Tom Creavy

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Tom Creavy
Personal information
Full name Thomas Daniel Creavy
Born (1911-02-03)February 3, 1911
Tuckahoe, New York
Died March 3, 1979(1979-03-03) (aged 68)
Delray Beach, Florida
Nationality  United States
Turned professional c. 1928
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T25: 1934
U.S. Open T8: 1934
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship Won: 1931

Thomas Daniel Creavy (February 3, 1911 – March 3, 1979) was an American professional golfer, the winner of the PGA Championship in 1931.

Born in Tuckahoe, New York, Creavy learned the game as a caddie at Siwanoy Country Club, and was the club professional at the Albany Country Club and Saratoga Spa. He won the PGA Championship at age 20 in 1931 at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, Rhode Island, defeating Gene Sarazen 5 & 3 in the semifinals[1] and Denny Shute 2 & 1 in the finals.[2][3][4] Creavy played in 11 major championships, including the inaugural Masters in 1934. He had an outstanding short game, but his competitive playing career was hampered by recurring back problems and shortened by spinal meningitis in 1943.[5]

Creavy died of a heart attack in 1979 at age 68 in Delray Beach, Florida.

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Runner-up
1931 PGA Championship 2 & 1 United States Denny Shute

Note: The PGA Championship was match play until 1958

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940
Masters Tournament NYF T25
U.S. Open 47 T32 T31 T40 T8 T52 CUT
PGA Championship 1 SF QF DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ

Note: Creavy never played in The Open Championship.

  Top 10
  Did not play

NYF = tournament not yet founded
DNQ = did not qualify for match play portion
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Shute faces Creavy today". Youngstown Vindicator. Associated Press. September 19, 1931. p. 7.
  2. ^ "Creavy brings new style to paid brigade". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. United News. September 22, 1931. p. 12.
  3. ^ King, Bill (September 20, 1931). "Tom Creavy, 20-year-old Albany pro, downs Denny Shute for P.G.A. title". Youngstown Vindicator. Associated Press. p. C-2.
  4. ^ "Tournament Info for: 1931 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  5. ^ Fields, Bill (August 10, 2011). "A forgotten champion's PGA triumph". Golf Digest. Retrieved May 6, 2013.

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