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Paul Runyan
Personal information
Full name Paul Scott Runyan
Born July 12, 1908(1908-07-12)
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Died March 17, 2002 (aged 93)
Palm Springs, California
Nationality  United States
Career
College None
Turned professional 1925
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 36
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 29
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 2)
The Masters 3rd/T3: 1934, 1942
U.S. Open T5: 1941
Open Championship T18: 1961
PGA Championship Won: 1934, 1938
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 1990 (member page)
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1934

Paul Scott Runyan (July 12, 1908 – March 17, 2002). Fellow golfers nicknamed him "Little Poison,", primarily because he didn't drive the ball very far but also had a terrific short game. Additionally, Runyan was small in stature (5'7") furthering the "Little Poison" moniker. Runyan is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted 1990), World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame, Arkansas Hall of Fame and the recipient of the Harvey Penick Lifetime Teaching Award. In addition, Runyan captured the PGA Tour money title in 1934 and was a 2-time member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team (1933 and 1935). Runyan also received the PGA of America Distinguished Service Award.

Runyan was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He started out as a caddie and then an apprentice at a golf course in his hometown before turning pro at age 17. He served as an assistant pro to Craig Wood at Forest Hills Golf Course in White Plains, New York, in 1921. Thirteen years later, Runyan defeated Wood in a playoff to win the first of his two PGA Championships. Of Runyan's 29 career PGA Tour wins, 16 of them came in 1933 and 1934. His 9 wins in 1933 make him one of only 7 golfers to win 9 or more times in one year on the PGA Tour. In the first Masters Tournament in 1934, Runyan was paired for the first 36 holes with tournament host Bobby Jones. Runyan was competitive for many years, winning the PGA again in 1938 and leading the U.S. Open after three rounds as late as 1951. In the finals of his 1938 PGA, Runyan defeated Sam Snead 8 and 7, the most lopsided title match of the era when the PGA was contested at match play. Runyan's teaching prowess led many top pros to him over his 75 years of teaching, including Gene Littler, Phil Rodgers, Frank Beard, Jim Ferree and Mickey Wright. Golf Magazine wrote: "... since the late 1930s, he has probably been the most influential short game instructor. Untold thousands have been taught his methods for putting and chipping." He died in Palm Springs, California.

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PGA Tour wins (29)

(missing one win?)

Major championships are shown in bold.

Other wins

this list is probably incomplete

Senior wins

Major championships

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Wins (2)

Year Championship Winning Score Runner-up
1934 PGA Championship 38 holes United States Craig Wood
1938 PGA Championship (2) 8 & 7 United States Sam Snead

Note: The PGA Championship was match play until 1958

Results timeline

Tournament 1928 1929
The Masters NYF NYF
U.S. Open 63 DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP
Tournament 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
The Masters NYF NYF NYF NYF T3 7 T4 T19 4 T16
U.S. Open DNP DNP T12 DQ T28 T10 T8 T14 T7 T9
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP R16 R32 QF 1 QF R64 R16 1 QF
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
The Masters T12 T35 3 NT NT NT DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open 49 T5 NT NT NT NT 21 T6 T53 DNP
The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship QF R64 DNP NT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT T35 DNP
U.S. Open T25 T6 T22 CUT CUT DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship R64 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
The Masters CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP T18 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP WD DNP DNP CUT DNP
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP CUT WD

NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
DQ = Disqualified
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF, F = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

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