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The Week In Golf July 19-25

Featuring a big dog and a pink Doug, among others...

Posted Jul 19, 2010 by The Week In Golf

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July 19, 1914: Harry Vardon won The Open Championship at Prestwick, Scotland, three shots clear of JH Taylor. In case you thought players being distracted by cameras was a modern phenomenon, Taylor, was distracted by a snapper on the third hole, dropped a shot, then fell apart at the 4th hole, taking a seven to Vardon’s four. The Jerseyman won with a score of 306 to become the first player to win The Open six times – a record that remains unbroken to this day.

July 20, 1986: Greg Norman maintained his focus to complete a five-stroke victory over second-placed Gordon Brand Jr to win The Open Championship at Turnberry, his first Major. Norman repeated the feat by collecting the Claret Jug again in '93. And that was it as far as Major trophies went. Second-placed finishes at three US Masters, two US Opens and two USPGAs tell their own story.

July 21, 1908: Harold ‘Jug’ McSpadden, winner of 17 PGA Tour events was born in 1908. McSpadden and Byron Nelson were nicknamed ‘The Gold Dust Twins’ such was their domination of tour golf in the 1940s. 1961 US Open champ Gene Littler was also born on this day in 1930.

July 22, 1990: Nick Faldo gave a golfing masterclass to the world, winning The Open Championship by five shots from Payne Stewart and Mark McNulty at The Old Course in St Andrews. His second Open Championship and fourth Major title, he didn't land in sand until the fourth hole of the final round and only three putted once, when he elected to play up short on the 17th and putted off the green.?

July 23,1995: John Daly (pictured) added a second Major title to his improbable career portfolio, winning a four-hole playoff against Italy's Costantino Rocca at the Old Course in St Andrews. Daly demonstrated a delicate short game to match his fearsome power off the tee, while Rocca made the play-off following a terrible chip to 18 followed by a miraculous 70ft putt holed from the Valley of Sin. ?

July 24, 1933: Doug Sanders, who won 20 tournaments on The PGA Tour and a cruel tally of four second places in Major championships, was born on this day in 1933 in Cedartown, Georgia. He was renowned as the fairway dandy of his time, once taking the supreme effort of painting his white golf glove pink using his wife’s nail varnish to complement his salmon outfit. He was also an inveterate gambler, counted Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin as mates and once offered a hitman $40,000 to have him murdered if surgery on his neck wasn’t successful (it was). He will, however, be immortalised for missing a two foot in a play-off for the 1970 Open Championship, gifting the title to Jack Nicklaus.?

June 25, 1982: Calvin Peete won the Michelob Championship by two strokes over Bruce Lietzke on this day in 1982. Peete was born in Detroit Michigan in 1943 and learned the game in his 20s in Rochester, New York, playing on the municipal course at Genese Valley Park. He was by far the most succesful black golfer of his era, winning 12 times on tour and representing the US in the 1983 and 1985 Ryder Cup teams. His iron play was majestic, making up for his lack of power off the tee due to a badly broken arm that never healed properly.

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