First Canadian to Win on PGA TOUR Dies

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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario -- Al Balding, the first Canadian to win a PGA TOUR event, has died of cancer. He was 82.
 
Balding won the Mayfair Open in 1955, and had his best season in 1957 when he finished eighth on the money list, according to the PGA TOUR. He won three tournaments that year -- the Miami Beach Open, the West Palm Beach Open and the Havana International -- although none were considered official.
 
Balding also teamed with George Knudson in 1968 when Canada won the World Cup.
 
He was born April 29, 1924 in Toronto and didn't seriously take up golf until after World War II. He took a starter's job at Oakdale Club in Toronto, earning $6 a day and using the money to buy a new set of clubs.
 
Balding won the Canadian PGA Championship four times, and he captured the CPGA senior title in 2000 at age 76. He was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1968, and into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1985.
 
Balding, who died Sunday, is survived by his wife, Moreen, and two children.