Who's who: Walter Hagen

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Who's who: Walter Hagen

  • Name:

    Walter Charles Hagen
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1892-1969]. Born on Dec 21, 1892 in Rochester, New York. Died on Oct 6, 1969 in Traverse City, Michigan (aged 76).
  • Original/Home Club:

    CC of Rochester (initially as a caddie).
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1912 (aged 19)

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (11): The Open (1922, '24, '28, '29); US Open (1914, '19); US PGA (1921, '24, '25, '26, '27). Total professional wins (75), including PGA Tour (45). International wins included four Open Championships, the 1920 French and 1924 Belgian Open. Ryder Cup playing captain (1927, '29, '31, '33, '35); Ryder Cup non-playing captain (1937). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1974).

Golf course design

Walter Hagen is not renowned as a course designer, but he did lay out Koganei CC near Tokyo in Japan in 1937.

Did you know?

Hagen was a towering figure in the game of golf before the Second World War. Known as "The Haig" or sometimes "Sir Walter", he accumulated 45 wins on the PGA Tour, and captained the USA Ryder Cup team in the first six Ryder Cups to be played (1927-37). Among many outstanding accomplishments, he won 22 consecutive matches in the PGA Championship.

During his lifetime the flambouyant and increasingly wealthy Hagen was a key figure in the development of professional golf, and played a key role in improving the status of professional golfers. He helped change practices that denied professionals the same privileges as enjoyed by amateur golfers; admittance to some clubhouses was a particualr bone of contention. Hagen may well have been the first sports "superstar" to reach a million dollars in career earnings.

Top tournaments won by Walter Hagen

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America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

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Played as the Inverness Four-Ball.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Gasparilla Open - Tampa.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Tournament of the Gardens Open.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Score

287

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Western Open. Olin Dutra (USA) finished in second place behind Hagen (USA). [Canterbury GC, Beachwood, Ohio].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the St Louis Open.

1931
America
292 (+4)
$500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Score

292 (+4)

Prize money

$500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Canadian Open. Hagen (USA) beat Percy Alliss (Eng) by 1 shot in a 36-hole playoff (Hagen 141, Alliss 142). [Mississaugua G&CC, Mississauga, Ont.].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Coral Gables Open.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Miami International Four-Ball.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Great Lakes Open.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Long Beach Open.

1929
Majors
292
£75
R&A

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Score

292

Prize money

£75

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (64th) (May 8-10). Second-placed Johnny Farrell (USA) finished 6 shots behind defending champion Hagen (USA). This was the last of Hagen's four Open Championship wins. [Muirfield - The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, East Lothian].

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Score

292

Prize money

£75

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (63rd) (May 9-11). Second-placed Gene Sarazen (USA) finished 2 shots behind Hagen (USA). This was the third of Hagen's four Open Championship wins. [Royal St George's GC, Sandwich, Kent].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Score

281

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Western Open. Second-placed Al Espinosa (USA) and Billy Mehlhorn (USA) finished 4 shots behind defending champion Hagen (USA). [No.1 and No.4 courses, Olympia Fields CC, nr Chicago, IL].

1927
Majors
Cedar Crest
1 hole
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Cedar Crest

Score

1 hole

Prize money

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (10th) (Oct 31-Nov 5). Hagen (USA) beat Joe Turnesa (USA) 1-up in the 36-hole final. This was Hagen's fourth straight US PGA Championship win, and the last of his five wins in this event. [Cedar Crest GC, Dallas, TX].

1926
Majors
Salisbury GC
5 & 3
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Salisbury GC

Score

5 & 3

Prize money

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (9th) (Sept 20-25 ). Hagen (USA) beat Leo Diegel (USA) 5 and 3 in the 36-hole final. This was Hagen's third straight and fourth overall US PGA Championship win. [Salisbury GC, Westbury, Long Island, NY. Although Salisbury GC no longer exists, its Championship course is today's Red course at Eisenhower Park GC].

1926
America
Highland G&CC
279
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Highland G&CC

Score

279

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Western Open. Second-placed Harry Cooper (USA) and Gene Sarazen (USA) finished 9 shots behind Hagen (USA). [Highland G&CC, Indianapolis, Indiana].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Florida West Coast Open.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Eastern Open.

1925
Majors
6 & 5
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Score

6 & 5

Prize money

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (8th) (Sept 21-26). Defending champion Hagen (USA) beat Bill Mehlhorn (USA) 6 and 5 in the 36-hole final. This was Hagen's second straight and third overall US PGA Championship win. [Olympia Fields CC, nr Chicago, IL].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the North & South Open.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Princess Ann Country Club Open.

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Score

142

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Belgian Open. Aubrey Boomer (Eng) finished in second place behind Hagen (USA). [Zoute GC, Knokke-Heist, West Flanders, Belgium].

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Score

301

Prize money

£75

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (59th) (June 26-27). Second-placed Ernest Whitcombe (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Hagen (USA). This was the second of Hagen's four Open Championship wins. [Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside].

1924
Majors
2 holes
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Score

2 holes

Prize money

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (7th) (Sept 15-20 ). Hagen (USA) beat Jim Barnes (Eng) 2-up in the 36-hole final. This was the second of Hagen's five US PGA Championship wins. [Ross course (formerly Hill course), French Lick Resort, French Lick, Indiana].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Metropolitan PGA Championship.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Kansas Mid-Continent Pro Ch'ship.

1923
America
279 (-5)
$1,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Score

279 (-5)

Prize money

$1,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Texas Open. Hagen (USA) beat Bill Mehlhorn (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Hagen 72, Mehlhorn 73). [Brackenridge Park GC, San Antonio, TX].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Asheville Biltmore Open.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Florida West Coast Open.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the North & South Open.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Florida West Coast Open.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the White Sulphur Springs Open.

1922
America
College Arms GC
291
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

College Arms GC

Score

291

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Deland Open. Second-placed Gene Sarazen (USA) finished 8 shots behind Hagen (USA). [College Arms GC, DeLand, FL; converted to real estate in 1955].

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Score

300

Prize money

£75

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (57th) (June 22-23). Second-placed Jim Barnes (USA) and George Duncan (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Hagen (USA). This was the first of Hagen's four Open Championship wins. [Royal St George's GC, Sandwich, Kent].

1921
Majors
Inwood CC
3 & 2
$500
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Inwood CC

Score

3 & 2

Prize money

$500

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (4th) (Sept 26-Oct 1). Hagen (USA) beat Jim Barnes (Eng) 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final, to claim the first of his five US PGA Championship wins. [Inwood CC, Inwood, Long Island, NY].

1921
America
Oakwood Club, OH
287
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Oakwood Club, OH

Score

287

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Western Open. Jock Hutchison (Scot/USA) finished in second place behind Hagen (USA). [Oakwood Club, Cleveland Heights, nr Cleveland, Ohio].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Bellevue Country Club Open.

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Score

298

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Open de France. Hagen (USA) beat Eugène Lafitte (Fra) in a 36-hole playoff (Hagen 149, Lafitte 154). [Vallée course, Racing Club de France (RCF), La Boulie GC, Versailles, nr Paris].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Florida West Coast Open.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Metropolitan Open.

1919
Majors
Brae Burn CC, MA
301
$500
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Brae Burn CC, MA

Score

301

Prize money

$500

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (23rd) (June 9-12). Hagen (USA) beat Mike Brady (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Hagen 77, Brady 78). [Main course, Brae Burn CC, West Newton, Mass.].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Metropolitan Open.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the North & South Open.

1916
America
Blue Mound
286
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Blue Mound

Score

286

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Western Open. George Sargent (Eng) and Jock Hutchison (Scot/USA) finished in second place behind Hagen (USA). [Blue Mound G&CC, Wauwatosa, nr Milwaukee, WI].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Shawnee Open.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Metropolitan Open.

1914
Majors
Midlothian CC
290
$300
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Hagen, Walter

Venue

Midlothian CC

Score

290

Prize money

$300

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (20th) (Aug 20/21). Second-placed Chick Evans Jr (USA, amateur) finished 1 shot behind Hagen (USA). [Midlothian CC, Midlothian, nr Chicago, IL].

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