Harry Cooper

Professional Golfer
Born Aug 6, 1904

Harry E. Cooper was a prominent PGA Tour golfer of the 1920s and 1930s. After he retired from competitive golf, he became a well-regarded instructor, into his 90s. Cooper was born in the town of Leatherhead, England. His father was a professional golfer who had served as an apprentice to Old Tom Morris at St. Andrews. His mother, Alice Cooper, was also a golf professional, a very rare career for women in that era.… Read More

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1904 Birth Born on August 4, 1904.
1906 1 Year Old His grave is now marked with a headstone, but his grave marker erroneously shows 1906 instead of 1904 as his birth year.


1923 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Cooper honed his skills at Cedar Crest and turned professional in 1923.


1925 20 Years Old He reached the semi-finals of the PGA Championship in 1925. … Read More
1927 22 Years Old …  He dropped an 18-hole playoff to Tommy Armour in the U.S. Open in 1927, and advanced to the semifinals of the PGA Championship in 1925, falling to eventual champion Walter Hagen.
1932 27 Years Old …  His greatest successes were in Canada, as he won the Canadian Open in 1932 and 1937.
1934 29 Years Old …  Some claim this classification is erroneous because Cooper won the 1934 Western Open, which many considered one of golf's major championships at that time. … Read More


1936 31 Years Old At the U.S. Open in 1936 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey, Cooper was involved in a highly controversial showdown with Tony Manero, who was suspected of cheating.
1937 32 Years Old 1 More Event
He won 31 PGA Tour titles in all and the inaugural Vardon Trophy in 1937; his 31 titles were a record for PGA Tour players born outside the U.S. until surpassed by Vijay Singh in 2008.


1953 48 Years Old After his career on tour ended, Cooper became the head professional at the Metropolis Country Club in Greenburgh, New York. He held that position from 1953 to 1978.


1955 50 Years Old He was active as a senior golfer, placing sixth in the 1955 Senior PGA Championship.


…  In his long golf career he had 31 PGA Tour victories and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1992. … Read More
2000 96 Years Old Cooper had no children and died in a hospital in White Plains, New York in 2000. … Read More
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