Welcome to the 75 Memorable Moments series in the history of the Charles Schwab Challenge golf tournament. We have selected 75 important moments in Colonial's 75 decades of hosting the world's greatest golfers. Each week, four new historic moments will be unveiled, taking us all the way to Tournament Week May 24-30. Enjoy!
Spurred by a mandate from the USGA to improve the easy 4th hole prior to the 1941 Open, Leonard hires celebrated architect Perry Maxwell to redesign holes 3, 4 and 5, which become the hardest holes on the course. This became infamously known as the “Horrible Horseshoe".
The greatest female athlete of all time, Texan Babe Zaharias, wins the Texas Women’s Open at Colonial. This was one of many tournaments and exhibitions hosted in the early years to help set the stage for much bigger events at Colonial. (Zaharias would win two more Women’s Opens at Colonial.)
Three weeks after V-E Day, Colonial announces formal plans for a 1946 Colonial National Invitation Tournament that would be second to none. The announced purse of $15,000 was even bigger than the Masters’ purse.
Hogan comes from six shots back to win his third Colonial title as local pro Raymond Gafford suffers a collapse in the 36-hole Sunday finish.
Arnold Palmer makes his first Colonial appearance, having just turned pro at age 25.
Chandler Harper wins by eight shots, the widest margin of victory in Colonial history which still stands today.
Golf Digest reports that Colonial has reached the "same class as the U.S. Open and Masters."
George Bayer hits 4-wood approach at 18 onto the roof of the new Colonial clubhouse. Bogey.
Thankfully, after a rain-soaked 1957 event and another wet week in 1958, the sun comes out on the weekend as Tommy Bolt edges Ken Venturi for the win. Colonial officials said afterwards that more rain on the weekend may have put the event so far in the red that it could have meant the end of the tournament.
Colonial holds its first Pro-Am event prior to the main tournament.
Kel Nagle records Colonial's first tournament ace, on #13 – in front of playing partner Ben Hogan. The three amateur competitors in the event that year are British Amateur Champ Charles Coe, World Amateur Champ Jack Nicklaus (his first NIT) and U.S. Amateur Champ Deane Beman.
Two days in a row, contender Bruce Crampton hits into the lake on the 18th hole. He loses the tournament by one shot, and that is how “Crampton’s Lake” got its name.
A feud with the PGA and its players over invitation criteria comes to a head, and the future of Colonial's tournament is in doubt. But cooler heads prevail, a compromise is reached, and Colonial quickly regains its prestigious place on the "official" PGA calendar.
Colonial hosts the Tour's second annual Tournament Players Championship, as Al Geiberger collects his first of two wins in Fort Worth with a record-breaking score of 10-under par. In so doing, Colonial becomes the only course in America to host a U.S. Open, a Tournament Players Championship and a regular PGA TOUR event.
Heavy rains prevent players from even stepping on-course Saturday. The forecast for Sunday is iffy, so only 18 holes are scheduled, and the tournament ends at 54 holes. (It never rains on Sunday, so 36 holes actually could have been played.) This is the only year the event has failed to complete 72 holes. Dan Pohl beat Payne Stewart in a playoff, the second playoff loss at Colonial for Stewart in three years.
Thwarting Mickelson's thrilling attempt to become the first back-to-back Colonial winner since Ben Hogan, Sergio Garcia fires a Sunday 63 himself to overtake the defending champ, claim his first American title, and become the youngest Colonial winner ever at age 21. He is also the first European to win at Colonial.
Kenny Perry shatters the tournament scoring record with a 19-under 261 in ideal scoring conditions. LPGA superstar Annika Sorenstam dares to test her skills against the PGA TOUR's best. Though she misses the 36-hole cut, she earns newfound respect, and then set about breaking practically every LPGA Tour record on the books during the remainder of her Hall of Fame career.
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