Who's who in golf - Cary Middlecoff


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Name: - Emmet Cary Middlecoff
Country: - USA
Lived : - [1921-1998]. Born on January 6, 1921 in Halls, Tennessee. Died September 1, 1998 in Memphis, Tennessee, aged 77.
Original Home/Club: -
Occupation: - Professional golfer, dentist, TV commentator, author of "Advanced Golf" and "The Golf Swing."
Turned Pro: - 1947

Roll of Honour

Majors (3). Ryder Cup player (1953, '55, '59). Total professional wins (41), of which US PGA Tour (40). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1986).


Did you know?

A graduate of the University of Mississippi and the University of Tennessee's College of Dentistry, Cary Middlecoff, often went by the nickname of "The Memphis Dentist." Middlecoff gave up his dental practice to become a professional golfer in 1947, having won a PGA Tour event (the North & South Open) in 1945 as an amateur. Between 1945-61 he accumulated 40 US PGA Tour wins. During this period he only missed out on a PGA Tour title in 1946, 1957 and 1960. Middlecoff became one of the best of the early golf commentators on TV, and wrote a popular newspaper column, "The Golf Doctor."


Top tournaments won by Cary Middlecoff

1961Men AmericaSt Jude ClassicColonial CC, Tenn266 (-14)$4,300
Played as the Memphis Open Invitational. Second-placed Mike Souchak (USA) and Gardner Dickinson (USA) finished 5 shots behind Middlecoff (USA). Home-town winner Middlecoff recorded the last of his 40 PGA Tour wins. [Colonial CC, White Station, Memphis, TN. Club relocated to Cordova, nr Memphis in 1972].
1959Men AmericaSt Petersburg Openxx
Played as the St Petersburg Open Invitational.
1958Men AmericaMiller Openxx
Played as the Miller Open Invitational.
1956Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA of Am70.35n/a
Middlecoff (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.
1956Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach202 (-14)$2,500
Played as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am Championship (Jan 13-15; 54-hole event). Second-placed Mike Souchak (USA) finished 5 shots behind defending champion Middlecoff (USA). [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula CC].
1956Men AmericaPhoenix OpenPhoenix CC, AZ276 (-8)$2,400
Played as the Phoenix Open (Feb 2-5). Second-placed Mike Souchak (USA) finished 3 shots behind Middlecoff (USA). [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].
1956Men MajorsUS OpenOak Hill CC, NY281 (+1)$6,000
The US Open (56th) (Jun 14-16). Second-placed Ben Hogan (USA) and Julius Boros (USA) finished 1 shot behind Middlecoff (USA). [East course, Oak Hill CC, Pittsford, Rochester, NY].
1955Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Portland GC272 (-16)$2,400
Played as the Western Open. Second-placed Mike Souchak (USA) finished 2 shots behind Middlecoff (USA). [Portland GC, Portland, Oregon].
1955Men AmericaCavalcade of Golfxx
Played as the Cavalcade of Golf.
1955Men AmericaMiller Openxx
Played as the Miller High Life Open.
1955Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach209 (-7)$2,500
Played as the Bing Crosby Pro-Am Invitational (Jan 14-16; 54-hole event). Second-placed Paul Maguire (USA) and Julius Boros (USA) finished 4 shots behind Middlecoff (USA). [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula CC].
1955Men AmericaSt Petersburg Openxx
Played as the St Petersburg Open.
1955Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National279 (-9)$5,000
The Masters Tournament (19th) (April 7-10). Second-placed Ben Hogan (USA) finished 7 shots behind Middlecoff (USA), which at the time was a record margin of victory in the Masters. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
1954Men AmericaMotor City Openxx
Played as the Motor City Open.
1953Men AmericaCarling Openxx
Played as the Carling Open.
1953Men AmericaHouston OpenMemorial Park283 (-5)$4,000
Played as the Houston Open. Middlecoff (USA) beat Shelley Mayfield (USA), Jim Ferrier (Aus/USA), Earl Stewart (USA) and Bill Nary (USA) in the PGA Tour's first 18-hole five-way playoff (Middlecoff 69, Mayfield & Ferrier 71, Stewart 72 and Nary 75). Middlecoff could have won in regulation play, but missed a three-foot par putt at the 72nd hole. [Memorial Park GC, Houston, TX].
1953Men AmericaPalm Beach Round Robinxx
Played as the Palm Beach Round Robin.
1952Men AmericaEl Paso Openxx
Played as the El Paso Open
1952Men AmericaKansas City OpenMilburn G&CC276 (-12)$2,400
Played as the Kansas City Open (Aug 14-17). Defending champion Middlecoff (USA) beat Jack Burke Jr (USA) in an 18-hole playoff. Playoff scores: Middlecoff 66; Burke 72. [Milburn G&CC, nr Kansas City, KS].
1952Men AmericaMotor City Openxx
Played as the Motor City Open.
1952Men AmericaSt Paul Openxx
Played as the St Paul Open.
1951Men AmericaAll American OpenTam O'Shanter CC274 (-14)$2,250
Played as the All American Open (aka the Tam O'Shanter). Second-placed Fred Hawkins (USA) finished 2 shots behind Middlecoff (USA). [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL; now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].
1951Men AmericaColonial InvitationalColonial CC, Tex282 (+2)$3,000
Played as the Colonial National Invitation. Second-placed Jack Burke Jr (USA) finished 1 shot behind Middlecoff (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
1951Men AmericaEastern Openxx
Played as the Eastern Open.
1951Men AmericaKansas City OpenMilburn G&CC278 (-10)$2,400
Played as the Kansas City Open (Oct 4-8). Middlecoff (USA) beat Doug Ford (USA) and Dave Douglas (USA) in an 18-hole playoff. Playoff scores: Middlecoff 68; Ford and Douglas 72. [Milburn G&CC, nr Kansas City, KS].
1951Men AmericaLakewood Park Openxx
Played as the Lakewood Park Open.
1951Men AmericaSt Louis Openxx
Played as the St Louis Open.
1950Men AmericaHouston OpenBraeBurn CC277 (-11)$2,000
Played as the Houston Open. Second-placed Pete Cooper (USA) finished 3 shots behind Middlecoff (USA). [BraeBurn CC, Houston, TX].
1950Men AmericaJacksonville OpenHyde Park GC, FL279 (-9)$2,000
Played as the Jacksonville Open (March 17-20). Second-placed George Fazio (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Middlecoff (USA). [Hyde Park GC, Jacksonville, FL].
1950Men AmericaSt Louis Openxx
Played as the St Louis Open.
1949Men AmericaJacksonville OpenBrentwood GC, FL274 (-14)$2,000
Played as the Jacksonville Open (March 18-21). Second-placed Jerry Barber (USA) finished 2 shots behind Middlecoff (USA). [Brentwood GC, Jacksonville, FL].
1949Men AmericaMiami Four-Ballxx
Played as the Miami International Four-Ball.
1949Men AmericaMotor City Openxx
Played as the Motor City Open.
1949Men AmericaReading OpenReading CC266 (-14)$2,600
Played as the Reading Open (July 7-10). Second-placed Sam Snead (USA) finished 1 shot behind Middlecoff (USA). [Reading CC, Reading, Pennsylvania].
1949Men AmericaRio Grande OpenHarlingen GC267 (-17)$2,000
Played as the Rio Grande Valley Open (Feb 24-27). Second-placed Bob Hamilton (USA) finished 2 shots behind Middlecoff (USA). [Harlingen GC, Harlingen, TX; now called Tony Butler GC].
1949Men MajorsUS OpenMedinah CC286 (+2)$2,000
The US Open (49th) (Jun 9-11). Second-placed Sam Snead (USA) and Clayton Heafner (USA) finished 1 shot behind Middlecoff (USA). [No.3 course, Medinah CC, Bloomingdale, nr Chicago, IL].
1948Men AmericaMiami Four-Ballxx
Played as the Miami International Four-Ball.
1948Men AmericaSony Open in HawaiiWaialae CC274 (-10)$2,000
Played as the Hawaiian Open. Won by Cary Middlecoff (USA). [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].
1947Men AmericaCharlotte Openxx
Played as the Charlotte Open.
1945Men AmericaNorth & South Openxx
Played as the North & South Open.

 

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