Walter Hagen


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A US professional golfer whose achievements and profile in the first half of the 20th century did much to establish the basis and prominence of the sport. His eleven championship titles in the major competitions (four in the British Open, two in the US Open, and five in the Professional Golfers Association, or PGA, tournament) place him third in the all-time list of winners of the four major titles. His style of play was as important as his wins, for his swashbuckling play popularized the sport, and changed the image of the full-time golfer from that of the mundane workaday professional to the glamorous and increasingly popular figure. See also Hogan, William Ben.

Subjects: Sport and Leisure.

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