Lee Trevino, 1971 U.S. Open at Merion
Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino, the two best players at the time, finished regulation tied for the lead. On the 1st tee in the playoff, Trevino remembered that his daughter had left a rubber snake in his bag, so he pulled it out and tossed it in Nicklaus's direction. Nicklaus chuckled, but Trevino had the last laugh. He shot a two-under 68 to beat Nicklaus by three shots. Over the next three weeks Trevino would add the Canadian and British Open trophies to his mantel.