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The Masters is televised for the first time.
Peter Thomson, one of the many great Australian golfers, wins his third straight British Open.
Billy Casper, who would win 51 times on the PGA Tour, gets his first Tour victory at the Labatt Open.
Mike Souchak birdies the final six holes in a row at the St. Paul Open for the win - the record for most consecutive birdies to win a tournament.
Patty Berg is named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for her play in 1955.
Mickey Wright gets the first of her 82 LPGA Tour victories with a win in the Jacksonville Women's Open.
Born This Year:
• Beth Daniel, LPGA Hall of Famer
• Fred Funk, PGA Tour
• Patty Sheehan, 6-time LPGA major winner
• Joe Ozaki, Japanese Tour, PGA Tour
• Jack Renner, PGA Tour
• Kenny Knox, PGA Tour
• Colleen Walker, LPGA Tour (1 major)
• Chip Beck, PGA Tour
• Constantino Rocca, European Tour
Died This Year:
• Robert Gardner, 2-time U.S. Amateur champ, 4-time Walker Cupper
LPGA: Marlene Hagge, $20,235
Men's Major Championship Winners:
U.S. Open: Cary Middlecoff
British Open: Peter Thomson
PGA Championship: Jack Burke Jr.
Women's Major Championship Winners:
U.S. Open: Kathy Cornelius
Titleholders: Louise Suggs
Western Open: Beverly Hanson