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1940: The Year in Golf


Jack Nicklaus 1940

Jack Nicklaus was born in 1940.

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The British Open, British Amateur and Walker Cup are cancelled due to the war in Europe.

Ben Hogan gets his first solo PGA Tour win, the North & South Open.

Lloyd Mangrum gets the first of his 36 career PGA Tour wins at the Thomasville Open.

Byron Nelson defeats Sam Snead, 1-up, to win the PGA Championship.

Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan go head-to-head in an 18-hole playoff for the Texas Open title, and Nelson outduels Hogan 70-71.

Born This Year:

Jack Nicklaus, 2 U.S. Amateurs plus 18 professional majors
• Simon Hobday, European Tour, Senior PGA Tour
• J.C. Snead, PGA Tour, Senior Tour

Died This Year:

• John Ball, 8-time British Amateur and 1-time British Open winner
• Horace Rawlins, winner of the first U.S. Open

Money Leaders:

PGA: Ben Hogan, $10,655

Men's Major Championship Winners:

The Masters: Jimmy Demaret
U.S. Open: Lawson Little
British Open: Not played
PGA Championship: Byron Nelson

Women's Major Championship Winners:

Titleholders: Betty Hicks
Western Open: Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Amateur Champions:

U.S.: Richard Chapman
British: Not played
U.S. Women's: Betty Jameson
British Women's: Not played

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