A four-time host of The Open, Turnberry has been the dramatic setting for many unforgettable Open moments including the legendary ‘Duel in the Sun’ in 1977.
Turnberry first welcomed The Open in 1977, an event which was to become famous as one of the greatest showcases of golf in the game’s history: the famous ‘Duel in the Sun’. In brilliant sunshine, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson went head-to-head over the final two days, with Watson eventually finishing a shot clear of his rival – and 11 shots ahead of the rest of the field.
When The Open returned in 2009, Watson once again captured the world’s imagination as he stood at on the 72nd tee needing only a par to become the oldest-ever Open Champion. It was not to be, however. Watson bogeyed to finish tied with Stewart Cink and in the ensuing playoff, the younger American produced a fantastic display of golf under pressure to become Champion Golfer of the Year.