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Amateur Catherine Lacoste of France wins the U.S. Women's Open, the only amateur to do so.
Responding to growing demand for his "Anser" putter, Karsten Solheim resigns from General Electric and incorporates Karsten Manufacturing, which will produce Ping golf clubs.
The Masters is televised internationally by the BBC via satellite. Two-time defending champion Jack Nicklaus misses the cut.
The Western Open, a women's major since 1937, is held for the final time. Kathy Whitworth wins.
Using a croquet-style putting stance and stroke, Sam Snead wins his third straight PGA Seniors Championship. (The USGA would outlaw croquet-style putting within a year.)
Born This Year:
David Toms, PGA Championship winner
Steve Stricker, PGA Tour
Nancy Bowen, LPGA Tour (one major, 1995 Nabisco Dinah Shore)
Donna Andrews, LPGA Tour (1 major)
Steve Flesch, PGA Tour
Peter Lonard, European Tour, PGA Tour
Len Mattiace, PGA Tour
Died This Year:
Francis Ouimet, 1913 U.S. Open winner
Men's Major Championship Winners:
The Masters: Gay Brewer Jr.
U.S. Open: Jack Nicklaus
British Open: Roberto de Vicenzo
PGA Championship: Dan January
Women's Major Championship Winners:
LPGA: Kathy Whitworth
U.S. Open: Catherine LaCoste
Western Open: Kathy Whitworth
U.S.: Bob Dickson
British: Bob Dickson
U.S. Women's: Mary Lou Dill
British Women's: Elizabeth Chadwick
U.S. 23.5, Britain 8.5
U.S. 13, Great Britain and Ireland 7