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Best Major Final Round Duels

Fifteen years after Payne Stewart and Phil Mickelson went head-to-head in a memorable final round at Pinehurst, we take a look back at that event and other classic Sunday battles at major championships

June 2014
Jack Nicklaus,Tom Watson

Tom Watson-Jack Nicklaus

1977 British Open
How good was this one? It's only known as "THE Duel in the Sun." It will be tough for any one-on-one golf battle to top what happened at Turnberry in 1977. Nicklaus shot 65-66 over the weekend, but he couldn't keep pace with Watson's 65-65. On the final hole, Nicklaus drained a 35-footer for birdie to keep hope of a playoff alive, but Watson converted a two-footer for birdie to claim his second of five claret jugs. Watson shattered the Open scoring record by eight shots and Nicklaus finished 10 shots clear of third place. "This is what it's all about, isn't it?" Watson said to Jack on the 16th tee on Sunday, to which Nicklaus replied: "You bet it is."
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