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)
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:52:30 -0700
"I have known Bob since his days on Lew Worsham's fine staff at Oakmont Country Club and through the many years since then that he has served Oakmont and more recently Seminole as their head professional. He has a wonderful, warm, low-key ...
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Sun, 08 Feb 2015 08:13:36 -0800
Golfers Lew Worsham and Arnold Palmer, Penn State's twice-honored Joe Paterno, Olympic gold medalists Roger Kingdom and Kurt Angle and legendary harness racer Del Miller have received Dapper Dan awards. So has a Hall of Fame baseball player ...
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:17:33 -0800
Runner up: Billy Maxwell, Johnny Palmer. 1954: *Ed Furgol (272). Runner up: Cary Middlecoff. 1953: Lloyd Mangrum (272). Runner up: Johnny Bulla, Ted Kroll, Bo Winiger. 1952: Lloyd Mangrum (274). Runner up: E.J. Harrison. 1951: Lew Worsham (272).
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 04:37:30 -0700
Hagen exacted partial revenge in the next tournament, in 1931, when he and his partner Densmore Shute hammered Duncan and Arthur Havers 10 and 9 in their foursome, a record margin equalled by America's Ed Oliver and Lew Worsham over Henry ...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:26:22 -0700
1953: Lloyd Mangrum. 1952: Lloyd Mangrum. 1951: Lew Worsham. 1950: Jimmy Demaret. 1949: Jimmy Demaret. 1948: Bobby Locke. 1947: Ben Hogan. 1946: Ben Hogan. 1945: Byron Nelson. 1944: Harold McSpaden. 1940: Ed Oliver. 1939: Byron Nelson.
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:03:25 -0800
“I played with (two-time U.S. Open runner-up) Bobby Cruickshank, (1954 U.S. Open champion) Ed Furgol, (1947 U.S. Open champion) Lew Worsham,” Andreone said. Golf became his vocation after he made caddying his teaching apprenticeship. “I wanted ...
PR Newswire (press release)
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:03:31 -0700
He was hired as an assistant at Oakmont in 1975 and four years later took over the head pro position after his mentor, Lew Worsham, retired. He has remained at Oakmont for the duration of his career and took on the additional role of head pro at ...
Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:10:48 -0800
In my seventy-five years of playing this grand old game of golf I have teed it up many times in tournaments. Looking back, the biggest thrill and, by far the most memorable tournament, I have ever had the honor to tee it up in was the Tony Lema ...
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