| Chronology of Some
Important Events in 20th Century Golf
- 1916 - PGA of America formed; Jim
Barnes wins first PGA Championship over Jock Hutchison at Siwanoy
CC in Bronxville, NY
- 1927 - First Ryder Cup matches
played, won by the United States
- Bobby Jones 1930 Grand Slam
victory, encompassing the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open, British Amateur
and British Open
- Byron Nelson won the 1945 Canadian
Open for his 11th consecutive victory on the PGA TOUR. 11 consecutive
tournament starts, seven other official events and one unofficial,
a total of 19 wins in one year.
- 1933 - Hershey Chocolate Company
became the first corporate sponsor on PGA TOUR with The Hershey
- 1947 - The first golf event on
TV - The U.S. Open televised live in St. Louis area. In 1954 the
USGA begins to televise U.S. Open for national audience
- Women's PGA was founded in 1944.
After it faltered, the Ladies PGA (LPGA) was established in 1950.
- 1961 - Caucasians-only clause stricken
from PGA constitution; PGA TOUR officially integrated.
- 1970 U.S. astronaut Alan Shepard
struck 6-iron shots on the moon.
- 1971 - The official birth of the
PGA European Tour.
- 1971: A cable was sent from the
R&A to Alan Shepard "Please refer to rules of golf on
etiquette, paragraph 6," the cable said. "Before leaving
a bunker, a player should carefully fill up all holes made by
- 1971 - Jack Nicklaus became the
first player to win all four professional major championships
twice by winning the PGA Championship at PGA National.
- 1971 - Italian pro Baldovino Dassu
shot an 11-under 60, a record that has been tied but never broken
on the PGA European Tour
- 1977 - Al Geiberger records first
sub-60 round in PGA TOUR history on June 10, a 59 in Danny Thomas
Memphis Classic at Colonial CC.
- 1990 - Ben Hogan Tour comes into
existence as developmental circuit, succeeded by NIKE TOUR beginning
- 1991 - Chip Beck matches Geiberger's
1977 feat on October 11, carding a 59 at Sunrise Golf Club during
Las Vegas Invitational.
- 1997 Tiger Woods stormed onto the
scene winning 5 events, including the Masters, and accumulating
13 top ten finishes in his rookie year.
- 1998 - In May Nota Begay matched
the feat of shooting 59 while playing on the Nike tour. Three
weeks later Doug Dunakey also playing on the Nike tour, carded
a 59 as well. This virtual barage of sub 60 scores has added fuel
to the debate on how techology may be adversely affecting the