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Todd Hamilton surprised everyone by winning the 2004 Open Championship
Todd Hamilton had turned professional in 1987, but failed to win his PGA Tour card on his first seven attempts played internationally.
He was one of the all-time leading winners on the Japan Golf Tour.
He finally earned his PGA Tour card in the 2003 Q-School and played full time on PGA Tour in 2004.
He won the 2004 Honda Classic early in the year. His inclusion into the field of the 2004 Open Championship at Royal Troon Golf Club was only his fourth appearance in that event.
Using a little known practice of using a hybrid club to chip when just off the tricky Troon greens kept his ball low in the winds and allowed him to continually save pars.
The leaderboard included Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Davis Love and Tiger Woods.
Els and Hamilton were tied after regulation and Hamilton won the four-hole aggregate playoff by one shot and claimed the Claret Jug.