The Haig, they called him an honorific that suited the first great American touring professional. When country-club members informed Walter Hagen that he and his fellow pros weren't welcome in the clubhouses inhabited by their social superiors, "Sir Walter" rolled up in a Rolls-Royce, sipping champagne. According to Sarazen, "It was Walter who made professional golf what it is." Hagen won 45 PGA Tour events and 11 majors, played for the U.S. in the first five Ryder Cup matches and captained the U.S. team in the first six.
Ron Fimrite wrote for SI in 1989: In consumate skill and high living, no one could match the flamboyant Walter Hagen, who changed the rich-man image of golf while courting the company of princes. Read the Article
Walter Hagen's Major Championships
•1914 U.S. Open: Hagen wins his first U.S. Open
•1919 U.S. Open: Hagen wins his second U.S. Open
•1922 British Open: Hagen leads the American invasion
•1924 British Open: Hagen Catches Whitcombe at the 18th Hole
•1928 British Open: Hagen's Royal St George's double
•1929 British Open: Hagen emphasises American domination
•1921 PGA Championship: The reign of The Haig begins
•1924 PGA Championship: One last chance for Long Jim
•1925 PGA Championship: The Haig continues his dominance
•1926 PGA Championship: Three in a row for Hagen
•1927 PGA Championship: 'Pick It Up'