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Thirty Years of Championship Golf: The Life and Times of Gene Sarazen
Thirty Years of Championship Golf The Life and Times of Gene Sarazen Author:Gene Sarazen, Herbert Warren Wind, Bob Jones From the front flap: When young Gene Sarazen took part in his first National Open at the Inverness Club in Toledo in 1920, Cary Middlecoff, the 1949 Open champion, was not yet born. Walter "the wonderful" Haig was just hitting his stride for a triumphal march through the golden era of the Twenties. Bob Jones was unheard of. The Americans wer... more »e struggling unsuccessfully to break the stranglehold of the British masters led by Harry Vardon and Ted Ray. Ouimet, to be sure, had won at Brookline in 1913, but otherwise the British reigned supreme.
The 1949 Open at Medinah outside of Chicago found the veteran Gene swinging away in his thirtieth year of bigtime competition. British dominance was now a thing of the dim past. Jones and Hagen had been retired for years. The stars of younger men like Little and Nelson were waning. Hogan and Snead were the brightest names in a field of brilliant professionals. But with 8000 rounds of golf under his belt and still boasting one of the game's best swings, Gene Sarazen proved once again that he is the most durable of champions as well as one of the most colorful figures golf has ever seen.« less