|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Henry Gilford Picard|
November 28, 1906|
|Died||April 30, 1997
Charleston, South Carolina
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||Won: 1938|
|U.S. Open||T5: 1936|
|The Open Championship||6th: 1935|
|PGA Championship||Won: 1939|
|Achievements and awards|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||2006 (member page)|
leading money winner
Henry Gilford Picard (November 28, 1906 – April 30, 1997) was an American professional golfer.
Born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Picard learned to play golf while caddying at the Plymouth Country Club. Already a talented player by his early 20s, he came to prominence after coaching from the leading instructor Alex Morrison. A leading player on the PGA Tour in the 1930s and early 1940s, he won two major championships: the Masters in 1938 and the PGA Championship in 1939. Picard ("Pick" to friends) played on both the 1935 and 1937 Ryder Cup teams, winning both singles matches and one of two pairs matches.
Picard helped a struggling Ben Hogan with his game in the late 1930s, advising him to weaken his grip, and Hogan combined this advice with his own hard work to become one of golf's all-time great players. When Picard left the sought-after pro's position at Hershey Country Club in the early 1940s, he recommended Hogan as his replacement and Hogan got the job.
Picard was pro at CC of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, 1925–34; Hershey Country Club, Hershey, Pennsylvania, 1934–41; then moving to Twin Hills G & CC, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Other professional positions include CC of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Canterbury Golf Club, Cleveland, Ohio; and Seminole Golf Club, Palm Beach, Florida.
PGA Tour wins (26)
- 1932 (1) Mid-South Open (tie with Al Watrous and Al Houghton)
- 1934 (1) North and South Open
- 1935 (5) Agua Caliente Open, Tournament of the Gardens Open, Atlanta Open, Metropolitan Open, Inverness Invitational Four-Ball (with Johnny Revolta)
- 1936 (3) Tournament of the Gardens Open, North and South Open, Hershey Open
- 1937 (4) Tournament of the Gardens Open, Hershey Open, St. Augustine Pro-Amateur, Miami International Four-Ball (with Johnny Revolta)
- 1938 (2) Pasadena Open, Masters Tournament
- 1939 (6) New Orleans Open, Thomasville Open, Metropolitan Open, Scranton Open, PGA Championship, Inverness Invitational Four-Ball (with Johnny Revolta)
- 1941 (2) New Orleans Open, Harlingen Open-Texas
- 1945 (1) Miami Open
Missing one win.
Major championships are shown in bold.
Other wins (9)
this list may be incomplete
- 1925 Carolinas Open
- 1926 Carolinas Open
- 1932 Carolinas Open
- 1933 Carolinas Open
- 1935 Miami International Four-Ball (with Johnny Revolta), Riverside Pro/Am
- 1936 Miami International Four-Ball (with Johnny Revolta)
- 1937 Argentine Open
- 1938 Mid South Pro/Pro (with Jack Grout; tie with Tommy Armour and Bobby Cruickshank)
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner(s)-up|
|1938||Masters Tournament||1 shot lead||−3 (71-72-72-70=285)||2 strokes||Harry Cooper, Ralph Guldahl|
|1939||PGA Championship||n/a||37 holes||Byron Nelson|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||6||DNP||T15||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||DNP||DNP||DNP||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||0||1||2||2||2|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 30 (1932 PGA – 1947 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 5 (1937 PGA – 1939 Masters)
McGee, Seamus (2011). Henry Picard: The Hershey Hurricane.