Tom Creavy

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Tom Creavy
Personal information
Full nameThomas Daniel Creavy
Born(1911-02-03)February 3, 1911
Tuckahoe, New York, U.S.
DiedMarch 3, 1979(1979-03-03) (aged 68)
Delray Beach, Florida, U.S.
Sporting nationalityFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Turned professionalc. 1928
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins2
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T25: 1934
PGA Championship Won: 1931
U.S. Open T8: 1934
The Open Championship DNP

Thomas Daniel Creavy (February 3, 1911 – March 3, 1979) was an American professional golfer, the winner of the PGA Championship in 1931.


Born in Tuckahoe, New York, Creavy learned the game as a caddie at Siwanoy Country Club, and was the club professional at the Albany Country Club and Saratoga Spa. He won the PGA Championship at age 20 in 1931 at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, Rhode Island, defeating Gene Sarazen 5 & 3 in the semifinals [1] and Denny Shute 2 & 1 in the finals. [2] [3] [4] Creavy played in 11 major championships, including the inaugural Masters in 1934. He had an outstanding short game, but his competitive playing career was hampered by recurring back problems and shortened by spinal meningitis in 1943. [5]

Creavy died of a heart attack in 1979 at age 68 in Delray Beach, Florida.

Professional wins

PGA Tour wins (2)

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionshipWinning scoreRunner-up
1931 PGA Championship 2 & 1 Flag of the United States.svg Denny Shute

Note: The PGA Championship was match play until 1958

Results timeline

Masters Tournament NYF T25
U.S. Open 47T32T31T40T8T52CUT

Note: Creavy never played in The Open Championship.

  Top 10
  Did not play

NYF = tournament not yet founded
DNQ = did not qualify for match play portion
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place

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  1. "Shute faces Creavy today". Youngstown Vindicator. Associated Press. September 19, 1931. p. 7.
  2. "Creavy brings new style to paid brigade". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. United News. September 22, 1931. p. 12.
  3. King, Bill (September 20, 1931). "Tom Creavy, 20-year-old Albany pro, downs Denny Shute for P.G.A. title". Youngstown Vindicator. Associated Press. p. C-2.
  4. "Tournament Info for: 1931 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  5. Fields, Bill (August 10, 2011). "A forgotten champion's PGA triumph". Golf Digest. Retrieved May 6, 2013.