1. FRANCIS OUIMET
Even though John McDermott had become the first American-born winner of the U.S. Open the previous two years, it took Francis Ouimet to put golf on newspaper front pages by beating two giants of the game.
The 1913 U.S. Open had been moved from June to September so that Harry Vardon and Ted Ray could compete. Also in the field was Ouimet, the 20-year-old Massachusetts Amateur champion who had local knowledge of The Country Club because he lived across the street from the 17th hole.
It was his first major championship.
Ouimet, six shots behind after the first round, followed with rounds of 74-74 to share the 54-hole lead with Vardon and Ray, and he kept pace over the final round to match with 79s and force an 18-hole playoff.
In the tough, rainy conditions at Brookline, Ouimet played his best golf. He shot 72, while Vardon had a 78 and Ray shot 79. The gallery was among the biggest ever in America for a golf tournament, and it was hailed as one of the biggest upsets in sport. Before long, America began to replace the Old World in golf supremacy.