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Harry Vardon

Harry Vardon was a champion golfer and member of the Great Triumvirate of the sport together with J.H.Taylor and James Braid. During his career Vardon won 62 golf tournaments including six British Open Championship titles 1896 1898 1899 1903 1911 and 1914 and the U.S. Open in 1900. As well as being a professional golfer he was a golf course architect designing several courses in Britain. Vardon was one of golfs first superstars in the era of hickory golf clubs and gutta percha golf balls. With his reputation and his tremendous golf skills Vardon wrote several books on the game of golf including The Complete Golfer How to Play Golf and Progressive Golf. Harry is also well known for the Vardon Grip or overlapping grip although he did not in fact invent the grip he popularised it and it is still the most popular grip amongst professional golfers today.Henry William Harry Vardon was born in GrouvilleJersey in the Channel Islands and he grew up with five brothers and two sisters. Harry did not play much golf as a youngster and never had a lesson. On leaving school he followed his father to work as a gardener. He played in a few tournaments into his late teens but didnt really decide to make a career in golf until he saw that his younger brother Tom already a successful golf professional in England was doing well in tournaments. In the spring of 1890 Harry moved to England taking a job as greenkeeper at Studley Royal Golf Club Ripon North Yorkshire. After some time in Ripon he moved on to became club professional at Bury Golf Club and in 1896 the club professional at Ganton Golf Club in Yorkshire. In 1900 he toured the United States with his sponsors AG Spalding introducing a new ball The Vardon Flyer. During his trip he was paid to endorse Spalding products with his tour taking nearly a year. He played many matches and exhibitions all over the country and it is said losing only two games. The tour ended with him winning the US Open at Wheaton Illinois.

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