This week, the World Golf Hall of Fame is recognizing six people in the world of golf that have made substantial contributions to the game. We will be profiling all six, giving you relevant information about them and why they're a part of the new Hall of Fame class.
Doug Ford, born Douglas Fortunato, won 19 PGA Tour tournaments, including two majors, and played on four Ryder Cup teams. Now the oldest surviving winner of the Masters, he also won the 1955 PGA Championship.
But it was his Masters win that was one to remember. Here, check the Sports Illustrated account of the tournament from the time, with a perfect encapsulation of Ford's rough-slash-sloppy style:
Coming up to the 18th he needed a par 4 to finish with a dazzling 67. But his approach shot, a mis-hit seven-iron, landed in a sand trap short of the green and half buried itself. So Ford scrambled into the trap on the double, without drawing a deep breath flailed at it - -and watched it plop right into the cup for a 66. It was the best final-round score in the 21-year history of the Masters. It gave Ford 283 for the tournament and what proved to be a three-stroke margin over Sammy Snead. With some justification he tossed his sand wedge two dozen feet in the air.
(He sold the green jacket he'd won last year at auction for more than $60,000.) Ford had griped a bit in recent years that he hadn't made the Hall, but that oversight is now rectified. Congrats to Mr. Fortunato.