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1964: The Year in Golf


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Pete Brown becomes the first African-American to win an official PGA Tour event at the Waco Turner Open.

Mickey Wright wins 10 or more LPGA events for the fourth straight year, with 11, including her fourth U.S. Women's Open.

Arnold Palmer wins his fourth Masters. But he also misses the cut at the Bing Crosby Pro-Am after making a 9 on the par-3 17th at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

The British Open changes its playoff format, reducing playoffs from 36 holes to 18 holes.

Sam Snead wins the PGA Seniors Championship, the first of his six victories in the event.

Born This Year:

• Lee Janzen, 2-time U.S. Open winner
Davis Love III, 1997 PGA Championship winner
• Miguel Angel Jimenez, European Tour
• Billy Andrade, PGA Tour
• Jeff Maggert, PGA Tour
• Stephen Ames, PGA European Tour, PGA Tour
• Scott Verplank, PGA Tour
• Lorie Kane, LPGA Tour

Money Leaders:

PGA: Jack Nicklaus, $113,284.50
LPGA: Mickey Wright, $29,800

Scoring Leaders:

PGA (Vardon Trophy): Arnold Palmer, 70.01
LPGA (Vare Trophy): Mickey Wright, 72.46

Men's Major Championship Winners:

The Masters: Arnold Palmer
U.S. Open: Ken Venturi
British Open: Tony Lema
PGA Championship: Bobby Nichols

Women's Major Championship Winners:

LPGA: Mary Mills
U.S. Open: Mickey Wright
Titleholders: Marilynn Smith
Western Open: Carol Mann

Amateur Champions:

U.S.: William Campbell
British: Gordon Clark
U.S. Women's: Barbara McIntire
British Women's: Carol Sorenson
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