From 1944 to 1983, Ed Furgol compiled five PGA Tour victories and six second-place finishes. He was the 1954 PGA golfer of the year and a member of the 1957 United States Ryder Cup team.
Furgol's success was remarkable considering that when he was 12, he shattered his left elbow in a playground fall.
The injury never healed properly, leaving Furgol with a crooked, cocked arm 10 inches shorter than his right arm.
Furgol did special exercises to build strength in his hands and worked tirelessly to develop a swing that would overcome his lack of power.
In 1954, Furgol was working as a club pro in St. Louis when he qualified for the United States Open, held that year at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. The 37-year-old played flawless golf and notched a one-stroke victory, which earned him $6,000.
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