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It might not have been a coincidence, then, that when Love holed an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole of a cloudy Sunday at Winged Foot, the sun had just broken through and a massive rainbow filled the sky. It rained tears that day.



Gene Sarazen won the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in 1922, but the latter might have carried as asterisk _ the great Walter Hagen didn’t play the 1922 PGA Championship because he had prior engagements.

There was no doubting the Squire in the 1923 PGA Championship at Pelham Golf Club.

Hagen crushed everyone in his path _ he won his opening match 10 and 9, and beat George McLean in the semifinals, 12 and 11 _ to set up a championship match against Sarazen that lived up to its hype. The match was all square after the morning session, and Sarazen was 2 up late in the match until Hagen won the 34th and 35th holes to square the match again, setting up the first overtime in the PGA’s short history.

On the second extra hole, Sarazen hooked a tee shot that was a few feet from going out-of-bounds. Sarazen _ whose birth name was Eugenio Saraceni _ later said Hagen complained there was spaghetti sauce on the ball. “He said the greens keeper lived there and was eating spaghetti and threw the ball back out,” Sarazen said in a 1999 interview.

From deep rough, Sarazen slashed it onto the green to 2 feet away. Hagen was in a bunker and nearly holed it. That left Sarazen a short putt, which he made to win in 38 holes for his second straight PGA title. A year later, Hagen began his run of four in a row.