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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
Francis B. Ouimet, center, Harry Vardon, left, Ted Ray

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Beating legendary English pros Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, unheralded amateur Francis Ouimet's upset victory triggered what many describe as the "American century of golf." Putting golf on the front pages of newspapers throughout the U.S. helped popularize the game around the country. Within a decade, the number of Americans playing the sport had doubled.
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