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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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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.

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Paul Runyan was known as "Little Poison" because of his slight build and deadly golf game. He went on to become a respected teacher and successful senior player before the Senior Tour.

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Flamboyant Jimmy Demaret was as much entertainer as golfer. He helped establish The Champions Golf Club in Houston where he made sure colorful flowers adorned the golf course. Learn about Jimmy Demaret's golf career and his unique wardrobe choices.

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Lloyd Mangrum was a popular and successful golf player in the decade after World War II. He was a major contender in the Masters, finishing in the top 8 from 1947-1956, and he finished 2nd in 1949.

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Cary Middlecoff spent two years as an Army dentist and was encouraged to try golf by his father. He was listed as the ninth best American golfer of all time in the 1989 PGA Tour rankings. Learn more about Cary Middlecoff's pro golf career.

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Tom Morris Sr. and Tom Morris Jr. each won four British Opens. Tom Morris Jr. was considered the most powerful player of his time having won the Open Championship in 1868. Find out more about father-son golf tandem Tom Morris Sr. and Tom Morris Jr.

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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.

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Jack Nicklaus is one of the greatest golfers in history, but he was initially shunned for beating Arnold Palmer. But things changed quickly -- Nicklaus has been "officially" and unofficially named the greatest player to ever play the game.

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Greg Norman did not take up golf until he was 16 years old. Norman obtained a reputation for losing tournaments in the final round of play, especially the 1996 Masters. Learn why Greg Norman was better known for how he lost than how he won.

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Gene Sarazen dominated the golf field in the 1920s and '30s. In his final Tour appearance he made a hole-in-one at Royal Troon golf course at the age of 71. Learn about Gene Sarazen and how he succeeded in winning all four major championships.

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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.

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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.

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Scotsman James Braid, a long hitter in his day, was the first golfer to win five British Opens. He was also the first person to shoot a round in the 60s in the British Open where he ended with a 69.

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Robert Trent Jones was a prolific and influential golf course architect. He designed more than a dozen of the top 100 American golf courses and more than 450 golf courses worldwide.

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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.

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Tom Kite has earned more than $9 million in PGA Tour earnings. He has earned nearly ten million dollars of the course of a 25 year career even though he plays more for recreation than a job. Learn more about Tom Kite's successful golfing career.

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Lawson Little is best known for his successful amateur golf career. He was one of the longer hitters of his time, but he was known for having a great short game. Learn more about Lawson Little and his 26-club bag.

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Gene Littler's rhythmic golf swing and accuracy earned him the nickname "Gene the Machine." He finished fifth on the money list at the age of 45 in 1975 and also won three times that year. Find out more about Gene Littler's impressive golf career.

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Bobby Locke was a South African golf player with unorthodox methods. Locke was known for charging the press $100 for every instructional question they asked him. Find out more about Bobby Locke's successful pro golf career.

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Spencer Haywood was the ABA's Most Valuable Player at 21 and the NBA's preeminent power forward at 23. He averaged 24.9 points and 12.1 rebounds in five seasons with Seattle Supersonics and led them to the playoffs.

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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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Harold Hilton is the only British golfer to ever win the U.S. Amateur. He is also one of three amateurs to win the British Open and one of four that won both the U.S. and British Amateurs. Learn more about Harold Hilton's amateur golfing career.

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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.

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Seve Ballesteros won 11 golf tournaments between 1976 and 1978 and then won the 1979 British Open. He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1997 and retired from professional golf in July of 2007.

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At 45, Hale Irwin was the oldest man to ever win the national golf championship. He remained one of the top players in the PGA for a long time despite his lack of wins later in his career. Find out more about Hale Irwin's golfing career.

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