Americans Doug Sanders and Jack Nicklaus ended level on Saturday (July 11th) in the British Open Golf Championship, each taking 283 strokes (five under par) for the four rounds over the Old Course, St.
Americans Doug Sanders and Jack Nicklaus ended level on Saturday (July 11th) in the British Open Golf Championship, each taking 283 strokes (five under par) for the four rounds over the Old Course, St. Andrews.
In a dramatic finish, a missed putt by Sanders on the 18th. green cost him an outright win. He had needed a par four at the last hole, and took five.
Saunders and Nicklaus play-off for the 5,250 Sterling (12,600 U.S. dollars) prize on Sunday (July 12th)
Sanders, a 36 year-old from Houston, Texas, was runner-up to Nicklaus in the 1966 Open, and in this championship looked like the winner as he concluded his fourth round.
But, after reaching the 18th. green in two strokes, he took three putts, missing the second from only three feet.
The 1970 tie produces the first play-off since 1963, when New Zealander Bob Charles beat Phil Rogers of the United States.
American Lee Trevino, the overnight leader, faded badly in the final round, with a five-over-par 77 earning him third place with South Africa's Harold Henning on 285.
Henning shot a 73 to relegate defending champion Tony Jacklin, second overnight with Saunders and Nicklaus, to fifth place on 286.
Jacklin, who recently won the U.S. Open, could only manage a final round of 76.
Sanders' disastrous second putt on the 18th. Green could cost him 1,500 Sterling (3,600 U.S. dollars)- the difference between the first and second prizes in the Championship.
If the scores are still equal at the end of tomorrow's 18 extra holes, the Open will be decided on a "Sudden-death" system, hole-by-hole.
Detailed Scores After 4 Rounds.
283 Doug Sanders (U.S.A.) 68, 71, 71, 73 and Jack Nicklaus (U.S.A. 68, 69, 73, 73, (Tie)
285 Harold Henning (South Africa) 67, 72, 73, 73 and Lee Trevino (U.S.A.) 68, 68, 72, 77 (Tie) Both in 2,750 sterling.
286 Tony Jacklin (U.K.) 67, 70, 73, 76 wins 2,220 sterling.
287 Neil Coles (U.K.) 65, 74, 72, 76 and Peter Osterhuis (U.K.) 73, 69, 69, 73. (Tie) win 1,750 sterling.
SYNOPSIS: The Old Course, St. Andrews the setting for the 1970 British Open Golf Championship, which produced a close struggle between Americans Doug Sanders and Jack Nicklaus. Sanders puts for a par 4 on the 15th green... he mades it to remain 6 under par.
At the 16th. green, another American Jack Nicklaus drops a stroke to leave himself five under at the 17th.
It seems as if Sanders is to suffer a big setback at the 17th. Playing a wood for his second shot, he goes straight into a bunker..
But Nicklaus is also having his troubles.. he putts past the hole on the 18th.
Sanders recovers magnificently at the 17th. He chips from the bunker to leave an easily holed putt..
Nicklaus makes a brave attempt to finish 6-under at the 18th., but misses narrowly, to finish 283.
Meanwhile the defending champion, Britain's Tony Jacklin, has faded badly from being 5 under par overnight and in touch with the leaders. He finishes 2 under for the tournament after 2-putting at the 18th.
Sanders reaches the 17th. green, and takes 4 to remain six under par.
On to the 18th. green, and the crowd moves up for Sanders 2nd shot. he needs only a four here to take the Championship..
His fine chip to the green leaves a long put, but sanders has two putts in hand.
Sanders looks anxious after leaving himself with a three-foot putt to win.
The crowd is expectant as he plays one of the tensest shots of his life...but a misjudgement means that he ties with Nicklaus, and must play off over eighteen holes with his fellow-American tomorrow.