George Sargent (golfer)

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George Sargent
Personal information
Full nameGeorge Jonathan Sargent
Born(1882-08-02)2 August 1882
Brockham, Surrey, England
Died18 June 1962(1962-06-18) (aged 79)
Atlanta, Georgia
Nationality England
Professional wins3
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT50: 1934
PGA ChampionshipT33: 1922
U.S. OpenWon: 1909
The Open Championship32nd: 1901

George Jonathan Sargent (2 August 1882 – 18 June 1962)[1] was an English professional golfer.

Sargent was born in Brockham, Surrey, England to William Henry Sargent and Amelia Jane Harkett.[2][3][1] The family moved to Epsom when he was young and he began his golf career at age twelve at Epsom Downs Golf Club in his home county. in 1899 Sargent spent some time at Ganton Golf Club under Harry Vardon. He first made an impact in the 1901 Open Championship at Muirfield where we was in 6th place after the first round. Soon afterwards he became the professional at Dewsbury Golf Club. Later he moved to Canada, where he served as a professional at Royal Ottawa Golf Club and finished second in the 1908 Canadian Open. He married Beatrice Margaret Pearse (1886–1968) in 1907 and fathered eleven children.[1]

Sargent won the 1909 U.S. Open at Englewood Golf Club in New Jersey. He set a new 72-hole scoring record for the tournament of 290. He played in sixteen U.S. Opens in total, and finished in the top-10 six times. He also won the 1912 Canadian Open and the 1918 Minnesota State Open.

Sargent became a member of the Professional Golfers' Association of America at its inception in 1916, and served as president for five years. He is credited with introducing the use of motion pictures to study the golf swing. He was head professional at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio, from 1912 to 1924, at Interlachen Country Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 1924 to 1928, at the Chevy Chase Club from 1928 to 1932, and at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1932 until his retirement fifteen years later. He is a member of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, as are his sons Harold and Jack.

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1909 U.S. Open 2 shot deficit +2 (75-72-72-71=290) 4 strokes United States Tom McNamara

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
U.S. Open 1
The Open Championship 32 CUT WD CUT
Tournament 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
U.S. Open T16 T7 6 T21 T3 T10 T4 NT NT T29
The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT
Tournament 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
U.S. Open T38 WD T29 43 T44
The Open Championship
PGA Championship R64
Tournament 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
Masters Tournament NYF NYF NYF NYF T50 62 WD WD
U.S. Open WD
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Masters Tournament WD NT NT NT
The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT
PGA Championship NT
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956
Masters Tournament WD
U.S. Open
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
  Top 10
  Did not play

NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
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


  1. ^ a b c
  2. ^ "George Jonathan Sargent 1882–1962". Epsom and Ewell History Explorer. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  3. ^ "George Sargent: The Forgotten Golfing Innovator". Free UK Genealogy. Retrieved 17 May 2019.

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