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North Carolina's oldest
PGA TOUR event turns 75.
By Irwin Smallwood
Hogan in 1940,
Nelson in 1941,
As the PGA TOUR's
young guns and their elders gather once more for competition on the beautiful, rolling
hills of North Carolina's Piedmont region this month, they are
drawn to a storied place where tournament golf as
we know it today was aborning, even as the drums
of World War II were sounding across the globe.
In the spring of 1938, a fledgling group of community leaders took a leap of faith into major league
golf by launching the
Open. Now, for the 75th
time, golf's finest are
returning: this time for
the 2014 edition of what
is now the Wyndham
Championship, the final
regular-season event in
the FedExCup season.
The scene, then as now, is
Sedgefield Country Club,
a Donald Ross masterpiece recently restored to
its original grandeur.
Think Snead, Hogan,
Nelson. If you love golf, if
you really love golf, just
the sound of their names
sends chills down your
spine. They were there at the beginning. Their
ghosts still hover in the stately pines that frame
Sedgefield's lush fairways. And well they should.
Sam Snead won the first GGO, as it was later
dubbed. Ben Hogan won the third, and Byron Nelson won the fourth.
After World War II, as the PGA TOUR emerged
as an important sports organization, it was largely
on the shoulders of these three Hall-of-Famers. The
GGO, Wyndham's predecessor, also thrived because of the fantastic play of these men. Even today,
no tournament in the history of the PGA TOUR
can boast a more celebrated beginning.
Hogan, Nelson, and Snead have significant ties
to North Carolina. Hogan won the first tournament
of his remarkable career at Pinehurst the week before the 1940 GGO, which he also won. He then
won the Land of the Sky Open at Asheville a week
later, making it three wins in a row.
Nelson, whose birdie-birdie finish won the 1941
GGO, returned in 1945 to win again, and this time
it was the third of his historic 11-straight PGA
TOUR titles, a record that still stands today.
And then there's Snead, who the Wyndham
Championship trophy - the Sam Snead Cup -
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Perspective: CEO Letter
Did You Know?
Hot Spots: Best Cultural Sites
Great Escapes: RIU Hotels and Resorts
Style Spotlight: Beach Wear
Golf: Wyndham Championship
Connections: Everybody's Business
Gear Up: Stay Cool
Travel Feature: Vancouver
Great Tastes: Bonefish Grill
Special Section: Orange County, California
University Spotlight: Salisbury University
Special Section: Celebrate Opera
To Your Health: Lumiday and Luminite
Special Section: Newport News, Virginia
Best of Health: Miami Foot & Ankle Surgery
Great Dates: Las Vegas Marathon
Special Section: Women's College Coalition
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