George DUNCAN



Date of Birth - 16 September 1883

Died - 15 January 1964

Place of Birth - Methlick, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Turned Pro -


Duncan was first apprenticed as a carpenter and rejected a chance to

 become a professional footballer at Aberdeen to become a golf

 professional. In 1920, he won the first post World War I Open

 Championship at Royal Cinque Ports in Kent, in one of the greatest

 comebacks in Open Championship history. After shooting 80 in his first

 two rounds, Duncan was still thirteen shots behind the leader during the

 final round, but made up the deficit to win. He is the last player to win a

 golf major with a score of 80 for a round. He played for Great Britain in

 the Ryder Cup in 1927, 1929, and 1931. He was playing captain in 1929

 when GB won. He was also a golf course designer. His much sought

 after professional teaching and swing analysis skills lead to him being

 referred to as "the pros pro."

Although he did not win the British Open in 1922, his third round of that

 Open was included as one of the 25 greatest rounds of golf ever played

 in the Guinness Book of Golf Records Facts and Champions. His third

 round 69 was only the third round shot under 70 in British Open history; a

 major achievement given the limitations of the golf technology of the

 day. He just failed to win the 1922 Open, eventually losing to Walter

 Hagen by a margin of one stroke. The scene of his demise was a dip in

 the fairway in front of the 18th green from which he fluffed a chip shot

to a position five yards short of the pin. He eventually missed the crucial

 putt for a tie with Hagen, which led to the short position in front of the

 18th being ironically named "Duncan's Hollow."

Duncan was also well known for his fast pace of play; he would simply

 walk to his ball, drop his limbs into his stance immediately, and hit the

 ball. If he ever studied the line and shape of his shot, he had done it

 before he reached his ball, for there was no pause when he got to it. As

 for practice swings, he regarded them as totally unnecessary and barely

 legal - close to practicing on the course


ACHIEVEMENTS


Ryder Cup 1927, 1929, 1931


    1912 Belgian Open

    1913 News of the World Match Play

1913  French Open

    1920 The Open Championship

    1927 Irish Open

1927  French Open