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Gene Sarazen

Gene SarazenAKA Eugene Saraceni

Born: 27-Feb-1902
Birthplace: Harrison, NY
Died: 13-May-1999
Location of death: Naples, FL
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Remains: Buried, Marco Island Cemetery, Marco, FL

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Golf

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: First winner of the Grand Slam

The youngest to win a major, when at age 20 he won the US Open. Sarazen's major wins were the US Open (1922 and 1932), the British Open (1932), and the PGA Championship (1922, 1923, and 1933), and most famously, the Masters Tournament (1935). This last win made him the first to achieve the "Grand Slam", something only five golfers have accomplished in the history of the game. His earnings in 1932 were $42,000, extraordinary pay for a sports figure at the time. He is the inventor of the "sand wedge" club (1930). After retiring Sarazen was a commentator for the Wonderful World of Golf.

Father: (carpenter)
Wife: Mary Henry (m. 1924, one daughter, one son)
Daughter: Mary Ann Sarazen
Son: Gene Sarazen, Jr.

    Winner, US Open 1922
    Winner, PGA Championship 1922
    Winner, PGA Championship 1923
    Winner, US Open 1932
    Winner, British Open 1932
    Winner, PGA Championship 1933
    Winner, Masters Tournament 1935
    Associated Press Athlete of the Year (male) 1932
    World Golf Hall of Fame 1974
    Sicilian Ancestry

Author of books:
Thirty Years of Championship Golf (1950, memoir)

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