Picard in 1934
|Full name||Henry Gilford Picard|
November 28, 1906|
|Died||April 30, 1997
Charleston, South Carolina
|Spouse||Annie Addison Picard
|Children||3 sons, 1 daughter|
|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
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, where he defeated Byron Nelson on the 37th hole of the final. 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 he left the sought-after pro's position at Hershey Country Club in early 1941, Picard recommended Hogan as his replacement, and he got the job. Hogan dedicated his first book, "Ben Hogan's Power Golf," to Picard in 1953.
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, for two years, then returned to his South Carolina farm in early 1943. Other professional positions include CC of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Canterbury Golf Club, Cleveland, Ohio; and Seminole Golf Club, Palm Beach, Florida. Among his students was Jack Grout, who later taught Jack Nicklaus.
Picard retired from Seminole in 1973 and returned to Charleston and was named to the South Carolina athletic hall of fame in 1977. He was a fixture in the local golf community in his later years, and helped future LPGA hall of famer Beth Daniel in her teens. Picard played regularly into his 80s and died at age 90 in 1997. He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in April 2006 and inducted in that October.
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||6||T15|
|The Open Championship||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT|
|The Open Championship|
|The Open Championship|
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
|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)
- "Mrs. Henry G. Picard, wife of golfer, dies". News and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. July 15, 1983. p. 19A.
- Braswell, Tommy (May 1, 1997). "Former Masters winner Picard dies at 90". News and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. p. 1D.
- Barkow, Al (1986). Gettin' to the Dance Floor: An Oral History of American Golf. Atheneum. ISBN 978-0689115172.
- Rice, Grantland (April 5, 1938). "Sore thumb helps Henry Picard win". Milwaukee Journal. p. 6, part 2.
- McLemore, Henry (July 16, 1939). "Picard wins P.G.A. golf crown". Eugene Register-Guard. United Press. p. 6.
- "Picard recommends Hogan for Hershey job". Reading Eagle. Associated Press. February 20, 1941. p. 25.
- "Ben Hogan named new Hershey pro". Reading Eagle. United Press. February 25, 1941. p. 1.
- Campbell, Ed (March 27, 1959). "Picard helped Hogan get start". News and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. p. 3B.
- "Henry Picard new pro at Hershey club". Reading Eagle. October 17, 1934. p. 15.
- Bealmear, Austin (April 1941). "Picard drops out of golf tournaments". The Day. New London, Connecticut. Associated Press. p. 13.
- "Picard quits golf to run his farm". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. December 24, 1942. p. 10. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
- "Country club honors 1938 Masters champ on 'Henry Picard Day'". News and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. April 17, 1983. p. 14B.
- "Golfer Henry Picard named to athletic hall of fame". Spartanburg Herald. Spartanburg, South Carolina. Associated Press. April 27, 1977. p. D1.
- Braswell, Tommy (May 4, 1997). "Legendary Picard touched Lowcountry golf". News and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. p. 7C.
- Braswell, Tommy (October 29, 2006). "For Picard, induction at last". News and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. p. 1C.
McGee, Seamus (2011). Henry Picard: The Hershey Hurricane.