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The Week In Golf June 7-13

Featuring the US Open contender who knocked himself out with his own club

Posted Jun 09, 2010 by The Week In Golf

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June 7, 1940 : Ed 'Porky' Oliver made a gaff of catasrophic proportions in the US Open at Ohio's Cantebury Golf Club. After teeing off early with five other golfers to beat an oncoming storm, Oliver finished with a 287 total, a score good enough to tie him for the lead with Lawson Little and Gene Sarazen. Oliver, however, had started his round 15 minutes before it was officialy scheduled to start, and tournament officials had no option but to disqualify him. It was always a case of being so near, yet so far for Oliver when it came to majors; he came second on three occasions and sadly passed away far too young at the age of 45 due to cancer.

June 8, 1919: The US Open got underway at Brae Burn Country Club, and it was the first time the tournament was scheduled over a three day period. Eighteen holes were played for each of the first two days, with a 36-hole double round played on the final day. It wasn’t, to say the least, a good first day for Willie Chisholm, who set a new US Open record for the highest score on a par-3 hole, taking an embarrassing 18 strokes on the 185-yard eight.

June 9, 1934: Olin Dutra won the US Open, his second major title after the 1932 PGA Championship. During a remarkable final day, Dutra fought off the effects of dysentery by eating sugar cubes, while contender Bobby Cruickshank knocked himself out with his own club.

June 10, 1932: Gene Sarazen won the British Open with a tournament-record 283 at Prince's Golf Club, Kent, no doubt buoyed by his new invention, the humble sand wedge. The golfer they called 'The Squire' recognised the need for a broader sole on the wedge in order to get the ball out of a bunker, and, frustrated with his equipment, Sarazen's lively mind went to work. The inspiration for the design itself came from Sarazen's careful observation of the way in which their bellies skimmed across the water.

June 11, 1992: Tiger Woods retained the US Junior Amateur Championship, becoming the only player to have won the title more than once. Surprise, surprise, he went on to three-peat in 1993.

June 12, 1919: Walter Hagen won his second US Open title, defeating Mike Brady in an 18-hole playoff. With The Haig comfortably in the driving seat, a spectator reported that he had picked up a match holder more than a club's length away from his ball on the fairway, which resulted in a two stroke penalty. Another eagle-eyed punter then pointed out that Brady should have been penalised for picking up a stone six feet away from his ball on the tenth hole. Eager to take the easy way out of the situation, committee members decided to withdraw both penalties.

June 13, 1953: Ben Hogan grabbed the second of his two US Open titles by six strokes at the expense of Sam Snead. The title was one screw in Hogan's legendary 1953 season, in which he won five of the six events he entered, including the Masters and The Open Championship.

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