Name:Thomas Dean "Tommy" Aaron
Born:Feb 22, 1937 in Gainesville, Georgia.
Original/Home Club:Gainesville, Georgia
MAJORS (1): The Masters (1973). Ryder Cup player (1969, '73). Multiple wins on the US PGA, European and Senior PGA (Champions) Tours.
In addition to his major championship win and two Ryder Cup appearances, Aaron is also remembered for incorrectly marking the card of his playing partner Roberto De Vicenzo in the 1968 Masters Tournament. The marking error, not picked-up by De Vicenzo when he signed his card, cost the Argentine the chance of a playoff. The error occured at the 17th hole, where De Vicenzo had a birdie three. Aaron incorrectly wrote down a four on De Vicenzo's card. PGA rules required the higher score, once it had been signed for, should stand. This gave Goalby a one shot victory, rather than having to face De Vicenzo in a playoff. Five years later Aaron himself won the Masters Tournament by one shot.
Played as the Kaanapali Classic. Second-placed Dave Stockton (USA) finished 1 shot behind Aaron (USA), who recorded his first (and only) US Snr Tr win. [Royal Ka'anapali course, Ka'anapali Resort, Maui, Hawaii; at the time known as the North course].
The Masters Tournament (37th) (April 5-9). Second-placed JC Snead (USA) finished 1 shot behind Aaron (USA), who recorded his first and only major championship win. Monday finish required following earlier weather delays. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
Played as the Trophee Lancome. Won by Tommy Aaron (USA). [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].
Played as the United States-Japan Tournament (Nov 3-5; Japan Tr event; individual low score winner). Second-placed Bert Yancey (USA) finished 1 shot behind Aaron (USA), who recorded his first and only professional circuit win in Japan. [Ikeda CC, Ikeda, Osaka, Japan].
Played as the Atlanta Classic (May 21-24). Second-placed Dan Sikes (USA) finished 1 shot behind Aaron (USA). [Atlanta CC, Marietta, Georgia].
Played as the Canadian Open (July 24-28). 32-year-old Tommy Aaron (USA) beat 57-year-old Sam Snead (USA) in an 18-hole Monday playoff (Aaron 70, Snead 72), to record his first win after eight years as a touring professional. [Pinegrove G&CC, St Luc, nr Montreal, Québec].
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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