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Kel v The King: Remembering Nagle’s Open win

The then 39-year-old had stared down the biggest name in the game to win the world’s oldest championship at the spiritual home of golf and mark the greatest achievement of his long, illustrious career.

Despite his almost veteran status, Nagle had only ever played the Open Championship twice before 1960.

His first was in 1952 at Lytham and St Annes and then in 1955 when Peter Thomson won at St. Andrews and he finished 11 shots behind.

In an interview with Golf Australia magazine years later, Nagle confessed playing the Old Course “gave me goose bumps” because of his relative unfamiliarity with such a grand stage. And then there was the unrivalled atmosphere that the Open Championship attracts, especially at St. Andrews, and all the surrounding history.

Nagle was fairly offhanded about his chances, as were the bookies, who installed him at…


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