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Zaharias wins first US Open despite poor putting

Updated: August 10, 2001, 7:25 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Aug. 15, 1948

Babe Didrikson Zaharias earns $1,200 for winning the third U.S. Open, but she misses out on another $1,000 when she misses a five-foot putt on the final hole.

In winning the tournament by eight strokes over Betty Hicks, the long-driving Zaharias shoots a final-round 78 to finish at an even 300 at the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield, N.J. A member of the country club had offered a $1,000 prize to any of the 11 pros who scored less than 300.

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