November 23, 2015

The University of Arkansas likes to summon alum Stacy Lewis to salute Razorback fans with a spirited “Sooieeeee!” But native son Paul Runyan deserves the honor as the state’s standout. Born in Hot Springs in 1902, Runyan ruled golf in the 1930s, winning two PGA Championships, in 1934 and ’38. He won 29 PGA Tour titles, including nine in 1933 alone. He was a Ryder Cupper in 1933 and ’35 and won the PGA Tour money title in 1934. His ’38 PGA win was memorable, because he crushed Sam Snead 8 and 7, despite being outdriven by as much as 75 yards per hole. Always a wizard with his wedges and putter, Runyan was later acclaimed as the top short-game teacher in golf. For all of you E.J. “Dutch” Harrison fans, cheer up: We’re awarding the 18-time Tour winner our runner-up ribbon.