|Birth: ||Apr. 27, 1899|
|Death: ||May 8, 1951|
Los Angeles County
AKA Leo Harvey Diegel
Birthplace: Detroit, MI
Location of death: North Hollywood, CA
Cause of death: - died from a pulminary hemorrhage due to bronchiogenic cancer.
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Winner, 1928 and 1929 PGA Championships
Rival of Walter Hagen, retired in 1935.
Wife: Violet ("Vi", until his death)
Leo Harvey Diegel (April 27, 1899 – May 5, 1951) was a prominent American professional golfer of the 1920s and early 1930s.
He won 30 PGA circuit events, and was a four-time winner of the Canadian Open (1924-25, 1928-29). In 1925, Diegel out performed over 100 competitors to win the Florida Open (billed as the "Greatest Field Of Golfers Ever to Play in Florida") at the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club.
Diegel was selected for the inaugural 1927 Ryder Cup team and went on to play on the 1929, 1931 and 1933 teams as well. Diegel's great year was 1928 when he won the Canadian Open and, in winning the 1928 PGA Championship, stopped the four-year winning streak of Walter Hagen (defeating him in the quarter-final to avenge defeats by Hagen in the 1925 quarter-finals and the 1926 final).
Diegel achieved the rare double of defending both titles successfully in 1929, this time defeating Hagen in the semi-finals and finishing off Hagen's career. Diegel was a runner-up to Bobby Jones at the British Open in 1930, but subsequently did not challenge at any major championships.
He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2003.
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Plot: Section 15, Lot 1403, space 8
Created by: Douglas Kirk Sorensen
Record added: Aug 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40490279