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Karsten Solheim, founder of Ping, creates the first cavity-backed irons. Their perimeter weighting offers more forgiveness.
JoAnne Carner is the first amateur to win an LPGA Tour event (not including the U.S. Open), taking the Burdine's Invitational.
Joe Dey is named commissioner of the Tournament Players Division of the PGA of America, considered the first PGA Tour commissioner (the PGA Tour at this time was still under the aegis of the PGA).
For the first time in 18 years, a native Briton wins the British Open when Tony Jacklin takes the title.
The U.S. retains the Ryder Cup with a 16-16 tie that Great Britain & Ireland achieves when Jack Nicklaus concedes a putt. Nicklaus made a 4-footer for par on the 18th hole of his match with Tony Jacklin, then conceded Jacklin's 3-foot par putt, thus halving the hole and the match and bringing about the tie.
Born This Year:
• Retief Goosen, 2001 U.S. Open champ
• Paul Lawrie, 1999 British Open champion
• Shaun Micheel, 2003 PGA Championship winner
• Michael Campbell, European Tour
• Stephen Leaney, European Tour, PGA Tour
• Pat Hurst, LPGA Tour
• Heather Daly-Donofrio, LPGA Tour
• Shigeki Maruyama, Japan Tour, PGA Tour
• Kelly Robbins, 1995 LPGA Championship winner
• Michelle McGann, LPGA Tour
Died This Year:
LPGA: Carol Mann, $49,152
LPGA (Vare Trophy): Kathy Whitworth, 72.38
Men's Major Championship Winners:
U.S. Open: Orville Moody
British Open: Tony Jacklin
PGA Championship: Raymond Floyd