1954 Men’s U.S. Open
The 1954 U.S. Open, the first Open ever to be nationally televised, was crammed with the absolute greatest players in the game, including Sam Snead, Bobby Locke, and defending champion Ben Hogan. But none was to win. A journeyman pro named Ed Furgol, who had just settled down as a club professional after ten years on the PGA Tour, would shock the world of golf and make Open history.
Somehow, Furgol found himself in the lead after three rounds, shooting a steady 71 in the third round while the leaders, Hogan and Littler, drifted back with 76s. Teeing off on the eighteenth, Furgol sailed the ball to the left and into the trees. Seeing that he had no shot at the fairway on the Lower Course, Furgol decided to use the fairway of eighteen Upper. He was able to save par, and eventually won the championship by a single stroke.