Jan. 6, 1983 ' All-exempt tour begins, ending wholesale Monday qualifying. Previously, only top 60 on the money list was exempt. Now, the top 125 are exempt.
Jan. 7, 1962 ' Shells Wonderful World of Golf debuts.
Jan. 8, 1962 ' Jack Nicklaus competes in first PGA Tour event as a member; the L.A. Open. He made $33.33.
Jan. 9, 1998 ' Casey Martin makes pro debut with victory at Lakeland on the Nationwide (then Nike) Tour.
Jan. 10, 1938 ' USGA enacts the so-called 14-club rule, limiting the number of golf clubs a golfer may use in competitions.
Jan. 12, 1997 ' Arnold Palmer announces he has prostate cancer.