Paul Runyan was born July 12, 1908. Runyan was a very accomplished professional player and teacher, known for having one of the best short games in history.
Runyan turned pro at age 17, starting his career off as a teaching pro in Arkansas. He competed in many pro events, and won his first event 5 years later in 1930.
After his first victory, he became a teaching pro in White Plains, NY under Craig Wood. Runyan's first major victory would come over Wood in 1934, at the PGA Championship. Runyan outlasted Wood over 38 holes to take home the trophy.
His second major championship, won over Sam Snead, was truly a David vs. Goliath story. Runyan beat Snead 8 and 7 in match play, despite the fact that Snead outdrove Runyan by 50 yards or more.
Over his career, Runyan won 37 professional tournaments, including 29 on the PGA Tour. He recorded 20 top 10's in the majors, including his two wins.
Later in life, he focused once again on teaching and published the now famous "Short Way to Lower Scoring."