公開賽。阿諾德-帕爾默的堅持為湯姆-沃森的公開賽勝利鋪平了道路

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公開賽。阿諾德-帕爾默的堅持為湯姆-沃森的公開賽勝利鋪平了道路

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在公開賽偉大人物的殿堂里,湯姆-沃森需要被擊敗。

沃頓、布萊德和泰勒--被稱為偉大的三巨頭--在1914年第一次世界大戰爆發前積累了16個公開賽冠軍。

澳大利亞人湯姆森從1954年起在五次嘗試中轟轟烈烈地贏得了四次--在另一次嘗試中獲得亞軍--然後在1965年獲得了第五次。

不過,這並不是勝利數量的全部。

BBC高爾夫記者Iain Carter在最新的BBC Radio 5 Live Sport播客中為兩屆冠軍阿諾德-帕爾默提出了令人信服的理由,為7月的第150屆公開賽做準備。本周的節目是 "所有關於。傳奇人物"。

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"卡特說:"如果沒有阿諾德-帕爾默,公開賽就不會是今天這樣的賽事。

當他在1960年首次參賽時,已經贏得當年美國大師賽和美國公開賽的帕爾默被迫獲得了參加公開賽的資格。他適當地這樣做了,並在澳大利亞的Kel Nagle面前獲得第二名。隨後,他在1961年和1962年贏得了比賽。

但是他不認為美國人在沒有保證參加錦標賽的情況下進行艱苦的旅行有什麼意義,所以他告訴組織者放棄資格賽,他將100%地投入,並告訴他的同胞。

1963年,44位領先的球員首次獲得了豁免權,帕爾默被認為是確保了公開賽的地位。

"這就是為什麼公開賽是唯一在美國以外舉行的大滿貫賽事,他的影響力、魅力、能力和人格力量使他成為一個突出的傳奇人物,"卡特補充道。

因此,如果沒有帕爾默的干預,我們可能永遠不會看到沃森從1975年起在九次錦標賽中取得五次勝利的輝煌戰績。

在傳奇人物的名單中,還有傑克-尼克勞斯、泰格-伍茲、塞弗-巴勒斯特羅斯和尼克-法爾多--他們都是高爾夫運動中最古老的錦標賽的三屆冠軍得主。

像之前的尼克勞斯和帕爾默一樣,沃森在聖安德魯斯的老球場結束了他的公開賽之旅。他的告別是在2015年7月17日晚上10點前六分鐘。

40年前,在25歲的時候,他在卡諾斯蒂首次亮相,贏得了一場18洞的比賽--但人們將永遠記住他1977年在特恩貝里戰勝傑克-尼克勞斯的比賽。

最後一輪被稱為 "陽光下的決鬥",因為兩位選手都打出了68-70-65的成績,以三杆優勢領先。

沃森說:"我在特恩貝里的最後一輪從落後三杆開始,追平了他,然後落後兩桿,又追平了他,"沃森說,他在那年早些時候曾擊退尼克勞斯,贏得美國大師賽。

沃森在17號洞抓到小鳥,領先一杆,並在18號洞四杆洞將第二杆打到幾英尺,而尼克勞斯只能將球從粗糙的地方打到35英尺左右。尼克勞斯推入了他的小鳥推杆,將壓力重新堆積在沃森身上,但這位年輕的美國人攻入了他的第二個冠軍。

尼克勞斯說:"我給了你最好的機會,但你更勝一籌,打得很好,"在球員們手拉手走下最後的果嶺之後,尼克勞斯說道。

沃森後來又贏得了三次公開賽,他的最後一次是在1983年,也是他八次大滿貫賽的最後一次。

然而,在2009年特恩貝里公開賽上,他非常接近於追平瓦頓的六次冠軍紀錄。

沃森需要在最後一個洞打出標準杆,才能成為59歲的最年長的大滿貫賽冠軍,他從球道中央打出的第二杆在果嶺附近遇到了下坡,並從後面竄了出去,從那裡他又打出了三杆。

"也許哈里-瓦頓的鬼魂在吹它,"沃森在輸給同胞斯圖爾特-辛克後對他的第二杆開玩笑說。

在播客中,沃森以巨大的自嘲說。"似乎我們高爾夫球員有一段時期在我們的最高水平上競爭,但它不會持續很久,也許是五到七年,這基本上是發生在我職業生涯中的事情。

"真正偉大的超級巨星,如尼克勞斯、伍茲和[山姆]斯尼德,那些是他們的冠軍發揮擴大到25年的球員,從他們還是孩子的時候到他們是老智囊的時候。

"這就是我判斷最偉大的方法"。

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In the pantheon of Open Championship greats, Tom Watson takes some beating.

Vardon, Braid and Taylor - known as the Great Triumvirate - amassed their 16 Open titles before the outbreak of World War One in 1914.

Australian Thomson sensationally won four in five attempts from 1954 - finishing runner-up in the other - before claiming his fifth in 1965.

It's not all about volume of victories though.

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"The Open would not be the event it is today without Arnold Palmer," said Carter.

When he first played in 1960, Palmer, who had already won the Masters and US Open that year, was forced to qualify for The Open. He duly did so and finished second to Australia's Kel Nagle. He then won in 1961 and 1962.

But he did not see the point in Americans making what was then an arduous journey with no guarantee of playing in the Championship, so he told organisers to ditch qualifying and he would be 100% committed and would tell his countrymen.

In 1963, for the first time, 44 leading players were given exemptions and Palmer was credited with securing the status of The Open.

"That's why The Open is the only major held outside of the US, and his impact, charisma, ability and force of his personality makes him a standout legend," Carter added.

So, without Palmer's intervention, we might never have seen Watson's remarkable run of five victories in nine Championships from 1975.

In the rollcall of legends, there are also shouts for Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo - all three-time winners of the oldest championship in golf.

Like Nicklaus and Palmer before him, Watson ended his Open journey at the Old Course, in St Andrews. His farewell was at six minutes before 10pm on 17 July 2015.

Forty years earlier, at the age of 25, he made his debut at Carnoustie, winning an 18-hole play-off - but it is for his 1977 victory over Jack Nicklaus at Turnberry that he will forever be remembered.

The final round became known as the 'Duel in the Sun' after both players had shot rounds of 68-70-65 to lead the field by three.

"I came from three shots behind in the final round at Turnberry and tied him, and then got two shots behind and then tied him again," said Watson, who had held off Nicklaus to win the Masters earlier that year.

Watson birdied the 17th to move one clear and hit his second to the par-four 18th to a couple of feet, while Nicklaus could only thrash his ball from the rough to around 35 feet. Nicklaus holed his birdie putt to heap the pressure back on Watson but the younger American tapped in to win his second title.

"I gave you my best shot, but you were better, well played," said Nicklaus after the players had famously walked off the final green arm in arm.

Watson would go on to win three more Opens, his final one coming in 1983, also the last of his eight major titles.

However, he came remarkably close to equalling Vardon's tally of six in an extraordinary Open Championship back at Turnberry in 2009.

Needing to par the final hole to become the oldest major winner at the age of 59, Watson's second from the centre of the fairway caught a downslope short of the green and scuttled through the back, from where he would take three more.

"Maybe the ghost of Harry Vardon was blowing it," Watson would joke of his second shot after losing the play-off to compatriot Stewart Cink.

Speaking on the podcast, with enormous self-deprecation, Watson, said: "It seems we golfers have a stretch of time where we compete at our highest level and it doesn't last very long, maybe five to seven years, and that's essentially what happened to me in my career.

"The truly great superstars like Nicklaus and Woods and [Sam] Snead, those are the players where they have their championship play expanding to 25 years, from when they were kids to when they were old wise guys.

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