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.
PGA Tour wins
Major championship is shown in bold.
||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)
Sun, 06 Apr 2014 21:04:59 -0700
The final round saw Snead among the leaders before Lew Worsham shot one of the event's best rounds, forcing Snead to birdie the 72nd hole to force a playoff. With the playoff all-even as the players arrived at the 18th green, both men left their third ...
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:18:45 -0700
Through the 2014 Masters. Player, Masters, U.S., British, PGA, Total. Jack Nicklaus, 6, 4, 3, 5, 18. Tiger Woods, 4, 3, 3, 4, 14. Walter Hagen, -, 2, 4, 5, 11. Ben Hogan, 2, 4, 1, 2, 9. Gary Player, 3, 1, 3, 2, 9. Tom Watson, 2, 1, 5, -, 8. Bobby Jones ...
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:15:55 -0700
She defeated Alexa Stirling, one of Jones' childhood friends, in the championship match. SLCC also is the site of the infamous 1947 U.S. Open, where Sam Snead and Lew Worsham conducted an 18-hole playoff to decide a champion. Tied on the 90th green, ...
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