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Edward Joseph Furgol (March 24, 1917 – March 6, 1997) was an American professional golfer, the winner of the U.S. Open in 1954.[1]

Ed Furgol
Personal information
Full nameEdward Joseph Furgol
Born(1917-03-24)March 24, 1917
New York Mills, New York
DiedMarch 6, 1997(1997-03-06) (aged 79)
Miami Shores, Florida
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Nationality United States
SpouseHelen
Career
Turned professional1945
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Senior PGA Tour
Professional wins10
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour6
Other4
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT5: 1963
PGA ChampionshipT3: 1956
U.S. OpenWon: 1954
The Open ChampionshipT19: 1955
Achievements and awards
PGA Player of the Year1954

At age twelve, Furgol injured his left elbow when he fell off a set of parallel bars at a playground. Despite several surgeries, the elbow never healed correctly and was left with a crooked arm ten inches (25 cm) shorter as a result. On the recommendation of his doctors, he took up golf.[2][3]

A Polish American born in New York Mills, New York, Furgol won six times on the PGA Tour, including one major championship, the 1954 U.S. Open. He also played on the Ryder Cup team in 1957. Although he was from the same town as fellow tour player Marty Furgol (1916–2005), they were not related.[4] Furgol died at age 79 in Miami Shores, Florida.[1][5]

Amateur winsEdit

this list may be incomplete

Professional winsEdit

Major championshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1954 U.S. Open 1 shot lead +4 (71-70-71-72=284) 1 stroke   Gene Littler

Results timelineEdit

Tournament 1946 1947 1948 1949
Masters Tournament T44 T6 T47
U.S. Open T12 T13 T45 CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament T15 T38 T24 T24 6 CUT CUT
U.S. Open CUT CUT CUT CUT 1 T45 T4 CUT CUT CUT
The Open Championship T19
PGA Championship R64 R64 R16 R32 R16 SF R128 T48 CUT
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966
Masters Tournament CUT CUT CUT T5 CUT CUT
U.S. Open CUT CUT CUT T38 T14 CUT CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship CUT T13 T33 T49
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1959 PGA Championship)
R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 1 3 6 16 9
U.S. Open 1 0 0 2 2 5 21 8
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
PGA Championship 0 0 1 1 3 5 13 11
Totals 1 0 1 4 8 17 51 29
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 11 (1953 PGA – 1957 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (1956 U.S. Open – 1957 Masters)

U.S. national team appearancesEdit

Professional

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ed Furgol, 79; pro golfer overcame injury". New York Times. (obituary). March 12, 1997. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  2. ^ Robertson, Orlo (June 21, 1954). "Silent Ed is new Open golf champ". Sarasota Journal. Florida. Associated Press. p. 7.
  3. ^ DeGange, John (July 3, 1954). "Ins and Outs". The Day. New London, Connecticut. p. 12.
  4. ^ "Ed Furgol to receive Hogan golf award at fete tonight". Ocala Star-Banner. Florida. Associated Press. January 27, 1955. p. 6.
  5. ^ "Furgol dies at the age of 79". Lakeland Ledger. Florida. March 12, 1997. p. C3.

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