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Billy Burke (Golfer)
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    (December 14, 1902-April 19, 1972)
    Born in Naugatuck, Connecticut
    Birth name was William John Burkowski
    Winner of 13 PGA events including the 1931 U.S. Open
    Inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame (1966)
    Inducted into the National Polish-American Hall of Fame (2005)
    Of Polish descent
    He shares his name with the actor.
    As he first started playing golf on his own at age 15, members of the Naugatuck Golf Club had to give him clubs as he didn't have enough money to buy clubs or a bag.
    He was missing a ring finger.
    He struggled in the PGA Championship, never going past the semi-finals.
    He won a major golf tournament with a steel shafted club; he was the first golfer to do so.
    His 1931 U.S. Open victory over George Von Elm occurred in the longest playoff ever played, resulting in future playoff formats being changed.
    He was an inspiration for outstanding Polish American golfers such as Ed Furgol and Bob Toski.
    He lost his ring finger and he badly injured his small finger from his left hand at the time he was working at a foundry.
    He was undefeated as a member of two Ryder Cup teams (1931, 1933).

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