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Week In Golf June 28-July 4

Featuring a Wright Mickey, a sardine fisherman and a carpenter.

Posted Jun 29, 2010 by The Week In Golf

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June 28, 1958: Mickey Wright captured the first of what would be four US Women's Open titles, beating Louis Suggs by five strokes at Forest Lake CC in Detroit, Michigan. She won the following year's title at Churchill Valley CC in Pittsburgh, before winning again in 1961 and then 1964. without doubt one of the greatest female players ever to grace the fairways, Wright won 82 events on the LPGA Tour, six shy of Kathy Whitworth.

June 29, 1903: the great Willie Anderson won his second US Open. Anderson, a Scottish emigrant to the USA, became the first golfer to win the US Open twice in playoffs, on this occasion beating fellow Scot, David Brown, at Balustrol GC in Springfield, New Jersey. Not only did Anderson become the first player to win four US Open titles, he is still the only man to win three consecutive US Opens (1903-05).

June 30,1911: Harry Vardon beat former sardine fisherman Arnaud Massy in a play-off to win his fifth Open Championship title at Royal St George's in Kent. It was the only time in the championship's history that a play-off did not go the full distance, when the Frenchman conceded at the penultimate 35th hole.

July 1, 1920: George Duncan produced the greatest comeback in Open history. The former carpenter's apprentice trailed leader, Abe Mitchell, by 13 strokes at the halfway point, but captured his only Open title after using a new driver that he bought at the Championship Exhibition of Golf Equipment.

July 2, 1966: Tom Watson ended a nine-year winless drought on the PGA Tour, winning the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village GC, Ohio. Watson's previous win on the PGA Tour was at the 1987 Nabisco Championship, which we now know as the Tour Championship.

July 3, 1954: Babe Zaharias won the US Women's Open at Salem CC, Massachusetts, her first US Open after coming back from cancer surgery. Not only did Babe win, she won it in style, finishing an incredible 12 strokes ahead of Betty Hicks in second place. 'My prayers have been answered,' said Babe after hoisting the trophy for the third time.

July 4, 1931: in the searing 105 degree heat, Billy Burke and George Von Elm scuttled back to the clubhouse at Ohio's Inverness club to grab a cold drink and some rest before the following day's US Open playoff. It took 72 holes before Burke finally emerged victorious by one stroke (148 to 149).

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