America's one-Major wonders
We pick out 10 Americans to hoist a solitary Major in their careers
There have been many one-Major wonders. Here are 10 such Americans - some were surprising victors; for others, the surprise was that they one just once…
The former caddie and amateur came out of nowhere to pip much-fancied Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a play-off for the 1913 US Open at Brookline, Massachusetts.
The 1935 USPGA was one of 26 pro wins for this Missouri-born pro, but there is no truth in the rumour that he had Olivia Newton John on the bag…
Golf’s club-thrower extraordinaire and temper-tantrum maestro managed to bottle it all up well enough for once in his life to clinch the 1958 US Open.
The uncle of Jay Haas was the beneficiary of Robert de Vicenzo’s famous scorecard gaffe in the 1968 Masters. Goalby was unfairly castigated by some, who forgot that he may well have gone on to win the play-off that would have ensued but for Tommy Aaron’s pencil malfunction.
Surely the most surprising of our one-Major wonders. It's hard to believe that the 1973 Open at Troon was Weiskopf’s sole Major return, his feisty temperament perhaps preventing further Major success. Runner-up four times in the Masters.
The purple-clad Georgian dancing merrily around Augusta’s 11th in 1987 after chipping in to defeat Greg Norman is one of golf’s most indelible images – especially for the luckless Aussie.
Jack Nicklaus had already awarded the 1992 US Open to Monty in the commentary booth before the bespectacled one set about his wind-defying final round that included an extraordinary chip in on Pebble Beach’s 7th.
One minute Double D was hitting the world number one spot, playing sublime golf and making a great victory speech at Lytham in 2001, the next he was virtually gone for ever.
Almost holed a 7-iron to win the 2003 USPGA. Hasn’t done much since save for finishing 2nd in the same event three years later – his only other Major top 20.
“Ben who?” we all said at Royal St George’s in 2003. Has since won three more times in the States, and played in the 2008 Ryder Cup after almost adding the USPGA to his Major tally that year.
Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and instruction. He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, a highly regarded trade publication for golf club secretaries and managers, and has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played well over 950 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, right across the spectrum from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.
Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf
Jeremy is currently playing...
Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft
3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft
Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft
Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)
Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response
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