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The Week In Golf July 5-12

Featuring a Merry Mex, a fishy frog and a dandy fairwayman

Posted Jul 05, 2010 by The Week In Golf


July 5, 1975: Art Wall Jr beat Gary McCord by one stroke to win the Greater Milwaukee Open, aged 51 years, 7 months, and 10 days old. The 1959 Masters champion became the second-oldest player ever to win a PGA Tour event and it would be Wall's 14th and final PGA Tour victory.
July 6, 1877: the world said 'bonjour' to the greatest French golfer of all time. Arnaud Massy was the son of a sheep farmer, worked on a sardine boat and caddied at Biarritz golf course for a bit of extra cash. In 1906, Massy won the first French Open in Paris, but his greatest hour, however, came at Hoylake in 1907, when he became the first non-Brit to win the Open Championship.
July 7, 1944: Tony Jacklin was born in Scunthorpe hospital. The most successful Great British player of his generation, Jacklin captured two majors, eight European Tour events and played in his fair share of Ryder Cup matches. Even though he was on the losing team six out of the seven times he played from 1967-1979, Jacklin's golden Ryder Cup years came in 1985 at the Belfry, when he inspired Europe to their first win and in 1987, when Europe triumphed on American soil.
July 8, 1970:  After fending off Jack Nicklaus for most of the final round of the Open Championship at St Andrews, Doug Sanders had reached the 18th green and could almost taste the champagne from the Claret Jug on his lips. Left with only a 30-inch tiddler to win his first major, Sandersvmissed the putt and lost the subsequent day's playoff.
July 9, 1977: OK, so there weren't actually any weapons involved and there was a bit of Scottish mizzle in the air for much of the tournament, but the Duel In The Sun between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson remains one of the most compelling final days in Open Championship history. Watson and Nicklaus matched each other shot for shot all the way to the 72nd hole, where the Kansas Kid creamed a seven-iron to two feet. "I hit it dead flush. It was one of the best shots I ever hit. It's something I will never forget," said Watson, who holed the birdie putt to win, finishing 65, 65 to Nicklaus' 65, 66.
July 10, 1971: it was on this day in 1971 that Lee Trevino won his the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, finishing with a 70 for a one-stroke victory margin over Taiwan's Lu Liang-Huan. Trevino came into the tournament in form, having won the US Open and the The Canadian Open weeks earlier. Lu trailed by a shot going up the 72nd hole and his errant drive struck spectator, Lillian Tipping, who was concussed and taken to hospital needing several stitches. Despite going to her aid, Lu managed to make birdie, but so did the Merry Mex to win his first Open, which he would successfully defend the following year at Muirfield.
July 11, 1955: Mike Donald, winner of the 1989 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic and runner-up in the 1990 US Open title, was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Donald lost out to Hale Irwin at the first hole of a sudden-death playoff, after both players shot 74 at the 18-hole playoff following 72 holes of regulation play.

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