Gene Sarazen (1902 – 1999)
Gene Sarazen was the first golfer to win all four modern-day majors—the Masters, US Open, British Open and PGA Championship—and was one of the youngest winners of a major, taking the US Open in 1922 at age 20. A championship career that spanned more than 50 years produced seven major titles in all and one of the most famous shots in the history of the game: a double eagle on the 15th hole at Augusta National Golf Club in the final round of the 1935 Masters. It got him into a 36-hole playoff that he won the next day. Sarazen also earned the lasting gratitude of golfers everywhere by inventing the sand wedge in 1931.