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Gene Littler won his only major championship at the1961 US Open golf tournament. Here's how he did it, plus other important doings that year.
Tee Off Buddies, 28 Feb 2015 [cached]
Gene Littler - World Golf Hall of Fame: Year Inducted: 1980
Gene Littler finished inside the top 60 on the money list 25 times in 26 seasons. Great swings last, and if longevity was the only measure, Gene Littler would ha... read more >>
SCGA Hall of Fame | Southern California Golf Association, 26 June 2012 [cached]
Gene Littler
Gene Littler San Diego-area native and also a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Littler was one of the first home-grown Southern Californians to become a PGA Tour star. After winning the 1953 California Amateur and U.S. Amateur championships, Littler captured the San Diego Open as an amateur in 1954 and turned professional, winning 29 PGA Tour events, including the 1961 U.S. Open.
Golfer Gene Littler Biography and Career Details, 22 Aug 2012 [cached]
Gene Littler
Gene Littler - Jon Cuban/Getty Images Gene Littler playing on the Champions Tour in 1995. Jon Cuban/Getty Images
Gene Littler was a winner on the PGA Tour from 1950s into the 1970s, including one major. He was noted as one of the "sweetest-swinging" golfers ever.
Gene Littler: "I just put the ball down and hit."
Gene Littler Biography:
"Gene the Machine" spent more than 20 years racking up wins on the PGA Tour, then, for good measure, won eight more times in the early years of the Champions Tour.
Gene Littler was known as a man of few words, but whose few words exhibited quite a wit. His nickname derives from the quality and remarkable consistency of his swing.
He first gained notice by winning the 1953 U.S. Amateur, then he won the 1954 San Diego Open while still an amateur. Littler turned pro in 1955 and won five times on the PGA Tour. But the next few years were slim ones as Littler tinkered with his swing. The great player and instructor Paul Runyan got Littler to adjust his grip, and in 1959 he was back with five more wins.
Littler's only major was the 1961 U.S. Open, but he lost playoffs for two other majors. At the 1970 Masters, Littler lost an 18-hole playoff to his lifelong friend Billy Casper.
And in 1977, the 47-year-old Littler took part in the first-ever sudden-death playoff at a major, losing to Lanny Wadkins at the PGA Championship.
Littler was forced to take a break from the Tour early in 1972 after being diagnosed with lymph node cancer. But following successful surgery, he was back on Tour within months and winning the St. Louis Chldren's Hospital Classic.
In 1980, Littler joined the Champions Tour. He would win 8 times in the early years of that tour, and continued making appearances there into the 2000s.
Gene Littler was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990.
Gene Littler
About the Foundation | Southern California Golf Association, 26 June 2012 [cached]
Gene Littler
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