|— Golfer —|
Smith (right) with Walter Hagen
|Nickname||The Joplin Ghost|
May 22, 1908|
|Died||October 15, 1963
|College||State Teacher's College (Springfield, Missouri)|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||Won: 1934, 1936|
|U.S. Open||3rd: 1930, 1940|
|The Open Championship||T4: 1930|
|PGA Championship||T3: 1928|
|Achievements and awards|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||1990 (member page)|
leading money winner
|Bob Jones Award||1962|
Smith was born in Springfield, Missouri. He turned professional in 1926 and won his first tournament, the Oklahoma City Open in 1928. In 1929 he won eight titles. This was an era of expansion and reorganization for professional golf. The PGA Tour was founded in 1934, and Smith was one of the leading players of the early years of the tour, topping the money list in 1936. He accumulated 32 PGA Tour titles in total, the last of them in 1941. Smith's two major championships both came at the Masters Tournament, the first at the inaugural tournament in 1934 and the second in 1936. He played in every Masters until his death in 1963. He played for the United States in the Ryder Cup five times: 1929, 1931, 1933, 1935, and 1937. His career Ryder Cup record was 3-0-1, his only blemish a halved singles match against Bill Cox in 1935 at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey. He was the only golfer to defeat Bobby Jones in 1930 (Savannah Open), the year of Jones' Grand Slam.
Smith served as the club pro at Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, Michigan for several years following his professional career. He was president of the Professional Golfers' Association of America from 1952 to 1954. When he resigned as head professional of Oak Park Country Club in River Grove, Illinois, in 1936, his brother Ren replaced him at the club.
Awards and honors
- Smith was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990.
- In 1962, he was voted the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.
- The PGA of America annually grants the Horton Smith Award to a PGA professional who has made "outstanding and continuing contributions to PGA education."
- Smith has a golf course named after him in Springfield, Missouri.
- He is attributed with being the first professional golfer to study putting as a means to beat his opponents
- In September 2013 Horton's green jacket, from his 1934 Masters win, sold at auction for over $682,000; the highest price ever paid for a piece of golf memorabilia.
PGA Tour wins (32)
- 1928 (2) Oklahoma City Open, Catalina Island Open
- 1929 (8) Berkeley Open Championship, Pensacola Open Invitational, Florida Open, La Gorce Open, Fort Myers Open, North and South Open, Oregon Open, Pasadena Open (December)
- 1930 (4) Central Florida Open, Savannah Open, Berkeley Open, Bay District Open
- 1931 (1) St. Paul Open
- 1932 (1) National Capital City Open
- 1933 (1) Miami International Four-Ball (with Paul Runyan)
- 1934 (3) Masters Tournament, Grand Slam Open, California Open
- 1935 (3) Palm Springs Invitational, Miami Biltmore Open, Pasadena Open
- 1936 (2) Masters Tournament, Victoria Open
- 1937 (3) North and South Open, Inverness Invitational Four-Ball (with Harry Cooper), Oklahoma Four-Ball (with Harry Cooper)
- 1941 (2) Florida West Coast Open, St. Paul Open
(missing two wins)
Major championships are shown in bold.
this list is probably incomplete
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1934||Masters Tournament||1 shot lead||−4 (70-72-70-72=284)||1 stroke||Craig Wood|
|1936||Masters Tournament (2)||3 shot deficit||−3 (74-71-68-72=285)||1 stroke||Harry Cooper|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||T24|
|The Open Championship||T4||T12||DNP||T12||DNP||DNP||DNP||10||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||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
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||1||2||5||5||5|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 43 (1927 U.S. Open – 1946 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (twice)