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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 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:
• 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
Men's Major Championship Winners:
U.S. Open: Jack Fleck
British Open: Peter Thomson
PGA Championship: Doug Ford
Women's Major Championship Winners:
British: Joe Conrad
U.S. Women's: Patricia Lesser
British Women's: Jesse Valentine