Craig Wood (1901-1968)
Truly one of the world’s best golfers during his era, Wood – who won both the Masters and U.S. Open in 1941 -- spent many of his most competitive seasons as a head professional in New Jersey. He worked at Forest Hill Field Club in Bloomfield from 1928-31 and Hollywood Golf Club in Deal from 1932-35.
During that time, Wood won a New Jersey section PGA championship (1932), and a NJSGA State Open (1934), and finished second in the Masters (1934) and second in the U.S. Open (1935). He was victimized by Gene Sarazen’s unbelievable double eagle in the 1935 Masters, where he finished second following a 36-hole playoff. He played on three U.S. Ryder Cup teams (1931, ’33,’35).
Many fans of the game, however, remember the "Blond Bomber" as the jinxed golfer who lost the 1933 British Open in a 36-hole playoff, lost the 1934 Masters by a single shot, and lost the 1934 PGA Championship in match play to his one-time assistant pro at Forest Hill and future Hall of Famer, Paul Runyan.
Wood, a native of Lake Placid, N.Y., won a total of 21 PGA Tour championship events.
- World Golf Hall of Fame: 2008
- PGA Hall of Fame: 1956
- U.S. Open: 1941
- Masters Tournament: 1941
- 1928: New Jersey PGA Championship
- 1929: Oklahoma Open, Hawaiian Open
- 1930: New Jersey PGA Championship, Oklahoma City Open
- 1931: Harlingen Open
- 1932: New Jersey PGA Match Play Championship, San Francisco Open-Match Play, Pasadena Open
- 1933: Los Angeles Open, Radium Springs Open
- 1934: Galveston Open Championship, New Jersey Open
- 1936: General Brock Open
- 1938: Augusta Open
- 1940: Metropolitan Open, Miami Biltmore International Four-Ball
- 1942: Canadian Open
- 1944: Durham Open
- 1925: Kentucky Open
- 1926: Kentucky PGA Championship
- 1929: Pasadena Open
- 1938: New Jersey PGA Championship
- 1942: Metropolitan PGA Championship
- 1943: Golden Valley Four-Ball (with Jimmy Demaret)
- Ryder Cup Appearances: 3 (1931, 1933, 1935)