Born and raised in Winnipeg, George Knudson honed his early playing skills at the St. Charles Golf Club. George moved to Toronto in 1958 and soon thereafter joined the professional staff at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club. With the support and benevolence of a group of Oakdale members, George launched his PGA Tour career, amassing the still-held record (tied with Mike Weir) for a Canadian of eight wins between 1961 and 1972, a time during which he was indisputably Canada’s ambassador to the world of golf. Punctuating this view was George and the late Al Balding’s 1968 victory representing Canada in the prestigious World Cup of Golf, the first ever such victory for Canada. The legendary Ben Hogan recognized George as being possessive of the “finest swing in golf.”
in 1988, George was inducted into the Royal Canadian Golf Association Hall of Fame and made a member of the Order of Canada. Jack Nicklaus famously said that George Knudson was “a guy with a million dollar golf swing”
George’s untimely passing due to lung cancer in 1989, gave rise to the inaugural George Knudson Oakdale Pro-Am. Currently celebrating its 28th year; this annual event has raised more than $5 million for cancer research at Princess Margaret Hospital, Israel Cancer Research Fund and The Sinai Health Foundation.
To this day, George Knudson is widely considered to be Canada’s finest professional golfer ever.