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Name: - Dow Finsterwald
Country: - USA
Born : - Sep 6, 1929
Original Home/Club: - Athens, Ohio
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1951

Roll of Honour

MAJORS [1] : US PGA Championship (1958). Ryder Cups (1957, 1969, 1961, 1963); Ryder Cup Captain (1977). US PGA Tour wins (11).

Top tournaments won by Dow Finsterwald

1963Men America500 Festival OpenBrickyard Crossing268 (-16)$10,000
Played as the "500" Festival Open Invitational (May 31-Jun 3; held in conjunction with the Indy 500 race week). Second-placed Tommy Aaron (USA), Julius Boros (USA), Tony Lema (USA) and Bobby Nichols (USA) finished 2 shots behind Finsterwald (USA), who recorded the last of his 11 PGA Tour wins. [Brickyard Crossing GC, at the time known as Speedway GC, Indianapolis, IN].
1960Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenRancho Park280 (-4)$5,500
Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 9-12; PGA Tour season opener). Second-placed Bill Collins (USA), Jay Hebert (USA) and Dave Ragan (USA) finished 3 shots behind Finsterwald (USA). [Rancho Park GC, Los Angeles, CA].
1960Men AmericaNew Orleans ClassicCity Park GC270 (-18)$3,500
Played as the Greater New Orleans Open Invitational. Second-placed Al Besselink (USA) finished 6 shots behind Finsterwald (USA). [East course, City Park, New Orleans, LA. Also known as the No.1 or Wisner course].
1959Men AmericaKansas City OpenBlue Hills CC, MO275 (-13)$2,800
Played as the Kansas City Open (Sept 4-7). Finsterwald (USA) beat Don Fairfield (USA) at the first playoff hole. [Blue Hills CC, nr Kansas City, Missouri].
1959Men AmericaWyndham Ch'shipStarmount Forest278 (-6)$2,000
Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (April 9-12). Second-placed Art Wall Jr (USA) finished 2 shots behind Finsterwald (USA). [Starmount Forest CC, Greensboro, NC].
1958Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA of Amxn/a
Finsterwald (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).
1958Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipLlanerch CC276 (-4)$5,500
The US PGA Championship (40th) (July 17-20; first year in stroke-play rather than match play format). Second-placed Billy Casper (USA) finished 2 shots behind Finsterwald (USA), who recorded his first and only major championship win. [Llanerch CC, Havertown, nr Philadelphia, PA].
1957Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA of Am70.30n/a
Finsterwald (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.
1957Men AmericaTucson OpenEl Rio, AZ269 (-11)$2,000
Played as the Tucson Open Invitational. Finsterwald (USA) beat Don Whitt (USA) by 4 shots in an 18-hole playoff (Finsterwald 65, Whitt 69). [El Rio G&CC, Tucson, AZ. Now known as El Rio GC].


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