George Alfred Christian Knudson, CM (June 28, 1937 – January 24, 1989) was a Canadian professional golfer, who along with Mike Weir holds the record for the Canadian with the most wins on the PGA Tour, with eight career victories.
|Full name||George Alfred Christian Knudson|
|Born||June 28, 1937|
|Died||January 24, 1989 (aged 51)|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)|
|Former tour(s)||Canadian Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T2: 1969|
|PGA Championship||T20: 1965|
|U.S. Open||T17: 1965|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Knudson learned to play golf at the St. Charles Country Club. He won the 1954 and 1955 Manitoba Junior Championships, and the 1955 Canadian Junior Championship. He moved to Toronto in 1958, and worked at the Oakdale Golf Club, where he received instruction and encouragement from the Club, to improve his game. He was then able to secure some financial backing to try the PGA Tour. He won the Manitoba Open in 1958, 1959, and 1960, and the Ontario Open in 1960, 1961, 1971, 1976 and 1978.
Between 1961 and 1972, he won eight tournaments on the PGA Tour. He won the Canadian PGA Championship five times, and won the World Cup with Al Balding in 1968. He wrote a book, The Natural Golf Swing (ISBN 0-7710-4534-4) with Lorne Rubenstein.
Knudson's best finish in a major championship was a tie for second in the 1969 Masters Tournament, one shot behind champion George Archer. In seven Masters appearances, Knudson posted three top-10s, including 10th in his 1965 debut and sixth a year later.
Knudson left tournament golf in the late 1970s, and started teaching golf, with success, at a facility in the Toronto area. His teaching methods have since been adopted by the Canadian PGA.
Diagnosed with lung cancer in 1987, Knudson recovered, and competed at the 1988 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Senior tournament. Shortly thereafter, the cancer had spread to his brain; he died at age 51 in early 1989, and was buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto.
- 1954 Manitoba Junior Championship
- 1955 Manitoba Junior Championship, Canadian Junior Championship
Professional wins (30)Edit
PGA Tour wins (8)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||Dec 10, 1961||Coral Gables Open Invitational||65-71-71-66=273||−11||1 stroke||Gay Brewer|
|2||Sep 22, 1963||Portland Open Invitational||69-67-68-67=271||−17||Playoff||Mason Rudolph|
|3||Oct 4, 1964||Fresno Open Invitational||73-69-71-67=280||−8||Playoff||Al Balding|
|4||May 14, 1967||Greater New Orleans Open Invitational||71-66-70-70=277||−11||1 stroke||Jack Nicklaus|
|5||Feb 18, 1968||Phoenix Open Invitational||67-64-70-71=272||−12||3 strokes|| Julius Boros|
|6||Feb 25, 1968||Tucson Open Invitational||70-67-71-65=273||−15||1 stroke|| Frank Beard|
|7||Sep 20, 1970||Robinson Open Golf Classic||67-69-69-63=268||−16||Playoff||George Archer|
|8||Oct 22, 1972||Kaiser International Open Invitational||66-69-66-70=271||−17||3 strokes|| Hale Irwin|
PGA Tour playoff record (3–0)
|1||1963||Portland Open Invitational||Mason Rudolph||Won with eagle on first extra hole|
|2||1964||Fresno Open Invitational||Al Balding||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|3||1970||Robinson Open Golf Classic||George Archer||Won with par on fourth extra hole|
Other wins (22)Edit
This list may be probably incomplete
- 1958 Manitoba Open
- 1959 Manitoba Open
- 1960 Manitoba Open, Ontario Open
- 1961 Ontario Open
- 1962 Maracaibo Open Invitational, Puerto Rico Open
- 1963 Panama Open
- 1964 Canadian PGA Championship, Caracas Open
- 1966 Millar Trophy, Canada Cup (individual event)
- 1967 Canadian PGA Championship
- 1968 Canadian PGA Championship, World Cup (team event with Al Balding)
- 1969 Wills Masters (Australia)
- 1971 Ontario Open
- 1976 Canadian PGA Championship
- 1976 Ontario Open
- 1977 Canadian PGA Championship, Shrine Pro-Am (shared with Dan Halldorson and Gar Hamilton)
- 1978 Ontario Open, Shrine Pro-Am
Results in major championshipsEdit
Note: Knudson never played in The Open Championship.
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 16 (1962 PGA – 1970 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (three times)
- Americas Cup (representing Canada): 1956
- History of Golf in Canada, by Lawrence Vincent Kavanagh, Toronto, Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1973, p. 185
- Barclay, James A. (1992). Golf in Canada: A History. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 978-0-7710-1080-4.
- "Ontario Golf Hall of Fame – George Knudson". Golf Association of Ontario. Archived from the original on April 12, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
- "Archer wins Masters; Knudson second". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. April 14, 1969. p. 22.
- "George Knudson". Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
- "Knudsons sharp finish brings Millar Trophy". The Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. CP. July 30, 1966. p. 12. Retrieved March 27, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Rain halts tourney". The Leader-Post. Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. July 16, 1977. p. 18. Retrieved April 2, 2020 – via Google News Archive.
- "In a nutshell". The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario, Canada. July 7, 1978. p. 29. Retrieved April 2, 2020 – via Google News Archive.