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banner Thursday, 12 July, 2001, 20:16 GMT 21:16 UK
Magic Open moments
Doug Sanders misses that putt
With the crowds gathered Sanders misses that putt
BBC Sport Online remembers some of the more celebrated moments in the history of The Open.

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St Andrews, 1970

Whatever happens at Royal Lytham and St Annes this year, it will take something special to outdo Doug Sanders.

He was denied victory on the final green at St Andrews when he missed a putt from less than three feet.

To compound his mistake Sanders then lost the play-off to Jack Nicklaus.


Muirfield 1972

Defending champion Lee Trevino assured himself a place in Open history at Muirfield.

On the 71st hole of the championship, the par five 17th, Trevino put his fourth shot through the green - "That's it, I've thrown it away," he was heard to say.

But he chipped in for par and took the title to deny Jack Nicklaus the third leg of a Grand Slam.


Turnberry, 1977

Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus
Two champions but only one winner
The 106th Open is widely considered as the best ever.

For four days the two best players in the world, Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus, went head to head.

They both broke the aggregate record score and it went down to the wire but Watson prevailed after carding final rounds of 65, 65 to his opponent's 65, 66.


Royal Lytham, 1979

Seve Ballesteros became the first player from continental Europe to win The Open since Arnaud Massey in 1907.

The Spaniard, who had made an impression on the British public as a 19-year-old in 1976, took the lead on the final day and entertained the galleries to the full.

He managed to mix the sublime with the ridiculous - playing out of car parks - on his way to a first Major victory.


Royal St George's, 1985

Sandy Lyle became the first British winner since Tony Jacklin in 1969, but both he and a partisan home crowd had their hearts in their mouths at the 18th.

From the fringe of the green Lyle under hit a chip and the ball rolled back from where it pitched to rest at his feet.

Lyle slumped to his knees in despair but recovered to go up and down in two and hold off Payne Stewart's challenge to lift the Claret Jug.


Royal Troon, 1989

Mark Calcavecchia won the first four-hole play-off in Open history but owed his place in it to an extraordinary slice of luck at the 12th on the final day.

Mark Calcavecchia
Calcavecchia was one of the lucky Open winners
A wild shot had left his ball in deep rough on a green-side ridge but his hit-and-hope wedge flew up before dropping right in the hole.

In the shoot-out the American held off the challenge of a pair of Australians, Greg Norman and Wayne Grady, to win his only Major.


St Andrews, 1995

Two men captured the imagination at the home of golf in 1995 but only one could win.

Constantino Rocca collapsed in relief after muscling his way into a play-off after holing a 60-foot birdie putt from the Valley of Sin on the last.

The effort seemed to drain every last reserve of energy from the genial Italian and John "The Wild Thing" Daly easily won the play-off.


Carnoustie, 1999

The fact that a British qualifier became the first Briton to win The Open in eight years should be a highlight in itself but Paul Lawrie's efforts in victory will always be over-shadowed by those of Jean Van de Velde in defeat.

The Frenchman led by three after 71 holes but wanted to finish in style and shot for the green instead of opting for a more cautious approach.

A wild shot ricocheted off the grandstand and into the Barry Burn, Van de Velde waded in after his ball before finishing the hole with a seven before losing the play-off.

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