Who's who: Lew Worsham

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Who's who: Lew Worsham

  • Name:

    Lewis Elmer "Lew" Worsham Jr
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1917-1990]. Born on Oct 5, 1917 in Staunton River, Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Died on Oct 19, 1990 in Poquoson, Virginia (aged 73).
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Club pro (Oakmont CC); professional golfer.
  • Turned Pro:

    1935

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): US Open (1947). Ryder Cup (1947).

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Worsham was runner-up in five major championships.

Top tournaments won by Lew Worsham

1953
Awards
$34,002
see Score
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Worsham, Lew

Venue

Score

$34,002

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Worsham (USA) was the PGA Tour 1953 leading money winner, with earnings of $34,002 on the Tour.

1953
America
272 (-16)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Worsham, Lew

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Jacksonville Open (March 20-23; for the last time until 1965). Second-placed Jim Ferrier (USA) finished 1 shot behind Worsham (USA). [Hyde Park GC, Jacksonville, FL].

1953
America
Tam O'Shanter
278 (-10)
$25,000
George S. May

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Worsham, Lew

Venue

Tam O'Shanter

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

George S. May

Played as the World Championship of Golf (Aug 6-9; PGA Tour event for the richest first prize in world golf). Second-placed Chandler Harper (USA) finished 1 shot behind Lew Worsham (USA), who holed-out from 104 yards on the final hole. The first-ever golf event to be nationally televised. [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL; now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].

1951
America
Phoenix CC, AZ
272 (-12)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Worsham, Lew

Venue

Phoenix CC, AZ

Score

272 (-12)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 25-28). Second-placed Lawson Little (USA) finished 1 shot behind Worsham (USA). [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].

1947
Majors
282 (-2)
$2,500
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Worsham, Lew

Score

282 (-2)

Prize money

$2,500

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (47th) (Jun 12-15). Worsham (USA) beat Sam Snead (USA) in an 18-hole playoff: Worsham 69 (-2), Snead 70 (-1). [St Louis CC, Clayton, Missouri].

1946
America
Druid Hills GC
279 (-9)
$2,200
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Worsham, Lew

Venue

Druid Hills GC

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$2,200

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Atlanta Invitational (Nov 20-24; for the first time since 1934). Second-placed Jimmy Demaret (USA) finished 1 shot behind Worsham (USA). [Druid Hills GC, Atlanta, GA].

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