The Open

As the British Open is now underway, I want to take look back at two Jack Nicklaus moments that seem to be the most memorable at the Open. Nicklaus won three Opens in 1966, 1970, and 1978. None more thrilling than the Open at St. Andrews in 1970. Doug Sanders, who had been a long time winner on the PGA Tour but never won a major, had found himself within 3 feet of the hole on the 18th. All he needed to do was sink the putt to win his first major and outlast his rival. In the blink of an eye he went from sure champion to competing in the first British Open 18 hole playoff against none other than Nicklaus himself, who Sanders had fallen runner up to four years earlier in '66. Nicklaus outlasted him and won the playoff by one stroke to take home his second British Open. Fast forward to 2000, golf saw one of it's most iconic moments. This was Jack's final Open. After seven runner up appearances and 3 championships at the Open, he walked the 18th hole one final time. As one golf legend was seeing his career coming to a close, a new legend was rising up and rising quickly. Tiger Woods was coming off a Masters win and a PGA Championship win in the three years prior to. He had entered the final round at St. Andrews up six strokes and never looked back. He won the tournament by a whopping 8 strokes and the baton had officially been passed from Jack to Tiger. Will the 2019 Open see a new legend emerge?

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