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On this day in 1941, Sam Snead won the North and South Open. He shot a four round total of 277 to win the winner's $1,000 prize. The tournament was held at the Pinehurst Country Club in North Carolina.
On this day in 1871, legendary golf JH Taylor was born in Northam, Devon (England).
He was a member of the so-called "Great Triumverate" along with Harry Vardon and James Braid, who dominated the sport around the turn of the century. Taylor won many of the biggest tournaments during the time period, including 5 British Opens. During his career playing in the British Open, Taylor recorded an astonishing 23 top 10's at the event.
On this day in 2001, Hale Irwin recorded his 30th career Champions Tour Victory. It came at the Siebel Classic played in San Jose, California.
Bobby Jones was born on this day in 1902. He is widely regarded as the best amateur player of all time.
Jones was actually a lawyer by trade, and played golf only as an amateur.
Jones played in many amateur tournaments as a teenager, and qualified for his first US Open at the age of 18, in 1920. His first big win came at the US Open in 1923, and he would go on to win the tournament a total of 4 times.
On this day in 1952, Babe Didrikson Zaharias won the LPGA TItleholder's Championship at Augusta Country Club. She edged out second place contender Betsy Rawls for the $1000 first prize.