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Encyclopedia > Gene Littler

Gene (Alec) Littler (born 21 July 1930 in San Diego, California) is an American golfer. A graduate of San Diego State University, he was one of the first of a new breed of college-educated golfers who turned professional after graduation. Littler had a solid temperament and was nicknamed "Gene the Machine" on account of his smooth rhythmical swing. He believed that, "Golf is not a game of great shots. It's a game of the most misses. The people who win make the smallest mistakes." City nickname Americas Finest City City flower Carnation City urban tree Jacaranda City native tree Torrey Pine Mayor Dick Murphy* City Attorney Michael Aguirre City Council District One District Two District Three District Four District Five District Six District Seven District Eight Scott Peters Michael Zucchet Toni Atkins Tony... Golfer teeing off at the start of a hole Golf is an outdoor game where individual players or teams play a small ball into a hole using various clubs. ... San Diego State University (SDSU), founded in 1897, is the largest and oldest higher education facility in the greater San Diego area, and is part of the California State University system. ...


Career outline

Littler played in the 1953 United States Walker Cup team, and won the U.S. Amateur Championship in the same year. In 1954 he won a PGA Tour event as an amateur, an achievement which was not to be repeated until Scott Verplank won the Western Open in 1985. He also finished runner up at the 1954 U.S. Open. Littler turned professional later in 1954. In 1955 he won four times on the Tour, but by 1958 he was in a slump. After taking advice from Paul Runyon he recovered in 1959 to have his winningmost year with five PGA Tour victories. He finished second on the money list that year, which was to remain his best career placing. He was stricken with cancer of the lymph system in 1972, but came back to win five more times on the PGA Tour. He won 29 times on the PGA Tour in total and he also won two tournaments in Japan and one in Australia. The Walker Cup is a series of golf matches conducted biennially between teams comprising the leading amateur golfers of the United States and the United Kingdom and Ireland. ... The U.S. Amateur Championship is the leading annual golf tournament in the United States for male amateur golfers. ... The PGA Tour is an organization which is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA. It operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... The Western Open is a professional golf tournament held at a few select golf courses in the suburbs of Chicago. ... The United States Open Golf Tournament is an annual mens golf tournament staged by the United States Golf Association each June. ...

Littler's only major championship title was the 1961 U.S. Open. He shot a 68 in the final round to overtake Doug Sanders. He accumulated seventeen top ten finishes in the three U.S. based majors: seven at The Masters Tournament, five at the PGA Championship, and five at the U.S. Open. In addition to his U.S. Open victory he had one second place in each of the three U.S. majors, losing playoffs to Billy Casper at the 1970 Masters and to Lanny Wadkins at the 1977 PGA Championship. The latter was the first ever sudden death playoff in a major. He was a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup teams of 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1975 and had a 14-5-8 win/loss/tie record including 5 wins and 3 ties in 10 singles matches. The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual golf tournaments in mens professional golf. ... Doug Sanders (born 24 July 1933 in Cedartown, Georgia) is a famous professional golfer, winning 20 major PGA tournaments during his career. ... The Masters is one of four major championships in mens golf, and the first to take place each year. ... 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 tournaments comprising the mens Grand Slam of golf, and it is the golf seasons final major. ... Billy Casper (b. ... Lanny Wadkins (born December 5, 1949 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American golfer. ... 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. ...

In the 1980s and 1990s Littler played on the Senior PGA Tour, winning eight times. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990. The Champions Tour, a golf tour run by the PGA TOUR, hosts 30 events annually in the United States and Canada for golfers 50 and older. ... The World Golf Hall of Fame [1] is located in St. ...

PGA Tour wins

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Champions Tour wins

  • 1983 Daytona Beach Seniors Golf Classic, Greater Syracuse Classic
  • 1984 Senior Seiko/Tucson Match Play Championship
  • 1986 Sunwest Bank Classic, Bank One Senior Golf Classic
  • 1987 NYNEX/Golf Digest Commemorative, Gus Machado Classic
  • 1989 Aetna Challenge

See also

This is a list of all the golfers who have won twenty or more official events on the PGA TOUR. Players under 50 years of age are shown in bold. ...

External link

  • Profile on the PGA Tour's official site (http://www.golfweb.com/players/bio/132198)

  Results from FactBites:
Howstuffworks "Gene Littler" (399 words)
Littler was born in San Diego in 1930 and first made an impact in the game when he won the 1953 U.S. Amateur.
Littler's "golden boy" reputation was furthered when he finished second in the 1954 U.S. Open, missing an eight-foot putt on the 72nd green that would have gotten him into a playoff, and won four times in 1955.
Littler came close in two other majors, losing in playoffs at the 1970 Masters to boyhood friend Billy Casper and the 1977 PGA Championship to Lanny Wadkins.
Gene Littler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (571 words)
Gene Alec Littler (born July 21, 1930) is an American golfer.
Littler had a solid temperament and was nicknamed "Gene the Machine" on account of his smooth rhythmical swing.
Littler played in the 1953 United States Walker Cup team, and won the U.S. Amateur Championship in the same year.
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