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Encyclopedia > Ralph Guldahl

Ralph Guldahl (22 November 1911 - 11 June 1987) was an American professional golfer who was one of the top players in the sport for three years in the late 1930s. He was born in Dallas, Texas. November 22 is the 326th day (327th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1911 was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... June 11 is the 162nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (163rd in leap years), with 203 days remaining. ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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. ... Downtown Dallas City nickname: Big D Location Location in the state of Texas Government Counties Dallas County Collin County Denton County Kaufman County Rockwall County Mayor Laura Miller Physical characteristics Area      Land      Water 385. ...

Guldahl started playing on the professional tournament circuit in 1932 and won an event in his rookie season. In the 1933, at the age of 21, he went into the last hole of U.S. Open tied for the lead with Johnny Goodman. A par would have taken him into a playoff, but he made bogey and finished second. After further frustrating failures Guldahl quit the sport temporarily in 1935 and became a car salesman. He made a comeback part way through the 1936 PGA Tour season. He won the prestigious Western Open and finished second on the money list. He went on to win the Western Open in 1937 and 1938 as well. The United States Open Championship is an annual mens golf tournament staged by the United States Golf Association each June. ... 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 Western Open is the second oldest professional golf tournament in the United States after the U.S. Open. ...

Guldahl won three major championships. He claimed the U.S. Open title in 1937 and 1938. He was runner up at the Masters in both 1937 and 1938, before taking that title in 1939. The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual golf tournaments in mens professional golf. ... The Masters is one of four major championships in mens golf. ...

Guldahl game then fell apart and he didn't win after 1940. Two-time PGA champion Paul Runyan commented, "It's the most ridiculous thing, really. He went from being temporarily the absolute best player in the world to one who couldn't play at all." One popular theory is that when he wrote an instructional book, he overanalyzed his swing and it fell apart. He played occasionally in the 1940s but then quit tournament golf for good and spent the rest of his working life as a club professional. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1981. Paul Runyan was born July 12, 1908 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. ... The World Golf Hall of Fame [1] is located in St. ...

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Ralph Guldahl once worked as a carpenter for Warner Brothers in the 1930s while he was mired in a slump.
Guldahl was four strokes up with only seven to play, but he hit into the water on both the 12th and 13th holes to score a 5 and 6.
But Guldahl admitted that "behind my so called poker face, I'm burning up." Somehow, beginning in the 1940 season, he went from being the man to beat to a beaten man. Whether it was due to the rigors of competition, lack of desire or the vagaries of his swing remains a mystery.
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