The excitement of the PGA tour is unprecedented in the world of golf. Watching talented and immensely dedicated players putting their skills and concentration to the test, to see who ultimately rises to the top, is a national pastime.
So, just for your entertainment, we’ve gathered a few fun facts about the PGA Tour that you might not know.
Are you ready? Here goes!
1. In 1934, the name “The Masters Tournament” was voted down, because Bobby Jones thought the term sounded arrogant. So, instead, it was called the Augustus National Invitational Tournament. However, in 1939, it eventually came full circle and became known as “The Masters".
2. Iconic player Phil Mickelson, also called “Lefty” is greatly admired on the PGA tour. He began practicing golf at the young age of 18 months. Although Mickelson plays left handed, he is actually right handed. He developed his unusual swing as a child watching his left handed father play.
3. The PGA Championship was canceled from 1917-1918 during WW1, and it was canceled again in 1943, due to WW2.
Between 1943 and 1945, to support the war effort and to keep Augusta National’s land useful during the hiatus, turkey and cattle were raised on the pristine property.
4. Jack Nicklaus, also known as “The Golden Bear” has won the PGA championship five times — tied with Walter Hagen. Nicklaus, now, organizes the “Memorial Tournament” to honor iconic golfers of the present and past. Many fans consider Nicklaus to be the greatest golfer of all time.
5. Bobby Jones, who co-founded the Nationals Tournament and helped design the Augusta National Golf Club was not only a world renowned golfer, he was also a Harvard grad and prestigious lawyer.
6. Golfer Sam Sneade, often called “Slammin’ Sam,” won an LPGA tournament in 1962. Yes, we said LPGA. And it was a historic moment. The event took place in Palm Beach, Florida, where Sneed played, and won, against 14 golfers.
7. The youngest winner of the PGA Championship was Gene Sarazen who was only 20 years and 5 months at the time of his victory.
In 1935, Sarazen shot a Double Eagle in what’s famously known as “The shot heard around the world.”
Sarazen was actually told to hurry up by Walter Hagen — who didn’t want to be late for a dinner date— when he hit an astonishing Double Eagle.
The iconic Sarazen bridge, now, crosses a pond at the 15th green as a permanent shout-out to his immortal place in golf history.
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