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Encyclopedia > Craig Wood (golfer)
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Craig Wood (November 18, 1901 - May 7, 1968) was a professional golfer in the 1930's and 40's, the winner of 21 PGA TOUR titles including 2 major championships and a member of 3 Ryder Cup teams. November 18 is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... May 7 is the 127th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (128th in leap years). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... The PGA Tour is an organization headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA that operates the USAs main professional golf tours for men. ... The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual golf tournaments in mens professional golf. ... The Ryder Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in an event officially called the Ryder Cup Matches by teams from Europe and the United States. ...

Despite his 2 major championships Craig Wood is probably most well known as the victim of Gene Sarazen's famous double eagle in the 1935 Augusta National Invitational (now known as the Masters). The shot left the two players tied at the end of regulation and Sarazen went on to victory in a 36 hole playoff. Gene Sarazen (born Eugenio Saraceni) (February 27, 1902 – May 13, 1999) is one of the few golfers to win all the Major Championships in his career, including 1922 US Open 1922 PGA Championship 1923 PGA Championship 1932 US Open 1932 British Open 1933 PGA Championship 1935 The Masters Winner of... The 1933 Double Eagle, Saint Gaudens design Double Eagle is the official term used for gold coins of the United States with a denomination of $20. ... Master is a term that indicates a consummate level of skill, proficiency, superiority or power. ...

This was the fourth runner-up and third playoff loss for Wood in a major in just 2 years. In the 1933 British Open at St. Andrew's Denny Shute had defeated Wood in another 36 hole playoff. In the spring of 1934 Wood was the runner up by a single shot to Horton Smith at the first Masters and later that year he was defeated on the 38th hole by Paul Runyan in the PGA Championship which was then decided by match play. After Sarazen's shot, Wood was left with his second consecutive Masters runner-up and a reputation of being "jinxed". At the 1939 U.S. Open he birdied the 72nd hole and was again in a playoff, but this time Byron Nelson was the winner, making Wood the first player to lose all 4 major championships in extra holes. The British Open is the title or popular name of a number of sporting tournaments: The British Open golf championship A tennis tournament often called the Wimbledon championships British Open Squash British Open snooker. ... Denny Shute ( d 1973) was an American golfer who won three major championships in the 1930s, namely the 1933 British Open at St Andrews and the 1936 and 1937 PGA Championships. ... Paul Runyan was born July 12, 1908 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. ... // The PGA Championship is an annual golf tournament, conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA TOUR. The PGA Championship is one of the four Major Championships in mens golf, and it is the golf seasons final major, being played in August. ... The term U.S. Open is applied to open (as in anybody, amateur or professional, American or non-Americans can compete) United States national championships in a particular sport. ... John Byron Nelson, Jr. ...

In 1941, at the age of 39, Wood finally beat his "jinx" in noteworthy fashion, winning the Masters and becoming its first wire-to-wire champion with rounds of 66-71-71-72=280 and a 3 shot victory over Byron Nelson. Only 3 other men have equalled his wire-to-wire feat, Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972) and Raymond Floyd (1976). He followed his Masters success by winning the 45th U.S. Open at The Colonial Club in Ft. Worth, TX. His score of 284 beat out another former nemesis Denny Shute by 3. This was the first time someone had successfully captured the first two major championships of the year. (This article is about the golfer. ... Nicklaus celebrates his victory in the 1980 U.S. Open Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940 in Columbus, Ohio), also known as The Golden Bear, was a major force in professional golf, first on the PGA Tour from the 1960s to the mid to late 1980s, and then on... Raymond Floyd often known as Ray Floyd (b September 4, 1942, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S.A.) is a professional golfer who has won numerous tournaments at both PGA Tour and Champions Tour level. ...

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