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1955: The Year in Golf


Betsy King 1955

Future Hall of Famer Betsy King was born in 1955.

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In another of golf's great upsets, Jack Fleck - unknown at the time - defeats Ben Hogan in a playoff for the U.S. Open.

The British Open is televised for the first time, on the BBC.

Doug Ford wins the PGA Championship and records 20 top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour.

A young fellow by the name of Arnold Palmer wins the Canadian Open for his first professional victory.

The first $100,000 total purse is seen on the PGA Tour at the World Championship of Golf.

Mike Souchak shoots 60 in the first round of the Texas Open, shooting a record 27 on the back nine. He wins with a record-low total of 257.

The first loft-and-lie machine - a machine that can adjust the loft and/or the lie of golf clubs - is produced and marketed. It is called the Sam Snead Adjusto-Matic.

Born This Year:

• Scott Hoch, PGA Tour
Betsy King, LPGA Hall of Famer
• Greg Norman, 2-time British Open champ
• Loren Roberts, PGA Tour
• Scott Simpson, 1987 U.S. Open champ
Curtis Strange, 2-time U.S. Open winner
• Dan Pohl, PGA Tour
• Laura Baugh, PGA Tour, 1971 U.S. Women's Amateur champion
• Mike Donald, PGA Tour
• Vickie Fergon, LPGA Tour
• Dennis Watson, PGA Tour

Money Leaders:

PGA: Julius Boros, $63,121.55
LPGA: Patty Berg, $16,492

Scoring Leaders:

PGA (Vardon Trophy): Sam Snead, 69.86
LPGA (Vare Trophy): Patty Berg, 74.47

Men's Major Championship Winners:

The Masters: Cary Middlecoff
U.S. Open: Jack Fleck
British Open: Peter Thomson
PGA Championship: Doug Ford

Women's Major Championship Winners:

LPGA: Beverly Hanson
U.S. Open: Fay Crocker
Titleholders: Patty Berg
Western Open: Patty Berg

Amateur Champions:

U.S.: Harvie Ward Jr.
British: Joe Conrad
U.S. Women's: Patricia Lesser
British Women's: Jesse Valentine

Ryder Cup:

U.S. 8, Britain 4

Walker Cup
U.S. 10, Great Britain and Ireland 2

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