November 23, 2015

One of the enduring New Jersey mysteries — besides the The Sopranos ending — is whether anyone will ever catch Ghezzi for Garden State supremacy. The Rumson native snared 11 PGA Tour wins, including the 1941 PGA Championship at Denver’s Cherry Hills, where he downed Byron Nelson in 38 holes. He also won three New Jersey PGA Championships and three New Jersey State Opens. Ghezzi posted four career top 10s at the Masters and nearly won the 1946 U.S. Open at Canterbury, near Cleveland. Tied after 72 holes with Lloyd Mangrum and Byron Nelson, the trio tied again after 18 holes. The second 18 saw Mangrum nip Ghezzi and Nelson by a single shot.