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My hopes for some continuous good weather were dashed yesterday when we actually got more snow. I finally had had enough and there was something I wanted to work on so I just went out there into the side yard and started hitting balls.
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On this day in 1945 was one of the most epic playoff battles in PGA Tour history. At the 1945 Gulfport Open in Mississippi, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead tied in regulation, and it took an extra 19 holes to determine the winner. On the 19th playoff hole, while Snead was sizing up his putt, Nelson conceded the hole and the tournament to Snead.
It's no secret that I've got a soft spot for guys that have won the Canadian Open. Leo Diegel, Sam Snead and Tommy Armour immediately spring to mind. I also love unsung heroes of the golf world. I wrote a lot about a bunch of them in the original Sevam1 Blogspot blog. There are still a bunch of fellas and maybe even some gals that I still would like to write a bit about. Today I want to talk about the late great and totally unheralded Ted Kroll.
Ted is interesting to me mainly because I have heard him mentioned so frequently and fondly by Mr. Burke. He fought in WWII in which he was wounded 4 times earning 3 Purple Hearts....