Who's who: Tommy Aaron

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Who's who: Tommy Aaron

  • Name:

    Thomas Dean "Tommy" Aaron
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    Feb 22, 1937 in Gainesville, Georgia.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Gainesville, Georgia
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1961

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): The Masters (1973). Ryder Cup player (1969, '73). Multiple wins on the US PGA, European and Senior PGA (Champions) Tours.

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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.

Top tournaments won by Tommy Aaron

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Aaron, Tommy

Score

198 (-15)

Prize money

$75,000

Title sponsor

x

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].

1973
Majors
283 (-5)
$30,000
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Aaron, Tommy

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

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].

1972
Europe
Saint-Nom-La-Breteche
279
Lancome

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Aaron, Tommy

Venue

Saint-Nom-La-Breteche

Score

279

Prize money

Title sponsor

Lancome

Played as the Trophee Lancome. Won by Tommy Aaron (USA). [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].

1972
Japan
Ikeda CC
209 (-4)
US$16,233
x

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Aaron, Tommy

Venue

Ikeda CC

Score

209 (-4)

Prize money

US$16,233

Title sponsor

x

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].

1970
America
Atlanta CC
275 (-13)
$25,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Aaron, Tommy

Venue

Atlanta CC

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Atlanta Classic (May 21-24). Second-placed Dan Sikes (USA) finished 1 shot behind Aaron (USA). [Atlanta CC, Marietta, Georgia].

1969
America
Pinegrove, Que.
275 (-13)
$25,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Aaron, Tommy

Venue

Pinegrove, Que.

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

x

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].

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