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].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Céline Boutier: with many successes as both an amateur and professional golfer, Boutier added a major championship title to her impressive résumé at this year’s Evian Championship.
Alex Cejka: buffeted by rain and high winds, especially on the high-scoring final day, Čejka prevailed over Pádraig Harrington in a playoff at Royal Porthcawl, to scoop the Senior Open Championship title.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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