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1914 Walter Hagen in 1914Walter Hagen wins the 20th US Open at Midlothian Country Club, Illinois, the first of his eleven career major championships which place him third on the all-time list. Just 22 at the time and without a significant professional win to his name, he beat amateur Chick Evans by one shot, in the process setting a new US Open scoring record of 68 in the first round. Hagen led by two shots after 54 holes and finished the championship in style, birdieing the 18th for the fourth day in a row - the only player ever to have done this in US Open history - for a 2 under par back nine and a total of 290 (2 over par). This left Evans on the 18th tee needing a 2 to tie. The long-hitting amateur almost drove the green at the 277 yard par 4 and had a 30 foot putt for the eagle, but he narrowly missed, leaving Hagen to claim the winner's cheque of $300. The Milwaukee Sentinel of August 22, reporting Hagen's victory, headlined "Comparative Unknown in Golfing World From East Takes American Open Championship".

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