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1965 Gary Player wins the US Open at Bellerive in an 18 hole playoff with Kel Nagle by 71 to 74 and becomes only the third man to win the career Grand Slam of The Masters, Open Championship, US Open and PGA, following Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan. He is the first and, to this day, only non-American to achieve this feat. A prolific worldwide winner, with victories in five decades, he will also go on to become the only winner of the Senior Grand Slam.
1907 Arnaud Massy wins the Open Championship at Hoylake, becoming the first (and to this day - only) Frenchman to win a major Championship, beating, amongst others, the great J.H. Taylor by 2 shots, James Braid by 6 and Harry Vardon by 7. The son of a sheep farmer, he became a sardine fisherman who earned extra money by caddying at Biarritz, where many professionals came during the British winter. He learned his craft in Scotland, after going to North Berwick in 1898 on the recommendation of these men.

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