Ed Furgol is interesting for a number of reasons, but mainly because he played with a crooked left arm due to a severe elbow injury he suffered in a playground mishap at age 12. The injured elbow left him unable to fully extend his lead arm. In spite of the this Furgol wanted to play golf. He created his own special excercise regimen to develope his hand strength and worked tirelessly to develop a swing that would overcome his lack of power. By 1954 he did indeed have the ncecessary power and a swing solid enough to work on the PGATour. I guess we could have all taken a lesson in perseverence from Ed Fugol. He died in 1997 at age 79.
Ed Furgol - US Open Champion
I found a great reference resource fo you all to check out. The USGA Musem's Hall of Champions. You can visit it here: http://www.usgamuseum.com/champions/
You can select by chamionship and year and it will give you a snapshot of what happened. I have found it to be a great resource.