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The Week In Golf June 21-27

Featuring Jacklin's greatest moment and the birth of a sporting legend.

Posted Jun 23, 2010 by Iestyn George

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June 21, 1970: it was a big day for Britain's Tony Jacklin, when he capped a memorable 72-hole performance on a cruel Hazeltine National Golf Club layout to win the US Open. Jacklin became the first Englishman in 50 years to win the US Open, and was the only player in the field to finish under par, with an astounding 7-under-par 281.
June 22, 1984: Dustin Johnson, winner of three PGA Tour event to date (June 2010) was born in Columbia, South Carolina. Johnson finished the 2009 season 15th in the PGA Tour rankings and led the 2010 US Open into the final round, but an 82 left him tied for eighth place.
June 23, 1963: Colin Stuart Montgomerie was born in Glasgow, becoming one of the finest golfers of his generation, winning 31 European Tour events and narrowly missing out on Major titles on several occasions, none more narrowly than the wayward 7-iron to the 72nd hole at the US Open in 2006.
June 24, 1910: The Open Championship celebrated its Golden Jubilee at St. Andrews. The first event was held at Prestwick in 1860, where eight players challenged for the title over three rounds on a 12-hole course, where Willie Park, Snr. walked away victorious with a score of 174. Park won the Claret Jug an impressive four times, a record that was broken by the legendary James Braid at St. Andrews on the day that the tournament celebrated its 50th year.
June 25, 1932: the legendary Gene Sarazen won his second major of the year, shooting a final round 66 at Fresh Meadow CC, New York, to win the US Open. He had already won the British Open at Prince's Golf Club.
June 26, 1911: Mildred Ella Didrikson Zaharias, or plain Babe, was born in the oil town of Port Arthur, Texas. Widely considered the greatest all-round athlete of all time, Babe won Olympic gold medals for track and field in 1932, held All-American status in basketball, played baseball and was an expert diver, roller-skater and bowler. Babe captured a total of 41 LPGA Tour events, four of which came as an amateur, 10 of which were majors. She won all-three majors she played in 1950. Physically strong and socially straightforward about her strength, Babe broke the accepted models of femininity in her time, but sadly died at the age of 45 after cancer had taken its toll.
June 27, 1924: Walter Hagen won his second British Open at Hoylake by one stroke over Englishman, Ernest Whitcombe. Hagen's maiden Open victory came two years earlier at Royal St George's by one stroke, that time at the expense of fellow American, Jim Barnes. On both occasions, Hagen pocketed £75 for his efforts. Hagen's win at Hoylake sparked a ten-year domination by the Americans in the tournament, with Hagen getting his hands on the Claret Jug a further two times in 1929 and 1930.

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