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Posted Mar 18, 2010 by The Week In Golf

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March 15, 1953: Patty Berg (pictured) won the LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship for the fifth time. A founder member of the LPGA, she won 15 majors in all, including a further two Titleholders championships, between a stint in the Marines during World War II. Her evangelical commitment to golf is legendary and she claimed to have drawn over half a million new golfers to the game.

March 16, 1997: A pair of old-timers had to stay up past their bedtimes as Bob Murphy and Jay Sigel needed nine extra playoff holes to settle the Champions Tour's Toshiba Senior Classic in Newport Beach, Orange County, California - then the longest playoff in the tour's history.
As the two stubborn seniors battled it out, tournament organisers were beaming as broadcasters were forced to give the event an extra two hours on ESPN television. Nobody missed anything when Murphy canned an 80-foot snaking birdie putt on the 17th green to take the last of his 11 senior titles ...

March 17, 1902: Robert Tyre 'Bobby' Jones Jr was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He never had a golf lesson, yet he became to greatest amateur golf star in history, a winner of 13 major championships, and the founder of the Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament. He retired from competitive golf at age 28 having won the 1930 'Grand Slam', holding the British Amateur, British Open, US Open and US Amateur all in the same year.

March 18, 1909: Henry Longhurst, legendary British golf writer and commentator, was born in Bedford. He lived in a windmill, served as MP for the London borough of Acton in World War II and is responsible for the immortal quote: "Golfing excellence goes hand in hand with alcohol, as many an open and amateur champion has shown." We couldn't possibly comment...

March 19, 1871: English golf legend John Henry (JH) Taylor was born. JH won five Open Championships, came second five times, and lived to the grand old age of 92. So keep swinging folks, for every Young Tom Morris there are hundreds of JH Taylors ...

March 20: a good day for Laura Davies, who won the Circle K LPGA Tucson Golf Open in 1988 and the LPGA Standard Register Ping Golf Tournament in 1994. It was also a good day for the Hospital family in 1958, who celebrated the birth of future European Tour player Domingo. In a hospital. Probably.

March 21, 1982: inaugural Players Championship winner Jerry Pate threw PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman into a lake at the TPC Sawgrass, along with course designer Pete Dye and, eventually, himself.

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