Jack Burke, JrJack Burke, Jr.
(born Jan. 29, 1923) -- Celebrated US golfer of the 1950s. First rose to prominence with two lopsided victories in the 1951 Ryder Cup
matches. Subsequently selected for the 1953 and 1955 sides, and in 1957 was named captain of the team. Also served as non-playing captain in the 1973 matches. Won 15 PGA
tournaments in his career, including the 1956 Masters
and PGA Championship
. Perhaps his most famous match was his nine-hour, 40-hole quarterfinal loss to Cary Middlecoff in the 1955 PGA Championship
. Selected PGA
Player of the Year in 1956, and subsequently challenged in the PGA Championship