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From the Archives: Francis Ouimet, golf hero

The Country Club in Brookline, one of the oldest country clubs in the nation, has hosted the US Open golf tournament three times. In 1913, 20-year-old amateur and Brookline native Francis Ouimet shocked the golf world by winning the US Open in an 18-hole playoff. An American golf hero was born. The Country Club
hosted the Open on the 50th and 75th anniversaries of Ouimet’s victory, and the match was dubbed
“The greatest game ever played” in a book and movie. In this photo from Sept. 20, 1913, Ouimet, with lucky horseshoe in hand, was lifted up by fans after winning the playoff. His caddie, Eddie Lowry, just 10 years old, sat in front with a towel draped over his neck. Ouimet, the first amateur ever to win the Open, beat British professionals Harry Vardon by five shots and Ted Ray by six shots. He did this using just seven clubs in his bag. Ouimet, who went on to win several US Amateur Championships and played in the Walker Cup, never turned professional. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.



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