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NOTEWORTHY: Player joined Harry Vardon and J.H. Taylor as the only men to win the British Open in three decades.


YEAR: 1969

WINNER: Tony Jacklin

SCORE: 280

RUNNER-UP: Bob Charles

MARGIN: 2 shots

EARNINGS: 4,250 pounds

RECAP: A British player had not won the Open since 1951 until Tony Jacklin won at Royal Lytham and became a national hero, sparking a golf revival among British youth. Jacklin three-putted only once in four days and never made worse than bogey. Bob Charles was poised for a repeat at Lytham until a 75 in the third round, with Jacklin going around in 70 to take a two-shot lead into the final round. About the only drama at the end was when Jacklin’s shoe came off in the stampede of fans after he hit onto the final green. He managed a par to win the claret jug. Charles was runner-up for the second straight year. Jack Nicklaus tied for sixth with an American club pro named Davis Love Jr., whose 5-year-old son would go on to win 20 times, the PGA Championship and be appointed Ryder Cup captain.

NOTEWORTHY: It would 16 years before another British player won the Open _ Sandy Lyle, who was in the gallery at Lytham inn 1969 to watch Jacklin.


YEAR: 1963

WINNER: Bob Charles

SCORE: 277

RUNNER-UP: Phil Rodgers

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