Francis Ouimet is what happens when one man's opportunity and ability collides with a million dreams. An amateur, Quimet took on the pros when he signed up with 162 others for the 1913 U.S. Open. Quimet was the son of immigrants of modest means who grew up near the 17th hole of The Country Club in Boston. In those days the Country Club and the game were exclusive to the rich. But, Quimet grew up snagging misplayed balls and practicing with borrowed clubs. He sneaked onto the fancy course at night. He caddied the course until he knew all its secrets. When he wanted to play a full game, he traveled four hours each way to do so. So what sublime fortune it must have been when the U.S. Open was set in his own backyard. At age 20, Quimet was unknown. Not rich. Not pro. But he was a promising amateur and one other thing: He knew that course. It was a year in which Americans wanted to score in the sport, which was dominated by the British. No one expected the Cinderella victory of a regular fellow winning a playoff against the two best pro (and British) golfers in the world. But that is what happened. A regular guy went tee-to-tee with the two best golfers in the world and won. His unexpected victory so delighted the world that 100 years later, everyone who loves an underdog still loves Quimet. The entire country went wild. Suddenly golf was for everyone. Amateur golf was born.