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Chronology of Some Important Events in 20th Century Golf
  1. 1916 - PGA of America formed; Jim Barnes wins first PGA Championship over Jock Hutchison at Siwanoy CC in Bronxville, NY
  2. 1927 - First Ryder Cup matches played, won by the United States
  3. Bobby Jones’ 1930 Grand Slam victory, encompassing the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open, British Amateur and British Open
  4. 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.
  5. 1933 - Hershey Chocolate Company became the first corporate sponsor on PGA TOUR with The Hershey Open.
  6. 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
  7. Women's PGA was founded in 1944. After it faltered, the Ladies PGA (LPGA) was established in 1950.
  8. 1961 - Caucasians-only clause stricken from PGA constitution; PGA TOUR officially integrated.
  9. 1970 U.S. astronaut Alan Shepard struck 6-iron shots on the moon.
  10. 1971 - The official birth of the PGA European Tour.
  11. 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 him therein."
  12. 1971 - Jack Nicklaus became the first player to win all four professional major championships twice by winning the PGA Championship at PGA National.
  13. 1971 - Italian pro Baldovino Dassu shot an 11-under 60, a record that has been tied but never broken on the PGA European Tour
  14. 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.
  15. 1990 - Ben Hogan Tour comes into existence as developmental circuit, succeeded by NIKE TOUR beginning in 1993.
  16. 1991 - Chip Beck matches Geiberger's 1977 feat on October 11, carding a 59 at Sunrise Golf Club during Las Vegas Invitational.
  17. 1997 Tiger Woods stormed onto the scene winning 5 events, including the Masters, and accumulating 13 top ten finishes in his rookie year.
  18. 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 game.
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