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On this day in 1950, Major Winner Andy North was born. North has won three times on the PGA tour, and two of those wins were at the US Open (1978, 1985). He also has 11 other professional victories from all over the world, and on the Champions Tour.
On this day in 1939, Frankie Parker, a known bootlegger, was indicted for hiding $20,000 in counterfeit bills at a Chicago area golf course.
The plot was revealed via an informant and a thorough investigation. When they had all the evidence they needed, they searched and found the money buried on the 15th hole of the Tom O Shanter golf course in Chicago.
On this day in 1959, Major Champion Tom Lehman was born. He boasts 31 professional wins, including the British Open in 1996. He is also the only man to win Player of the Year honors on all three professional tours (Nationwide, PGA, Champions tours).
On this day in history, Jay Sigel staged one of the biggest comebacks in professional golf history. The GTE West Classic was being played in Ojai, California in 1994. Sigel was 10 back of leader Jim Colbert going into the final round, and shot a final round 62, good enough for a tie at the end of regulation and a playoff.
On this day in 1989, Blaine McCallister won the Honda Classic. McCallister shot a final round 64 to win by four shots over Payne Stewart, which was good enough for a then tournament record score of 22 under par (266). The tournament that year was played at TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, Florida.