Who's who: Craig Wood

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Who's who: Craig Wood

  • Name:

    Craig Ralph Wood
  • Also known as:

    Blond Bomber
  • Country:

    USA
  • 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.
  • Turned Pro:

    1920

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (2): US Open (1941); The Masters (1941). Ryder Cup player (1931, '33, '35).

Did you know?

Craig Wood was the Head Professional at renowned Winged Foot GC in New York for a period of six years (1939-1945). He was succeeded by Claude Harmon (father of Butch Harmon), who remained in the job for 33 years.

Top tournaments won by Craig Wood

1942
America
275 (-13)
$1,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Wood, Craig

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

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.].

1941
Majors
280 (-8)
$1,500
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Wood, Craig

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

$1,500

Title sponsor

x

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].

1941
Majors
284 (E)
$1,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Wood, Craig

Score

284 (E)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (45th) (June 5-7). Second-placed Denny Shute (USA) finished 3 shots behind Wood (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].

1940
America
Forest Hill FC, NJ
264 (-16)
$700
Metropolitan GA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Wood, Craig

Venue

Forest Hill FC, NJ

Score

264 (-16)

Prize money

$700

Title sponsor

Metropolitan GA

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].

1933
America
Wilshire CC
282 (-2)
$1,525
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Wood, Craig

Venue

Wilshire CC

Score

282 (-2)

Prize money

$1,525

Title sponsor

x

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].

1929
America
289 (+1)
$1,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Wood, Craig

Score

289 (+1)

Prize money

$1,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Hawaiian Open (Nov 15-17). Second-placed Horton Smith (USA) finished 3 shots behind Craig Wood (USA). [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].

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