Golf Birthdays: September 7-11

September 7

Mark McCumber, a 10-time PGA Tour winner, turns 64. His wins included the 1988 PLAYERS Championship and the 1994 Tour Championship.  He finished tied for second at the 1989 US Open and the 1996 Open Championship.

Tag Ridings, winner of the 2002 Permian Basin Open on the Web.com Tour, turns 41.

September 9

Skip Kendall, who won four times on the Web.com Tour, turns 51. Kendall was a runner-up at four different PGA Tournaments during his career.

September 10

Larry Nelson, three time Major winner, turns 68. His 10 PGA victories included the 1981 and 1987 PGA Championships and the 1983 US Open. In 1981, he won the PGA Championship with a 7-under 273, edging Fuzzy Zoeller by four strokes. Two years later he won the US Open by a single stroke over Tom Watson with a 4-under 280. His final Major came at the 1987 PGA Championship as he defeated Lanny Wadkins. He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006.

Arnold Palmer, regarded as one of the greatest golfers in American history, turns 86. Palmer has 95 wins to his credit, including 62 on the PGA Tour – the fifth-most ever. He won the Masters four times between 1958-1964, the US Open in 1960, and the Open Championship in 1961 and 1962. Only the PGA Championship eluded his quest for a career Grand Slam: he finished tied for second in 1964, 1968, and 1970.  His most dominant years were 1960-1963 when he racked up 29 PGA Tour wins and five Majors. He played on six Ryder Cup teams and was the last playing captain, doing so in 1963. He joined the Champions Tour in 1980 and won 10 tournaments, including five Senior Tour Majors.

Esteban Toldeo, a two-time winner on the Champions Tour and native of Mexicali, Mexico, turns 53.

Bruce Vaughan, who won four professional tournaments despite not playing golf until he was 20 years old, turns 59. Vaughan currently plays on the Champions Tour.

September 11

David Frost, a native of South Africa with 29 career wins, turns 56. His best Major finish was a fifth-place tie at the 1995 Masters.  His best PGA win was the 1997 Colonial, going 15-under.

Hank Kuehne, a five-time professional winner and 2002 Canadian Tour Order of Merit winner, turns 40. Kuehne had two second-place finishes on the PGA Tour.

Jeff Sluman, winner of the 1988 PGA Championship, turns 58. Down three strokes to Paul Azinger to start the final round, but tied things up with an eagle on No. 5. He ended up shooting a final-round 65 to win, one of six PGA victories in his career.

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