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1957: The Year in Golf


Patty Berg

Patty Berg wins two majors and leads the LPGA in money in 1957.

Photo courtesy of the World Golf Hall of Fame; used with permission
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Jackie Pung posts the lowest score in the U.S. Women's Open, but is disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. Betsy Rawls gets the win.

JoAnne Gunderson - who would become better known as JoAnne Carner - makes the scene by winning the U.S. Women's Amateur.

Bobby Locke wins his fourth British Open.

Dow Finsterwald, who would win the first stroke-play PGA Championship in 1958, loses the final match-play PGA to Lionel Hebert, 3-and-1 in the finals.

For the first time since 1933, Great Britain defeats the U.S. in the Ryder Cup.

The last of Jimmy Demaret's 31 PGA Tour wins comes in the Arlington Hotel Open.

Ben Hogan's instructional book, "Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf," is published.

African-American Charlie Sifford wins a PGA-co-sponsored event, the Long Beach Open.

Mickey Wright is penalized 24 strokes for having an extra club in her bag over the first 12 holes of the LPGA Tampa Women's Open. Her score for the round is 104.

A television series called "All-Star Golf" debuts. It is the first made-for-TV series of matches between tour pros.

Born This Year:

Seve Ballesteros, 5-time major champion
Nick Faldo, 6-time major winner
Bernhard Langer, 2-time Masters champion
Nancy Lopez, LPGA Hall of Famer
• Mark O'Meara, 2-time major winner
Nick Price, 3-time major winner
Payne Stewart, 3-time major winner
• Wayne Grady, 1990 PGA Championship winner
• Jeff Sluman, 1988 PGA Championship winner
• Fulton Allem, PGA Tour
• Phil Blackmar, PGA Tour
• John Cook, PGA Tour

Died This Year:

R.A. Whitcombe, 1938 British Open champion

Money Leaders:

PGA: Dick Mayer, $65,835
LPGA: Patty Berg, $16,272

Scoring Leaders:

PGA (Vardon Trophy): Dow Finsterwald, 70.30
LPGA (Vare Trophy): Louise Suggs, 74.64

Men's Major Championship Winners:

The Masters: Doug Ford
U.S. Open: Dick Mayer
British Open: Bobby Locke
PGA Championship: Lionel Hebert

Women's Major Championship Winners:

LPGA: Louise Suggs
U.S. Open: Betsy Rawls
Titleholders: Patty Berg
Western Open: Patty Berg

Ryder Cup:

Britain 7.5, U.S. 4.5

Amateur Champions
U.S.: Hillman Robbins Jr.
British: R. Reid Jack
U.S. Women's: JoAnne Gunderson (Carner)
British Women's: Philomena Garvey

Walker Cup
U.S. 8, Great Britain and Ireland 3

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