Who's who in golf - Leo Diegel


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Name: - Leo Harvey Diegel
Country: - USA
Lived : - [1899-1951]. Born on April 20, 1899 in Gratiot Township, Wayne County, Michigan. Died on May 5, 1951 in North Hollywood, California, aged 52.
Original Home/Club: - Philmont CC, PA (Head Pro).
Occupation: - Professional golfer; golf instructor.
Turned Pro: - 1916

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (2): US PGA Champion (1928, '29). Total professional wins (37), of which US PGA Tr (30). Ryder Cup player (1927, '29, '31, '33). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2003).


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Diegel's first introduction to golf was as a caddie when he was aged 10. Seven years later he won the Michigan Open in 1916, and four years after that in 1920 he was runner-up to Ted Ray in the U.S. Open Championship.

Winner of two U.S. PGA Championships and a total of 30 PGA circuit events, Diegel was known for his excellent ball-striking, but inconsistent putting skills. Following a playful wrestling accident with his friend "Lighthorse" Harry Cooper in 1934, Diegel was left with damaged nerves in his right shoulder. The injury eventually forced him to quit professional tournament golf in favour of becoming a teaching professional.


Top tournaments won by Leo Diegel

1929Men AmericaCanadian OpenKanawaki GC274 (-6)$400
Played as the Canadian Open. Second-placed Tommy Armour (Scot/USA) finished 3 shots behind defending champion and four-time Canadian Open winner Diegel (USA). [Kanawaki GC, Kahnawake, Québec].
1929Men AmericaFarmers Insurance OpenSan Diego CC282 (-6)$750
Played as the San Diego Open (Jan 3-6; next played in 1952). Second-placed Horton Smith (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Diegel (USA). [San Diego CC, Chula Vista, CA].
1929Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipHillcrest CC, CA6 & 4
The US PGA Championship (12th) (Dec 2-7). Defending champion Diegel (USA) beat Johnny Farrell (USA) 6 and 4 in the 36-hole final. [Hillcrest CC, Los Angeles, CA].
1928Men AmericaCanadian OpenRosedale GC, Ont.282 (-2)$400
Played as the Canadian Open. Second-placed MacDonald "Mac" Smith (Scot/USA), Walter Hagen (USA) and Archie Compston (Eng) finished 2 shots behind three-time Canadian Open winner Diegel (USA). [Rosedale GC, Toronto, Ont.].
1928Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipBaltimore CC6 & 5
The US PGA Championship (11th) (Oct 1-6). Diegel (USA) beat Al Espinosa (USA) 6 and 5 in the 36-hole final. [East course, Baltimore CC, Lutherville, Maryland].
1927Men AmericaFarmers Insurance OpenSan Diego CC214 (-2)$1,000
Played as the San Diego Open (Dec 16-18). Second-placed Bobby Cruickshank (Scot) and Horton Smith (USA) finished 2 shots behind Diegel (USA). [San Diego CC, Chula Vista, CA].
1925Men AmericaCanadian OpenLambton GC295 (+11)$500
Played as the Canadian Open. Second-placed Mike Brady (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Diegel (USA). [Lambton G&CC, Toronto, Ont.].
1924Men AmericaCanadian OpenMount Bruno285 (+1)$400
Played as the Canadian Open. Second-placed Gene Sarazen (USA) finished 2 shots behind Diegel (USA). [Mount Bruno CC, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, nr Montreal, Quebec].

 

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