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Golf Australia Express : Issue 6
WANAMAKER TALE Walter Hagen THIS NEW Yorker loved to party—11 wins across the US Open, British Open and the PGA gave him major reasons to do so. From 1924 the debonair Hagen won the PGA for four straight years. He owned the event, but what about the Wanamaker trophy? During the 1926 award ceremony he was asked why he didn’t have the trophy with him. The cocky Hagen replied he hadn’t brought it with him because he had no intention of surrendering it. Finally, in 1928 his reign came to an end. After his loss he was asked to cough up the Wanamaker. Hagen had to come clean and he sheepishly admitted to losing it. Legend has it he went partying after his 1925 PGA victory—no surprises there. He leapt out of the cab to enter a Chicago nightclub leaving Wanamaker behind. He recalled slipping the cabbie $5 to deliver it to his hotel but it never arrived. The trophy found its way to Detroit and was then uncovered in 1930 in an unmarked case in the basement of L.A. Young & Company. Was it lost? Misplaced? Tucked away? No one knows for sure. LIST THE