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Throwback Thursday - the 1972 Canadian Open
Golf Canada takes a look back at a few photos from the 1972 Canadian Open at Cherry Hill Golf Club in Ridgeway, Ont.
Published on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 03:26PM EST Last updated on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 03:49PM EST
Three-time Canadian Open champion Lee Trevino finished tied for 10th at the 1972 event at Cherry Hill Club in Ridgeway, Ont. He entered Canada’s National Open Championship that year as the defending champion after besting the field at Richelieu Valley Golf Club in Ste. Julie de Verchères, Que. in 1971. Trevino, who competed in 18 Canadian Opens, also registered Canadian Open wins in 1977 and again in 1979 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont. A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Trevino amassed 29 PGA TOUR event wins over the course of his career, including six major championships.
A winner of Canada’s National Open Championship during his rookie season in 1955 at Weston Golf & Country Club in Toronto, Arnold Palmer appeared in 17 Canadian Opens during his playing career. Palmer, seen here at the 1972 Canadian Open at Cherry Hill Club in Ridgeway, Ont. where he finished tied for 23rd, posted 62 career PGA TOUR event wins, including seven major championships. Inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974 and the recipient of the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1988, Palmer registered 29 PGA Tour event victories between 1960 and 1963, including five major tournament wins during that time period.
Gay Brewer claimed the 1972 Canadian Open title at Cherry Hill Club in Ridgeway, Ont., besting Sam Adams and Dave Hill by a single stroke. Brewer, who amassed 10 PGA TOUR event wins during his career, won the 1967 Masters Tournament in the first live television broadcast of a golf tournament from the United States to Europe. In 1966, Brewer bogeyed the final hole at Augusta National to finish in a three-way tie for the lead after regulation play but ended up finishing third to Jack Nicklaus following an 18-hole playoff. He made 16 career appearances at the Canadian Open.
A three-time winner of Canada’s National Open Championship, World Golf Hall of Fame member Sam Snead vied for the Canadian Open title 16 times. Snead, whose 82 career PGA TOUR event wins is the most all time, won both The Masters Tournament and the PGA Championship three times each, and also claimed The Open Championship on one occasion. Seen here at the 1972 Canadian Open at Cherry Hill Club in Ridgeway, Ont., Snead is the oldest player ever to win a PGA TOUR event, capturing the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open at the age of 52 years, 10 months and 8 days.
Fans gather around the scoreboard at the 1972 Canadian Open at Cherry Hill Club in Ridgeway, Ont.
Spectators take in the action on No. 18 at the 1972 Canadian Open at Cherry Hill Club in Ridgeway, Ont.
All photos courtesy of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum.
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