Vic Ghezzi

Vic Ghezzi (1 USPGA )

1910 - 1976

Victor J. Ghezzi (October 19, 1910 – May 30, 1976) was an American professional golfer. (Birth year sometimes listed as 1911 or 1912)

Born in Rumson, New Jersey,[1] Ghezzi won 11 times on the PGA Tour, including one major title, the 1941 PGA Championship, where he defeated Byron Nelson in 38 holes in the finals.[2][3][4] He was selected for three Ryder Cup teams, 1939, 1941, and 1943, but each was canceled due to World War II. During the war, Ghezzi enlisted in the U.S. Army and began his training in early 1942.[5][6]

At the U.S. Open in 1946, he was in an 18-hole Sunday morning playoff with Lloyd Mangrum and Nelson. It ended in a three-way tie, forcing another 18 holes. Mangrum won that afternoon round by a single stroke over both Ghezzi and Nelson.[7]

Ghezzi was elected to the PGA of America's hall of fame in 1965.[8] He died of cancer at age 65 the Miami Heart Institute in Miami Beach, Florida.