Johnny Golden

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Johnny Golden
Personal information
Full name John Golden
Born (1896-04-02)April 2, 1896
Tuxedo, New York
Died January 27, 1936(1936-01-27) (aged 39)
Stamford, Connecticut
Nationality  United States
Turned professional 1924
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 10
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 9
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T21: 1934
U.S. Open 5th: 1930
The Open Championship T13: 1929
PGA Championship T3: 1922, 1926, 1927

Johnny Golden (April 2, 1896 – January 27, 1936) was an American professional golfer.


Born in Tuxedo, New York, Golden won nine times on the PGA Tour in the 1920s and 1930s. He played on the first two Ryder Cup teams in 1927 and 1929, compiling a perfect 3-0-0 record, with an 8 & 7 rout of Herbert Jolly in singles in 1927 at Worcester Country Club. His two other Ryder Cup match wins came with Walter Hagen as his teammate, winning foursomes in 1927 and in 1929, at Moortown Golf Club near Leeds, England.

Golden turned professional in 1915 and was an assistant pro and later head pro at the Tuxedo Club until 1929 when he took the head job at North Jersey Country Club in Paterson, New Jersey. During his time at the Tuxedo Club, he was a three-time semifinalist in the PGA Championship. In 1922, he lost to Emmet French. In 1926, he dropped a semifinal match to Leo Diegel, and the following year he lost in the semis to Joe Turnesa. Golden remained in Paterson for just a year, leaving for the head professional job at Wee Burn Country Club near Darien, Connecticut. While serving as the pro at Wee Burn, Golden won four consecutive Connecticut Open titles (1932–35), with the 1932, 1933 and 1935 events part of the official PGA schedule. His most lucrative win came in 1931, at the Agua Caliente Open in Mexico. Golden finished regulation tied with George Von Elm at 293. The duo agreed prior to the playoff to split first- and second-prize money, a common practice, with each player pocketing $6,750. Golden went on to win the playoff. Without the agreement, he would have won $10,000.


Golden died at age 39 in Stamford, Connecticut, in 1936 from pneumonia[1] after the hospital admitted him on January 24. He was elected to the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame in 2000.[2]

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins (9)[edit]

Other wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
U.S. Open T17 T22 T8 DNP T25 T18 T32 T7 35 T32
PGA Championship DNP QF SF R16 DNP R16 SF SF R32 R32
Tournament 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935
Masters Tournament NYF NYF NYF NYF T21 T35
U.S. Open 5 T27 T35 T21 T17 61
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship R32 R16 R16 QF DNP R64

NYF = Tournament not yet founded
DNP = Did not play
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 3 9 15 15
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
PGA Championship 0 0 3 5 9 12 13 13
Totals 0 0 3 6 12 23 31 31
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 31 (all)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (1921 PGA – 1923 PGA)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Johnny Golden, golf pro, succumbs to pneumonia". St. Joseph Gazette. Associated Press. January 28, 1936. p. 6. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame - Inductees Prior to 2009". Connecticut State Golf Association. Retrieved May 11, 2013.