1913 U.S. Open - Ouimet Wins


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Francis Ouimet, a former caddie who rose from very humble beginnings, put golf on the map in terms of American interest by pulling off one of the greatest upsets in major championship history. At the 1913 U.S. Open, Ouimet, the 20-year-old amateur, birdied the 71st hole to tie English stalwarts Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, forcing an 18-hole playoff. Few gave Ouimet a chance, especially against Vardon, the 1900 U.S. Open champion and five-time British Open winner (he would win six). But Ouimet overcame the odds to shoot a 72, five better than Vardon and six ahead of Ray, to become the first amateur to win the Open. He later would win a pair of U.S. Amateur titles.