Lewis Elmer Worsham, Jr. (October 5, 1917 – October 19, 1990) was an American professional golfer.
Worsham was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. In 1947, he won the U.S. Open by defeating Sam Snead in an 18-hole playoff at the St. Louis Country Club in Clayton, Missouri after the two men had finished tied at 282 in regulation. This was the first U.S. Open to be televised locally and the winner's prize was $2,000. In July 1947, he appeared on the cover of Golfing magazine. In 1953, he topped the PGA Tour money list with winnings of US$34,002. That same year he won the first golf tournament to be broadcast nationally in the United States and golf's first $100,000 tournament, the Tam O'Shanter World Championship of Golf, in spectacular fashion. He holed out a wedge from 104 yards for an eagle-2 to win over Chandler Harper by one shot. The event was televised by ABC.
Worsham made his only Ryder Cup appearance in 1947, winning both of his matches. Like most golfers of his generation, he earned his living primarily as a club professional. His employer was the Oakmont Country Club outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He died in Poquoson, Virginia at age 73.
Worsham was honored as the "Sportsperson of the Year" for 1953 by Pittsburgh's Dapper Dan Charities.
Professional wins (12)
PGA Tour wins (6)
Major championship is shown in bold.
Other wins (6)
||1 shot lead
|| Sam Snead
1 Defeated Snead in an 18-hole playoff - Worsham 69 (–2), Snead 70 (–1).
Note: Worsham never played in The Open Championship.
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
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
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10
- Most consecutive cuts made – 12 (1946 U.S. Open – 1950 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (1948 U.S. Open – 1949 Masters)
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 07:29:49 -0700
In 1947 at St. Louis Country Club Sam Snead three putted the eighteenth hole of the playoff to lose the championship to Lew Worsham. Snead had a 15-foot birdie for the win but left it 2 ½ feet short. Before Snead could putt, Worsham asked to measure ...
New York Times
Fri, 12 Jun 2015 21:07:30 -0700
1947 — Lew Worsham beats Sam Snead by one stroke on the final hole of a playoff to win the U.S. Open. 1957 — Dick Mayer beats defending champion Cary Middlecoff by seven strokes in a playoff to win the U.S. Open. 1969 — Orville Moody edges Deane ...
Sun, 12 Apr 2015 17:22:30 -0700
Sam Parks, a Bellevue native, won the 1935 U.S. Open while he was the head professional at South Hills Country Club. Other club professionals such as Oakmont's Lew Worsham (1947 U.S. Open) and Highland's Gene Sarazen (1922 U.S. Open) won major ...
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 23:11:15 -0700
Way back in 1947, Sam Snead missed a 30-inch putt on the final hole of the 18-hole playoff to hand the National Open to Lew Worsham. Davis Love III three-putted the final hole in the 1996 Open to lose the championship to Steve Jones. In 2001, Retief ...
Mon, 15 Jun 2015 04:01:54 -0700
The 115th U.S. Open tees off from Chambers Bay Golf Course this year, taking place, for the first time in the tournament's 120-year history, in the Pacific Northwest. Four players are tied for the most wins in U.S. Open tournament history – Willie ...
Sun, 21 Jun 2015 20:02:37 -0700
1951 — Ben Hogan. 1950 — Ben Hogan. 1949 — Cary Middlecoff. 1948 — Ben Hogan. 1947 — x-Lew Worsham. 1946 — x-Lloyd Mangrum. 1942-45 No Championships - World War II. 1941 — Craig Wood. 1940 — x-Lawson Little. 1939 — x-Byron Nelson.
Sat, 11 Apr 2015 06:25:45 -0700
Lew Worsham prevailed in a memorable 18-hole playoff, denying “Slammin' Sam” the elusive U.S. Open title he could never capture. It was one of four runner-up finishes for Snead at the Open. The 101-year old SLCC hasn't had a major since, but it hosted ...
Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:14:01 -0700
Sam Snead, jinked in the U.S. Open, missing a 30-inch putt on the last to lose a playoff to Lew Worsham in '47. Snead once needed a par at the 72nd to win the Open but, with no scoreboards in those days, believed a fan who told him he needed a birdie ...
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