Who's who in golf - Tommy Aaron


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Name: - Thomas Dean 'Tommy' Aaron
Country: - USA
Born : - Feb 22, 1937 in Gainesville, Georgia.
Original Home/Club: - Gainesville, Georgia
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1961

Roll of Honour

Majors (1) - The Masters (1973). Ryder Cup player (1969, '73). Multiple wins on the US PGA, European and Senior PGA (Champions) Tours.


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In addition to his major championship win and two Ryder Cup appearances, Aaron is also remembered for incorrectly marking the card of his playing partner Roberto De Vicenzo in the 1968 Masters Tournament. The marking error, not picked-up by De Vicenzo when he signed his card, cost the Argentine the chance of a playoff. The error occured at the 17th hole, where De Vicenzo had a birdie three. Aaron incorrectly wrote down a four on De Vicenzo's card. PGA rules required the higher score, once it had been signed for, should stand. This gave Goalby a one shot victory, rather than having to face De Vicenzo in a playoff. Five years later Aaron himself won the Masters Tournament by one shot.


Top tournaments won by Tommy Aaron

1992Snr AmericaTurtle Bay Ch'shipKaanapali Resort198 (-15)$75,000
Played as the Kaanapali Classic. Second-placed Dave Stockton (USA) finished 1 shot behind Aaron (USA), who recorded his first (and only) US Snr Tr win. [Royal Ka'anapali course, Ka'anapali Resort, Maui, Hawaii; aka the North course].
1973Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National283 (-5)$30,000
The Masters Tournament (37th) (April 5-9). Second-placed JC Snead (USA) finished 1 shot behind Aaron (USA), who recorded his first and only major championship win. Monday finish required following earlier weather delays. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
1972Men JapanABC ChampionshipIkeda CC209 (-4)US$16,233
Played as the United States-Japan Tournament (Nov 3-5; Japan Tr event; individual low score winner). Second-placed Bert Yancey (USA) finished 1 shot behind Aaron (USA), who recorded his first and only professional circuit win in Japan. [Ikeda CC, Ikeda, Osaka, Japan].
1972Men EuropeTrophee LancomeSaint-Nom-La-Breteche279x
Played as the Trophee Lancome. Won by Tommy Aaron (USA). [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].
1970Men AmericaAtlanta ClassicAtlanta CC275 (-13)$25,000
Played as the Atlanta Classic (May 21-24). Second-placed Dan Sikes (USA) finished 1 shot behind Aaron (USA). [Atlanta CC, Marietta, Georgia].
1969Men AmericaCanadian OpenPinegrove CC, Que.275 (-13)$25,000
Played as the Canadian Open. Aaron (USA) beat Sam Snead (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Aaron 70, Snead 72). [Pinegrove G&CC, St Luc, nr Montreal, Québec].

 

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