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 6, 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. … Read More


1923 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Cooper turned professional in 1923.


1925 20 Years Old He reached the semi-finals of the 1925 PGA Championship. … Read More
1926 21 Years Old A perennial U.S. Open contender (with seven top-10 finishes and second place in 1927 and 1936), Cooper was nicknamed "Lighthorse Harry" by Damon Runyon for his quick pace of play in winning the inaugural Los Angeles Open in 1926.
1927 22 Years Old …  He dropped an 18-hole playoff to Tommy Armour in the 1927 U.S. Open, and advanced to the semifinals of the 1925 PGA Championship, falling to eventual champion Walter Hagen. … Read More
1934 29 Years Old Cooper is often classified as the greatest golfer who never won a major tournament. 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 1 More Event
Cooper played in the inaugural Masters Tournament and placed second there in 1936 and 1938.
1937 32 Years Old 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.


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


1992 87 Years Old He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1992.
2000 96 Years Old Cooper had no children. He died in a hospital in White Plains, New York in 2000. … Read More
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