Ed Dudley

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Ed Dudley
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Edward Bishop Dudley
Nickname Big Ed
Born (1901-02-19)February 19, 1901
Brunswick, Georgia
Died October 25, 1963(1963-10-25) (aged 62)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
Status Professional
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 19
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 15
Other 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament 3rd: 1937
U.S. Open 5th: 1937
The Open Championship 6th: 1937
PGA Championship T3: 1932

Edward Bishop Dudley (February 19, 1901 – October 25, 1963) was an American professional golfer of the late 1920s and 1930s. He was given the nickname, "Big Ed," in acknowledgment of his 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) frame.

Born in Brunswick, Georgia, Dudley was a 15-time winner on the PGA Tour. After winning both the Los Angeles and Western Opens in 1931, Dudley had his best year in 1933, when he was a quarter-finalist in the PGA Championship and won selection to the Ryder Cup team (having also played on the 1929 team). He won two key matches in the 1937 Ryder Cup, to help the United States win for the first time in England. In a total of four Ryder Cup matches played, Dudley compiled a record of three wins and one loss, across three Cup series; all three U.S. teams he played for (1929, 1933, and 1937) had to travel to Great Britain.

Dudley finished 24 times in the top-10 at major championships, and this is a record among players who did not win at least one major. His high finishes in majors include third place at the PGA Championship in 1932 and at The Masters in 1937. In 1937, he became the first player to finish in the top-10 in all four majors in one year, a feat not repeated until Arnold Palmer in 1960.

Dudley served as the first head golf professional at Augusta National Golf Club, from 1932 to 1957, and also served as president of the PGA of America from 1942 to 1948. He was posthumously inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in 1990. He was also the club pro at the Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs for over two decades; this shared arrangement was possible because of the mainly mid-autumn through early spring season at Augusta National.[1]

Among Dudley's most famous students were President Dwight Eisenhower, singer Bing Crosby, and comedian Bob Hope. Dudley died of a heart attack in Colorado Springs one week after undergoing surgery to remove blood clots from his leg.[1]

Professional wins (19)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (15)[edit]

Other wins (4)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
Masters Tournament NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF
U.S. Open DNP DNP WD T6 CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T18
PGA Championship R16 DNP R16 QF DNP
Tournament 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
Masters Tournament NYF NYF NYF NYF 5 T19 T6 3 T6 T10
U.S. Open T17 T15 T14 CUT T37 T21 T59 5 T50 T12
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP T8 DNP DNP DNP 6 DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP R32 SF QF DNP QF R16 R16 R32 DNP
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950
Masters Tournament T4 5 T34 NT NT NT T32 T34 T18 WD WD
U.S. Open T10 T10 NT NT NT NT CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship R16 R32 QF NT QF R32 DNP R32 DNP DNP DNP

NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
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
Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 1 4 7 9 14 12
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 4 9 16 12
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 2 3 3 3
PGA Championship 0 0 1 6 11 16 16 16
Totals 0 0 1 5 24 37 49 43
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 29 (1933 Open Championship – 1946 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 6 (1936 PGA – 1938 Masters)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ed Dudley, Ex-Augusta Pro, Dies". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Associated Press. October 27, 1963. p. C-2. 

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