Chick Harbert – A Model Professional
Chick Harbert was probably among the first few professional golfers that put the name of the country on the world map as a golfing power winning seven titles during his time of the PGA tour that included one Major title, the PGA Championship of 1954 as well.
He was also runner-up here on two occasions before finally laying his hands on the trophy. Harbert was first included in the Ryder Cup team in 1949 and in 1955; he became the playing Captain of the team. Harbert was a model professional in his time and most of his contemporaries have reported that it was he who was the sole reason behind the success of the Ryder Cup team at that time.
Apart from winning the seven PGA titles, Chick Harbert had also won several other titles during his time which include the 1937 Michigan Open, which he won as an amateur, the 1942, 1948 and 1953 Michigan Open as well as the Michigan PGA Championship in 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1953 and 1959 during a period in which he was by far the greatest golfer in the world. Harbert had also served in the army during World War II and he died in 1992 leaving behind a rich legacy.