Saturday, February 05, 2005

Wilson Golf is turning it around

The legendary clubmaking company that has lost its way in the last couple of decades found their way back into the black in 2004. Their plans are very promising.

Some Wilson Highlights

1932
Gene Sarazen uses a secret weapon on his way to winning the 1932 British Open after a plane ride had inspired him to create a club head that glides smoothly through sand. Sarazen welded a piece of steel to the sole of the club and ground it producing ‘bounce’. This marked the introduction of the sand wedge and the “explosion” shot was born, and that year Wilson sold 50,000 of the club known as the R-90, the most popular sand wedge in golf.

1935
In the final round of the 1935 Masters Gene Sarazen holed a 235-yard shot with a 4 wood from the fairway on the par-5, 15th hole at Augusta for an albatross to tie Craig Wood, who he went on to beat in the 36 hole play off. This famous victory made Sarazen the first golfer to have won all four majors and complete the ‘Grand Slam’.

1937
The legendary Sam Snead joins the Wilson Advisory Staff at the age of 25. Snead went on to win five tournaments that year and Slammin’ Sammy was born, winning a record 81 PGA Tour events in his illustrious career, including 3 PGA Championships, 3 Masters and an Open Championship. Sam remained with Wilson as an Honorary Staff member with a lifetime contract. Many believe he was the greatest golfer ever.

1948
Wilson President Lawrence Icely provides the financial backing for Patty Berg and “Babe” Didrickson Zaharias to found the new Women’s PGA, predecessor of the LPGA.

1970
Wilson introduces the Staff Dyna-Power, Fluid Feel and FG Series blades.

Major Championships

1922 - U.S. Open
1922 - U.S. PGA Championship
1923 - U.S. PGA Championship
1924 - U.S. PGA Championship
1928 - U.S. Open
1932 - The Open
1932 - U.S. Open
1935 - The Masters
1935 - U.S. PGA Championship
1936 - U.S. PGA Championship
1937 - U.S. PGA Championship
1937 - U.S. Open
1938 - U.S. Open
1939 - The Masters
1941 - U.S. PGA Championship
1942 - U.S. PGA Championship
1946 - U.S. Open
1946 - The Open
1947 - U.S. PGA Championship
1948 - The Masters

1949 - The Masters
1949 - U.S. Open
1949 - U.S. PGA Championship
1951 - U.S. PGA Championship
1952 - The Masters
1954 - The Masters
1955 - The Masters
1956 - U.S. Open
1958 - The Masters
1959 - The Masters
1959 - U.S. Open
1960 - The Masters
1960 - U.S. Open
1961 - The Open
1962 - The Masters
1962 - The Open
1963 - U.S. Open
1965 - U.S. PGA Championship
1966 - U.S. Open
1968 - U.S. PGA Championship
1969 - The Masters
1970 - The Masters
1974 - U.S. Open
1976 - U.S. Open
1976 - The Open
1978 - U.S. Open
1979 - U.S. Open
1981 - The Open
1984 - The Masters
1985 - The Masters
1985 - U.S. Open
1989 - U.S. PGA Championship
1990 - U.S. Open
1991 - U.S. Open
1991 - U.S. PGA Championship
1993 - The Masters
1995 - The Open
1998 - U.S. PGA Championship
1999 - The Open


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