5. Arnold Palmer, 1960

In one of the most dramatic finishes in U.S. Open history, the past, present, and future of golf collided at Cherry Hills. After Palmer’s good friend, Pittsburgh writer Bob Drum, told him over lunch that he had no chance of winning being seven strokes back heading into the final afternoon round, Palmer promptly shot 30 on front side to finish with a 65 and beat amateur Jack Nicklaus and legend Ben Hogan for his first and only U.S. Open championship.

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