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Continued: A capsule look at the British Open golf championships at Muirfield

  • Article by: DOUG FERGUSON , AP Golf Writer
  • Last update: July 12, 2013 - 11:05 PM

NOTEWORTHY: Jack Nicklaus (Muirfield), Ben Hogan (Carnoustie) and Tiger Woods (St. Andrews) completed the Grand Slam at the British Open on three Scottish links.

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YEAR: 1959

WINNER: Gary Player

SCORE: 284.

RUNNER-UP: Fred Bullock, Flory van Donck.

MARGIN: 2 shots.

EARNINGS: 1,000 pounds.

RECAP: Gary Player won the first of his nine major championships, although he thought he had thrown this one away. Player was eight shots behind Fred Bullock after the second round, and cut the deficit in half with a 70 in the third. He continued racing up the leaderboard and came to the 18th hole needing a par for a 66. Instead, he found a bunker off the tee and three-putted from about 25 feet for a 68. Player was somber leaving the green, but no one was able to catch him. He won by two shots over Bullock and Flory van Donck of Belgium.

NOTEWORTHY: The 90-man field included only three Americans. Arnold Palmer played the British Open for the first time a year later, and that soon changed.

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YEAR: 1948

WINNER: Henry Cotton

SCORE: 284.

RUNNER-UP: Fred Daly.

MARGIN: 5 shots.

EARNINGS: 150 pounds.

RECAP: Much like his first Open title, when Henry Cotton set a scoring record of 65 at Royal St. George's, all it took was one great round at Muirfield for him to seize control. Two shots behind after the first day, Cotton shot a 66 in the second round to take a four-shot lead into the second day. The weather turned nasty for the 36-hole final, and Cotton was never challenged. He closed with rounds of 75-72 — no broke 70 the final two rounds — and won his third Open by five shots.

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