In his very brief 15 year PGA Tour career (shortened by the Great Depression and illness), Johnny Farrell achieved staggering on-course success... but he did even more for the game after he finished playing.
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22 PGA TOUR victories including US Open. (Tied for 27th on the PGA Tour's all-time wins list, although Farrell won 10 more professional tournaments that are not recognized as PGA Tour events in the current day. Won 5 additional Professional events.)
Runner-up 24 times – including two majors: Runner-up in 1929 British Open at Carnoustie and the 1929 PGA Championship at Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles and was third in 1925 U.S. Open at Worcester (Mass.) Country Club and 1926 U.S. Open at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio.
Won the 1928 U.S. Open at Olympia Fields, coming from 5 shots back on the final day and going on to beat Bobby Jones in a 36-hole playoff.
Player of the Year in 1927 and 1928.
Top 10 finish in 18 of 25 major appearances.
Won eight consecutive tournaments in 1927, a record broken by Byron Nelson (Note: the
PGA Tour officially recognizes six of those as current events.)
Named first “Best Dressed Golfer” by Rodman Wannamaker in 1928.
Member of the first 3 U.S. Ryder Cup teams
Hosted the 1950's show Golf Time and wrote 3 golf books.
Named Golf Family of the Year in 1967
Elected to the PGA Hall of Fame in 1961