Who's who: Ralph Guldahl

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Who's who: Ralph Guldahl

  • Name:

    Ralph J. Guldahl
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1911-1987]. Born on Nov 22, 1911 in Dallas, Texas. Died on June 11, 1987 in Sherman Oaks, California (aged 75).
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer; golf writer.
  • Turned Pro:

    1931

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (3): US Open (1937, '38); The Masters (1939). Other notable wins: Western Open (1937, '38, '39). PGA Tour wins (16). Ryder Cup player (1937). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1981).

Did you know?

Guldahl was one of the best PGA Tour players of the 1930s.

Top tournaments won by Ralph Guldahl

1939
America
280 (-2)
$1,200
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Guldahl, Ralph

Score

280 (-2)

Prize money

$1,200

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (March 23-26). Second-placed Lawson Little (USA) and Clayton Heafner (USA) finished 3 shots behind Guldahl (USA). [Sedgefield CC and Starmount Forest CC, Greensboro, NC].

1939
Majors
279 (-9)
$1,500
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Guldahl, Ralph

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$1,500

Title sponsor

x

The Masters Tournament (6th) (Mar 30-Apr 2). Second-placed Sam Snead (USA) finished 1 shot behind Guldahl (USA). It was third time lucky for Guldahl, who was runner-up in the previous two Masters Tournaments. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].

1938
Majors
284 (E)
$1,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Guldahl, Ralph

Score

284 (E)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (42nd) (June 9-11). Second-placed Dick Metz (USA) finished 6 shots behind defending champion Guldahl (USA). [Cherry Hills CC, Englewood, nr Denver, CO].

1938
America
Westwood CC, MO
279
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Guldahl, Ralph

Venue

Westwood CC, MO

Score

279

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Western Open. Sam Snead (USA) finished in second place behind Guldahl (USA), who recorded his third straight win in this event. [Westwood CC, St Louis, Missouri].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Guldahl, Ralph

Score

288

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Western Open. Defending champion Guldahl (USA) beat Horton Smith (USA) in a playoff. [Canterbury GC, Beachwood, Ohio].

1937
Majors
281 (+1)
$1,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Guldahl, Ralph

Score

281 (+1)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (41st) (June 10-12). Second-placed Sam Snead (USA) finished 2 shots behind Guldahl (USA). [South course, Oakland Hills CC, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan].

1936
America
Davenport CC
274
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Guldahl, Ralph

Venue

Davenport CC

Score

274

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Western Open. Ray Mangrum (USA) finished in second place behind Guldahl (USA). [Davenport CC, Pleasant Valley, nr Davenport, Iowa].

1932
America
Phoenix CC, AZ
285 (+1)
$100
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Guldahl, Ralph

Venue

Phoenix CC, AZ

Score

285 (+1)

Prize money

$100

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Arizona Open (Jan 22-24). Second-placed John Perelli (USA) finished 5 shots behind Guldahl (USA). Final two rounds played on the third day. [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].

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