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Charles was poised for a repeat at Lytham until a 75 in the third round, with Jack taking charge with a 70 to build a two-shot lead. Jacklin closed with a 72 for a two-shot win, and about the only drama at the end was when the stampede of spectators following up to the 18th green caused Jacklin's shoe to come off.
In the gallery that week was a Scottish lad named Sandy Lyle. He became the next British player with his name on the claret jug 16 years later.
2. BOBBY JONES WINS FIRST OPEN
Jones made his second appearance in the British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 1926, and it proved to be the start of greatness that year.
It was the first year the Open was spread over three days, ending on a Friday. Jones was tied after two rounds, only to fall two shots behind Al Watrous.
The final day was difficult even before he teed off. This was the first year the Open charged admission, and when Jones left his player's badge in his hotel room, the man at the gate didn't recognize him and Jones had to pay seven shillings just to get on the golf course. He was two shots behind with five holes remaining and played them with four pars and a birdie to finish on 291 for a two-shot win.
The turning point came on the 17th, where Jones hit a splendid shot from 175 yards off a sandy lie in the rough. The shot is commemorated by a plaque, one of two awarded in Open history. The other belongs to Arnold Palmer at Royal Birkdale in 1961.
Jones returned home and won the U.S. Open at Scioto, making him the first player to win the British Open and U.S. Open in the same calendar year. He also was the first amateur to win the claret jug since Harold Hilton in 1897.
1. THE CAR PARK CHAMPION
Seve Ballesteros not only won his first major championship in 1979 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, he launched the legend of his charismatic game and ability to turn bad shots into birdies over three thrill-seeking days.
He was eight shots behind after the first round before the Spaniard clawed his way back until he was only two adrift of Hale Irwin going into the final round. Ballesteros hit driver nine times in the fourth round and only once found the fairway. No matter. He recovered time after time, no shot more memorable than the 16th. Ballesteros hit his tee shot into an overflow car park. Given relief, his approach finished on the edge of the green, and he holed a 30-footer for birdie.
Some referred to him as the "Car Park Champion," though they knew better. This was a special talent.
Ballesteros closed with a 70 for a three-shot win over Ben Crenshaw and Jack Nicklaus. In one of many lasting images, he shared tears and hugs with his two brothers on the 18th green. He was the first continental European to win the claret jug since Arnaud Massy of France in 1907, and it was the first of majors from the European era of the "Big Five." Bernhard Langer and Sandy Lyle won majors in 1985, Nick Faldo in 1987 and Ian Woosnam in 1991.
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