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Herman Keiser (October 7, 1914 - December 24, 2003) was an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour who won the 1946 Masters Tournament. He was born in Springfield, Missouri and was the golf professional at courses in Portage and Akron, Ohio. In 1942, he interrupted his career to join the United States Navy, serving aboard the USS Cincinnati during World War II. He was discharged in 1945 and returned to play on the PGA Tour. Despite the long layoff, he earned second place finishes to Sam Snead at the Greater Greensboro Open to Buck White at the Memphis Invitational and twice to leading money winner Ben Hogan at both the Dallas Invitational and the Phoenix Open. However, he achieved golfing immortality with at the 1946 Masters Tournament when he took the lead on the third hole and never looked back, defeating Hogan by one stroke to earn $2,500 in first prize money. The following year Keiser was part of the American team that won the Ryder Cup. October 7 is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years). ... 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... December 24 is the 358th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (359th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Golf (gowf in Scots) is a game where individual players or teams hit a ball into a hole using various clubs, and is one of the few ball games that does not use a fixed standard playing area. ... The PGA Tour is an organization headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA that operates the USAs main professional golf tours for men. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The Masters is one of four major championships in mens golf and the first to take place each year. ... Springfield is the third largest city in Missouri. ... Portage is a village located in Wood County, Ohio. ... Nickname: The Rubber Capital of the World Official website: http://www. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for conducting naval operations around the globe. ... The third USS Cincinnati (CL-6) was launched 23 May 1921 by Seattle Construction Drydock Co. ... Combatants Allies: Poland, British Commonwealth, France/Free France, Soviet Union, United States, China, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, and others Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total dead: 50 million Military dead: 8 million Civilian dead: 4 million Total dead: 12 million World War II... Samuel Jackson Snead (May 27, 1912 – May 23, 2002) was one of the top golfers in the world for most of 4 decades. ... The FedEx St. ... Ben Hogan on the cover of the DVD Ben Hogan: The Golf Swing (2003). ... The EDS Byron Nelson Championship is a golf tournament on the PGA Tour, located in or around Dallas, Texas. ... The Phoenix Open is a nationally televised golf tournament, a part of the PGA Tour, held at the Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Scottsdale, Arizona around the last weekend in January. ... 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. ...


Herman Keiser retired in the 1950s having won five tournaments during his PGA career. He returned to live in Ohio where he purchased a driving range. He died in Akron in 2003 from complications of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 89.


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Herman Keiser - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (259 words)
Herman W. Keiser (October 7, 1914 – December 24, 2003) was an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour who won the 1946 Masters Tournament.
In 1942, Keiser interrupted his career to join the United States Navy, serving aboard the USS Cincinnati during World War II.
Herman Keiser retired in the 1950s having won five tournaments during his PGA career.
masters96.com: Herman Keiser (523 words)
Keiser's memories of the victory remain lucid and his steel blue eyes shine brightly against weathered brown skin as he recounts anecdotes with clarity, throwing in little incidents, including a few he wishes to remain unprinted.
Keiser doesn't even mind talking about the time a few years ago when his green jacket, the very one he was wearing Tuesday evening, disappeared.
Keiser was unknown before that magical spring, having spent the previous three years serving on the USS Cincinnati.
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