Name:James Bennett Elliott "Jim" Ferrier
Lived:[1915-1986]. Born on Feb 24, 1915 in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Died on June 13, 1986 in Burbank, California (aged 71).
Original/Home Club:Manly GC, Sydney.
MAJORS (1): US PGA Championship (1947). Australian Amateur champion (1935, '36, '38, 39). PGA Tour wins (18).
Ferrier was the first Australian and first golfer from the southern hemisphre to win one of golf's major championship. His excellent record of success on the PGA Tour just after the Second World War set the stage for other international players to follow, such as South African Bobby Locke and fellow Australian Peter Thomson. (Ferrier became a U.S. citizen in 1944).
Played as the Almaden Open (Nov 2-5; PGA Tour event). Second-placed Bob Rosburg (USA) finished 1 shot behind Jim Ferrier (Aus/USA), who recorded the last of his 18 PGA Tour wins. [Almaden CC, San Jose, CA; now called Almaden G&CC].
Played as the Miami Beach Open (March 8-11; next played in 1955). Second-placed Chuck Klein (USA) and Sam Snead (USA) finished 1 shot behind Jim Ferrier (Aus/USA). [Normandy Shores GC, Miami Beach, FL; at the time called Normandy Isle GC].
Played as the Canadian Open (July 5-7). Second-placed Fred Hawkins (USA) and Ed "Porky" Oliver (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Jim Ferrier (Aus/USA). [Mississaugua G&CC, Mississauga, Ont.].
Played as the Jacksonville Open (March 16-19). Second-placed Lloyd Mangrum (USA) and Jack Shields (USA) finished a distant 11 shots behind Ferrier (Aus/USA), who won for the third straight time on the PGA Tour. [Hyde Park GC, Jacksonville, FL].
Played as the Canadian Open (Aug 24-27). Second-placed Ted Kroll (USA) finished 3 shots behind Jim Ferrier (Aus/USA). [Royal Montreal GC, Dixie, Dorval, Montreal - this course no longer exists].
Played as the Kansas City Open (Sept 8-11; last played in 1946 as the Kansas City Invitational). Second-placed Dick Metz (USA) finished 4 shots behind Ferrier (USA). [Swope Memorial GC, Kansas City, Missouri; at the time called Swope Park GC].
PGA of America
The US PGA Championship (29th) (June 18-24). Ferrier (USA) beat Chick Harbert (USA) 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final, to claim his first and only major championship win. [Plum Hollow CC, Southfield, nr Detroit, Mich.].
Played as the Oakland Open (Dec 7-10). Second-placed Ky Laffoon (USA) finished 1 shot behind 29-year-old US Army Sgt Jim Ferrier (Aus/USA), who recorded his first PGA Tour win. [Sequoyah CC, Oakland, California].
Played as the Australian Open (Aug 24-26). Second-placed Norman Von Nida (Aus) and Martin Smith (Aus) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Ferrier (Aus, amateur). [West course, Royal Melbourne GC, Victoria, Aus].
Played as the Australian Open (Aug 18-20). Second-placed Norman Von Nida (Aus) finished 14 shots behind Ferrier (Aus, amateur). [Royal Adelaide GC, Seaton, Adelaide, SA].
Solheim Cup: can Europe defend the most prestigious team trophy in women’s professional golf, when the 17th Solheim Cup is played out at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio (Sept 4-6).
Italian Open: Nicolai Højgaard recorded his first European Tour win (Sept 5), just a week after his twin brother Rasmus landed the European Masters title (Aug 29); the first brothers to win back-to-back on the European Tour.
The San Roque Club: "... how best to revitalise a course that had previously been fit to play regular host to the European Tour’s qualifying school finals..." by Toby Ingleton.
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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