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Hagen first American-born to win British Open

Updated: June 17, 2003, 1:17 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

June 23, 1922

Walter Hagen once considered signing with the Philadelphia Phillies, but after winning the 1914 U.S. Open, he decided to continue his golf career. At the British Open in Sandwich, England, Hagen is the leader after two rounds, but shoots a disappointing 43 on the back nine in the morning. His third-round 79 drops him into a three-way tie for third, two strokes off the lead at 228.

Hagen rebounds in the afternoon, shooting a 72 to finish at 300, and is the leader. ...

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