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12 U.S. Opens That Created The Modern Championship

From gaining acceptance among players and the public, to becoming a catalyst for the game's popularity, to growing into a multimillion-dollar money maker, how the USGA's flagship tournament has evolved into one of golf's signature spectacles.

June 2014
Harry Vardon

1900/Chicago G.C.

From its inception five years earlier, the U.S. Open was contested mostly between American-based club pros who had immigrated from England and Scotland with none of the game's big names traveling from the British Isles to compete. That changed when British Open winners Harry Vardon (shown) and John H. Taylor came to stateside to play. Vardon beat Taylor by two strokes to win the title. Having golf's top players competing served to legitimize the nascent tournament.
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