Art Wall Jr. was born on November 25th, 1923
On this day, In 1923 Art Wall Jr. was born in Honesdale, PA. Wall is the owner of fourteen titles on the PGA Tour, including four in 1959. That year he was chosen as the PGA Player of the Year, and also won the money title and Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average. His most notable career achievement was his victory in 1959 at the Masters Tournament. In the final round, he birdied five of his last six holes to shoot a 66 and overtake Cary Middlecoff and defending champion Arnold Palmer.
The Miracle at the 1959 Masters
Wall won the 1959 Masters Tournament in dramatic fashion. He shot a final round of 66 (−6), with birdies on five of the last six holes, for his only major title, one stroke ahead of runner-up Cary Middlecoff, the 1955 champion. Wall started the final round six strokes behind the leaders, in a tie for thirteenth place. Defending champion Arnold Palmer was a third round co-leader, but a triple-bogey at the par-3 12th led to a 74 and a third-place finish, two strokes back. Palmer eventually had to hone the honors of putting the new green jacket on Walls back. The purse in 1959 was a record $76,100 with a winner’s share of $15,000 to Wall. The estimated gallery for the final round on Sunday was 30,000 spectators.
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