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1937 Billy Charles Coody, 1971 Masters Champion, is born in Stamford, Texas. He took up golf after overcoming polio at the age of 13, but was also a fine basketball player (he measured 6ft 2in) and attended Texas Christian University on a basketball scholarship. He won many amateur events and twice qualified for the US Open as an Amateur in 1961 and '62 while in the Air Force, finally turning pro in 1963. He had two PGA Tour wins to his name before he took the 1971 Masters, where he came from two behind Johnny Miller with four holes to play. With Miller struggling, Coody closed with two birdies and two pars to take the Green Jacket. He also won the World Series of Golf in 1971, and in 1973 won twice on the European Tour, including its then richest event, the John Player Classic, played in appalling weather. He also won five times on the Champions Tour before retiring from competition in 2006.

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