Nagle

1960 / St Andrews

Kel Nagle won the Centenary Open at St Andrews to become the seventh player in a row from Australia or South Africa to be crowned Champion Golfer.

Since Ben Hogan’s victory in 1953, interest in America had waned but Arnold Palmer’s dramatic debut changed that.

Palmer had won the Masters and the US Open and wanted to win a modern Grand Slam – with The Open and the PGA Championship – in a nod to American amateur Bobby Jones’ efforts in 1930.

He came up just short, losing by a shot to Nagle, but his runner-up finish followed by back-to-back victories in the next two years led to a resurgence in the standing of the game’s oldest event.

Roberto de Vicenzo led after two rounds of 67 but the Argentinian had a 75 in the third round and fell two behind Nagle, who steadily complied scores of 69, 67 and 71.

Palmer was two shots further back but a torrential rainstorm washed out the afternoon’s final round. The course was flooded in moments, water cascading down the steps of The R&A clubhouse and the Valley of Sin disappearing completely.

Play was abandoned for the day with the final round held over to the Saturday. Palmer was still four behind when he mounted one of his exciting charges.

He birdied the 13th and 15th holes, got a 4 at the 17th for the first time and then birdied the last for a 68.

Nagle bogeyed the 15th but bravely holed a putt for a 4 at the 17th amid the roars from Palmer’s supporters up at the 18th green. A par at the last gave Nagle a 71 and a winning total of 278.

He was 39 years old and had been a fine golfer in Asia and Australia for years but following his victory he returned regularly to Britain. As did Palmer.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Kel NAGLE
1
69
67
71
71
278
-
2
70
71
70
68
279
-
Bernard HUNT
3
72
73
71
66
282
-
Harold HENNING
3
72
72
69
69
282
-
3
67
67
75
73
282
-
Guy WOLSTENHOLME
6
74
70
71
68
283
-
7
72
71
72
69
284
-
Joe CARR
8
72
73
67
73
285
-
Eric BROWN
9
75
68
72
71
286
-
David BLAIR
9
70
73
71
72
286
-
Syd SCOTT
9
73
71
67
75
286
-
Harry WEETMAN
9
74
70
71
71
286
-
9
72
69
75
70
286
-
Dai REES
9
73
71
73
69
286
-
Ramon SOTA
15
74
72
71
70
287
-
Angel MIGUEL
16
72
73
72
71
288
-
Robert Reid JACK
16
74
71
70
73
288
-
Ian SMITH
16
74
70
73
71
288
-
Fidel DE LUCA
16
69
73
75
71
288
-
Peter MILLS
20
71
74
70
74
289
-
Ralph MOFFITT
21
72
71
76
71
290
-
John MACDONALD
21
76
71
69
74
290
-
George LOW
21
72
74
71
73
290
-
Ken BOUSFIELD
21
70
75
71
74
290
-
A. M. DEBOYS
21
76
70
73
71
290
-
Bill JOHNSON
26
75
74
71
71
291
-
Sebastian MIGUEL
26
73
68
74
76
291
-
Fred BOOBYER
28
74
74
73
71
292
-
Geoffrey HUNT
28
76
69
72
75
292
-
Laurie AYTON JR
28
73
69
75
75
292
-
Jimmy MARTIN
28
72
72
72
76
292
-
Leopoldo RUIZ
32
72
77
73
71
293
-
Tom HALIBURTON
32
77
70
74
72
293
-
John JACOBS
32
74
71
75
73
293
-
Peter BUTLER
35
76
72
75
71
294
-
Bert WILLIAMSON
36
75
70
73
77
295
-
David MILLER
36
75
73
74
73
295
-
Christy O'CONNOR SR
36
80
67
76
72
295
-
Peter SHANKS
36
70
73
77
75
295
-
Jose Maria GONZALES
40
72
74
75
76
297
-
W.D. SMITH
40
74
71
78
74
297
-
Tony COOP
42
76
73
75
74
298
-
Ronnie SHADE
43
75
74
77
73
299
-
Bobby VERWEY
43
73
76
74
76
299
-
Marcelino SOTA
45
73
75
76
76
300
-
Frank DEIGHTON
46
74
70
75
83
302
-
R.A.G. MUNRO
47
72
77
82
77
308
-
Carlos CELLES
M/C
76
74
-
-
-
M/C
Gordon CUNNINGHAM
M/C
73
77
-
-
-
M/C
William DIXON
M/C
74
76
-
-
-
M/C
Otto SCHOPFER
M/C
77
73
-
-
-
M/C
Innes WRIGHT
M/C
73
77
-
-
-
M/C
James WALKER
M/C
73
77
-
-
-
M/C
Neil COLES
M/C
78
72
-
-
-
M/C
George WILL
M/C
76
74
-
-
-
M/C
Tony FISHER
M/C
79
72
-
-
-
M/C
Ian MARCHBANK
M/C
77
74
-
-
-
M/C
Sewsunker SEWGOLUM
M/C
76
75
-
-
-
M/C
Sandy SADDLER
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
David SNELL
M/C
77
74
-
-
-
M/C
Richard KEMP JR
M/C
78
74
-
-
-
M/C
Derek CRAIK
M/C
73
79
-
-
-
M/C
Peter ALLISS
M/C
79
73
-
-
-
M/C
T. MCNAUGHTON
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
Brian ALLEN
M/C
79
74
-
-
-
M/C
D.W. NISBET
M/C
77
76
-
-
-
M/C
Jack ISAACS
M/C
77
77
-
-
-
M/C
Bobby WALKER
M/C
75
80
-
-
-
M/C
Stanley TAGGART
M/C
75
80
-
-
-
M/C
Hedley MUSCROFT
M/C
73
82
-
-
-
M/C
Norman DREW
M/C
77
78
-
-
-
M/C
Yufei SHIMAMURA
M/C
79
78
-
-
-
M/C
Cherif El SAYED
M/C
80
80
-
-
-
M/C
Wd
83
-
-
-
-
M/C

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