PGA Tour forced to change record books

Reader email to Golf News Net

Golfmagic News
Fri, 7 Sep 2012

PGA Tour forced to change record books

The PGA Tour has re-written its history books this week after learning of a reader’s email to Golf News Net’s Ryan Ballengee.

For the past 40 years, four professional golfers had been denied official victories in the National Team Championship after an error by the PGA Tour.

The reader pointed out to Ballengee that Arnold Palmer’s and Jack Nicklaus’ win totals had been credited with two official wins apiece in the team event - staged from 1965 to 1968 and 1970 to 1972 - and that only the 1970 and 1971 events won by Palmer and Nicklaus were considered official by the PGA Tour.

According to the PGA Tour, the National Team Championship was made an official event in 1968 and so the late George Archer and 76-year-old Bobby Nichols are now credited with their 1968 title, and 73-year-old Babe Hiskey and 70-year-old Kermit Zarley earn acclaim for their 1972 triumph.

Archer, who won the 1969 Masters, will now be remembered as a 13-time PGA Tour champion, which is one more than 1964 PGA champion Nichols, while Hiskey and Zarley are now wheeling away with their hat-tricks.

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