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October 04, 1895
First U.S. Open Golf Tournament Tees Off in Rhode Island
The first U.S. Open is played on a nine-hole course in Newport, Rhode Island. Eleven players play 36 holes in one day. The winner, an Englishman named Horace Rawlins, collects $150 plus a gold medal worth $50. In 2008 the Open ends in a tie between Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate, forcing a sudden-death playoff in which Woods, despite recent knee surgery, triumphs. This time the prize money is $1.3 million.
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