1978 Jack Nicklaus Wins The Open At St Andrews

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By Golf Histories

Just to add to his lengthy list of accomplishments, Jack Nicklaus became the first player in the modern era to win two Opens at St Andrews, and the fourth in all after Bob Martin, JH Taylor and James Braid.

His third Open title, and 15th major, came a year after his “Duel in the Sun” with Tom Watson at Turnberry and it was the defending Champion Golfer who led, alongside Peter Oosterhuis, with a round to play. Following a switch in the wind, so that it was against going out and behind coming home for the final round,

Watson surprisingly slipped out of contention with a 76 and Oosterhuis had a 73. Instead, The Open seemed to be between Nicklaus and Simon Owen, both of whom had started one behind.