Name:Craig Ralph Wood
Also known as:Blond Bomber
Lived:[1901-1968]. Born on Nov 18, 1901 in Lake Placid, New York. Died on May 7, 1968 in Palm Beach, Florida (aged 66).
Original/Home Club:Lake Placid G&CC
Occupation:Club pro and professional golfer.
Played as the Canadian Open (Aug 6-8). Second-placed Mike Turnesa (USA) finished 4 shots behind Craig Wood (USA). [Mississaugua G&CC, Mississauga, Ont.].
The Masters Tournament (8th) (April 3-6). Second-placed Byron Nelson (USA) finished 3 shots behind first-time major championship winner Wood (USA). Later that year Wood also won the US Open. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
The US Open (45th) (June 5-7). Second-placed Denny Shute (USA) finished 3 shots behind Wood (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
Played as the Metropolitan Open (May 24-26; last year recognised as a PGA Tour event; next played in 1949). Second-placed Ben Hogan (USA) finished 11 shots behind Craig Wood (USA), who shattered all previous records with his new low score for a "major" 72-hole tournament. [Forest Hill Field Club, Bloomfield, New Jersey].
Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 6-9). Second-placed Leo Diegel (USA) and William "Willie" Hunter (Scot/USA) finished 4 shots behind Wood (USA). [Wilshire CC, Los Angeles, CA].
Played as the Hawaiian Open (Nov 15-17). Second-placed Horton Smith (USA) finished 3 shots behind Craig Wood (USA). [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].
Tournament of Champions: the PGA Tour’s calendar-year starts, as it has done since 1999, with this iconic event in Hawaii. The field is drawn from players who won a PGA Tour event in 2022, or were amongst the top 30 in last year’s FedEx Cup final standings (Jan 6-9).
Desert Swing: the European (DP World) Tour launches into 2023 with three events in its UAE “Desert Swing”. Up first is the Abu Dhabi Championship (Jan 19-22), followed by the Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 26-29) and the Ras Al Kaimah Championship (Feb 2-5).
Kathy Whitworth: the end of 2022 saw the passing of LPGA Tour legend Kathy Whitworth. Her 88 LPGA Tour victories is more than achieved by any other golfer on either the LPGA or PGA Tours. Amongst her victories were six major championship titles.
Barry Lane: the golfing world was also saddened by the passing of Barry Lane, one of the European Tour and European Senior Tours most popular players. Enjoying success on both Tours, Lane was know for his excellent ball-striking and amiable personality.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
Costa’s "Cruise & Golf" allows golfers and their families to combine a unique golfing experience with the relaxation and fun of a cruise on board Costa Smeralda. Golf enthusiasts are offered a choice from 23 top-quality golf clubs; their chosen courses are played during the ship’s port calls in Italy, France and Spain. While the golfers are driving the fairways, accompanying non-golfers are able to enjoy the amenities and activities on-board, or explore wonderful places on day excursions organised by Costa. Read more ...
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