Ben Hogan Wins His First U.S. Open in 1948
Hogan's first U.S. Open win was his third win at the Riv in just over 18 months, counting the '47 and '48 L.A. Opens. His four-day tally (8-under-par 276) was also a U.S. Open record, smashing the previous tournament mark by five shots. Hogan isn't one to boast about his Riviera romps, so Jimmy Demaret did it for him, dubbing the Riv "Hogan's Alley."
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Sam Snead-Ben Hogan Playoff at the 1950 L.A. Open
Just walking the course would have been comeback enough. But Ben Hogan, just a year after a near-fatal car accident, had grander plans. Firing three consecutive 69s, Hogan appeared poised to win, until Snead closed with back-to-back birdies to force an 18-hole playoff, which was held a week later to accommodate the Crosby Clambake at Pebble Beach. Snead won the dramatic one-round battle, but Hogan's heroics foreshadow what transpired at Merion a few months later: the Hawk's dramatic triumph at the U.S. Open.
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Sam Snead at the 1961 L.A. Open
He didn't shoot his age, but 61-year-old Sam Snead wasn't far off when he fired a 66 in the third round of the L.A. Open. On Sunday, Slammin' Sammy birdied 17 to draw within one shot of the lead. But Dave Stockton disrespected his elder when he feathered a 3-wood from 244 yards to the 18th green to take the title.
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Casablanca Actor Dies Mid-Round in 1943
Of all the courses in all the world, he had to have a heart attack on this one. As the real war with Germany raged overseas, Conrad Veidt, who played Major Strasser, the Nazi sycophant, in Casablanca, suffered a fatal coronary while playing the Riv.
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Hal Sutton Edges Jack Nicklaus at the 1983 PGA Championship
The Golden Bear never did win at Riviera, and a man once called the Baby Bear is partly to blame. At the PGA, Nicklaus closed with a 66 on Sunday, only to be denied by the young phenom Hal Sutton, who secured a victory by stuffing a 5-iron to 14 feet on the punishing 18th.
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Fred Couples and Davis Love III Playoff in 1992
At the '92 L.A. Open, the two best players were also BFFs, making the Sunday showdown between Love and Couples the most amicable of tete-a-tetes. On the second playoff hole, Couple beat his buddy with a birdie.
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Tiger Woods Makes PGA Tour Debut
But the week was also marked by another big moment: the Tour debut of a 16-year-old named Eldrick "Tiger" Woods, the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion, who missed the cut by shooting 72 and 75.
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Elkington Tops Monty at the 1995 PGA Championship
After Ernie Els squandered a three-shot lead, Colin Montgomerie and Steve Elkington met in a playoff in the final major of the year. Already saddled with a reputation as the greatest player to never win a big one, Monty kept the title when Elk dropped a 25-footer on the first extra hole.
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Brandel Chamblee Loses in a Six-Man Playoff in 2001
Having yet to find his calling as a TV commentator and GOLF Magazine columnist, Brandel Chamblee, professional golfer, claws his way into a six-man, sudden-death playoff at the Nissan Open. Chamblee's pursuit for his second Tour title (who can ever forget the '98 Greater Vancouver Open?) ends when Robert Allenby birdies the first extra hole.
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Rich Beem's Hole-in-One in 2007
Maybe the Beemer would have rather had a Beamer. But it doesn't seem that way in the third round when he aced the 14th on live TV then rushed to embrace his prize: a red Nissan Altima coupe.
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