- Craig Wood (golfer)
Craig Wood Personal information Full name Craig Ralph Wood Born November 18, 1901
Lake Placid, New York
Died May 7, 1968(aged 66)
Palm Beach, Florida
Nationality United States Career College None Turned professional 1920 Former tour(s) PGA Tour Professional wins 25 Number of wins by tour PGA Tour 21 Other 4 Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament Won: 1941 U.S. Open Won: 1941 The Open Championship 2nd: 1933 PGA Championship 2nd: 1934 Achievements and awards World Golf Hall of Fame 2008 (member page)
Craig Ralph Wood (November 18, 1901 – May 7, 1968) was an American professional golfer in the 1930s and 1940s, the winner of 21 PGA Tour titles including two major championships and a member of three Ryder Cup teams (1931, 1933, 1935).
Wood was born in Lake Placid, New York.
Despite his two major championships, Wood is probably most well known as the victim of Gene Sarazen's famous double eagle in the 1935 Augusta National Invitational (now known as the Masters Tournament). The shot left the two players tied at the end of regulation and Sarazen went on to victory in a 36-hole playoff.
This was the fourth runner-up and third playoff loss for Wood in a major in just two years. In the 1933 British Open at St Andrews, Denny Shute had defeated Wood in another 36-hole playoff. In the spring of 1934, Wood was the runner up by a single shot to Horton Smith at the first Masters and later that year he was defeated on the 38th hole by Paul Runyan in the PGA Championship which was then decided by match play. After Sarazen's shot, Wood was left with his second consecutive Masters runner-up and a reputation of being "jinxed". At the 1939 U.S. Open he birdied the 72nd hole and was again in a playoff, but this time Byron Nelson was the winner, making Wood the first player to lose all four major championships in extra holes. Greg Norman is the only other player to suffer this fate.
In 1941, at the age of 39, Wood finally beat his "jinx" in noteworthy fashion, winning the Masters Tournament and becoming its first wire-to-wire champion with rounds of 66-71-71-72=280 and a three shot victory over Byron Nelson. He followed his Masters success by winning the 45th U.S. Open at The Colonial Club in Fort Worth, Texas. His score of 284 beat out another former nemesis Denny Shute by three. This was the first time someone had successfully captured the first two major championships of the year.
In 1954, the Lake Placid Golf and Country Club changed its name to the Craig Wood Golf Course in honor of its native son.
Wood died in Palm Beach, Florida.
PGA Tour wins (21)
- 1928 (1) New Jersey PGA Championship
- 1929 (2) Oklahoma City Open, Hawaiian Open
- 1930 (1) New Jersey PGA Championship
- 1931 (1) Harlingen Open
- 1932 (3) New Jersey PGA Match Play Championship, San Francisco Open-Match Play, Pasadena Open
- 1933 (2) Los Angeles Open, Radium Springs Open
- 1934 (2) Galveston Open Championship, New Jersey Open
- 1936 (1) General Brock Open
- 1938 (1) Augusta Open-Forest Hills
- 1940 (2) Metropolitan Open, Miami Biltmore International Four-Ball (with Billy Burke)
- 1941 (2) Masters Tournament, U.S. Open
- 1942 (1) Canadian Open
- 1944 (1) Durham Open
Major championships are shown in bold.
(missing one win)
this list may be incomplete
- 1925 Kentucky Open
- 1929 Pasadena Open (January)
- 1938 New Jersey PGA Championship
- 1942 Metropolitan PGA Championship
Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner-up 1941 Masters Tournament 3 shot lead -8 (66-71-71-72=280) 3 strokes Byron Nelson 1941 U.S. Open 2 shot lead +4 (73-71-70-70=284) 3 strokes Denny Shute
Tournament 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 The Masters NYF NYF NYF NYF NYF U.S. Open T51 DNP CUT T46 T16 The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP QF Tournament 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 The Masters NYF NYF NYF NYF 2 2 T20 T26 T34 6 U.S. Open T9 DNP T14 3 DQ T21 T66 T36 DNP 2 The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP 2 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP PGA Championship DNP DNP R32 DNP 2 DNP SF R32 DNP DNP Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 The Masters T7 1 T23 NT NT NT DNP T52 DNP 34 U.S. Open 4 1 NT NT NT NT CUT DNP CUT T27 The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT DNP DNP DNP DNP PGA Championship R32 R32 QF NT R16 DNP DNP DNP DNP R64 Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 The Masters DNP DNP 59 T61 71 62 70 CUT CUT CUT U.S. Open CUT T47 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 The Masters WD CUT DNP WD WD U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
DQ = Disqualified
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.
- Golfers with most PGA Tour wins
- Golfers with most major championship wins
Craig Wood in the Ryder Cup United States Ryder Cup team – 1931 United States Ryder Cup team – 1933 United States Ryder Cup team – 1935
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