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He tied with Nelson in the 1947 Masters, where Stranahan closed with a 68 to finish two shots behind. His best chance at a major was Hoylake that summer, when he went into the final round one shot behind Daly and matched his 72. Six years later, he closed with a 69 to finish in a tie for second at Carnoustie, four shots behind Hogan.

In one of the more famous tales involving Stranahan, he was not allowed to compete in the 1948 Masters when he was accused of hitting more than one shot into the greens during the practice round. Stranahan said he was only hitting additional putts on the green, which was allowed. No matter. He said club officials revoked his invitation.

“So I bought a ticket, and I stayed there,” Stranahan said in a 1998 interview with Sports Illustrated.

He played the next year and tied for 19th.

Stranahan retired from competition in 1964, though he left quite a mark. Beyond his results, he cut an impressive figure with his movie star looks and physique that he enjoyed showing off in tight-fitting shirts. Palmer referred to him as “Muscles.”

“He used to carry his weights in a suitcase,” Palmer said. “He’d get the bellman to carry the luggage to his room, but it was so heavy they couldn’t lift it.”

Stranahan married the former Ann Williams in 1953. She became an accomplished amateur golfer until her death in 1975 from cancer. They had three sons _ Frank Stranahan Jr., who died in 1966 at age 11 from bone cancer; and James, who died in 1977. Stranahan is survived by his third son, Lance.