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The USGA limits players to 14 clubs in their bags. Some players, the USGA says, have been carrying as many as 25 clubs, and the new rule is "designed to restore shot-making skill."
Sam Snead wins eight tournaments on the PGA Tour, setting a new record for most money won in a season: $19,534. One of his victories comes in the Greater Greensboro Open, an event he would go on to win a total of eight times.
Ben Hogan's first victory on the PGA Tour is at the Hershey Four-Ball Open, where he teams with Vic Ghezzi.
Ralph Guldahl, nattily attired in the custom of the time, wins the U.S. Open. He is the last person to win the Open while wearing a necktie during play.
During the U.S. Open second round, a club pro named Ray Ainsley scores a 19 on the par-4 16th hole, the tournament record for highest one-hole score.
Patty Berg wins the U.S. Women's Amateur plus the Titleholders, a professional major.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias plays in the PGA Tour Los Angeles Open, shooting 81-84 and missing the cut.
The PGA of America and eight golf ball companies are accused of price-fixing, and the Federal Trade Commission orders a stop to the practice.
Born This Year:
• Lou Graham, 1975 U.S. Open champion
• Jacky Cupit, PGA Tour
• Homero Blancas, PGA Tour
• Phil Rodgers, PGA Tour and noted instructor
• Judy Kimball, 1962 LPGA Championship winner
• Bert Yancey, PGA Tour
• Babe Hiskey, PGA Tour
Men's Major Championship Winners:
U.S. Open: Ralph Guldahl
British Open: R.A. Whitcombe
PGA Championship: Paul Runyan
Women's Major Championship Winners:
Western Open: Bea Barrett
British: Charles Yates
U.S. Women's: Patty Berg
British Women's: Helen Holm