-27 Kathy Cornelius, American golfer (US Open 1956), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1932-11-16 Barbara Romack, American golfer (US Curtis Cup team 1954, 56, 58), born in Sacramento, CA (d. 2016)
  • 1933-02-09 Jo Ann Prentice, American golfer (6 LPGA titles, US Open runner-up 1962), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1933-04-03 Rod Funseth, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1978), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1985)
  • 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)
  • 1933-12-27 Dave Marr, golfer, broadcaster, (PGA Championship 1965), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1934-02-16 Marlene Bauer Hagge, American golfer, co-founder LPGA (Woman's PGA C'ship 1956) born in Eureka, South Dakota
  • 1934-02-25 Tony Lema, American golfer (British Open 1964), born in Oakland, California (d. 1966)
  • 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)
  • 1934-10-24 Margie Masters, Australian golfer (Western Open runner-up 1966), born in Swan Hill, Victoria
  • 1934-12-28 Peggy Wilson, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1969), born in Lauderdale, Mississippi
  • 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
  • 1935-02-14 Mickey Wright, American golfer (13 major titles; 82 LPGA Tour wins), born in San Diego, California (d. 2020)
  • 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
  • 1936-11-12 Ruth Jessen, American golfer (11 LPGA Tour wins, 3-time major runner-up), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2007)
  • 1937-02-22 Tommy Aaron, American golfer (US Masters 1973), born in Gainesville, Georgia
  • 1937-04-03 Sandra Spuzich, American golfer (US Open 1966), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2015)
  • 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
  • 1939-01-20 Murle Breer, American golfer (US Women's Open 1962), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1939-01-27 Mike Hill, American golfer (3 PGA; PGA 18 Senior titles), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • 1939-04-04 JoAnne Carner, American golfer (US Women's Open 1971, 76), born in Kirkland, Washington
  • 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

Person of interestKathy Whitworth

1939-09-27 Kathy Whitworth, American golfer (7-time LPGA Player of Year, 6 major titles, record 88 LPGA Tour wins), born in Monahans, Texas

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 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

  • 1940-06-18 Jim Albus, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 1991), born in Staton Island, NY
  • 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
  • 1941-02-03 Carol Mann, American golfer (1964 Western Open, 1965 US Open), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2018)
  • 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
  • 1941-07-22 Susie Berning, American golfer (US Women's Open 1968, 72-73, Western Open 1965), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1941-08-23 Gloria Ehret, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1966), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Weddings in Sport


Divorces in Sport


Deaths in Sport

  • 2003-12-24 Herman Keiser, American golfer (US Masters 1946), dies of Alzheimer's disease complications at 89
  • 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
  • 2004-09-04 Moe Norman, Canadian golfer (Canadian Golf Hall of Fame), dies from congestive heart failure at 75
  • 2004-11-08 Chandler Harper, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1950), dies of pneumonia at 90
  • 2005-09-25 George Archer, American golfer (US Masters 1969), dies of Burkitt's lymphoma at 65
  • 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
  • 2006-09-10 Patty Berg, American golfer (15 major titles, US Open 1946), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 88

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
  • 2007-05-20 Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer, coach, broadcaster (British Open 1948 3rd), dies at 93
  • 2007-08-31 Gay Brewer, American golfer (US Masters 1967), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • 2007-09-21 Ruth Jessen, American golfer (11 LPGA Tour wins, 3-time major runner-up), dies of lung cancer at 70
  • 2008-07-10 Mike Souchak, American golfer (15 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1959, 61), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 2008-08-08 Orville Moody, American golfer (US Open 1969), dies of multiple myeloma at 74
  • 2008-08-30 Tommy Bolt, American golfer (US Open 1958), dies at 92
  • 2009-02-07 Betty Jameson, American golfer (US Open 1947, Western Open 1942, 54), dies at 89
  • 2009-03-01 Carolyn Cudone, American golfer (US Senior Women's Amateur 1968-72; most consecutive wins in any USGA championship), dies at 90
  • 2009-05-14 Bob Rosburg, American golfer, broadcaster (PGA Championship 1959), dies of head injuries from a fall at 82
  • 2011-01-01 Billy Joe Patton, American golfer (Masters 1954 3rd; Walker Cup captain 1969), dies at 88
  • 2011-02-20 Betty Hicks, American golfer, author (US Open runner-up 1948, 54), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 90
  • 2011-04-18 Mason Rudolph, American golfer (Ryder Cup 1971; PGA C'ship 1973 3rd), dies at 76

Person of interestSeve Ballesteros

2011-05-07 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88, US Masters 1980, 83), dies of brain cancer at 54

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • 2011-09-27 Dave Hill, American golfer (13 PGA Tour titles), dies of emphysema at 74
  • 2011-10-01 Sven Tumba, Swedish ice hockey center, football winger, golfer, golf course designer, dies of a hip infection at 80
  • 2011-12-22 Bettye Danoff, American golfer (co-founder LPGA Tour), dies at 88
  • 2012-07-20 Dorothy Germain Porter, American golfer (US Curtis Cup winning captain 1966), dies at 88
  • 2012-12-11 Colleen Walker, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1997), dies of cancer at 56
  • 2013-05-17 Ken Venturi, American golfer, broadcaster (US Open 1964), dies from multiple infections at 82
  • 2013-06-11 Miller Barber, American golfer (11 PGA, 3 US Senior Open titles), dies from lymphoma at 82
  • 2014-03-21 Jack Fleck, American golfer (US Open 1955), dies at 92
  • 2014-04-12 Beverly Hanson, American golfer (3 LPGA major titles), dies of Alzheimer's & COPD at 89
  • 2014-12-06 Fred Hawkins, American golfer (US Masters 1958 runner-up), dies at 91
  • 2015-01-29 Kel Nagle, Australian golfer (British Open 1960), dies at 94

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

Person of interestLouise Suggs

2015-08-06 Louise Suggs, American golfer, co-founder of LPGA (11 major titles, US Open 1949, 52), dies of natural causes at 91

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 2015-10-06 Sandra Spuzich, American golfer (US Open 1966), dies of leukemia at 78

Person of interestArnold Palmer

2016-09-25 Arnold Palmer, American golfer (7 major titles; US Masters 1958, 60, 62, 64), dies of heart failure at 87

  • 2016-10-15 Barbara Romack, American golfer (US Curtis Cup team 1954, 56, 58), dies at 83
  • 2016-11-12 Dawn Coe-Jones, Canadian golfer (3 LPGA wins), dies of cancer at 56
  • 2016-11-23 Peggy Kirk, American golfer, (Titleholders Championship 1949), dies at 95
  • 2017-03-02 Simon Hobday, South African golfer (US Senior Open 1994), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2017-03-15 Jackie Pung, American golfer (5 LPGA titles), dies at 95
  • 2017-03-19 Ken Still, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), dies of kidney failure at 82
  • 2017-06-01 Roberto De Vicenzo, Argentine golfer (British Open 1967; US Masters 1968 runner-up), dies at 94
  • 2018-03-20 Bobby Mitchell, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1972), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 2018-05-14 Doug Ford, American golfer (PGA Championship 1955, US Masters 1957), dies at 95
  • 2018-05-20 Carol Mann, American golfer (1964 Western Open, 1965 US Open), dies at 77
  • 2018-06-19 Hubert Green, American golfer (US Open 1977, PGA 1985), dies of throat cancer at 71
  • 2018-06-20 Peter Thomson, Australian golfer and 5-time Open Championship winner, dies of Parkinson's disease at 88
  • 2018-06-26 Phil Rodgers, American golfer (5 PGA Tour wins), dies of leukemia at 80
  • 2018-07-28 Ian Stanley, Australian golfer (British Senior Open 2001), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2018-07-28 Bruce Lietzke, American golfer (13 PGA Tour wins; US Senior Open 2003), dies of brain cancer at 67
  • 2018-10-15 Shelley Hamlin, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1973), dies of breast cancer at 69
  • 2019-02-15 Gene Littler, American golfer (1961 US Open, 29 PGA Tour titles), dies at 88
  • 2019-04-09 Marilynn Smith, American golfer, co-founder LPGA (Titleholders Championship 1963-64), dies at 89
  • 2019-06-24 Rod Funseth, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1978), dies from cancer at 52
  • 2019-07-31 Gordon Brand Jnr., Scottish golfer (8 x European Tour wins; Ryder Cup 1987, 89), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 2019-09-09 Brian Barnes, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1969-79), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2019-12-06 Jo Ann Washam, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1975 3rd; 3 LPGA Tour titles), dies at 69
  • 2020-02-17 Mickey Wright, American golfer (13 major titles; 82 LPGA Tour wins), dies from a heart attack at 85
  • 2020-03-26 John O'Leary, Irish golfer (Irish Open 1982; Ryder Cup 1975; director European Tour 1985-2019), dies at 70
  • 2020-04-12 Doug Sanders, American golfer (4 x runner-up in major C'ships; 20 PGA Tour titles), dies at 86
  • 2020-08-11 Gordon J. Brand, English golfer (British Open 1986 runner-up), dies at 65