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Posted May 24, 2010 by The Week In Golf

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May 24, 1908: Old Tom Morris, winner of four Open Championship titles between 1861 and 1866 died aged 86 in St Andrews, from a concussion caused by a fall down a flight of stairs. Arguably the most influential figure in the evolution of golf, Old Tom revolutionised the art of green-keeping by top-dressing greens, maintaining bunkers and standardising golf course length at 18 holes. He also introduced the concept of each nine holes returning to the clubhouse. He also played a role in designing courses across the British Isles, including Muirfield, Prestwick and Carnoustie.
May 25, 1954: The US Supreme Court opened public courses to African-American golfers after it ruled that the city of Houston must operate its municipal courses on an integrated basis.
May 26, 1961: Steve Pate was born in Ventura, California. A winner of six events on the PGA Tour, he was nicknamed ‘Volcano’ because of his legendary losses of temper on the golf course. He once managed to get himself fined in seven consecutive events for bad language.
May 27, 1912: Samuel Jackson Snead, better known as 'Slammin' Sam, was born on this day in Ashwood Virginia. He won seven major titles, a record 81 PGA Tour events and holds numerous playing records including the most PGA Tour victories at an event (eight at the Greater Greensboro Open), the oldest player to win a PGA Tour event (52 years, 10 months, 8 days), the first PGA Tour player to shoot his age (67) and the oldest player to make a cut on the PGA Tour (age 67 years, 2 months, 21 days).
May 28, 1914: Nearly eight months after his momentous US Open triumph over Harry Vardon at Brookline, Massachusetts, Francis Ouimet captured the French Amateur title at La Boulie.
May 29, 1966: Jean Van de Velde was born on this day in Mont-de-Marsan, France. Twice winner on The European Tour, he will forever be remembered for losing a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole at the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie.
May 30, 1937: Herman Densmore Shute, or Denny to his mates, won his second consecutive PGA Championship, going 37 holes in the final match to defeat Harold 'Jug' McSpaden at Pittsburgh Field Club. It would be 63 years until Tiger Woods would match the feat, beating Craig Wood in a 36-hole playoff. Shute won 15 times on the PGA Tour in the 30s and was the second US-born winner of The Open Championship in 1933 at St Andrews.

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