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"Noted golf architect, Alister McKenzie was commissioned to survey the Old Course at St. Andrews, producing a map in 1924. During the St. Andrews Open in 1921 McKenzie noticed the brash American:

'I remember shortly after the war, watching the contestants in the Open Championship...One of the competitors had pulled his second shot wide of the Road Bunker. I said to my friend, who was with me, "Here comes an American. Watch him pitch over the Road Bunker and land on the road beyond." Instead in doing so, he played at a little billock, only three feet across, to the right of the road Bunker, and his ball curved in a complete semicircle and lay dead at the pin.

I said to my friend, 'That's the best player I have ever seen. Let's follow him to the clubhouse and find out what his name is.' We did follow him and found out his name was Walter Hagen."

Taken from "Wry Stories on The Road Hole", by Sidney L. Matthews, Sleeping Bear Press, Chelsea, MI. 2001

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