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Walter Burkemo (October 9, 1918October 8, 1986) was an American professional golfer, best known for winning the 1953 PGA Championship. October 9 is the 282nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (283rd in leap years). ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... October 8 is the 281st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (282nd in leap years). ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In golf the distinction between amateurs and professionals in rigorously maintained. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1953 calendar). ... Logo for the 2006 PGA 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...


Burkemo was born in Detroit, the youngest of 13 children of Norwegian immigrants who settled there. He began in golf at the age of 8 by caddieing at Lochmoor CC in Detroit. Burkemo won his first PGA Tour event at the 1938 Southern Florida Open; however, World War II intervened soon thereafter and he found himself drafted into the Army. Burkemo served as an infantry sargeant in the European Theater. He was seriously wounded twice during the war; the second time during the Battle of the Bulge. Flag Seal Nickname: Motor City, Motown, D-Town, The D, The Renaissance City, Detroit Rock City Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: , Government Country State County United States Michigan Wayne County... Golfer after swing. ... The PGA Tour is an organization headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA that operates the USAs main professional golf tours for men. ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Combatants Allies: Soviet Union United States United Kingdom and others Axis Powers: Germany Japan Italy and others Commanders Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry S. Truman Winston Churchill Adolf Hitler Hideki Tojo Benito Mussolini Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000,000 Total dead: 50,000,000 Military... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Combatants United States United Kingdom Germany Commanders Dwight D. Eisenhower Gerd von Rundstedt Strength Dec 16 - start of the Battle: about 83,000 men; 242 Sherman tanks, 182 tank destroyers, and 394 pieces of corps and divisional artillery. ...


Burkemo resumed his PGA Tour career after recovering from his injuries. He had little success in the late 1940s; but in 1951, his luck began to change when he won his first of four Michigan Opens. [1] His best years in professional golf were in the early 1950s; he won the 1953 PGA Championship and finished as runner-up in 1951 and 1954. Although he was one of the most consistent top-10 finishers on the Tour, he would go on to win one only more PGA Tour event, the 1957 Mayfair Inn Open. He was a member of the 1953 Ryder Cup team. // Events and trends World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrination, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atomic bomb. ... Golfer after swing. ... The 1950s were the decade that traditionally speaking, spanned the years 1950 through 1959. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1953 calendar). ... Logo for the 2006 PGA 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... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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. ...


The 1953 PGA Championship was played at Birmingham Country Club in Birmingham, Michigan, only six miles from the Franklin Hills Country Club where Burkemo was club pro. He benefitted from a so-called "home field advantage" because during the matchplay era, the PGA Championship was a marathon 36 holes of qualifying followed by six matches – the last four at 36 holes. [2] He also benefitted from the fact that Ben Hogan, who was to win that years first 3 Majors, was still in England finishing-up in the British Open, when the PGA Championship started. Burkemo's toughest match en route to the final against Felice Torza was in the semifinals against 1948 Masters champion Claude Harmon, who was up 3 after 11 holes. Burkemo rallied to win.[3] Birmingham is a city in Oakland County, Michigan, United States. ... Ben Hogan on the cover of the DVD Ben Hogan: The Golf Swing (2003). ... 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. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... The Masters is one of four Grand Slam golf tournaments. ... Claude Harmon, Sr. ...


After the 1954 season, Burkemo returned to life as a club pro because the grind of the PGA Tour was proving too difficult for him to maintain with a wife and four children. He continued to play the tour part-time for the rest of his career.


Burkemo was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame. He died in Fenton, Michigan, a day before his 68th birthday.[4] Fenton is a city located in Genesee County and Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ...


PGA Tour wins

Major championship is shown in bold. Logo for the 2006 PGA 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... The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual tournaments in mens professional golf. ...


Other wins

  • Four Michigan Opens
  • Two Michigan PGAs

Results in major championships

Tournament 1937 1938 1939
The Masters DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
The Masters DNP DNP T42 DNP T22 T15 T17 CUT CUT T22
U.S. Open T36 CUT DNP T40 CUT CUT T29 T4 T5 WD
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP 2 T9 1 2 T33 T9 3 T16 T17
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
The Masters T6 T11 CUT T43 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T49 CUT DNP T8 CUT DNP T22 DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T24 14 T39 CUT T17 T41 CUT CUT CUT DNP
Tournament 1970 1971
The Masters DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP
PGA Championship CUT CUT

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10 The Masters is one of four major championships in mens golf and the first to take place each year, being played the weekend following the first Monday in April. ... The United States Open Championship is an annual mens golf tournament staged by the United States Golf Association each June, scheduled such that the final round is always played on the 3rd Sunday of that month. ... 2005 Open Champion Tiger Woods holding the Claret Jug. ... Logo for the 2006 PGA 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... The Masters is one of four major championships in mens golf and the first to take place each year, being played the weekend following the first Monday in April. ... The United States Open Championship is an annual mens golf tournament staged by the United States Golf Association each June, scheduled such that the final round is always played on the 3rd Sunday of that month. ... 2005 Open Champion Tiger Woods holding the Claret Jug. ... Logo for the 2006 PGA 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... The Masters is one of four major championships in mens golf and the first to take place each year, being played the weekend following the first Monday in April. ... The United States Open Championship is an annual mens golf tournament staged by the United States Golf Association each June, scheduled such that the final round is always played on the 3rd Sunday of that month. ... 2005 Open Champion Tiger Woods holding the Claret Jug. ... Logo for the 2006 PGA 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... The Masters is one of four major championships in mens golf and the first to take place each year, being played the weekend following the first Monday in April. ... The United States Open Championship is an annual mens golf tournament staged by the United States Golf Association each June, scheduled such that the final round is always played on the 3rd Sunday of that month. ... 2005 Open Champion Tiger Woods holding the Claret Jug. ... Logo for the 2006 PGA 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... The Masters is one of four major championships in mens golf and the first to take place each year, being played the weekend following the first Monday in April. ... The United States Open Championship is an annual mens golf tournament staged by the United States Golf Association each June, scheduled such that the final round is always played on the 3rd Sunday of that month. ... 2005 Open Champion Tiger Woods holding the Claret Jug. ... Logo for the 2006 PGA 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...


Notes and References

  1. ^ GolfDigest.com - In Ben's Shadow (URL last accessed July 31, 2006)
  2. ^ Ibid.
  3. ^ Ibid.
  4. ^ Ibid.

External links

  • Profile on PGA Tour's official site

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Burkemo had to sink his putt or face a playoff.
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