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The PGA is an acronym for the Professional Golf Association. It is the governing body for men's professional golf. Read profiles of PGA greats like Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus

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Walter Hagen

Walter Hagen was the first American professional golfer. Hagen set himself apart from other golfers not through his athletic talents but by his instinct for great showmanship. Learn more about Walter Hagen's life and successful golfing career.

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  • Arnold Palmer
    Arnold Palmer

    Long before Tiger Woods took the golfing world by storm in the 1990s, Arnold Palmer transcended the sport and became a national folk hero. Learn how Palmer popularized golf in the United States. See more »

  • Ben Crenshaw
    Ben Crenshaw

    Ben Crenshaw was one of the greatest putters in the history of golf. He won two Masters championships at Augusta National, a course known for difficult putting situations. Find out more about Ben Crenshaw and his illustrious golf career. See more »

  • Ben Hogan
    Ben Hogan

    Ben Hogan had to overcome many hardships to become one of golf's all-time great champions. He won the Colonial Invitational in 1959, which turned out to be his last win; he retired a year later. Find out more about Ben Hogan's golfing career. See more »

  • Billy Casper
    Billy Casper

    Billy Casper has been PGA Player of the Year twice but was never a fan favorite. He was one of the best players in American golf history, becoming a member in the PGA and World Golf Hall of Fame. Learn about the ups and downs of his career. See more »

  • Bobby Jones
    Bobby Jones

    Bobby Jones contributed much more to the game of golf than just championship records. He helped create one of the most famous golf courses in the world when he designed Augusta National. See more »

  • Byron Nelson
    Byron Nelson

    Byron Nelson made history in 1945 with his streak of 11 consecutive victories on the PGA Tour. He never became as popular as his contemporaries because he played his best before the PGA became popular. Learn more about Byron Nelson's golf career. See more »

  • Chi Chi Rodriguez
    Chi Chi Rodriguez

    Chi Chi Rodriguez is known for his success in pro golf and for the work he did for charitable causes. Chi Chi is also known throughout the golfing world as an incredible showman. His green antics are legendary. Learn about Chi Chi Rodriguez's golf career. See more »

  • Chick Evans
    Chick Evans

    Chick Evans was the first player to win the U.S. Open and the U.S. Amateur in the same year. The Evans Scholarship bears his name and was meant for young caddies that could not afford a college education. Learn about Chick Evans's legacy. See more »

  • Donald Ross
    Donald Ross

    Donald Ross came to the U.S. to become a pro golfer, but his talent lay in designing golf courses, not playing them. His masterpiece was the Pinehurst No. 2 golf course, which opened in 1903. Learn more about Donald Ross and his golf courses. See more »

  • Francis Ouimet
    Francis Ouimet

    Francis Ouimet was the first American golfer to be captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. He was once banned from amateur competition due to his interest in a sporting goods store. Learn more about Francis Ouimet's career. See more »

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