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Horton Smith (b. May 22, 1908, Springfield, Missouri d. 1963) was an American golfer, who is probably best known as the first man to win the Masters Tournament. May 22 is the 142nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (143rd in leap years). ... 1908 is a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Springfield is the third largest city in Missouri. ... Golfer teeing off at the start of a hole Golf is a sport where individual players or teams hit a small ball into a hole using various clubs. ... The Masters is one of four major championships in mens golf. ...


Tournament career

Smith's turned professional in 1926 and won his first tournament, the Oklahoma Open in 1928. In 1929 he won eight titles. This was an era of expansion and reoganisation for professional golf. The PGA Tour was founded in 1934, and Smith was won of the leading players of the early years of the tour, topping the money list in 1936. He accumulated 32 PGA Tour titles in total, the last of them in 1941. Smith's two major championships both came at the Masters, the first at the inaugural tournament in 1934 and the second in 1936. He played for the United States in the Ryder Cup five times. The PGA Tour is an organization that is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA. It operates the USAs main mens professional golf tours. ... The PGA Tour is an organization that is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA. It operates the USAs main mens professional golf tours. ... 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. ...


Miscellanea

  • Rated as the finest chipped and putter of his era by Byron Nelson. Co-author of a 1961 book, The Secret of Holing Puts.
  • Smith was the last man to defeat Bobby Jones in match play before Jones retired in 1930.
  • According to the World Golf Hall of Fame Smith was the first man to use a sand wedge, although the concave wedge he invented was later banned by the USGA and superseded by a style introduced by Gene Sarazen.
  • Smith was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990.
  • President of the Professional Golfers' Association of America 1952-1954
  • The PGA of America annually grants the Horton Smith Award to a PGA professional who has made "outstanding and continuing contributions to PGA education."

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See also

Golfers with most PGA Tour wins 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. ...


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Horton Smith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (271 words)
Smith's two major championships both came at the Masters, the first at the inaugural tournament in 1934 and the second in 1936.
Smith was the last man to defeat Bobby Jones in match play before Jones retired in 1930.
According to the World Golf Hall of Fame Smith was the first man to use a sand wedge, although the concave wedge he invented was later banned by the USGA and superseded by a style introduced by Gene Sarazen.
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