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The BIG 10
June 14, 2010
As all eyes focus on Pebble Beach and the 110th U.S. Open, a panel of SI Golf Group experts select the top 10 national championships of all time
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June 14, 2010

The Big 10

As all eyes focus on Pebble Beach and the 110th U.S. Open, a panel of SI Golf Group experts select the top 10 national championships of all time

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1982 Pebble Beach

Jack Nicklaus was tied for the lead at four under par and watching on TV in the scoring tent as Tom Watson yanked a two-iron into the left rough at the par-3 17th. Most observers, including Nicklaus, thought bogey was likely, but in reply to caddie Bruce Edwards's comment that his man could save par, Watson predicted that he was going to hole the 16-foot shot. Then he did just that, pointing to Edwards as he raced around the green in celebration. For good measure, Watson also birdied the last to win by two.

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1973 Oakmont

Entering the final round six shots back and trailing a dozen other golfers, Johnny Miller played arguably the greatest final round in major championship history. He birdied the first four holes, added five more birdies, made only one bogey and hit every green in regulation during a U.S. Open--record 63 (eight under par) to win by one over John Schlee. Only four players broke 70 that day, and Arnold Palmer, tied for the lead with Miller on the back nine, was denied victory in front of his home fans. Palmer finished three back, tied for fourth with Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino.

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2000 Pebble Beach

Tiger Woods was already on track for the Hall of Fame at age 25, having won two majors and 17 other Tour titles. But his dominating victory at Pebble Beach proved that Woods might be the greatest player in history as he set or tied a slew of Open records, including margin of victory (15 strokes), low 72-hole score (272) and most strokes under par (12). Woods would follow with victories at the British Open and the PGA and he took the 2001 Masters to become the only player to win four majors in a row.

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1950 Merion

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