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1958 Golf Highlights

Arnold PalmerArnold Palmer outlasted four strong contenders to win the Masters (April 3-6) with a score of 284. Doug Ford, the 1957 winner, and Fred Hawkins tied for second with 285. Palmer was the third round co-leader and eagled the 13th hole and 3-putted on the final green of the final round to get the victory. Sam Snead was the other co-leader after 54 holes, but shot a 7-over 79 in the final round to fall to 13th place. Cary Middlecoff, who was 1 stroke back entering the final round, carded a 75 in the final round and tied for 6th.

Stan Leonard won the $40,000 Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, Nevada, on April 27.

Mickey Wright won the Ladies Professional Golf Association title in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on June 8. She later won the USGA Women's Open and became the first woman to win both titles in the same year.

Tommy Bolt won the U.S. Open title on June 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Bolt shot a first round 71 to tie with Julius Boros and Dick Metz for first place. A second round 71 gave Bolt the lead by one point over Gary Player. He went on to shoot rounds of 69 and 72 for a four-round total of 283 and four-stroke win over Player. Third place went to 1952 Open champion Boros, who shot 289, and fourth went to Gene Littler, whose third-round score of 67 gave him a 290 total.

Patty Berg won the Women's Open in Erie, Pennsylvania, on June 22.

Peter Thompson of the United States won a play-off with Dave Thomas of England at St. Anne's-on-the-Sea, England, on July 5 for the British Open title.

Dan Sikes, a law students at the University of Florida, won the U.S. Public Links title in Chicago, Illinois, on July 12.

Finsterwald with his PGA trophyDow Finsterwald won the Professional Golf Association Tournament in Haverstown, Pennsylvania, on July 20. The win was accomplished with a final-round 67 that included a 31 on the front nine, and his final total of 276 gave him a two-stroke lead over second place Bill Casper, Jr. Third place went to Sam Snead, who shot 280, and Jack Burke, Jr.'s 281 gave him fourth.

Barbara McIntire won the Women's Western Amateur title in Chicago, Illinois, on July 26.

The United States won the America's Cup Golf Team matches in San Francisco, California, on September 5-6 over Canada and Mexico.

Australia defeated the United States in a playoff on October 13 to win the first Four-Man Team World Amateur Golf Title and Eisenhower Trophy, at St. Andrews, Scotland.

The PGA Senior Championship was won by Gene Sarazen with a 288, three strokes under runner-up Charles Sheppard. Sarazen later lost to Norman Sutton for the Teachers International Senior Trophy.

Dow Finsterwald was voted PGA Pro of the Year. His average of 70.18 strokes per round was second to Bob Fosbury's 70.11, and he was the fourth highest money winner with a total of $35,393 in prize money. Arnold Palmer, who earned $42,607, was the leading money winner for the season; Bill Casper, Jr., was second with $41,323 and Ken Venturi was third with $42,267.

Horton Smith, pro at Detroit (Michigan) Golf Club, became the 20th member of the PGA Hall of Fame. The winner of 33 major tournaments during his career, Smith was a two-time winner of the Masters.


In the Year 1958

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