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Name: - Horton Smith
Country: - USA
Lived : - [1908-1963]. Born on May 22, 1908 in Springfield, Missouri. Died on Oct 15, 1963 in Detroit, Michigan, aged 55.
Original Home/Club: - Springfield CC, Missouri and later Detroit GC.
Occupation: - Professional golfer; US PGA President.
Turned Pro: - 1926

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (2): The Masters (1934, '36). Ryder Cup player (1929, '33, '35). Total professional wins (36), of which US PGA Tr (32). Leading US Tour Money Winner (1929, '36). President US PGA (1952-54). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1990).


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Horton Smith was known on the US PGA Tour as the "Missouri Rover" for his tireless travelling by car, train and even boat to get to tournaments. The reward for his travels were 36 professional wins, including two major championship titles and 32 PGA Tour titles. From 1952 to 1954 he served as President of the PGA of America.

Smith carries the distinction of being the first golfer to win a prestigious new golf tournament that was launched in 1934. It was created by the legendary amateur Bobby Jones and investment banker Clifford Roberts, it was held in Augusta and called ... the Masters Tournament. He won it again two years later in 1936.


Top tournaments won by Horton Smith

1941Men AmericaBellair Open206x
Played as the Bellair Open.
1941Men AmericaFlorida West Coast Openxx
Played as the Florida West Coast Open.
1941Men AmericaSt Paul Openxx
Played as the St Paul Open.
1937Men AmericaInverness Invtl.xx
Played as the Inverness Invitational.
1937Men AmericaNorth & South Openxx
Played as the North & South Open.
1937Men AmericaOklahoma Four-Ballxx
Played as the Oklahoma Four-Ball.
1936Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$7,682see Score
Smith (USA) was the PGA Tour 1936 leading money winner, with earnings of $7,682 on the Tour.
1936Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National285 (-3)$1,500
The Masters Tournament (3rd) (April 3-6; played as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament). Second-placed Harry Cooper (USA) finished 1 shot behind Smith (USA). Smith secured his second Masters title in only its third year. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
1936Men AmericaVictoria Openxx
Played as the Victoria Open.
1935Men AmericaMiami Openxx
Played as the Miami Biltmore Open.
1935Men AmericaPalm Springs Invtl.xx
Played as the Palm Springs Invitational.
1935Men AmericaPasadena Openxx
Played as the Pasadena Open.
1934Men AmericaCalifornia Openxx
Played as the California Open.
1934Men AmericaGrand Slam Openxx
Played as the Grand Slam Open.
1934Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National284 (-4)$1,500
The inaugural Masters Tournament (March 22-25; played as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament). Second-placed Craig Wood (USA) finished 1 shot behind Smith (USA). [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
1933Men AmericaMiami Four-Ballxx
Played as the International Four-Ball Matches.
1932Men AmericaNational Capital OpenKenwood G&CC, MD216 (+6)$700
Played as the National Capital City Open (Nov 10-13; 54-hole event; formerly the Kenwood Open). Second-placed Denny Shute (USA) finished 2 shots behind Smith (USA). [Kenwood G&CC, Bethesda, Maryland].
1931Men AmericaSt Paul Openxx
Played as the St Paul Open.
1930Men AmericaBay District Openxx
Played as the Bay District Open.
1930Men AmericaBerkeley Openxx
Played as the Berkeley Open.
1930Men AmericaFlorida Openxx
Played as the Central Florida Open.
1930Men AmericaSavannah Openxx
Played as the Savannah Open.
1929Men AmericaBerkeley Openxx
Played as the Berkeley Open.
1929Men AmericaFlorida Openxx
Played as the Florida Open.
1929Men AmericaFort Myers Openxx
Played as the Fort Myers Open.
1929Men AmericaLa Gorce Openxx
Played as the La Gorce Open.
1929Men AmericaNorth & South Openxx
Played as the North & South Open.
1929Men AmericaOregon Openxx
Played as the Oregon Open.
1929Men AmericaPasadena Openxx
Played as the Pasadena Open.
1929Men AmericaPensacola Invtl.xx
Played as the Pensacola Open Invitational.
1928Men AmericaCatalina Island Openxx
Played as the Catalina Island Open.
1928Men AmericaOklahoma City Openxx
Played as the Oklahoma City Open.

 

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