Name:George Alfred Christian Knudson
Lived:[1937-1989]. Born on June 28, 1937 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Died on Jan 24, 1989, aged 51.
Original/Home Club:St Charles CC
Occupation:Professional golfer, golf writer and instructor.
Played as the Kaiser International Open Invitational (Oct 19-22). Second-placed Hale Irwin (USA) and Bobby Nichols (USA) finished 3 shots behind George Knudson (Can). [North course, Silverado Resort, Napa, CA].
Played as the Tucson Open Invitational (Feb 22-25). Second-placed Frank Beard (USA) and Frank Boynton (USA) finished 1 shot behind George Knudson (Can), who also won the PGA Tour's Phoenix Open a week earlier. [Catalina course, Tucson National Resort, Tucson, AZ].
Played as the Phoenix Open Invitational (Feb 15-18). Second-placed Jack Montgomery (USA), Sam Carmichael (USA) and defending champion Julius Boros (USA) finished 3 shots behind Knudson (Can), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour win. [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].
Played as the Greater New Orleans Open Invitational (May 11-14). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 1 shot behind George Knudson (Can). [Lakewood GC, New Orleans, LA].
Played as the International Trophy (Nov 11-14; best individual 72-hole score at the Canada Cup). George Knudson (Can) beat Hideyo Sugimoto (Japan) with a birdie-two at the second playoff hole. Team winners of the Canada Cup: Jack Nicklaus & Arnold Palmer (USA). [Tokyo Yomiuri CC, Inagi, nr Tokyo, Japan].
Played as the Caracas Open (Caribbean tour event). Second-placed Ramon Sota (Esp) finished 3 shots behind Knudson (Can). [Valle Arriba GC, Caracas, Venezuela].
Played as the Portland Open Invitational (Sept 19-22). George Knudson (Can) beat Mason Rudolph (USA) with a 40-foot chip shot for an eagle-three at the first playoff hole. [Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, OR].
Played as the Panama Open (Caribbean Tour event). Second-placed Ernie Vossler (USA) and Joe Jimenez (USA) finished 4 shots behind Knudson (Can). [GC de Panama, Panama City, Panama].
Played as the Puerto Rico Open (March 1-4; Caribbean tour event). Second-placed Tony Lema (USA), Al Geiberger (USA), Don Whitt (USA) and Henry Williams Jr (USA) finished 2 shots behind George Knudson (Can). [Berwind CC, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico].
Played as the Maracaibo Open (Caribbean tour event). Knudson (Can) beat Jim Ferree (USA) at the second playoff hole. [Maracaibo CC, Maracaibo, Venezuela].
Played as the Coral Gables Open (Dec 7-10). Second-placed Gay Brewer Jr (USA) finished 1 shot behind 24-year-old George Knudson (Can), who recorded the first of his eight PGA Tour wins. [The Biltmore, Coral Gables, Miami, FL].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
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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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.
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