Lloyd Mangrum Photo: Courtesy USGA Archives
When listing the legendary Texans who have left indelible marks on the game, Lloyd Mangrum’s name doesn’t carry the same weight as that of Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson or Jimmy Demaret.
Perhaps it is because he never won the Masters. Mangrum finished in the top 10 at Augusta National 12 times and was runner-up in 1940 and 1949. Or maybe it is because Hogan, Nelson and Demaret overshadowed him and received most of the press during an era in which the written word contributed greatly to a player’s lore. And while the image of Hogan striking his famous 1-iron approach shot at Merion in the 1950 U.S. Open is instantly familiar for most of us, Mangrum – who lost to Hogan in a playoff that week – doesn’t hold the same place in our minds.
The late Los Angeles Times writer Jim Murray dubbed Mangrum the “forgotten man of golf,” a fitting description for one of the best players we rarely recognize like we should. But as Veteran’s Day approaches in the United States, it’s an appropriate time to cel…
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