Craig Wood (golfer)

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Craig Wood
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Craig Ralph Wood
Born (1901-11-18)November 18, 1901
Lake Placid, New York
Died May 7, 1968(1968-05-07) (aged 66)
Palm Beach, Florida
Nationality  United States
Career
College None
Turned professional 1920
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 27
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 21
Other 6
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 2)
Masters Tournament Won: 1941
U.S. Open Won: 1941
The Open Championship 2nd: 1933
PGA Championship 2nd: 1934
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2008 (member page)

Craig Ralph Wood (November 18, 1901 – May 7, 1968) was an American professional golfer in the 1930s and 1940s, the winner of 21 PGA Tour titles including two major championships and a member of three Ryder Cup teams (1931, 1933, 1935). Wood was the first player to lose all four major championships in extra holes.

Playing career[edit]

Wood was born in Lake Placid, New York.

Despite his two major championships, Wood is probably most well known as the victim of Gene Sarazen's famous double eagle in the 1935 Augusta National Invitational (now known as the Masters Tournament). The shot left the two players tied at the end of regulation and Sarazen went on to victory in a 36-hole playoff.

This was the fourth runner-up and third playoff loss for Wood in a major in just two years. In the 1933 British Open at St Andrews, Denny Shute had defeated Wood in another 36-hole playoff. In the spring of 1934, Wood was the runner up by a single shot to Horton Smith at the first Masters and later that year he was defeated on the 38th hole by Paul Runyan in the PGA Championship which was then decided by match play. At the 1939 U.S. Open he birdied the 72nd hole and was again in a playoff, but this time Byron Nelson was the winner, making Wood the first player to lose all four major championships in extra holes. Greg Norman is the only other player to suffer this fate.

In 1941, at the age of 39, Wood finally beat his "jinx" in noteworthy fashion. He won the Masters Tournament and became its first wire-to-wire champion with rounds of 66-71-71-72=280 for a three shot victory over Byron Nelson. Wood followed his Masters success with a win at the 45th U.S. Open, held at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. His score of 284 (+4) was three strokes ahead of Denny Shute, another on-course nemesis. This was the first time the winner of the Masters had won the U.S. Open in the same year for the first half of the grand slam. Subsequent winners of the first two majors were Ben Hogan (1951, 1953), Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972), and Tiger Woods (2002).

In 1954, the Lake Placid Golf and Country Club changed its name to the "Craig Wood Golf Course" in honor of its native son.[1]

Wood died in Palm Beach, Florida in 1968 at age 66. He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2008 on the PGA Tour ballot.[2]

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins (21)[edit]

Major championships are shown in bold.

Other wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Major championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1941 Masters Tournament 3 shot lead −8 (66-71-71-72=280) 3 strokes United States Byron Nelson
1941 U.S. Open 2 shot lead +4 (73-71-70-70=284) 3 strokes United States Denny Shute

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
Masters Tournament NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF
U.S. Open T51 DNP CUT T46 T16
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP QF
Tournament 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
Masters Tournament NYF NYF NYF NYF 2 2 T20 T26 T34 6
U.S. Open T9 DNP T14 3 DQ T21 T66 T36 DNP 2
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP 2 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP R32 DNP 2 DNP SF R32 DNP DNP
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Masters Tournament T7 1 T23 NT NT NT DNP T52 DNP 34
U.S. Open 4 1 NT NT NT NT CUT DNP CUT T27
The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship R32 R32 QF NT R16 DNP DNP DNP DNP R64
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament DNP DNP 59 T61 71 62 70 CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open CUT T47 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
Masters Tournament WD CUT DNP WD WD
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
DQ = Disqualified
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 1 2 0 3 5 7 23 16
U.S. Open 1 1 1 4 5 8 18 14
The Open Championship 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1
PGA Championship 0 1 1 4 5 9 10 10
Totals 2 5 2 12 16 25 52 41
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 21 (1934 PGA – 1944 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (1939 Masters – 1940 U.S. Open)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Craig Wood Golf Club – The Craig Wood Story". Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Career female amateur joins World Golf Hall of Fame". PGA Tour. June 24, 2008. Retrieved January 2, 2014.