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A picture of Venturi moments after his victory helps anchor the display of memorabilia inside the clubhouse.

His white linen hat, no doubt soaked with sweat that afternoon, sits near congratulatory letters signed by President Dwight Eisenhower and Bobby Jones. Eisenhower noted the countless Americans cheering him on in his struggle to victory and wrote that “I was one of them.”

Venturi, a lifetime honorary member of Congressional, donated the items to the club last month. The members hosted him at an unveiling and used the event to kick off U.S. Open festivities.

“This is the kind of stuff that to a club like ours where he won, it’s invaluable,” Congressional general manager Michael Leemhuis said. “He was kind enough to want us to have that.”

And so the legend of Venturi’s comeback persists, the prologue to another chapter of history at Congressional this weekend.

“In all my years of golf, that might have been the most impressive [finish],” Floyd said. “He just kept going. It was like he was on fumes. It was just destined to be.”