Denny Shute

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Denny Shute
Personal information
Full name Herman Densmore Shute
Nickname Denny
Born (1904-10-25)October 25, 1904
Cleveland, Ohio
Died May 13, 1974(1974-05-13) (aged 69)
Akron, Ohio
Nationality  United States
Spouse Hettie M. Potts Shute
Children 1 daughter
Career
College Western Reserve
Turned professional 1928
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 17
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 16
Other 1
Best results in major championships
(wins: 3)
Masters Tournament 5th: 1935
U.S. Open 2nd: 1941
The Open Championship Won: 1933
PGA Championship Won: 1936, 1937
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2008 (member page)

Herman Densmore "Denny" Shute (October 25, 1904 – May 13, 1974) was an American professional golfer who won three major championships in the 1930s.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Shute was the son of a golf pro from England; Hermon emigrated to the United States to work as the assistant professional at the Euclid Club.[1] Shute was raised in West Virginia and Ohio and attended Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University) in Cleveland, and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta. He was married on March 20, 1930 to Hettie Marie Potts, [2] and they had one child, a daughter.[1]

Shute won the Open Championship at St Andrews in 1933 in a playoff[3] and the 1936 and 1937 PGA Championships, then conducted at match play. He was the last man to win consecutive PGA Championships before Tiger Woods did so in 1999 and 2000.

Shute was a member of the U.S. team in the Ryder Cup on three occasions: 1931, 1933, and 1937. In 1933, he missed a putt to tie the competition.

Shute died at age 69 at his home in Akron, Ohio.[1] He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in the veterans category in 2008.[4]

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins (16)[edit]

Major championships are shown in bold.

Other wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Major championships[edit]

Wins (3)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1933 The Open Championship 3 shot deficit E (73-73-73-73=292) Playoff 1 United States Craig Wood
1936 PGA Championship n/a 3 & 2 Scotland/United States Jimmy Thomson
1937 PGA Championship (2) n/a 37 holes United States Harold "Jug" McSpaden

Note: The PGA Championship was match play until 1958
1 Defeated Craig Wood in a 36-hole playoff: Shute 75-74=149; Wood 78-76=154.

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1926 1927 1928 1929
U.S. Open T43 T48 T6 T3
The Open Championship
PGA Championship R32
Tournament 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
Masters Tournament NYF NYF NYF NYF T13 5 T11 T13 WD 15
U.S. Open T25 T25 T14 T21 T43 T4 10 T10 T11 3
The Open Championship 1 20 14
PGA Championship R16 2 R32 SF R16 1 1 R16 R16
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Masters Tournament 18 WD NT NT NT T25 20 32 45
U.S. Open 2 NT NT NT NT CUT CUT CUT
The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT
PGA Championship WD QF R32 NT QF DNQ DNQ R64
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament T35 T47 T49 50 T68 T36 71 CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open T31 CUT CUT CUT CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship R16 R32 R64 R64 CUT T44
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open
The Open Championship
PGA Championship CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT
Tournament 1970 1971 1972
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship CUT CUT CUT
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

NYF = tournament not yet founded
NT = no tournament
WD = withdrew
DNQ = did not qualify for match play portion
CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1958 PGA Championship)
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 1 1 8 25 17
U.S. Open 0 1 2 4 7 12 23 16
The Open Championship 1 0 0 1 1 3 4 3
PGA Championship 2 1 1 6 11 15 29 19
Totals 3 2 3 12 20 38 81 55
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 26 (1926 U.S. Open – 1937 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (1934 PGA – 1935 PGA)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Denny Shute, 69 dies". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. May 14, 1974. p. 23. 
  2. ^ "Marriage Announcement". The New York Times. March 20, 1930. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ "1933 Denny Shute". The Open. Archived from the original on October 16, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Career female amateur joins World Golf Hall of Fame". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 18, 2013.