Who's who in golf - Gene Sarazen


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Name: - Gene Sarazen
Country: - USA
Lived : - [1902-1999]. Born Feb 27, 1902 in Harrison, New York. Died May 13, 1999 in Naples, Florida, aged 97.
Original Home/Club: - Harrison, New York
Occupation: - Professional golfer, TV commentator and presenter, inventor of the modern sand wedge
Turned Pro: - 1921

Roll of Honour

Majors (7), including a career slam of all four majors. Total professional wins (43), of which US PGA Tour (39). Ryder Cup player (1927, '29, '31, '33, '35, '37). Donald Ross Award (1997, ASGCA). Old Tom Morris Award (1988, GCSAA). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1974).


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Born Eugenio Saraceni, the son of an Italian carpenter from Rome, Gene Sarazen's record in golf, both in and outside the USA, established him as one of the game's greatest ever players. Between 1922-41 he accumulated 39 US PGA Tour wins, winning his first major (the 1922 U.S. Open) at age 20. During his professional career he became a member of a very elite club (with Hogan, Player, Nicklaus & Woods), recording a career slam by winning all four major championships. It was in the 1932 Open Championship at Prince's in Kent, that he revealed a new club of his own invention, the sand-iron. The club's design is still the basis for all sand wedges used around the world today. Sarazen's last major victory came in the 1935 Masters Tournament, which was only in its second year. During the tournament, Sarazen hit "the shot heard around the world." His 235-yard approach shot to the 15th green in the final round was hit with a 4-wood; it yielded an albatross (double-eagle) two on this infamous par-5 hole.


Top tournaments won by Gene Sarazen

1958Snr AmericaUS Snr PGA Ch'shipDunedin, FL288 (E)$1,200
Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship (19th). Second-placed Charles Sheppard (USA) finished 3 shots behind Gene Sarazen (USA). [Dunedin GC, Dunedin, nr Tampa, FL. Known at the time as PGA National GC].
1954Snr AmericaUS Snr PGA Ch'shipDunedin, FL214 (-2)$1,000
Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship (15th) Second-placed Al Watrous (USA) and Perry Del Vecchio (USA) finished 2 shots behind Sarazen (USA). [Dunedin GC, Dunedin, nr Tampa, FL. Known at the time as PGA National GC].
1954Snr EuropeWorld Senior Ch'shipSouthport & Ainsdale4 & 3
Played as the inaugural Teacher International Senior Professional Championship (Jun 30-July 1; 36-hole match between the US PGA Senior Champion and a leading British senior professional; for the unofficial title of world senior professional champion). Sarazen (USA) beat Percy Alliss (Eng) 4 and 3. [Southport & Ainsdale GC, Southport, Merseyside].
1941Men AmericaMiami Four-BallMiami Biltmore4 & 3$1,000
Played as the Miami Biltmore International Four-Ball. Winning Team : Ben Hogan & Gene Sarazen, by 4 and 3 in the final.
1938Men AmericaLake Placid Openxx
Played as the Lake Placid Open.
1937Men AmericaChicago OpenMedinah CCxx
Played as the Chicago Open. [No. 3 Course, Medinah CC, Bloomingdale, nr Chicago, IL].
1937Men AmericaFlorida West Coast Openxx
Played as the Florida West Coast Open.
1936Men Aus/NZAustralian OpenMetropolitan GC282A£50
Played as the Australian Open (Sept 24-26). Second-placed Harry Williams (Aus, amateur) finished 4 shots behind Sarazen (USA). [Metropolitan GC, South Oakleigh, Melbourne, Aus].
1935Men AmericaLong Island Openxx
Played as the Long Island Open.
1935Men AmericaMassachusetts Openxx
Played as the Massachusetts Open.
1935Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National282 (-6)$1,500
The Masters Tournament (2nd) (April 4-8; played as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament). Sarazen (USA) beat Craig Wood (USA) in a 36-hole playoff: Sarazen 144 (E), Wood 149 (+5). Wood was also runner-up in the first Masters a year earlier. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
1934Men AmericaSony Open in HawaiiWaialae CC289 (+1)
Played as the Hawaiian Open. Second-placed Paul Runyan (USA) and Guinea Kop (USA, Hawaii) finished in second place behind Sarazen (USA). [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].
1933Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipBlue Mound5 & 4$1,000
The US PGA Championship (16th) (Aug 8-13). Sarazen (USA) beat Willie Goggin (USA) 5 and 4 in the 36-hole final. [Blue Mound G&CC, Wauwatosa, nr Milwaukee, WI].
1932Men AmericaCoral Gables Openxx
Played as the Coral Gables Open Invitational.
1932Men MajorsThe OpenPrince's283£100
The Open Championship (67th) (June 8-10). Second-placed Macdonald "Mac" Smith (Scot) finished 5 shots behind Sarazen (USA), in the only Open Championship played at Prince's. [Prince's GC, Sandwich, Kent].
1932Men AmericaTrue Temper Openxx
Played as the True Temper Open.
1932Men MajorsUS OpenFresh Meadow286 (+2)$1000
The US Open (36th) (June 23-25). Second-placed Bobby Cruickshank (Scot) and Thomas Philip "Phil" Perkins (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Sarazen (USA). [Fresh Meadow CC, Lake Success, NY].
1931Men AmericaFlorida West Coast Openxx
Played as the Florida West Coast Open.
1931Men AmericaLa Gorce Openxx
Played as the La Gorce Open.
1931Men AmericaLannin Memorialxx
Played as the Lannin Memorial Tournament.
1930Men AmericaAgua Caliente Open295 (+7)$10,000
Played as the inaugural Agua Caliente Open (Jan 20-23; at the time the world's richest golf tournament). Second-placed Horton Smith (USA) and Al Espinosa (USA) finished 2 shots behind Sarazen (USA). [CS&DC de Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; at the time called Agua Caliente CC].
1930Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Indianwood278x
Played as the Western Open. Al Espinosa (USA) finished in second place behind Sarazen (USA). [Old course, Indianwood G&CC, Lake Orion, Mich].
1930Men AmericaConcord CC Invtl.xx
Played as the Concord Country Club Invitational
1930Men AmericaFlorida West Coast Openxx
Played as the Florida West Coast Open.
1930Men AmericaLannin Memorialxx
Played as the Lannin Memorial Tournament.
1930Men AmericaMiami Openxx
Played as the Miami Open.
1930Men AmericaMiddle Atlantic Openxx
Played as the Middle Atlantic Open.
1930Men AmericaUS Pro Invtl.xx
Played as the United States Pro Invitational.
1929Men AmericaMiami Beach Openxx
Played as the Miami Beach Open.
1929Men AmericaMiami Openxx
Played as the Miami Open.
1928Men AmericaMetropolitan Openxx
Played as the Metropolitan PGA Championship.
1928Men AmericaMiami Beach Openxx
Played as the Miami Beach Open.
1928Men AmericaMiami Openxx
Played as the Miami Open.
1928Men AmericaNassau Openxx
Played as the Nassau Bahamas Open.
1927Men AmericaLong Island Openxx
Played as the Long Island Open.
1927Men AmericaMetropolitan Openxx
Played as the Metropolitan PGA Championship.
1927Men AmericaMiami Openxx
Played as the Miami Open.
1926Men AmericaMiami Openxx
Played as the Miami Open.
1925Men AmericaMetropolitan Openxx
Played as the Metropolitan Open.
1923Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipPelham CC38th holex
The US PGA Championship (6th) (Aug 23-29). Defending champion Sarazen (USA) beat Walter Hagen (USA) 1-up with a birdie-3 at the 38th hole in the final. [Pelham CC, Pelham, nr New York City, NY].
1922Men AmericaSouthern Openxx
Played as the Southern (Spring) Open.
1922Men MajorsUS OpenSkokie CC288 (+8)$500
The US Open (26th) (July 14/15). Second-placed Bobby Jones (USA, amateur) and John Black (USA) finished 1 shot behind Sarazen (USA). [Skokie CC, Glencoe, nr Chicago, IL].
1922Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipOakmont CC, PA4 & 3$500
The US PGA Championship (5th) (Aug 12-18). Sarazen (USA) beat Emmet French (USA) 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final. [Oakmont CC, nr Pittsburgh, PA].

 

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