Cary Middlecoff was a dentist by profession for some time before he gave up his practice to pursue his passion of playing golf professionally. He turned professional in 1947 and went on to win 40 PGA tours.
Emmett Cary Middlecoff was born in January, 1921 in Halls, Tennessee. After finishing graduation from Christian Brothers’ High School, he joined the University of Missisippi. At university, he played college-level golf. In 1939, he became the first player from the university to be part of the All-American team.
As an amateur, he won the Tennessee State Championship for four consecutive years, from 1940 to 1943. He entered a PGA tournament as an amateur in 1945 and won it. Subsequently, he terminated his dentistry practice and turned a pro in 1947.
In his professional golf career, he won a total of 40 PGA tour titles. These included the Masters title in 1955 and US Open in 1949 and 1956. He was also part of the Ryder Cup team on three occasions: 1953, 1955 and 1959.
The 50’s were especially good to Cary Middlecoff, as he won 28 titles during that period, surpassing everybody else. He was a player who relied on both power and accuracy and had both of those qualities in spoonfuls. Eventually, back problems caused Cary Middlecoff to retire in the beginning of the next decade, following which he became a very successful golf commentator.