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Denny Shute – The Forgotten PGA Champion

Denny Shute receives the Wanamaker Trophy for winning the 1936 PGA Championship at Pinehurst.

Denny Shute receives the Wanamaker Trophy for winning the 1936 PGA Championship at Pinehurst. Photo courtesy of the Tufts Archives

 

Denny Shute is a Hall-of-Famer, a 3-time major champion, and won Pinehurst No. 2′s first foray into major championship golf in the 1936 PGA Championship. So why isn’t he remembered among the greatest names in the game’s grand history?

BY LEE PACE

Trivia question on the cusp of the PGA Championship, beginning Thursday at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.:

Tiger Woods won back-to-back PGAs in 1999 and 2000 at Medinah and Valhalla, becoming the first player to collect consecutive PGA titles since who, when and where?

Since Denny Shute in 1936-37 at Pinehurst No. 2 and Pittsburgh Field Club.

Denny who?

He was known as “The Human Icicle,” a man so reserved and demure in the public eye that he sometimes had his wife Hettie accept a trophy and paycheck on his behalf.

Densmore “Denny” Shute was the son of an English golf professional who had immigrated to the United States and taken a club pro job in West Virginia. The boy began hitting golf balls at 30 months of age and grew into a steady and studious player, not particularly long but accurate and unlikely to make big mistakes. How else could one shoot four straight rounds of 73 at St. Andrews in 1933 en route to winning the British Open championship?

Denny Shute: owner of three major titles, a spot on three U.S. Ryder Cup teams and perhaps the lowest awareness quotient in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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VIDEO: Kids say the golfiest things…

 

Ever wonder what it is that drives kids not only to play golf, but to compete at the highest levels of the game, like at the U.S. Kids World Championships at Pinehurst?

We did, too.

So we asked a few of them.

 

 

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The Pinehurst Country Club Grand Opening – In Pictures

After breaking ground in November, the Pinehurst Country Club re-opened July 23 with a grand celebration following the completion of the $3.7 million renovations.

It’s another new era for the iconic Pinehurst Clubhouse:

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U.S. Kids Golf International: “Es un hermoso día en Pinehurst.” [Video]

When the U.S. Kids World Championships descend on Pinehurst Resort each year, sometimes the most interesting place to be is not on the golf courses to watch the talented young golfers of the world compete, but to mill around the Clubhouse, or the putting green or Maniac Hill to soak in the international flavor, languages and dialects permeating the grounds at the Cradle of American Golf.

It is awe-inspiring to witness just how far-reaching our favorite game is. It is even better to chat with our friends and U.S. Kids from around the world, and to hear them tell us – in their own words – how special Pinehurst is.

Indeed, it’s a beautiful day in Pinehurst – in any language.

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Congrats, Phil. See you in 2014.

 

We can think of no place better for Phil Mickelson to complete the career Grand Slam than with us in 2014.

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