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Just 16 months after a nearly fatal accident, in which his car collided head-on with a bus, Ben Hogan was back. Playing with his legs heavily wrapped, Hogan striped the most famous one-iron in history to set up a two-putt par at 18 in regulation; then he won an 18-hole playoff against George Fazio and Lloyd Mangrum, helped along when Mangrum picked up his ball on the 16th hole to blow a bug off it, for which he was assessed a two-shot penalty.
2008 Torrey Pines
Tiger Woods has won tournaments in myriad ways, but this was perhaps his most courageous performance. Woods limped around Torrey on a bad left knee and winced in pain after almost every shot. What no one knew was that he also played with a double stress fracture of the tibia in his left leg. On the 72nd hole Woods made a bending 12-foot birdie putt to tie Rocco Mediate. Then he won on the 19th hole of a Monday playoff. Two days later Woods had ACL surgery on his knee.
1960 Cherry Hills
Legends from three generations (Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus) were among the horde of luminaries who battled over the final 36 holes, which were all played on Saturday. (The Open didn't go to an 18-hole Sunday finish until 1965.) Seven shots back, Palmer stole the show in the final round, which began with his driving the green at the 313-yard par-4 1st and culminated with a back-nine 30. Arnie fired a six-under 65 in the final round for a two-shot victory over Nicklaus.
1913 The Country Club
Good luck selling this script to Hollywood: Francis Ouimet, a 20-year-old amateur and caddie from the host course, played remarkable golf with 10-year-old Eddie Lowery (page 50) on his bag. Ouimet (top) shocked the golf world by winning the title in an 18-hole playoff over two of the game's kingpins, Ted Ray and Harry Vardon.