Standing tall in both stature and reputation, Julius Boros was born to Hungarian parents in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1920. Looking back on his career, modern golfers can learn quite a bit from his approach to the game, as well as his perseverance over adversities more serious than a standard sand trap.
For those looking to rise to the top of the game at a later age, consider that Boros first became a full time professional at the age of 29 and continued to compete at the highest level well into his 50s Swing Easy and Hit Hard Boros won over 18 PGA tour events including the 1968 PGA Championship, which make him the first 48 year old to win a major at the time. He continued to play well past his prime, battling a heart condition (which ultimately took his life) and passing the expertise onto his son Guy, who is an active golfing professional. Quick to the draw and open to innovative ideas Boros commonly lived on the edge with his motto "swing easy, but always hit hard."
His fast lifestyle and conservative approach to the game helped him earn a variety of friends and allies in the game at all levels. His victory in the 1952 and 1963 U.S. Open Championships along with the 1968 PGA Championship solidified his spot as one of the all time American golfing greats. The Fluid Swing of Julius Boros Here's an old video of his swing powered by Youtube
The Hungarian Take a walk through the countryside in Hungary and you're unlikely to come very many professional golf courses. While Boros is a Hungarian by birth, he took his culture's unique competitive approach and immersed himself in what was a Western European and American game in Connecticut. Competing against more polished players, he continually refined his game until he competed at the highest level, working to earn a spot in the Golfing Hall of Fame decades later. Mentor to the Game Never driven by monetary goals, he nonetheless led the tour in earnings in both 1952 and 1955, while also earning over $1 million in his career from prize money.
While some professionals of his stature only entered the very best tournament, he continued to actively compete in smaller events, visiting courses and friends who he knew best, including the Carolina PGA Championship and the Arlington Open. As he served as a teacher to his young son and a mentor to countless aspiring players, Boros actively competed at the highest levels of the Senior Tour, winning the Senior Championship in both 1971 and 1977. While America remained in a disco craze, Boros was laser focused on developing his short game, playing in tournaments well into the 1980s and continuing to serve as an ambassador for the development of modern golf. His legacy lives on today through his son, his accomplishments and his unique approach to the game which has made him a legend in Eastern Europe, and helped to inspire a new generation of Hungarian players to aspire to the top of the game.