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TaylorMade is founded and introduces its first metal wood at the PGA Merchandise Show. Woods with metal heads had sporadically shown up before on the PGA Tour, and metal woods were frequently used as driving range clubs. But TaylorMade's metal wood started the growth of the product and was destined to drive persimmon almost completely out of golf.
Ron Streck and Jim Simons play 12-degree TaylorMade metal drivers in the MONY Tournament of Champions, the first appearances of a metal wood on the PGA Tour.
The Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf - a team event for seniors that is considered the launching pad of the Senior Tour - is played in Austin, Texas. Roberto De Vicenzo and Julius Boros beat Tommy Bolt and Art Wall in a 6-hole playoff.
Signalling a coming tide of great European players, 22-year-old Seve Ballesteros wins the British Open.
David Graham's PGA Championship win comes the hard way. He double-bogeys the final hole (still finishing with 65) to fall into a playoff against Ben Crenshaw, then birdies to win on the third playoff hole.
Nancy Lopez follows up her rookie season on the LPGA Tour with eight wins, the Vare Trophy and Player of the Year award.
Fuzzy Zoeller earns his first PGA Tour victory at the Andy Williams San Diego Open.
Born This Year:
• Grace Park, LPGA Tour
Died This Year:
• Tom Creavy, 1931 PGA Championship winner
Men's Major Championship Winners:
U.S. Open: Hale Irwin
British Open: Seve Ballesteros
PGA Championship: David Graham
Women's Major Championship Winners:
U.S. Open: Jerilyn Britz
du Maurier: Amy Alcott
U.S.: Mark O'Meara
British: Jay Sigel
U.S. Women's: Carolyn Hill
British Women's: Maureen Madill
U.S. 17, Europe 11
U.S. 15.5, Great Britain and Ireland 8.5