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Died in Hot Springs, Va., on May 23 due to complications of a stroke.
Golf Digest named him the third greatest golfer of all time, behind Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan.
A collaborative course design with Gene Sarazen, The Slammer and The Squire, opened near the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.
Was in a traffic accident in Waynesboro, Ga., on his way to the Masters Tournament Champions Dinner. Suffered a dislocated shoulder.
Became the Honorary Starter at the Masters, a role he occupied until his death. He was joined by Gene Sarazen (until 1999) and Byron Nelson (until 2001). Made eight Champions Tour starts, bettered his age eight times and matched it an additional four times. Top score was a 5-under 67 at the Citizens Union Senior Golf Classic and best finish was a T9 at the Suntree Classic, where he finished 70-69.
Saw a validation to an immensely successful career when he was a member of the first class inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame while still playing actively on the PGA TOUR. Left his position as head professional at The Greenbrier.
Top 10s came at the Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic (T4), Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open (T7) and the PGA Championship (T9), where he shot four consecutive rounds of 71. Oddly enough, the previous week, he shot rounds of 71-72-71-71 at the Westchester Classic. In one of his most dominating victories ever, he shot four rounds in the 60s at PGA National and finished 20-under at the PGA Seniors' Championship to take home his sixth title, this time by 15 strokes over Julius Boros. Inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
Had two top-10s, a T4 at the Westchester Classic, shooting a pair of 68s on the weekend. Was also T7 at the Walt Disney World Open Invitational.
Picked up T4s at the 500 Festival Open Invitational in Indianapolis and the Canadian Open.
His two top-10s came on back-to-back weekends and were both T10s–at the Greater Greensboro Open and the Masters Tournament.
Enjoyed top-10 finishes on back-to-back weekends, at the Doral Open (T5) and the Jacksonville Open (T6) Was also T6 at the PGA Championship and T4 at the Carling World Open.
In his six made cuts, he had a pair of top-five finishes–a T4 at the Doral Open and a third-place showing at the Greater Greensboro Open. Opened with a 64 at Greensboro to take the first-round lead and held a three-stroke lead at the halfway point. Stumbled to a third-round 74 but was still tied for second, three strokes behind Jack Nicklaus. Shot a Sunday 69 to finish third, a stroke out of the Julius Boros-Doug Sanders playoff that Boros won.
Contended at the Masters Tournament. Was tied for the first-round lead and eventually finished T3, two strokes behind Nicklaus. Other top 10s came at the Greater Greensboro Open (T7), Cleveland Open (T4), Western Open (T4) and Whitemarsh Open Invitational outside Philadelphia (T3).
Earned his 20th top 10 at the Greater Greensboro Open, with his third-place finish. Was also T10 at the Thunderbird Classic and T6 at The Open Championship at Royal Troon, his final top-10 in that championship.
Won twice (one official and one unofficial). He captured the Tournament of Champions, with four rounds in the 60s in May. Was the only player in the field with four sub-70 rounds and entered the final round with a five-stroke advantage, eventually winning by seven shots over Tommy Bolt. Was second to Arnold Palmer at the Western Open. Shot 67-66 on the weekend, but a second-round 74 at Blythefield CC in Belmont, Mich, derailed his chances. Added top 10s at the American Golf Classic (T5), the West Palm Beach Open (T6) and the Coral Gables Open (fifth).
Hung around the top of the leaderboard at the PGA Championship at Firestone CC before settling for a T3. Added top 10s at the Buick Open (T9) and St. Paul Open (T4).
Saw his streak of wins in consecutive seasons end at 11. Only played seven official events but still came close to winning, with a T3 at the Greater Greensboro Open. He also had top 10s at the Gleneagles-Chicago Open (T5) and the U.S. Open (T8). Picked up unofficial wins at the Sam Snead Festival and the 36-hole El Dorado Professional, where he was declared co-champion with Doug Ford. After not making the 1957 U.S. Ryder Cup team, again was part of the U.S. squad, serving for the second time as player-captain. Halved his foursomes match and defeated Dave Thomas in singles in the U.S.'s five-point win over Great Britain.
Had a stellar year, with a playoff victory at the Dallas Open Invitational, his second consecutive at the Texas tournament. Outdueled Julius Boros, Gary Player and John McMullen to win the overtime session. Just missed earning two other titles.
Other top fives included T3s at the U.S. Open, the Labatt Open, the Miami Beach Open and a solo third at the Masters.
Picked up another victory at the Palm Beach Round Robin, and was also T3 at the Greater Greensboro Open and T5 at the PGA Championship.
Was a five-time winner of official events and added unofficial victories in four other tournaments. Also had four second-place finishes.
Had one of the most dominating seasons in history, winning 11 times, the third-highest yearly total in TOUR history. Did not capture PGA Player of the Year honors, though, with that award going to Ben Hogan.
Won the Masters and the PGA Championship, the only time he won two of the existing four major championship titles in the same season. Also won the Greater Greensboro Open and the Masters Tournament in the same year for the only time in his career. Was named the PGA Player of the Year and earned the Vardon Trophy for low stroke average for the first time. Besides his U.S. Open close call, he also had runner-up finishes at the All American Open and the Texas Open. Led the money list for the first time since 1938.
Won six times, with his only Open Championship triumph the highlight.
Playing in his first full season since his discharge from the Navy, he enjoyed a multi-win season, with three victories before March. Added three more along the way. Besides his second-place showing in Charlotte, also had 16 other top-10 finishes.
Returned from active-duty service in the U.S. Navy after 26 months to play a limited schedule in November and December.
Missed the entire season while serving in the U.S. Navy.
With the advent of the U.S. involvement in World War II, he enlisted in the Navy. He postponed his induction until after that year's PGA Championship.
Had one of the most-dominating seasons up to that point in history, winning eight times and finishing second at an additional six tournaments.