4. 1957: Augusta foreshadowing for Palmer, Ford
Arnold Palmer was a three-time winner on Tour when he teed off in the 1957 Houston Open, but Doug Ford was the bigger star. In 1955 Ford had won the PGA Championship, been named PGA Player of the Year and made the first of his four Ryder Cup appearances. Palmer, however, shot 9-under 279 to nip Ford by one stroke. Ford was hardly deterred, though. He went on to capture the 1957 Masters, and a year later, as defending champion, he helped 1958 champ Palmer put on his first green jacket (pictured).