1972 Lee Trevino Wins The Open at Muirfield

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By Golf Histories

Lee Trevino completed a successful defence of The Open at Muirfield in 1972, producing an incredible display of short game wizardry.

His victory not only broke the heart of Britain’s Tony Jacklin but halted Jack Nicklaus’s hopes of achieving a Grand Slam in a dramatic conclusion, featuring the last three Champion Golfers.

Nicklaus had won the Masters and the US Open but trailed by six shots with a round to play.

Jacklin had led after a first round of 69 and he shared the lead at halfway with Trevino, the defending Champion Golfer opening with rounds of 71 and 70.