Dr. Cary Middlecoff was a dentist from Memphis, Tennessee who gave up his practice to join what is now the PGA TOUR in the 1940s, a time when the practice would quite likely have promised to have been more lucrative. After an illustrious playing career, he developed a reputation as one of the very best of the early golftelevision commentators.
CaryMiddlecoff's eagle, because of how and when it happened and the further fact that he went on to win this Masters Tournament, will undoubtedly be referred to time and time again as long as the game is played.
Middlecoff entered the final round with his lead of four strokes over Hogan still intact, and you can use a lead of that size when Ben is stalking you.
Cary was chattering nervously as he played, but he was hitting the ball hard, not taking too long over his shots, and all in all playing very efficiently until he came to the 5th, one under par.
Middlecoff considered his 1956 U.S. Open title at Rochester, N.Y., as ``probably my greatest accomplishment in golf.'' But, he had no greater appreciation for a site than Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters, where he also was a two-time runner-up.
Born in Halls, Middlecoff attended high school at Memphis Central and Christian Brothers and was an all-America golfer at the University of Mississippi.
Inducted in 1992, Middlecoff is a charter member of the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame.
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