9. 1990: Gotta be the shoes? Actually, no
The day before Round 1, the USGA ruled that John Huston’s Weight-Rite shoes were a performance aid. Huston, a winless, third-year Tour pro, bought a pair of conforming Foot-Joys in the pro shop at Eagle Trace, then shot a 68 to take the lead. “I don’t know how you can make shoes that are illegal,” said Huston, who represented Weight-Rite on Tour. The shoes had wedges on the bottoms designed to keep a player’s weight on the inside of his feet, thus guarding against swaying in the backswing. Weight-Rite sent Huston replacement shoes without the wedges to wear on the weekend, and he went on to win by two shots.