Who's who in golf - Paul Runyan


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Name: - Paul Scott Runyan
Country: - USA
Lived : - [1908-2002]. Born on July 12, 1908 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Died on March 17, 2002, in Palm Springs, California, aged 93.
Original Home/Club: - Hot Springs, Arkansas
Occupation: - Professional golfer; golf instructor.
Turned Pro: - 1925

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (2): US PGA Champion (1934, '38). SENIOR MAJORS (2): Senior PGA Ch'ship (1961, '62). Total professional wins (37), of which US PGA Tr (29). Ryder Cup player (1933, '35). US PGA leading money winner (1984). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1990).


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Like several of his contemparies, Runyan started out in the game as a caddie. He progressed to become one of the world's best players in the 1930s, notching up 29 wins on the U.S. PGA Tour including two U.S. PGA Championships.

At 5ft 7in in height, Runyan was not a long-hitter by any means. To compensate for his lack of length from the tee, he worked hard to ensure he had one of the best short games on the Tour. He was later renowned and highly sought after as a leading teacher of the short game. His book "The Short Way to Lower Scoring" became a best-selling instructional book.


Top tournaments won by Paul Runyan

1962Snr AmericaUS Snr PGA Ch'shipDunedin, FL278 (-10)$2,000
Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship (23rd). Dutch Harrison (USA), Errie Ball (Wales/USA) and Joe Brown (USA) finished in second place behind defending champion Paul Runyan (USA). [Dunedin GC, Dunedin, nr Tampa, FL. Known at the time as PGA National GC].
1962Snr EuropeWorld Senior Ch'shipPrestwick2 & 1
Played as the Teacher International Senior Golf Championship (July 6; 36-hole match between the US and British PGA Senior Champions; for the unofficial title of world senior professional champion). Runyan (USA) beat Sam King (Eng) for the second straight year, this time by 2 and 1. [Prestwick GC, Ayrshire, Scotland].
1961Snr AmericaUS Snr PGA Ch'shipDunedin, FL278 (-10)
Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship (22nd). Second-placed Jimmy Demaret (USA) finished 3 shots behind Runyan (USA). [Dunedin GC, Dunedin, nr Tampa, FL. Known at the time as PGA National GC].
1961Snr EuropeWorld Senior Ch'shipFairhaven3 & 1
Played as the Teacher International Senior Golf Championship (July 8; 36-hole match between the US and British PGA Senior Champions; for the unofficial title of world senior professional champion). Runyan (USA) beat Sam King (Eng) 3 and 1. [Fairhaven GC, Lytham, Lancs].
1938Men AmericaArgentine OpenItuzaingo GC282US$385
Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Second-placed Andres Perez (Arg) and Martin Pose (Arg) finished 1 shot behind Runyan (USA). [Ituzaingo GC, San Antonio de Padua, nr Buenos Aires].
1938Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipShawnee CC8 & 7$1,100
The US PGA Championship (21st) (July 10-16). Runyan (USA) beat Sam Snead (USA) 8 and 7 in the 36-hole final. [Shawnee CC, nr Stroudsburg, PA. Now known as Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort].
1934Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$6,767see Score
Runyan (USA) won the inaugural PGA Tour leading money winner title, with 1934 season earnings of $6,767 on the Tour.
1934Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipPark CC, NY38th hole$1,000
The US PGA Championship (17th) (July 24-29). Runyan (USA) beat Craig Wood (USA) with a par to go 1-up at the 38th hole in the final. [Park CC, Amherst, Buffalo, NY].
1933Men AmericaAgua Caliente OpenTijuana CC287 (-1)$1,500
Played as the Agua Caliente Open (Jan 11-14). Second-placed Horton Smith (USA) finished 2 shots behind Runyan (USA). [CS&DC de Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; at the time called Agua Caliente CC].
1933Men AmericaNational Capital OpenKenwood G&CC, MD211 (+1)$600
Played as the National Capital Open (Nov 9-12; 54-hole event). Second-placed Walter Kozak (USA) finished 1 shot behind Runyan (USA). [Kenwood G&CC, Bethesda, Maryland].

 

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