1940
The British Open and Amateur are discontinued for the duration of the Second World War.

1942
The U.S. Open is discontinued for the duration of the war. A world-wide shortage of rubber, a vital military supply, creates a shortage and huge price increase in golf balls. Sam Snead manages to complete an entire four-day tournament playing one ball, but the professional circuit is severely curtailed.

The U.S. government halts the manufacture of golf equipment for the duration of the war.

1943
The PGA Championship is cancelled for the year, and the Masters is discontinued for the duration of the war.



1944
The PGA expands the TOUR to 22 events despite the absence of many of its star players due to military service.

1945
Byron Nelson wins 18 tournaments in a calendar year to set an all-time PGA TOUR record-including a record 11 in a row and a record 19 consecutive rounds under 70. His total prize earnings during his 11-win streak, $30,000, is less than last place money for the PGA TOUR Championship by 1992.

Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson

The Tam O'Shanter Open offers a then-record purse of $60,000.

1946
The U.S. Women's Open is instituted. Petty Berg is the first winner.

1947
Mildred "Babe" Zaharias becomes the first American to win the British Women's Open, at Gullane.

Mildred ?Babe? Zaharias
Mildred ?Babe? Zaharias

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