posted on Jul, 23 2003 @ 06:47 PM
Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson will relive 1977's famous "Duel in the Sun" when they tee up in the Mastercard Senior British Open at Turnberry on
The two American golfers will go out at 8.20am, paired alongside England's Carl Mason, some 26 years after producing one of the finest finales ever
seen at an Open Championship.
On that occasion, Nicklaus closed with successive 66s - and lost by a stroke to Watson, who carded 66, 65. Watson rallied from two shots behind with
nine holes left to go, the drama continuing right to the 72nd hole when Watson hit a glorious seven iron to 30 inches and then holed the resultant
birdie putt to win.
"I hit it dead flush," Watson recalled.
"It was one of the best shots I ever hit. It's something I will never forget."
Watson comes into his second Senior British Open in fine form, having finished second at the recent Ford US Players Championship and tied 18th at the
subsequent Open Championship at Royal St George's. However, the man in form is undoubtedly 50-year-old Craig Stadler who created history last weekend
when he became the first Seniors Tour golfer to win on the regular US PGA Tour.
Stadler, a former Masters champion, turned 50 on June 2 and went on to win on his fourth start as a senior at the Ford US Players Championship. That
victory netted him 375,000 US dollars and he added a further 540,000 US dollars to his bank balance seven days later when he closed with a 63 to claim
his 13th US PGA Tour title at the BC Open in New York.