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Cary Middlecoff
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Golfer
    (January 6, 1921-September 1, 1998)
    Born in Halls, Tennessee
    Birth name was Emmett Cary Middlecoff
    Nicknamed 'Doc'
    Winner of 40 PGA Tour Events, including one Masters Tournament (1955) and two U.S. Opens (1949 and 1956)
    Won the Vardon Trophy (1956)
    Member of three Ryder Cup teams (1953, 1955, and 1959)
    Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame (1986)
    Appeared in the films 'Follow the Sun' (1950) and 'The Bellboy' (1960)
    Appeared in the short documentary 'Golf Doctor' (1949)
    Died of a congestive heart failure at age 77
    He went by his middle name.
    He had the nickname 'The Ghost' as a child as he haunted several country clubs to search for golf tips.
    He sometimes had an edgy temper.
    He quit his dentistry job to focus more on golf.
    He was beaten by Doug Ford in the 1955 PGA Championship.
    He once quoted, 'Anyone who hasn't been nervous, or hasn't choked somewhere down the line, is an idiot.'
    He struggled later in his golf career due to his back problems.
    He was the first golfer from the University of Mississippi to win All-American honors.
    He worked as a dentist for the U.S. Army as he filled 12,093 teeth.
    He stood at 6'1 with good accuracy and power.
    He wrote the instructional golf book, 'The Golf Swing.'
    He won an event at the PGA Tour as he was an amateur (1945).
    He had a long sudden-death 11 hole playoff with Lloyd Mangrum (1949).
    He was one of the good golf commentators in the era of early television.
    He was the money winning leader throughout the 1950s.

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