A skilled and accomplished golfer whose many victories include The Masters and the PGA Championship.
Born Douglas Fortunato on August 6, 1922 in West Haven, Connecticut, Ford’s professional golfing career began in 1949. The following year, he joined the PGA Tour, which he continued until his final year in 1963.
Ford took the title in the Jacksonville Open in 1952. Each year brought him more wins, notably in 1957, when he took the Los Angeles Open, the Masters and the Western Open.
Among his favorite memories, Ford cited his 1955 PGA triumph, when he won the qualifying medal with a score of 135 for 36 holes and beat Cary Middlecoff at his peak, 4 and 3, in a 36-hole final.
By 1963, Ford had earned 19 victories, nearly half a million dollars, and a playoff record of 5-7. He was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1992 and the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.