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Henry Gilford Picard (November 28, 1906 – April 30, 1997) was an American professional golfer.[2]

Henry Picard
Henry Picard 1934.JPG
Picard in 1934
Personal information
Full nameHenry Gilford Picard
Born(1906-11-28)November 28, 1906
Plymouth, Massachusetts
DiedApril 30, 1997(1997-04-30) (aged 90)
Charleston, South Carolina
Nationality United States
SpouseAnnie Addison Picard
Children3 sons, 1 daughter
Turned professional1925
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins35
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour26
Best results in major championships
(wins: 2)
Masters TournamentWon: 1938
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1939
U.S. OpenT5: 1936
The Open Championship6th: 1935
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2006 (member page)
PGA Tour
leading money winner

Born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Picard learned to play golf while caddying at the Plymouth Country Club. Already a talented player by his early 20s, he came to prominence after coaching from the leading instructor Alex Morrison.[3] A leading player on the PGA Tour in the 1930s and early 1940s, he won two major championships: the Masters in 1938[4] and the PGA Championship in 1939, where he defeated Byron Nelson on the 37th hole of the final.[5] Picard ("Pick" to friends) played on both the 1935 and 1937 Ryder Cup teams, winning both singles matches and one of two pairs matches.

Picard helped a struggling Ben Hogan with his game in the late 1930s, advising him to weaken his grip, and Hogan combined this advice with his own hard work to become one of golf's all-time great players. When he left the sought-after pro's position at Hershey Country Club in early 1941, Picard recommended Hogan as his replacement,[6] and he got the job.[3][7] Hogan dedicated his first book, "Ben Hogan's Power Golf," to Picard in 1953.[2][8]

Picard was pro at the Country Club of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, 1925–34; Hershey Country Club, Hershey, Pennsylvania, 1934–41;[9] then moving to Twin Hills G & CC, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,[6][10] for two years, then returned to his South Carolina farm in early 1943.[11] Other professional positions include CC of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Canterbury Golf Club, Cleveland, Ohio; and Seminole Golf Club, Palm Beach, Florida. Among his students was Jack Grout, who later taught Jack Nicklaus.[12]

Picard retired from Seminole in 1973 and returned to Charleston and was named to the South Carolina athletic hall of fame in 1977.[13] He was a fixture in the local golf community in his later years, and helped future LPGA hall of famer Beth Daniel in her teens.[2][14] Picard played regularly into his 80s and died at age 90 in 1997.[2] He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in April 2006 and inducted in that October.[15]

Professional winsEdit

PGA Tour wins (26)Edit

Missing one win.

Major championships are shown in bold.

Other wins (9)Edit

this list may be incomplete


Major championshipsEdit

Wins (2)Edit

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1938 Masters Tournament 1 shot lead −3 (71-72-72-70=285) 2 strokes   Harry Cooper,   Ralph Guldahl
1939 PGA Championship n/a 37 holes   Byron Nelson

Results timelineEdit

Tournament 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
Masters Tournament NYF NYF T23 4 T9 T33 1 8
U.S. Open T47 T6 T5 T10 T7 T12
The Open Championship 6 T15
PGA Championship R16 R16 R64 R16 QF SF 1
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Masters Tournament T7 T15 NT NT NT T25 T6 T25 T21
U.S. Open T12 T26 NT NT NT NT T12 CUT
The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT
PGA Championship R16 R64 NT
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament T14 T52 T38 T41 T46 T35 CUT CUT
U.S. Open T12 T24 CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship SF R32
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970
Masters Tournament CUT T39 WD CUT CUT CUT WD CUT WD
U.S. Open
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T32 CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

NYF = tournament not yet founded
NT = no tournament
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 1 0 0 2 6 12 29 19
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 4 9 13 11
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2
PGA Championship 1 0 2 4 8 9 13 12
Totals 2 0 2 7 19 32 57 44
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 30 (1932 PGA – 1947 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 5 (1937 PGA – 1939 Masters)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Mrs. Henry G. Picard, wife of golfer, dies". News and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. July 15, 1983. p. 19A.
  2. ^ a b c d e Braswell, Tommy (May 1, 1997). "Former Masters winner Picard dies at 90". News and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. p. 1D.
  3. ^ a b Barkow, Al (1986). Gettin' to the Dance Floor: An Oral History of American Golf. Atheneum. ISBN 978-0689115172.
  4. ^ Rice, Grantland (April 5, 1938). "Sore thumb helps Henry Picard win". Milwaukee Journal. p. 6, part 2.
  5. ^ McLemore, Henry (July 16, 1939). "Picard wins P.G.A. golf crown". Eugene Register-Guard. United Press. p. 6.
  6. ^ a b "Picard recommends Hogan for Hershey job". Reading Eagle. Associated Press. February 20, 1941. p. 25.
  7. ^ "Ben Hogan named new Hershey pro". Reading Eagle. United Press. February 25, 1941. p. 1.
  8. ^ Campbell, Ed (March 27, 1959). "Picard helped Hogan get start". News and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. p. 3B.
  9. ^ "Henry Picard new pro at Hershey club". Reading Eagle. October 17, 1934. p. 15.
  10. ^ Bealmear, Austin (April 1941). "Picard drops out of golf tournaments". The Day. New London, Connecticut. Associated Press. p. 13.
  11. ^ "Picard quits golf to run his farm". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. December 24, 1942. p. 10. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  12. ^ "Country club honors 1938 Masters champ on 'Henry Picard Day'". News and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. April 17, 1983. p. 14B.
  13. ^ "Golfer Henry Picard named to athletic hall of fame". Spartanburg Herald. Spartanburg, South Carolina. Associated Press. April 27, 1977. p. D1.
  14. ^ Braswell, Tommy (May 4, 1997). "Legendary Picard touched Lowcountry golf". News and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. p. 7C.
  15. ^ Braswell, Tommy (October 29, 2006). "For Picard, induction at last". News and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. p. 1C.

Further readingEdit

McGee, Seamus (2011). Henry Picard: The Hershey Hurricane.

External linksEdit