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The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is established, replacing the Women's Professional Golf Association. Among the 13 founders of the LPGA are Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Patty Berg and Louise Suggs. (See LPGA Founders for full list of the 13)
The first official event on the LPGA Tour is the Tampa Open. Amateur Polly Riley wins.
In his first tournament since a near-fatal car crash less than a year earlier, Ben Hogan ends 72 holes tied with Sam Snead at the Los Angeles Open. Snead wins an 18-hole playoff for the victory. Hogan would go on to win the U.S. Open.
Jimmy Demaret becomes the first three-time winner of The Masters.
Entertainer Bing Crosby enters the British Amateur Championship but loses in the first round.
Born This Year:
• Andy North, 2-time U.S. Open champion
• Rex Caldwell, PGA Tour
• Jim Simons, PGA Tour
• Debbie Massey, LPGA Tour
Died This Year:
• William C. Fownes, 1910 U.S. Amateur champ and president of the USGA in 1926-27
Men's Major Championship Winners:
U.S. Open: Ben Hogan
British Open: Bobby Locke
PGA Championship: Sam Snead