Golf World's British Open: Crowd Pleasers
July 11, 2007
Bobby Jones, 1927Six years after being completely exasperated by St. Andrews, the heralded American solved the Old Course and was rewarded for his six-shot victory with a joy ride from the 18th green.
Ben Hogan, 1953Striding purposefully as he sought to add his first (and only) British Open title to wins at Augusta and Oakmont, the Hawk crosses Carnoustie's Barry Burn.
Jack Nicklaus, Doug Sanders, 1970The exclamation point on the second of the Golden Bear's three Open titles was a final-hole putter toss that barely missed his victim.
Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, 1977A brief pause during a Saturday storm couldn't dampen the intensity of these hall-of-fame rivals' most gripping showdown: the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry won by Watson who took his shoe off during the break.
Tom Watson, 1983Moments after barely allowing him enough room to rifle a 2-iron to 20 feet on No. 18, fans at Royal Birkdale cheered the Yank as he prepared to claim his fifth (and final) Open title.
Arnold Palmer, 1995The King's farewells from the game's great events have been well documented, but his pause at Swilcan Bridge at St. Andrews in this good-bye to the British Open was a regal reminder of parting's sweet sorrow.
Constantino Rocca, 1995Moments after a chili-dip in the Valley of Sin seemed to kill his chance a making a playoff, the affable Italian shocked the golfing world (and John Daly) with a 65-foot miracle.
Jean Van De Velde, 1999Who was more stunned: This little-known Frenchman or those who observed his bizarre demise on the final hole at Carnoustie as he failed to make a needed double bogey?
Steve Williams, Tiger Woods, 2006After his boss' methodical victory at Hoylake, the caddie's task was comforting a son who had lost his father.