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1935 - An editorial in The New York Times discusses how golf is competing with church attendance.

1957 - Gene Littler wins the Tournament of Champions for the third consecutive year at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas.

1963 - Bob Charles wins the Houston Classic.

1968 - Carol Mann sets an LPGA 54-hole record of 200 and wins the Lady Carling Open by 10 strokes.

Steve Reid birdies the third extra hole to defeat Gary Player in a playoff for the Azalea Open in North Carolina and his first PGA Tour victory.

Don January wins the Tournament of Champions.

1974 - Lee Elder birdies the fourth playoff to defeat Peter Oosterhuis and win the Monsanto Open. The victory qualifies Elder for The Masters, and in 1975, he will become the first African-American to play in The Masters.

JoAnn Prentice defeats Jane Blalock and Sandra Haynie in a playoff to win the LPGA's then-biggest prize, $32,000, at the Colgate Dinah Shore Winner's Circle.

1985 - Bernhard Langer defeats Bobby Wadkins in a playoff to win the MCI Classic on week after winning The Masters.

Patty Sheehan finishes with a 72 to win the J&B Scotch Pro-Am by two strokes over Alice Miller.

1991 - Davis Love III finishes with a 70 to win the MCI Classic by two strokes over Ian Baker-Finch.

Bernhard Langer captures the Benson & Hedges International by two strokes over Vijay Singh.

Jack Nicklaus wins the PGA Seniors' Championship by six strokes over Bruce Crampton.

1996 - Loren Roberts finishes with a 19-under-par 265 total, winning the MCI Classic by three strokes over Mark O'Meara.

Hale Irwin makes a 35-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole to seal his first PGA Seniors' Championship victory. Irwin finishes with an 8-under-par 280, two strokes ahead of Japan's Isao Aoki.

Barb Mucha posted an 8-under-par 208 to win the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship by two strokes over Liselotte Neumann and Dottie Pepper.


BORN ON THIS DAY

Jim Jamieson, who won the 1972 Western Open, was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., in 1943.

Ed Fiori, nicknamed "The Grip" for his unusually strong grip on the club, was born in Lynnwood, Calif., in 1953. A four-time winner on the PGA Tour, Fiori is best remembered for beating out Tiger Woods, then in just his third start as a pro, to win the 1996 Quad City Classic.

Dale Eggeling, LPGA veteran and winner of three events, was born in Statesboro, Ga., in 1954.

Michael Jonzon, PGA European Tour professional, was born in Skara, Sweden in 1972.

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