The sky appeared to be the limit for Ralph Guldahl, when the Dallas golf professional won his second consecutive U.S. Open on June 11, 1938.
Just three years earlier, Guldahl had given up the game to sell cars. But he got his head straight and his swing back to win two Opens in a row in 1937 and 1938 and the Masters in 1939. By the time the war ended, however, so had the erratic golfer’s career. Guldahl spent the last 27 years of his life as a country club pro in California before his death at 75 in 1987.