|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Lewis Elmer Worsham, Jr.|
October 5, 1917|
Pittsylvania County, Virginia
October 19, 1990 (aged 73)|
|Nationality||23x15px United States|
|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
Worsham was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. In 1947, he won the U.S. Open by defeating Sam Snead in an 18-hole playoff at the St. Louis Country Club in Clayton, Missouri after the two men had finished tied at 282 in regulation. This was the first U.S. Open to be televised locally and the winner's prize was $2,000. In July 1947, he appeared on the cover of Golfing magazine. In 1953, he topped the PGA Tour money list with winnings of US$34,002. 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. The event was televised by ABC.
Worsham made his only Ryder Cup appearance in 1947, winning both of his matches. Like most golfers of his generation, he earned his living primarily as a club professional. His employer was the Oakmont Country Club outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He died in Poquoson, Virginia at age 73.
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||23x15px 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
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
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
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10
|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)
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