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George Knudson, golf’s king of swing

The Story

"When I go out to play golf, it's my office," retired pro George Knudson says confidently. "I enjoy what I'm doing and I know what I'm doing." Knudson's swing is legendary - smooth, graceful and unfailingly accurate. Competitive from 1958 through the mid 1970s, the quiet Canadian enjoyed a successful and lucrative career, earning a total of $532,157 - more than any other Canadian had won previously. CBC's Peter Gzowski and Knudson walk the fairways of Toronto's National Golf Course in this CBC Radio feature. 

Medium: Radio
Program: Morningside
Broadcast Date: May 21, 1979
Guest(s): George Knudson
Host: Don Harron
Reporter: Peter Gzowski
Duration: 10:41
Photo: RCGA/Canadian Golf Hall of Fame Archives

Did You know?

• George Knudson was born on June 28, 1937, in Winnipeg. He began playing golf as a teenager there before moving to Toronto.

• 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."


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