One Hand on the Claret Jug

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From Doug Sanders' missed three-footer in 1970 to Monty's brave bid to finally end his major wait in 2005, this collection of hard-luck stories associated with the oldest major golf championship in the world, The Open. What happened when the chips were down for Tony Jacklin and how did it affect his major chances from then on? Whose “air-shot” possibly cost him the Open? Why did Tom Watson hit a two-iron at the Road Hole? How could a marshal have cost Bernhard Langer his best chance of winning an Open? Why didn't Jesper Parnevik check the leaderboard in 1994? Who had a vision he was going to sink one of the most famous putts in Open history? Why did Jean Van de Velde have such a nightmare at the Barry Burn at Carnoustie in 1999? Read about those who had one hand on the Claret Jug but, in the end, didn't lift it in triumph.


Norman Dabell, a member of the Association of Golf Writers, has been covering golf since 1979. A former deputy editor of Golf Illustrated, he has been a freelance journalist and broadcaster since 1989. He was BBC Radio Five Live's reporter for ten years and currently writes for Reuters news agency and the Daily Telegraph, and broadcasts for BBC Radio Ulster.