Who's who in golf - Walter Hagen


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Name: - Walter Charles Hagen
Country: - USA
Lived : - 1892-1969. Born Dec 21, 1892 in Rochester, New York. Died Oct 6, 1969 in Traverse City, Michigan aged 76.
Original Home/Club: - CC of Rochester (initially as a caddie).
Occupation: - Professional golfer.
Turned Pro: - 1912 (age 19)

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (11): The Open (1922, '24, '28, '29); US Open (1914, '19); US PGA (1921, '24, '25, '26, '27). Total professional wins (75), of which US PGA Tour (45). International wins included four Open Championships, the 1920 French and 1924 Belgian Open. Ryder Cup playing captain (1927, '29, '31, '33, '35); Ryder Cup non-playing captain (1937). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1974).


Golf course design

Walter Hagen is not renowned as a course designer, but he did lay out Koganei CC near Tokyo in Japan in 1937.


Did you know?

Hagen was a towering figure in the game of golf before the Second World War. Known as "The Haig" or sometimes "Sir Walter", he accumulated 45 wins on the US PGA Tour, and captained the USA Ryder Cup team in the first six Ryder Cups to be played (1927-37). Among many outstanding accomplishments, he won 22 consecutive matches in the PGA Championship.

During his lifetime the flambouyant and increasingly wealthy Hagen was a key figure in the development of professional golf, and played a key role in improving the status of professional golfers. He helped change practices that denied professionals the same privileges as enjoyed by amateur golfers; admittance to some clubhouses was a particualr bone of contention. Hagen may well have been the first sports "superstar" to reach a million dollars in career earnings.


Top tournaments won by Walter Hagen

1936Men AmericaInverness Invtl.xx
Played as the Inverness Four-Ball.
1935Men AmericaGasparilla Openxx
Played as the Gasparilla Open - Tampa.
1933Men AmericaTourmnt of Gardens Openxx
Played as the Tournament of the Gardens Open.
1932Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Canterbury GC287x
Played as the Western Open. Olin Dutra (USA) finished in second place behind Hagen (USA). [Canterbury GC, Beachwood, Ohio].
1932Men AmericaSt Louis Openxx
Played as the St Louis Open.
1931Men AmericaCanadian OpenMississaugua G&CC292 (+4)$500
Played as the Canadian Open. Hagen (USA) beat Percy Alliss (Eng) by 1 shot in a 36-hole playoff (Hagen 141, Alliss 142). [Mississaugua G&CC, Mississauga, Ont.].
1931Men AmericaCoral Gables Openxx
Played as the Coral Gables Open.
1929Men AmericaGreat Lakes Openxx
Played as the Great Lakes Open.
1929Men AmericaLong Beach Openxx
Played as the Long Beach Open.
1929Men AmericaMiami Four-Ballxx
Played as the Miami International Four-Ball.
1929Men MajorsThe OpenMuirfield292£75
The Open Championship (64th). Second-placed Johnny Farrell (USA) finished 6 shots behind defending champion Hagen (USA). This was the last of Hagen's four Open Championship wins. [Muirfield - The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, East Lothian].
1928Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal St George's292£75
The Open Championship (63rd). Second-placed Gene Sarazen (USA) finished 2 shots behind Hagen (USA). This was the third of Hagen's four Open Championship wins. [Royal St George's GC, Sandwich, Kent].
1927Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Olympia Fields281x
Played as the Western Open. Second-placed Al Espinosa (USA) and Billy Mehlhorn (USA) finished 4 shots behind defending champion Hagen (USA). [No.1 and No.4 courses, Olympia Fields CC, nr Chicago, IL].
1927Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipCedar Crest1 holex
The US PGA Championship (10th). Hagen (USA) beat Joe Turnesa (USA) by 1 hole in the final, to won this title for the fourth straight year. This was the last of Hagen's five US PGA Championship wins. [Cedar Crest GC, Dallas, TX].
1926Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Highland G&CC279x
Played as the Western Open. Second-placed Harry Cooper (USA) and Gene Sarazen (USA) finished 9 shots behind Hagen (USA). [Highland G&CC, Indianapolis, Indiana].
1926Men AmericaEastern Openxx
Played as the Eastern Open.
1926Men AmericaFlorida West Coast Openxx
Played as the Florida West Coast Open.
1926Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipSalisbury GC5 & 3x
The US PGA Championship (9th). Hagen (USA) won this title for the third straight year, beating Leo Diegel (USA) 5 and 3 in the final. This was the fourth of Hagen's five US PGA Championship wins. [Salisbury GC, Westbury, Long Island, NY. Although Salisbury GC no longer exists, its Championship course is today's Red course at Eisenhower Park GC].
1925Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipOlympia Fields6 & 5x
The US PGA Championship (8th). Defending champion Hagen (USA) beat Bill Mehlhorn (USA) 6 and 5 in the final. This was the third of Hagen's five US PGA Championship wins. [Olympia Fields CC, nr Chicago, IL].
1924Men EuropeBelgian OpenRoyal Zoute142x
Played as the Belgian Open. Aubrey Boomer (Eng) finished in second place behind Hagen (USA). [Zoute GC, Knokke-Heist, West Flanders, Belgium].
1924Men AmericaMetropolitan Openxx
Played as the Metropolitan PGA Championship.
1924Men AmericaNorth & South Openxx
Played as the North & South Open.
1924Men AmericaPrincess Ann CC Openxx
Played as the Princess Ann Country Club Open.
1924Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal Liverpool301£75
The Open Championship (59th). Second-placed Ernest Whitcombe (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Hagen (USA). This was the second of Hagen's four Open Championship wins. [Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside].
1924Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipFrench Lick2 holesx
The US PGA Championship (7th). Hagen (USA) beat Jim Barnes (Eng) by 2 holes in the 36-hole final. This was the second of Hagen's five US PGA Championship wins. [Ross course (formerly Hill course), French Lick Resort, French Lick, Indiana].
1923Men AmericaAsheville Openxx
Played as the Asheville Biltmore Open.
1923Men AmericaFlorida West Coast Openxx
Played as the Florida West Coast Open.
1923Men AmericaKansas Mid-Continent Proxx
Played as the Kansas Mid-Continent Pro Ch'ship.
1923Men AmericaNorth & South Openxx
Played as the North & South Open.
1923Men AmericaTexas OpenBrackenridge Park279 (-5)$1,500
Played as the Texas Open. Hagen (USA) beat Bill Mehlhorn (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Hagen 72, Mehlhorn 73). [Brackenridge Park GC, San Antonio, TX].
1922Men AmericaDeland Openxx
Played as the Deland Open.
1922Men AmericaFlorida West Coast Openxx
Played as the Florida West Coast Open.
1922Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal St George's300£75
The Open Championship (57th). Second-placed Jim Barnes (USA) and George Duncan (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Hagen (USA). This was the first of Hagen's four Open Championship wins. [Royal St George's GC, Sandwich, Kent].
1922Men AmericaWhite Sulphur Springs Openxx
Played as the White Sulphur Springs Open.
1921Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Oakwood Club287x
Played as the Western Open. Jock Hutchison (Scot/USA) finished in second place behind Hagen (USA). [Oakwood Club, Cleveland Heights, nr Cleveland, Ohio].
1921Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipInwood CC3 & 2$500
The US PGA Championship (4th). Hagen (USA) beat Jim Barnes (Eng) 3 and 2 in the final. This was the first of Hagen's five US PGA Championship wins. [Inwood CC, Inwood, Long Island, NY].
1920Men AmericaBellevue CC Openxx
Played as the Bellevue Country Club Open.
1920Men AmericaFlorida West Coast Openxx
Played as the Florida West Coast Open.
1920Men EuropeFrench OpenLa Boulie298x
Played as the Open de France. Hagen (USA) beat Eugène Lafitte (Fra) in a 36-hole playoff (Hagen 149, Lafitte 154). [La Vallée course, La Boulie GC (RCF), Versailles, nr Paris].
1920Men AmericaMetropolitan Openxx
Played as the Metropolitan Open.
1919Men AmericaMetropolitan Openxx
Played as the Metropolitan Open.
1919Men MajorsUS OpenBrae Burn CC, MA301$500
The US Open (23rd). Hagen (USA) beat Mike Brady (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Hagen 77, Brady 78). [Main course, Brae Burn CC, West Newton, Mass.].
1918Men AmericaNorth & South Openxx
Played as the North & South Open.
1916Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Blue Mound286x
Played as the Western Open. George Sargent (Eng) and Jock Hutchison (Scot/USA) finished in second place behind Hagen (USA). [Blue Mound G&CC, Wauwatosa, nr Milwaukee, WI].
1916Men AmericaMetropolitan Openxx
Played as the Metropolitan Open.
1916Men AmericaShawnee Openxx
Played as the Shawnee Open.
1914Men MajorsUS OpenMidlothian CC290$300
The US Open (20th). Second-placed Chick Evans Jr (USA, amateur) finished 1 shot behind Hagen (USA). [Midlothian CC, Midlothian, nr Chicago, IL].

 

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