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Better golf without practice. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? I recently picked up a book of the same title written by Alex J. Morrison in 1940. He is the same author who wrote “A New Way to Better Golf”, which by all accounts online seems to be the better and more widely read of the two.
On this day in 1940, Byron Nelson handed Ben Hogan a loss at the Texas Open played in San Antonio.
The two tied in regular tournament play, both shooting 271. But in 1940, the winner was decided via 18 hole playoff on Monday. Nelson carded a 70 to Hogan's 71....
On this day in 1963, Arnold Palmer shot a final round 70 to win the Phoenix Open over Gary Player.
On this day in 1973, Kathy Whitworth won the Naples-Lely Classic in Naples, Florida. With the victory, Whitworth won $3750 and became the first woman on the LPGA to surpass $400,000 in lifetime earnings. By 1981 she would become the first woman to surpass $1 million in earnings.
On this day in 1955, Hall of Fame member Greg Norman was born. Norman spent over 300 weeks as the #1 Ranked Golfer in the world and won over 80 tournaments worldwide, including 2 majors.
Although he is often remembered for his near misses in Majors, and for recording what's known as the "Norman Slam" in 1986 (holding leads in all four majors at 54 holes), his record was still very impressive in the majors, recording 30 top 10 finishes in his Major appearances.