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.