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Posted Feb 10, 2010 by The Week In Golf

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Feb 8, 1951: Mark McCumber, 10-time winner on The PGA Tour was born in Jacksonville, Florida. Highlights during a 15-year tour career include victory in the 1988 Players Championship and the 1994 Tour Championship, the World Cup of Golf in 1988 with team-mate Ben Crenshaw and the 1989 Ryder Cup matches.  
Feb 9, 1958: Alexander Walter Barr Lyle, or simply Sandy to followers of golf, was born in Shrewsbury, his father Alex having moved from Scotland three years earlier. He won The Open Championship at Sandwich in 1985 and made history in 1988 as the first golfer from Britain to win The Masters. Another golfing Scot, Bernard Gallacher was born in Bathgate on this day in 1949. He won 10 times on The European Tour, represented Great Britain & Ireland in The Ryder Cup eight times and was non-playing captain in 1991, 1993 and 1995.
Feb 10, 1955: Greg Norman, otherwise known as the Great White Shark, was born in Queensland, Australia. Norman won 20 times on the PGA Tour and captured two majors - the 1986 and '93 Open Championships. Although Norman is probably better known for the majors he threw away or lost in excruciating fashion, his place in golf's modern history is secure.
Feb 11, 1973: Arnold Palmer finished the Bob Hope Desert Classic in Palm Springs, California with an aggregate of 343, for his fifth win in the event, and the 62nd and last of Palmer's PGA Tour career. Arnie nipped Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller by two strokes on top of a star-studded leaderboard.
Feb 12, 1963: one of many unsung heroes of Ryder Cup golf, Paul Way, was born in Kingsbury, Middlesex. Way represented Europe against The USA in 1983 and 1985, notching six wins, one half and two losses. He won three times on The European Tour, but faded from the top tier golf in the mid 1990s.
Feb 13, 1918: Women's golf pioneer and founder of the LPGA Tour was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Patricia Jane Berg, better known as Patty, played American football with the boys as a teenager, and even served for three years as a lieutenant in the US Marines during World War II. But it was in the 1950s that Berg - nicknamed Dynamite - made her indelible mark on women's golf, becoming the sport's first dominant ladies' professional player in the United States. Berg won 60 tournaments, including 15 LPGA major titles, and is estimated to have hosted over 16,000 golf clinics, snappily titled Patty Berg's Hit Parade.
Feb 14, 1935: Arguably the best female golfer of all time was born in San Diego. Mary Kathryn 'Mickey' Wright won 13 major championships in 82 career wins, second only to Kathy Whitworth on the all time winners list. Berg had a swing so true that Ben Hogan described it as the best he'd ever seen and she was ranked ninth in a list of the greatest golfers of all time in 2000 by Golf Digest magazine.

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