Tacoma Open Invitational

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The Tacoma Open Invitational was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour that was played in 1948 and won by Ed "Porky" Oliver in a one-hole playoff with Cary Middlecoff after the two had survived a five-man, 18-hole playoff — the first in tour history. Oliver eagled the final playoff hole; Middlecoff birdied it.[1] Byron Nelson, who in 1945 won a record-setting 18 tournaments including 11 consecutively, ended up tied for ninth in the tournament — his worst finish of the year.[2] In 1945, the event played as the Tacoma Open and was won by Jimmy Hines by one stroke over Harold "Jug" McSpaden.[1]

Both events were held at Fircrest Golf Club, an 18-hole, par-71 private club located just west of Tacoma. Construction on the course began in 1923 under the direction of Arthur Vernon Macan. It opened in 1924.[2][3]


Tacoma Open Invitational

Tacoma Open


  1. ^ a b Paul Nyhan (August 21, 2002). "Tour History in Washington". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  2. ^ a b "Fircrest Golf Club - About Us". Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to Fircrest Golf Club". Retrieved 2009-05-13.