Who Was Henry Picard?

Day 181 without playing golf

This week Larry Nelson and Henry Picard were voted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Still mixing it up on the Champions Tour, Nelson has gotten most of the press.

But who was Henry Picard?

Picard was considered one of the finest players of the 1930s and early 1940s. He won 26 times on the PGA Tour, including eight wins in 1939. Picard also bagged two majors and played on a pair of Ryder Cup teams.

In 1938, Picard won The Masters, but his most stirring victory was a one-up win over Byron Nelson in the 1939 PGA. (The PGA was a match play event through 1957.)

Picard was also known as an accomplished teacher who was credited with helping Ben Hogan overcome his hook. He died in 1997.

Raise your glass to Henry Picard. He most certainly deserves it.

The Armchair Golfer

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