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Jones returned home and won the U.S. Open at Scioto, making him the first player to win the British Open and U.S. Open in the same calendar year. He also was the first amateur to win the claret jug since Harold Hilton in 1897.



Seve Ballesteros not only won his first major championship in 1979 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, he launched the legend of his charismatic game and ability to turn bad shots into birdies over three thrill-seeking days.

He was eight shots behind after the first round before the Spaniard clawed his way back until he was only two adrift of Hale Irwin going into the final round. Ballesteros hit driver nine times in the fourth round and only once found the fairway. No matter. He recovered time after time, no shot more memorable than the 16th. Ballesteros hit his tee shot into an overflow car park. Given relief, his approach finished on the edge of the green, and he holed a 30-footer for birdie.

Some referred to him as the “Car Park Champion,” though they knew better. This was a special talent.

Ballesteros closed with a 70 for a three-shot win over Ben Crenshaw and Jack Nicklaus. In one of many lasting images, he shared tears and hugs with his two brothers on the 18th green. He was the first continental European to win the claret jug since Arnaud Massy of France in 1907, and it was the first of majors from the European era of the “Big Five.” Bernhard Langer and Sandy Lyle won majors in 1985, Nick Faldo in 1987 and Ian Woosnam in 1991.