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].
Women’s major championships: the month of June sees two women’s majors: the US Women’s Open (June 3-6), with A Lim Kim defending, and the Women’s PGA Championship (June 24-27), with Sei Young Kim defending.
Senior PGA Championship: the revered Southern Hills in Oklahoma hosts the 81st staging of this event (May 27-30); Ken Tanigawa holds the title from its last playing in 2019.
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American Dunes opens for play following Nicklaus transformation
Nicklaus Design has transformed the former Grand Haven Golf Club in Michigan into the American Dunes Golf Club, a new public course that is now open for play
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