8/4/1951: Cary Middlecoff wins the Tam O’ Shanter, All-American Open by two strokes


Middlecoff wins the Tam O’ Shanter

On this day, in 1951 it was the dentist from Memphis who took top honors in the $15,000 All American Open.  Cary Middlecoff finished the even with a 274 total in what would be his only win in this event.  Popularly also called the Tam O’Shanter Open,  Middlecoff strayed off Fred Hawkins by two strokes to win $2,250 first money.

Middlecoff carded a four under par, 68 to edge Hawkins who put up an incredible fight on the final day of the 72 hole event.  The deciding hole in the match was Hawkins only blemish of the day, a bogey on the sixteenth.  Middlecoff was already up by a stroke at that point, and Hawkins couldn’t muster anything on the last two holes to try to catch his opponent. For his efforts, Hawkins took hime $1,200 for the second place finish.  Finishing in third place was purple hear veteran Ted Kroll, who took home $1,200

Tam O’ Shanter Open

The All-American Open was run by George S. May and was also known as the Tam O’Shanter Open. From 1944 to 1946 it offered $10,000 winner’s prize. The purses dropped to normal PGA Tour levels when May added the World Championship of Golf to the events played at Tam O’Shanter. May eventually added men’s amateur, women’s open, and women’s amateur “All American” and “World Championship” events, all played at Tam O’Shanter over a two-week period in August. The tournaments were cancelled in 1958 in a dispute between May and the PGA over player entrance fees.

Cary Middlecoff’s Master Guide To Golf – Golf History Store

1960 Hardcover Deluxe Edition with over 275 colorful step by step illustrations. Edited by Tom Michael, Illustrated by Edward O. Bailey.

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