7. Lee Trevino, 1971

The “Super Mex” might have joked around by throwing a fake snake at Nicklaus before their 18-hole playoff at Merion, but he was all business once the round got under way, winning by three shots for his second U.S. Open championship. As the first person of Hispanic descent to claim the title, Trevino proved that any ordinary citizen could win our national championship through luck and hard work—the very definition of the American Dream.

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