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Gene Sarazen

Gene Sarazen (Golf.  Born, Harrison, NY, Feb. 27, 1902; died, Naples, FL, May 13, 1999.)  One of the true legends of golf, Eugene Sarazen first hit the scene when, at the age of 20 years and four months, he won the 1922 U.S. Open.  He also captured the P.G.A. title in 1922 and 1923, but then hit a long slump before re-emerging in the 1930s as one of the leading players.  In 1932, Sarazen won the U.S. Open at Fresh Meadows Country Club in Flushing, N.Y., with a spectacular performance.  He shot 74-76-70-66-286, winning by three strokes over Phil Perkins and Bobby Cruickshank.  He shot the last 28 holes in an even 100 strokes and his final-round 66, the best by a champion up to that time, stood until 1960, when Arnold Palmer shot a 65 to win his only Open title.  Sarazen also won the British Open in 1932, the P.G.A. in 1933 and the Masters in 1935, propelled by a double-eagle two in the last round, still considered the most famous shot in golf history.  Overall, he won 37 major tournaments from 1922-51.  He was also a member of the U. S. Ryder Cup team every year from 1927 to 1937 and lost only once in singles.

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