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Great Moments of the U.S. Open is a compilation of the most unforgettable chip shots, aces and putts witnessed in the 111-year history of the U.S. Open, America's greatest and oldest golf tournament. Long-standing rivals, stalwart champions and comeback heroes go wood to iron on the green, leading to the most memorable, knuckle-biting displays of skill in the history of the majors. From American Francis Ouimet's shocking victory over top British professionals in 1913, to Jack Nicklaus' edging of Arnold Palmer in 1962 for his first Open win, to Tiger Woods' breathtaking comeback on a broken leg to capture the 2008 Open - the gutsiest, classiest and most improbable victories are recounted here. Great Moments of the U.S. Open contains 28 memorable victories. These include: Billy Burke in 1931 - 144 holes to defeat George Von Elm in playoff; Ken Venturi in 1964 - holds on at Congressional after suffering heat stroke; Gary Player in 1965 - the first international champ in 45 years; Tony Jacklin in 1970 - wins by seven strokes and is the first European champ in 50 years; Tom Watson in 1982 - miraculous chip-in on the 71st hole to win; Tiger Woods in 2000 - dominating performance to win by 15 strokes at Pebble Beach; Rory McIlroy in 2011 - sets scoring record in rout of field. For all its hushed moments and idyllic setting, golf is about passion, prowess and thrills. These 28 stories go beyond the stroke counts directly to the heart of the game. Five chapters encapsulate the tournament's colorful history through its great stories. These are the victories that heralded significant changes in the sport. They are the underdogs who had to overcome injuries and sickness to become champions. They are the comeback heroes and the dominant champs who make it look easy. The book is lavishly illustrated with stunning photographs of the championship artifacts held by the USGA Museum. Readers will also enjoy some of the world's best golf action and course photography. Complete with essays focusing on U.S. Open course design, history, international players and near misses and collapses, Great Moments of the U.S. Open provides readers a unique and authoritative view on the best of America's most prestigious golf tournament.
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