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1. NICK PRICE

Nick Price first showed his class ball-striking when he was runner-up to Tom Watson at Royal Troon in 1982, and won at Firestone a year later by four shots over Jack Nicklaus. A decade later, Price hit his stride. And it was only fitting that the first of his three majors came at the 1992 PGA Championship.

A year earlier, Price had to pull out of the PGA Championship at Crooked Stick at the last minute when his wife had their first child. That caused a rookie from Arkansas named John Daly to drive up to Indiana as an alternate. Daly got into the PGA, used Price’s caddie and overpowered Crooked Stick to win.

Price was No. 15 in the world when he went to the Bellerive outside St. Louis for the 1992 Championship. He opened with a pair of 70s to trail Gene Sauers by four shots, and he cut the deficit in half in the third round with a 68. Sauers faltered to a 75 in the final round, and Price closed with a 70 to win by three shots.

It was the start of a dominant period of golf for the Zimbabwean. Price won four times on the PGA Tour the following season, and in 1994 won the British Open at Turnberry and he went to No. 1 in the world for the first time by adding the `94 PGA Championship at Southern Hills.