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The Week In Golf August 2-9

Featuring a babe, a manic depressive and an Aussie just for good measure.

Posted Aug 02, 2010 by The Week In Golf

Babe Zaharias

August 2, 1953: The incredible Babe Zaharias further amazed the world at the All-American Open in Chicago. Babe, who was playing her first competitive round since cancer surgery in April, managed to complete her 72nd hole and finish 15th, despite having to sit on a collapsible seat between shots. Elsewhere, on this day in 1912, Philadelphia's Johnny McDermott, the youngest US Open champion in history, successfully defended his US Open title.

August 3, 1975: Gene 'The Machine' Littler defeated Julius Boros in a playoff to win the Westchester Classic. That Westchester Classic victory was one of Littler's five PGA Tour victories after recovering from lymph cancer, with which he was diagnosed in 1972.

August 4, 1955: Sadly, LPGA star Babe Zaharias was stricken with cancer for a second time. 'It's a rub of the green,' said Zaharias. 'This is my greatest battle.' But it was a battle she would not win. While the illness limited her schedule to eight events that year, she still managed two wins. However, the cancer took its toll, and Zaharias died in 1956, aged 45.

August 5, 1979: Australian, David Graham defeated Ben Crenshaw by making a 10-foot birdie putt on the third play-off hole to win the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills, Michigan. Despite a final hole double bogey, Graham still managed to shoot a final-round 65.

August 6, 1983: American golfer Bert Yancey was born. Trouble followed Yancy around like a puppy. Diagnosed with manic depression when he was a young man, Yancey was forced to rely on huge doses of lithium to keep his condition in check. That he managed to win seven times on the PGA Tour was incredible. That he actually battled through, despite his illness, to play on the Seniors Tour was verging on miraculous.

August 7, 1952: The Republic of Ireland's Eamon Darcy was born in Delgany, County Wicklow. A four-time winner on the European Tour, Darcy turned professional in 1968. Although not up there with the Seves, Faldos or Langers of his era, Darcy did indeed enjoy a lengthy career, finishing in the Order of Merit's top 20 on no less than nine occasions.

August 8, 1982: Raymond Floyd finished at an eight-under-par 272 to win PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club, Oklahoma. It was second triumph at the PGA and the third of his four Majors. He was 39 at the time and remains one of the oldest players ever to win a Major.

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