The real battle for the British Open Golf Championship on the final day at Muirfield, Scotland, on Saturday (July 15) took place on the last two greens.
GV Trevino chipping onto 17th green to hole for per five (2 shots)
GV Jacklin putting on 17th and SV DITTO -- misses both -- and SV putts to hole (4 shots)
TV ZOOM IN TO GV Trevino putting at 18th -- fails first putt, and putts second down. Congratulated by Jacklin and caddies (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: "Here's his chip for a par five.
"And almost incredibly, the ball rolls in to leave Trevino six under.
"This put the pressure right back on Jacklin -- he needs to hold this one to take the lead.
"But it's not to be and now he has another tough one back to stay level with Trevino.
"And so Trevino arrives on the eighteenth needing two putts or less to retain his title.
"He misses the first.
"But there's no mistake with the tap-in and to the cheers of the crowd and the joy of his caddie, trevino wins the Open."
The real battle for the British Open Golf Championship in the final day at Muirfield in Scotland on Saturday took place on the seventeenth and eighteenth greens. Here on the seventeenth, defending champion Lee Trevino of the United States chipped this incredible shot to hole in five -- and keep him at six under par, one ahead of which fellow-countrymen Jack Nicklaus had finished earlier. Trevino's playing partner, Tony Jacklin of Britain, reached the seventeenth on a matching six under par with Trevino -- but a disasterous three-put to hole in six put him behind.
Trevino arrived on the eighteenth needing two putts of less to retain his title. He missed the first, but made no mistake about the second -- keeping the Championship with a four-round total of two-hundred-and-seventy-eight; one stroke ahead of Nicklaus with Jacklin another shot behind for third place.
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This film, edited from British Broadcasting Corporation material, shows the dramatic highlights of those last two holes. It is provided with an English voice-on-film commentary over natural sound, and an ALTERNATIVE written commentary appears overpage. A transcript of the VOF commentary appears below.
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Background: The real battle for the British Open Golf Championship on the final day at Muirfield, Scotland, on Saturday (July 15) took place on the last two greens. It was a fight between three men -- Tony Jacklin of Britain, defending Champion Lee Trevino of the United States, and fellow-countryman Jack Nicklaus.
Nicklaus, playing two holes ahead of partners Trevino and Jacklin, finished with a 67 -- five under par. Jacklin and Trevino reached the 17th both six under par -- and Trevino's incredible chip shot from just off the edge of the green, together with Jacklin's disasterous three putt for six, put the American in the lead. At the 18th, he needed two putts or less to retain his title -- and he didn't make any mistakes.