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1. Francis Ouimet, 1913

Just imagine some 20-year-old amateur who lives across from Merion and caddies at the club, qualifying for this year’s U.S. Open and then beating Tiger Woods and Rory Mcllroy in a Monday playoff. That’s basically what Francis Ouimet did 100 years at The Country Club. What Ouimet did to help popularize golf cannot be overstated. In the decade after his win, public courses sprang up and the number of golfers in the U.S. tripled to two million.

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