Lloyd Mangrum

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Lloyd Mangrum
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Lloyd Eugene Mangrum
Nickname Mr. Icicle
Born (1914-08-01)August 1, 1914
Trenton, Texas
Died November 17, 1973(1973-11-17) (aged 59)
Apple Valley, California
Nationality  United States
Career
College None
Turned professional 1929
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 42
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 36
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament 2nd/T2: 1940, 1949
U.S. Open Won: 1946
The Open Championship T24: 1953
PGA Championship T3: 1941, 1949
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 1998 (member page)
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1951
Vardon Trophy 1951, 1953

Lloyd Eugene Mangrum (August 1, 1914 – November 17, 1973) was an American professional golfer. He was known for his smooth swing and his relaxed demeanour on the course, which earned him the nickname "Mr. Icicle".[1]

Mangrum was born in Trenton, Texas. He became a professional golfer at age fifteen, working as an assistant to his brother Ray, the head professional at Cliff-Dale Country Club in Dallas. He joined the PGA Tour in 1937 and went on to win 36 events on the Tour. He might have won more if his career had not been interrupted by service in World War II. While serving in the U.S. Army and training for the D-Day landings, Mangrum was offered the professional's job at the Fort Meade golf course in Maryland, which would have kept him out of combat, but he declined. He won two Purple Hearts and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. His best years on tour came after the war: he led the PGA Tour money list in 1951 and won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average on the tour in 1951 and 1953.

Mangrum's only major championship win came at the 1946 U.S. Open, though he was runner-up in four majors and third in five more. He lost two U.S. Open playoff, in 1940 and 1950. He finished in the top ten at the Masters Tournament ten consecutive years. In 1940 he shot a tournament record 64 in the opening round, a record that stood for 46 years, until Nick Price shot a 63 in third round in 1986.

Mangrum played on four Ryder Cup teams in 1947, 1949, 1951, and 1953. On the last occasion, he was a playing captain. He had a record of six wins, two losses, and no ties (.750), including three wins, one loss, and no ties (.750) in singles matches.

Mangrum died at age 59 in Apple Valley, California in 1973. The cause of death was a heart attack, the 12th he had suffered. Mangrum was called "the forgotten man of golf" by sportswriter Jim Murray. Even though only 11 men have won more PGA Tour events, his reputation has been overshadowed by the other stars of his era who lived long, extraordinary lives such as Sam Snead; and fellow Texans Ben Hogan, Jimmy Demaret, and Byron Nelson.[2] At the 1996 Masters, Nelson conducted a test. "I asked three young pros if they ever heard of Lloyd Mangrum, and they never had." Nelson commented, "Lloyd's the best player who's been forgotten since I've been playing golf." A quarter century after his death, Mangrum was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1998.

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins (36)[edit]

Major championship is shown in bold.

Source:[3]

Other wins (6)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
1946 U.S. Open 1 shot deficit −4 (74-70-68-72=284) Playoff 1 United States Vic Ghezzi, United States Byron Nelson

1 Defeated Gezzi and Nelson in a playoff. All three shot 72 (E) in first 18-hole playoff. Second 18-hole playoff: Mangum 72=144 (E), Ghezzi 73=145 (+1), Nelson 73=145 (+1).

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1937 1938 1939
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP T56
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Masters Tournament 2 T9 DNP NT NT NT T16 T8 T4 T2
U.S. Open T5 T10 NT NT NT NT 1 T23 T21 T14
The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP SF R16 NT DNP DNP R64 QF R32 SF
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament 6 T3 6 3 T4 7 T4 T28 CUT CUT
U.S. Open 2 T4 T10 3 T3 DNP DNP CUT T37 DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP T24 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship QF R16 R32 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1960 1961 1962
Masters Tournament 43 CUT T33
U.S. Open T23 DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP

NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
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 0 2 2 7 12 13 19 16
U.S. Open 1 1 2 6 8 12 16 14
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
PGA Championship 0 0 2 4 6 8 9 9
Totals 1 3 6 17 26 34 45 40
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 36 (1939 U.S. Open – 1957 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 8 (1950 Masters – 1952 U.S. Open)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glick, Shav (June 18, 1998). "Cool Customer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ Kelley, Brent. "Lloyd Mangrum". About.com. 
  3. ^ Barkow, Al (1989). The History of the PGA TOUR. Doubleday. p. 264. ISBN 0-385-26145-4. 

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