How is anyone to sit down in cold blood and attempt to give any lucid comment upon what happened at The Country Club today in the final 36 holes for the National Open golf title? Every thought comes back to the thrilling finish of Francis Ouimet, whereby he tied Harry Vardon and Edward Ray for the title.
We have seen, in other sports, the hero of the day cheered to the echo and hoisted upon the shoulders of his admirers, for a jerky ride of fame. We have seen it on the football field in recognition of the kick that saved the day or won the game, we have seen it on the diamond for the man who has won the game with a homer or the pitcher who has struck out the opposing batsman with three on base and two men out, one run needed to tie the score. But such enthusiasm has been foreign to America's golf links until the modest Woodland boy, Francis Ouimet, carried the gallery completely off its feet at The Country Club and brought about the most enthusiastic demonstration ever accorded a golfer in this country or probably in the world.
Quoted in The Greatest Game Ever Played: Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf, by Mark Frost (Hyperion, 2002).