Worsham after winning the 1947 U.S. Open
|Full name||Lewis Elmer Worsham, Jr.|
|Born||October 5, 1917|
Pittsylvania County, Virginia
|Died||October 19, 1990 (aged 73)|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||6th: 1949|
|U.S. Open||Won: 1947|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|PGA Championship||T5: 1947, 1955|
|Achievements and awards|
leading money winner
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1943–1945|
|Unit||USNTC Bainbridge, Maryland|
Born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, Worsham won the U.S. Open in 1947 by defeating Sam Snead by a stroke in an 18-hole playoff at the St. Louis Country Club in Clayton, Missouri. This was the first U.S. Open to be televised locally and the winner's share was $2,000. In July 1947, Worsham appeared on the cover of Golfing magazine. In 1953, he led the PGA Tour money list with $34,002 in earnings. That same year he won the first golf tournament to be broadcast nationally in the United States and golf's first $100,000 tournament, the Tam O'Shanter World Championship of Golf, in spectacular fashion. He holed out a wedge from 104 yards for an eagle-2 to win over Chandler Harper by one shot.
Worsham made his only Ryder Cup appearance in 1947 and won both of his matches. Like most tour players of his generation, he earned his living primarily as a club professional, and was the longtime pro at Oakmont Country Club, northeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He died at age 73 in Poquoson, Virginia.
Professional wins (12)
PGA Tour wins (6)
- 1946 Atlanta Invitational
- 1947 U.S. Open, Denver Open
- 1951 Phoenix Open
- 1953 Jacksonville Open, World Championship of Golf
Major championship is shown in bold.
Other wins (6)
- 1942 Middle Atlantic PGA Championship
- 1945 Maryland Open
- 1946 Middle Atlantic PGA Championship
- 1947 Middle Atlantic PGA Championship
- 1952 Miami Beach International Four-Ball (with Ted Kroll)
- 1961 Tri-State PGA Championship
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1947||U.S. Open||1 shot lead||–2 (70-70-71-71=282)||Playoff 1||Sam Snead|
1 Defeated Snead in an 18-hole playoff - Worsham 69 (–2), Snead 70 (–1).
Note: Worsham never played in The Open Championship.
NT = No tournament
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = Withdrew
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" = tied
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 12 (1946 U.S. Open – 1950 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (1948 U.S. Open – 1949 Masters)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lew Worsham.|
- Shapiro, Leonard (June 11, 1997). "Congressional and the pros". Washington Post. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
- "Lew Worsham". PGA: Middle Atlantic section. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
- "Lew Worsham; Golfer, 73". New York Times. October 22, 1990. Retrieved February 23, 2011.
- "Lew Worsham downs Snead by stroke for Open crown". Prescott Evening Courier. (Arizona). Associated Press. June 16, 1947. p. 1, part 2.
- "Worsham's nerve wins golf title". Pittsburgh Press. United Press. June 16, 1947. p. 16.
- "National Open playoff detail". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 16, 1947. p. 16.
- "Tam O'Shanter Golf Course". Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved February 23, 2011.
- Diaz, Jaime (August 19, 1996). "Head Pro". Sports Illustrated. p. G12.
- "Gary Player, Renee Powell, Mickey Wright, Lew Worsham lead inductees to PGA of America Hall of Fame". PGA of America. September 7, 2017.