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Golf Australia Express : Issue 23
A BIRTHPLACE OF FIRSTS 1926 1929 1952 1962 2003 1992 1938 ASONE of the oldest events on the PGA Tour, the Northern Trust Open boasts some pretty interesting facts. Here’s 7 firsts our history-digging uncovered: PEEK THE The Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce puts up a $10,000 purse for the first LA Open— then the richest prize in professional golf. The LA Open becomes the first golf tournament to be broadcast on radio. Boxing legend Joe Louis makes history by becoming the first African- American to compete in a PGA-sanctioned event after receiving a sponsor’s invitation. Jack Nicklaus’ professional debut comes at the 1962 Los Angeles Open. The Golden Bear finished 50th and his first professional paycheck was a mammoth $33.33. Although originating in 1926, it took until 2003 before the tournament had its first left-handed champion—Canada’s Mike Weir. The classy Mollydooker went on to defend his title in 2004. Sixteen year-old amateur Tiger Woods plays in his first PGA Tour event among a whirlwind of hype and media. (For the record, Tiger’s played this event 11 times without a win—the most appearances for him at a tournament without obtaining some silverware.) “Babe” Zaharias becomes the first woman to play in a PGA men’s event.