Tommy Aaron was known for earning the title in the 1973 Masters Tournament. He started playing golf when he was 12 years old and was a member of the U.S. Walker Cup Team in 1959. As an amateur, he won two Georgia Open and two Southeastern Amateur events in the later part of the 1950’s. However, in 1958 he lost a game to Charles Coe at the U.S. Amateur tournament. He regained his victory at the Western Amateur in 1960 and the Georgia Open again in 1975. His wins were rather exceptional considering the fact that there were no golf courses in his own hometown that time.
Thomas Dean Aaron, in real life, was born in Gainesville, Georgia on February 22, 1937. He was a member of the Beta Zeta Chapter while he attended college at the University of Florida.
Tommy turned professional in 1960. He only gained his first professional win in 1969 during the Canadian Open. That time the tournament was not considered a major in the PGA Tour. But in 1970, he finally earned the PGA title at the Atlanta Classics and also won the Trophee Lancome in France in 1972. It was during this year that his career was highlighted when he secured his 9th position at the money list. He was so far at the top ten in 1965 and 1972 and was one point lower in 1967 to 1970.
In 1973, Tommy won another major at the Masters Tournament. He gained another professional win at the Kaanapali Classic in 1992. In 2000, when he was already 63 years old, he was still able to make a cut at the Masters. His record in this event was only broken recently by Gary Player.