Nicklaus and Watson
walk arm in arm off
the last green after
their thrilling match.
1977 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP TOP 5 SCORES
PLAYER, COUNTRY SCORE (TO PAR) WINNINGS
1. TOM WATSON, USA 68-70-65-65 (- 12) $17,000
2. JACK NICKLAUS, USA 68-70-65-66 (- 11) $13,600
3. HUBERT GREEN, USA 72-66-74-67 (- 1) $10,200
4. LEE TREVINO, USA 68-70-72-70 (E) $8,500
T5. GEORGE BURNS, USA 70-70-72-69 (+ 1) $7,225
BEN CRENSHAW, USA 71-69-66-75
the gap to three strokes with a 20-footer at the
“I’d always loved golf but
now it was a new type of love.
I felt I was ready to play with
the big boys.” – TOM WATSON
he had done on the previous three days. But
Nicklaus, who changed from 1-iron to driver,
knew almost instantly he was in trouble. Sure
enough, instead of following the line of the fairway left, the ball went right, into deep rough.
Watson went over to check his rival’s lie,
unsure whether it was playable while his own A