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Golf 220 43 Golf's 10 greatest majors of the professional era 29655967 Golf's greatest majors of the professional era Golf%27s+greatest+majors+of+the+professional+era Golf

The 1986 Masters, which saw Jack Nicklaus capture his 18th and final professional major title at age 46, is one of the greatest majors of all time. But is it THE greatest? FOXSports.com ranks the top 10 majors of the professional era.

We define the profesional era as beginning in 1934 with the first Masters. That set golf on the path of redefining the Grand Slam as the Masters, U.S. and British Opens and PGA Championship. Previously the Slam had been the U.S. and British Open and Amateur championships.

Of course, there were great majors played before 1934. One is arguably the greatest tournament of all. It's the 1913 U.S. Open, in which a 20-year-old amateur, Francis Ouimet, put U.S. golf on the map by beating the two biggest stars of the day — Englishmen Harry Vardon and Ted Ray — in an 18-hole playoff.

For more on the Masters and all things golf, visit Golfweek.com.

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Golf 220 43 Golf's 10 greatest majors of the professional era 29664030 1960 U.S. Open 1960+U.S.+Open Golf

What happened: Arnold Palmer won his only U.S. Open, coming from 7 shots back to win at Cherry Hills CC near Denver.

Why it was significant: The most memorable of Palmer’s trademark charges was the biggest final-round comeback in U.S. Open history. Palmer (pictured with USGA president John Clock) began by driving the green on the 346-yard first hole. His 65 gave him a final score of 280 and a two-shot win over Jack Nicklaus.

Footnote: The ’60 Open marked the convergence of three golf immortals – Palmer, Nicklaus and Ben Hogan. Hogan, then 47, could have tied Palmer had he parred the final two holes. Instead, he played them in four over par. Nicklaus, then a 20-year-old amateur, had the lead midway through the final round before falling back.

For more on the Masters and all things golf, visit Golfweek.com.

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Golf 220 43 Golf's 10 greatest majors of the professional era 29655963 1977 British Open 1977+British+Open Golf

What happened: Tom Watson beat Jack Nicklaus by one stroke at Turnberry.

Why it was significant: The “Duel in the Sun” is remembered as the best head-to-head competition between two of golf’s greats, as Nicklaus and Watson were paired in the final two rounds. Watson shot 65-65 to beat Nicklaus, who shot 65-66. It was Watson’s third major (Nicklaus already had 14), and the second of his eventual five British Opens.

Footnote: Nicklaus didn’t go down without a fight. Although Watson had only a 2-foot putt left for birdie on the final hole, Nicklaus sank his own birdie putt, a 40-footer.

For more on the Masters and all things golf, visit Golfweek.com.

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Golf 220 43 Golf's 10 greatest majors of the professional era 29655962 1986 Masters 1986+Masters Golf

What happened: Jack Nicklaus came from behind to win with a 7-under-par 65 in the final round.

Why it was sigificant: Nicklaus already had the record for most professional majors won, but his 18th such win (and record sixth in the Masters) was stunning. He hadn’t won a major in six years and was considered long past his prime. At 46, he became the oldest Masters winner and the second-oldest winner of any major.

Footnote: Nick Price of Zimbabwe shot the lowest round in Masters history on Saturday, a 9-under-par 63 that still stands as the record (tied by Greg Norman in 1996).

For more on the Masters and all things golf, visit Golfweek.com.

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Golf 220 43 Golf's 10 greatest majors of the professional era 29664029 1975 Masters 1975+Masters Golf

What happened: Jack Nicklaus held off Johnny Miller and Tom Weiskopf to win.

Why it was significant: Nicklaus was in his prime as golf’s greatest player. He won the PGA Player of the Year Award four of the five years between 1972 and ’76. Miller, a two-time major winner, won it in 1974. Weiskopf had won a British Open and three times been runner-up in the Masters. Nicklaus out-dueled both, sinking a dramatic 40-foot birdie putt at the 16th hole on his way to the win.

Footnote: Lee Elder became the first black golfer to play in the Masters.

For more on the Masters and all things golf, visit Golfweek.com.

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Golf 220 43 Golf's 10 greatest majors of the professional era 29661836 1950 U.S. Open 1950+U.S.+Open Golf

What happened: Ben Hogan won a playoff against George Fazio and Lloyd Mangrum.

Why it was significant: Three-time major winner Hogan was thought to be finished as a golfer after a horrific February 1949 accident in which the car he was driving was struck head-on by a bus. Doctors at first feared he would never walk again, but he returned to competition in 1950. He won the Open at Merion Golf Club by parring the final hole in regulation, reaching the green with a 1-iron shot that was captured in thisn iconic photograph, then taking the three-way playoff the next day.

Footnote: Hogan would go on to win five more majors, for a career total of nine.

For more on the Masters and all things golf, visit Golfweek.com.

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Golf 220 43 Golf's 10 greatest majors of the professional era 29655965 1982 U.S. Open 1982+U.S.+Open Golf

What happened: Tom Watson won the sixth of his eventual eight major championships, beating Jack Nicklaus by two shots.

Why it was significant: Watson already had won five majors, but never the U.S. Open. He went on to win his first PGA Player of the Year Award, which he would capture again in five of the next seven years. He was tied with Nicklaus, who had finished his final round, when he chipped in for birdie from deep grass adjacent to the 17th green, one of the most famous shots in golf. He birdied the 18th hole for his final winning margin.

Footnote: Before he played his chip shot at the 17th hole, Watson told his caddie, the late Bruce Edwards, that he was going to hole it.

For more on the Masters and all things golf, visit Golfweek.com.

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Golf 220 43 Golf's 10 greatest majors of the professional era 29661762 1935 Masters 1935+Masters Golf

What happened: Gene Sarazen defeated Craig Wood in a 36-hole playoff. In regulation he trailed Wood by three strokes with four holes to play, but made up the entire deficit on the par-5 15th hole at Augusta National by holing his second shot with a 4-wood.

Why it was significant: Sarazen’s double eagle would become known as “The Shot Heard Round the World.” Sarazen was one of the top players of his era, and already had won six major championships. The Masters was being played only for the second time, and Sarazen’s shot helped establish Bobby Jones’ young tournament as a popular fixture on the American sporting scene.

Footnote: Augusta National co-founder Bobby Jones shot 297, 15 strokes higher than Sarazen and Wood.

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Golf 220 43 Golf's 10 greatest majors of the professional era 29655966 1997 Masters 1997+Masters Golf

What happened: Tiger Woods won his first major championship by 12 strokes.

Why it was significant: A three-time U.S. Amateur champion, Woods had won three PGA Tour events since turning pro the previous August. The next step in his career progression was winning a major. He not only won, but did so in record fashion, crushing the field by a Masters-record 12 shots, shooting a tournament-record 18 under par. He has won 13 more majors since, but has stalled at 14 since the sex scandal that derailed his career in late 2009.

Footnote: Tom Kite, who shared second place behind Nicklaus in 1986, also was runner-up to Woods.

For more on the Masters and all things golf, visit Golfweek.com.

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Golf 220 43 Golf's 10 greatest majors of the professional era 29664031 1966 U.S. Open 1966+U.S.+Open Golf

What happened: Billy Casper beat Arnold Palmer in an 18-hole playoff at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Why it was significant: It was a staggering collapse by Palmer, the game’s biggest star. With a seven-shot lead on Casper with nine holes to play, Arnie appeared well on his way to his eighth major. Instead, he shot 39 on the back nine, Casper shot 32, and they headed to a Monday playoff. Palmer had a two-shot lead at the turn, but lost six shots to Casper who won with a 69 to Palmer’s 73. Palmer never won another major.

Footnote: The tournament marked the major-championshio debuts of Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino and Johnny Miller. The trio would go on to win six Opens — three by Irwin, two by Trevino and one by Miller.

For more on the Masters and all things golf, visit Golfweek.com.

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Golf 220 43 Golf's 10 greatest majors of the professional era 29655964 2000 U.S. Open 2000+U.S.+Open Golf

What happened: Tiger Woods won by a mind-boggling 15 shots.

Why it was significant: Woods had followed his 1997 Masters win with just one more major, and was attempting to overhaul his swing. Critics wondered if he had been over-hyped. But his performance in 2000 at Pebble Beach elevated the hype exponentially. His 15-shot win broke the record for largest victory margin in a major championship, which had stood since 1862.

Footnote: There was no defending champion in the field, as 1999 winner Payne Stewart had died in a plane crash the previous October.

For more on the Masters and all things golf, visit Golfweek.com.

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