Gardner Dickinson was his 1st of 7 PGA Tour titles on this day 61 years ago
On this day, In 1956 Gardner Dickinson won his 1st PGA Tour event at the inaugural West Palm Beach Open over the only and only Sam Snead. The West Palm Beach Open was a 54 hole PGA Tour event that lasted from 1956 to 1962. During that span the event was played at West Palm Beach Country Club in Florida. Winners of the event include Master Champions Arnold Palmer and Gay Brewer. He finished the tournament with a five under par 67 with dazzling putting. It was actually Snead who came into the final round with a two stroke lead. Snead eventual blundered while Dickinson sprang at opportunity. He eventually collected $2,000 of the $10,000 purse for his efforts with an additional $100 for being the low pro on the last day. Snead took home the lesser of the pot with $1,4000.
“They say golf is like life, but don’t believe them. Golf is more complicated than that.”-Gardner Dickinson
Gardner Dickinson the man
Dickinson was a student of Ben Hogan and fashioned his swing after the legend. He played college golf at Louisiana State, where he and teammate Jay Hebert led the Tigers to the national title in 1947. He had a stellar Ryder Cup record with 9-1-0 over 2 events. (1967 & 1971) Gardner was also one of the founding members of the Seniors Tour now known as the Champions Tour.
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