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Only 22, Jerry Pate wedged himself in among the immortals of his sport by becoming the youngest player this side of Jack Nicklaus to win the U.S. Open.


In a year of startling firsts, PGA rookie Pate provided the No. 1 stunner by winning the U.S. Open with a dramatic shot from the rough on the final hole. Johnny Miller won his first British Open, but needed a mighty surge on the last day to overtake 19-year-old Severiano Ballesteros, who was challenging for his first major victory. And Judy Rankin became the first woman to pick up $100,000 in a year. The only unsurprising first was Nicklaus' No. 1 rank in earnings, a title he had taken seven times before.

Money kept pouring in for Nicklaus, who won $266,438.

Miller, who put together one of his sizzling final rounds—this time a 66—burst out of the pack to win the British Open.

Great Scott, George C. used a pattoned swing at the Crosby.

Arnold Palmer puttered to 115th place on the money list.

Rankin's accomplishments were nothing to shrug off. She won six LPGA tournaments and $150,734, a record for a woman.

Spain's Ballesteros almost bushwhacked his British Open rivals, then, with Manuel Pinero, beat the U.S. in the world Cup.