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Golf Australia Express : Issue 11
WALTER HAGEN loved a party. In fact, the flamboyant American became the first golfer to earn and spend a million dollars. And spend he did. While staying in London, he hired a Rolls Royce and stayed at the Savoy. The cost for him and party came to £10,000, at the time the equivalent to a working man’s lifetime wage! And he loved to play golf, too. Throughout his career, he played hundreds of exhibition matches all around the world. His efforts brought golf to the masses. Gene Sarazen once said, “All the professionals should say a silent thanks to Walter Hagen. It was Walter who made professional golf what it is.” Hagen squeezed in winning 11 majors around his busy social life and goes down in history as one of golf’s greatest. LIST THE WALTER HAGEN 11 Major Wins