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It’s a disgrace, extremely, that Gene Sarazen is recollected basically for a solitary shot, when he implied far beyond that to the game. Be that as it may, what a shot it was. It was his first Masters, 1935. He trailed Craig Wood by three shots on the last day when he went to Augusta’s No. 15, a standard 5 that is reachable in two shots. His tee shot left him around 220 yards from the banner. The story goes that as he remained in the fifteenth fairway, he went to his caddie, Stovepipe, and stated, “Should I avoid any and all risks?” “Noooo. Let it all out,” was Stovepipe’s reaction. Realizing he expected to get the show on the road noticeable all around to convey the little brook guarding the front of the green, Sarazen pulled out his 4-wood and speedily left a mark on the world, holing his went for a twofold bird that put him in a season finisher with Wood, which he won. Also, Bobby Jones’ small assembling in Augusta was never the equivalent.

Sarazen won his first expert title at 19 years old and never thought back, winning 37 additional occasions in a lifelong that traversed over four decades. He turned into the principal individual from golf’s cutting edge Career Grand Slam club with his Masters win, which he added to his two U.S. Open titles (1922, 1932), his three PGA Championships (1922, 1923 and 1933) and his 1932 British Open win. Following 66 years, just four different players — Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods — have joined that first class gathering. He even affected the manner in which the game is played. Sarazen is broadly credited with the innovation of the sand wedge in the mid 1930s.

The Sarazen File

• Winner of seven significant titles and a lifelong Grand Slam

• Owner of 38 vocation PGA titles

• Inventor of the sand wedge

• AP Male Athlete of the Year in 1932

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