This Week in Golf History January 20-26


Jan. 20, 1974 ' Johnny Miller wins at Tucson (the Dean Martin Tucson Open) and becomes the first PGA Tour pro to win first three tournaments of year (others were the Bing Crosby Pro-Am at Pebble Beach and the Phoenix Open).
Jan. 21, 1940 ' Jack Nicklaus born in Columbus, Ohio.
Jan. 22, 1950 ' Polly Riley wins first tournament in LPGA history, the Tampa Open. Riley, an amateur from Texas, never turned professional.
Jan. 24, 1999 ' David Duval becomes the third player in PGA Tour history to break 60, shooting 59 at La Quinta in the final round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
Jan. 25, 2001 ' Andrew Magee becomes only player to ace a par-4 hole. In the first round of the Phoenix Open, he holed out his tee shot on the 332-yard 17th.
Jan. 21-26, 1952 ' In a historic decision, African-Americans were allowed to play in PGA events if participating clubs agreed. The Phoenix Open, held Jan. 24-27, was the first tournament to initiate the policy. Boxer Joe Louis played but failed to make the cut.