Name:Douglas Michael "Doug" Ford Sr
Lived:[1922-2018]. Born Aug 6, 1922 in West Haven, Connecticut. Died on May 14, 2018 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (aged 95).
Played as the Golf Digest Commemorative Pro-Am (unofficial US Snr Tr event). First-time US Snr Tr winner Ford (USA) beat 69-year-old defending champion Sam Snead (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-4 16th). [Newport CC, Newport, Rhode Island].
Played as the Canadian Open (July 3-6). Second-placed Al Geiberger (USA) finished 1 shot behind Doug Ford (USA), who recorded his second win in this event and the last of his 19 PGA Tour wins. [Scarboro G&CC, Toronto, Ont.].
Played as the Eastern Open (June 21-24; not played again as a PGA Tour event until 1970, when it resurfaced as the Doral-Eastern Open, and was played as such until 1986; see "Doral Open"). Second-placed Bob Goalby (USA) finished 1 shot behind 39-year-old Doug Ford (USA). [Mt Pleasant Municipal GC, Baltimore, MD].
Played as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am (Jan 18-22). Ford (USA) beat Joe Campbell (USA) at the first playoff hole. Monday finish after earlier bad weather. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula CC].
Played as the "500" Festival Open Invitational (May 25-28; held in conjunction with the Indy 500 race week). Defending champion Doug Ford (USA) beat Arnold Palmer (USA) with a 12-foot birdie putt at the second playoff hole. [Brickyard Crossing GC, at the time known as Speedway GC, Indianapolis, IN].
Played as the inaugural "500" Festival Open Invitational (May 26-29; held in conjunction with the Indy 500 race week). Second-placed Jerry Barber (USA) finished 2 shots behind Doug Ford (USA). [Brickyard Crossing GC, at the time known as Speedway GC, Indianapolis, IN].
Played as the Canadian Open (50th) (June 17-20). Second-placed Dow Finsterwald (USA), Art Wall (USA) and Bo Wininger (USA) finished 2 shots behind Doug Ford (USA). [GC Islesmere, Sainte-Dorothée Laval, Québec].
Played as the Pensacola Open (March 13-16). Second-placed Ken Venturi (USA) and defending champion Art Wall Jr (USA) finished 2 shots behind Ford (USA). [Pensacola CC, Pensacola, FL].
The Masters Tournament (21st) (April 4-7). Second-placed Sam Snead (USA) finished 3 shots behind Ford (USA), who recorded his second major championship victory. Ford holed-out from a greenside bunker to cement his win with a birdie-three at the 72nd hole. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
Played as the Panama Open. Won by Ford (USA). [GC de Panama, Panama City, Panama].
Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 4-7; PGA Tour season opener). Second-placed Jay Hebert (USA) finished 1 shot behind Ford (USA). [Rancho Park GC, Los Angeles, CA].
Played as the Western Open (Jun 27-30). Doug Ford (USA) beat George Bayer (USA) with a par at the third playoff hole. Gene Littler (USA) and Billy Maxwell (USA) were eliminated at the first playoff hole. [Plum Hollow CC, Southfield, nr Detroit, Mich.].
Played as the Metropolitan Open. (Sept 18-20; Metropolitan Golf Assoc event). Second-placed Mike Turnesa (USA) finished 3 shots behind Doug Ford (USA), who shot a course record 7-under-par 66 in the final round to clinch the win. [Inwood CC, Inwood, Long Island, NY].
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Played as the All American Open (Aug 4-7; aka the Tam O'Shanter). Second-placed Leo Biagetti (USA) finished 3 shots behind Doug Ford (USA). [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL; now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].
PGA of America
Ford (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).
PGA of America
The US PGA Championship (37th) (July 20-26). Ford (USA) beat Dr Cary Middlecoff (USA) 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final. Ford was competing in his first PGA Championship. [Meadowbrook CC, Northville, nr Detroit, Mich.].
Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (April 1-5). Ford (USA) beat Marty Furgol (USA) by 3 shots in an 18-hole playoff (Ford 72, Furgol 75). [Starmount Forest CC, Greensboro, NC].
Played as the inaugural Labatt Open (Aug 20-23). Second-placed Walter Burkemo (USA) finished 5 shots behind Doug Ford (USA). [Summerlea G&CC, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Québec].
Played as the inaugural Virginia Beach Open (April 16-19). Second-placed Ansel Snow (USA) finished 2 shots behind Ford (USA), who claimed his second PGA Tour win. [Cavalier Y&CC, Virginia Beach, Virginia; now called Cavalier G&YC].
Played as the Miami Open (Dec 10-13). Second-placed Sam Snead (USA) finished 4 shots behind Doug Ford (USA). [Miami Springs G&CC, Miami, FL; at the time known as Miami Springs Municipal Course].
Played as the Jacksonville Open (March 21-24). Following a tie at the end of regulation play, Sam Snead (USA) forfeited an 18-hole playoff to 28-year-old Ford (USA), who recorded his first PGA Tour win. Snead's forfeit was based on him not wanting fans to think he won unfairly, following a favourable ruling he received during a penalty incident in the second round. [Hyde Park GC, Jacksonville, FL].
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Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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