George Knudson, golf's king of swing
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. After winning the 1954 and 1955 Manitoba Junior Championships, Knudson turned professional in 1958.
. George Knudson won eight PGA Tour Events - a Canadian record only broken recently by Mike Weir. Knudson was best at:
- 1961 Coral Gables Open.
- 1963 Portland Open.
- 1964 Fresno Open.
- 1967 New Orleans Open.
- 1968 Phoenix Open.
- 1968 Tucson Open.
- 1972 Robinson Open.
- 1972 Kaiser Open.
. Knudson also won five Canadian PGA Championships in 1954, 1967 and 1968.
. Golf great Jack Nicklaus once called Knudson a "million-dollar player and a 10-cent putter." While Knudson was perhaps the best at striking the ball down the fairways, he was less reliable on the putting greens.
. In 1969, Knudson missed a birdie putt on the 72nd hole of the Masters by less than an inch. Had he made the putt, he would have tied with the winner, George Archer.
. On Jan. 24, 1989, Knudson died from lung cancer in Toronto. He left behind his three sons and wife Shirley.
. Later that year, CBC Radio host Peter Gzowski hosted his annual Frontier College golf tournament. Gzowski dedicated a special tournament trophy in Knudson's honour "to the golfer who had the most fun."
Broadcast Date: May 21, 1979
Guest(s): George Knudson
Host: Don Harron
Reporter: Peter Gzowski
Photo: RCGA/Canadian Golf Hall of Fame Archives
Last updated: March 27, 2012
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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