Walter Hagen


Walter Hagen was a highly talented professional golfer in the early 1900s known both for his ability and his charismatic presence on and off the course.

Born in Rochester, Hagen toyed with a professional baseball career in his younger days but eventually focused on golf. The 1914 U.S. Open in Chicago was the first of his 75 victories (11 majors). He went on to captain six Ryder Cup teams before World War II.

He helped found the Professional Golfers' Association in 1914, winning that organization's prestigious championship five times.

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