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?
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.