Golf History on May 30, 1937

ON THIS DAY: Denny Shute wins back-to-back PGA Championships

Denny Shute defends his title at the 20th PGA Championship, 1937 (Photo: Trenham Golf History)

On this day in Ohio golf history, Ohioan Denny Shute won his second PGA Championship at Pittsburgh Field Club. 

Shute defeated Jug McSpaden less than seven months after his first PGA Championship win at Pinehurst. He was the last to defend his title at the tournament until Tiger Woods won in 1999 and 2000.

Denny Shute was born in Cleveland, Ohio where his father worked as the assistant golf professional at Euclid Club. He would later attend Case Western Reserve University and turned professional shortly thereafter. Before turning pro, he won the Ohio Amateur at Miami Valley Golf Club in 1927. Shute won three major championships and played for the United States in the Ryder Cup three times. He was posthumously inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2008.

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