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Sandy Herd

Sandy Herd's Haskell Ball, 1902

During a practice round prior to the 1902 British Open at Hoylake, Sandy Herd played with amateur John Ball. Herd noticed Ball was not only using Haskell rubber-center balls instead of a guttie, but was consistently out-driving him. Herd reluctantly went into the pro shop at the end of the round, bought some of the newfangled balls and went on to win that year's Open by one stroke over Harry Vardon and James Braid.
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