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The Week In Golf XII

Featuring a brawling Jerseyman, the birth of The Masters and a golf-hating princess.

Posted Mar 22, 2010 by The Week In Golf

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March 22, 1934: a field of the 72 best pro and amateur golfers in the world teed it up in what was originally known as the Augusta National Invitational Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Once tournament co-founder Bobby Jones got used to the name it would become known as The Masters...

March 23, 1951: the motion picture Follow The Sun: The Ben Hogan Story, starring Glenn Ford and Anne Baxter, had its premiere in Ben Hogan's hometown of Fort Worth, Texas. Cary Middlecoff, Sam Snead and Jimmy Demaret all lent some credibility to the film, which isn't quite as bad as it sounds.

March 24, 1992: The golf world was rocked to its very foundations on this day in 1992 with a brutal sideswipe from HRH The Princess Royal, aka Princess Anne. When asked if she played golf, she commented: "I prefer to take the dog out."

March 25, 1961: the winner of the 1996 PGA Championship at Valhalla, as well as six other PGA Tour events, was born in Fort Worth, Texas. Mark Brooks cemented his reputation an a plain-talking sort, with the memorable quote: "A guy works hard, that's fine, but there are people earning $20,000 a year that really do work hard. They go in a coal mine at 4am and come out at 7pm. Hitting a bunch of golf balls and working out in a posh gym and driving home in your nice car isn't the same."

March 26, 1967: not only did Gay Brewer win the Pensacola Open, he did so with the then third-lowest score in PGA Tour history (a 26-under score of 262). Just for the record Tommy Armour III holds the record (as of March 2010) with a score of 254 carded at the 2003 Valero Texas Open.

March 27, 1994: Greg Norman gave a golfing masterclass on this day in 1994, shooting the lowest score in the history of The Players Championship. Norman carded a 24-under par total of 264, with rounds of 63, 67, 67 and 67, confirming his reputation for being quite good at golf.

March 28, 1877: the beefy, brawling Edward RG 'Ted' Ray (pictured) was born on this day on the island of Jersey. One of Britain's best players in the early professional years and a close friend of fellow Jerseyman Harry Vardon, Ray won the Open Championship in 1912, the US Open in 1920 and was Britain's playing captain at the inaugural Ryder Cup matches in 1927.

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