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The Week In Golf May 10-16

Featuring a Haig, a Muffin and a Babe.

Posted May 10, 2010 by The Week In Golf

May 10, 1929: Walter Hagen, one of the absolute best half dozen golfers ever to pull on a  pair of spikes, won his fourth Open Championship at Muirfield, beating the previous year’s US Open champ Johnny Farrell at a stroll. The Haig is not only the third most prolific winners of Majors in the history of the game (his 11 wins means that only Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus have more) but he was the most stylish.
May 11, 1986: the woman with the greatest name in professional golf, Muffin Spencer-Devlin, won the United Virginia Bank Golf Classic. Spencer-Devlin gave new meaning to the phrase no-nonsense and was the first pro golfer to come out as a lesbian.
May 12, 1970:  Jim Furyk, winner of the 2003 US Open and an inspiration to many golfers with unorthodox swings, was born in West Chester Pennsylvania. Commentator David Feherty memorably described Furyk's swing as "an octopus falling out of a tree", yet he remained in the world's top 10 golfers for over 300 weeks between 1999 and 2009.
May 13,1990: Dottie Pepper was a fierce competitor with boiling lava circulating in her veins (which, incidentally, earned her the nicknames ‘Snotty Dottie’ and ‘Hot Pepper’). Her victory in the LPGA Crestar Classic on this day was one of 17 LPGA Tour wins, including two majors.
May 14, 1954: The U.S. Golf Association began construction of a putting green on the South Lawn of the White House to allow President and golf nut Dwight D. Eisenhower the opportunity to practice.
May 15, 1931: Ken Venturi, golf coach, commentator and winner of the 1964 US Open at Congressional County Club was born in San Fransisco. As an amateur, he led the 1956 Masters from day one, and entered the final day with a four-stroke lead. He shot 80 and was accused of choking but on a difficult day his score was only a couple above the field average.
May 16: 1954:  "Just loosen your girdle and let the ball have it". So spoke Mildred Didrikson-Zaharias, who was quite probably the greatest sportswoman the world has ever seen. On this day the woman who was better known as simply Babe, won the LPGA National Capital Golf Open. She once won 17 tournaments in a row, three Olympic gold medals in 1932 and played basketball, pool, baseball and American football, among other things, before her death in in 1956 of cancer, aged 45.

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