By Fergus Bisset published
Glenmorangie “The Spirit of the Open” has launched a campaign to find what the public believes to be the Greatest Finish in Open history.
You can vote now at
A panel made up of Glenmorangie’s ambassadors – Justin Rose, Tony Jacklin CBE and David Cannon, together with R&A CEO Martin Slumbers and a selection of media partners (including Mike Harris of Golf Monthly) have collaborated to draw up a shortlist of the 10 greatest Open finishes.
The panel considered different aspects including, the quality of play down the stretch, atmosphere, pressure and the significance of achievement; and the 10 shortlisted finishes are as follows:
1970, St Andrews – Jack Nicklaus defeats Doug Sanders by a single stroke in an epic 18-hole play off after Sanders’ infamous missed putt on the 72nd green.
1972, Muirfield – Lee Travino claims a second Open title, breaking Tony Jacklin’s heart with an incredible chip-in par on the penultimate hole.
1977, Turnberry – Tom Watson edges out Jack Nicklaus in a titanic battle: the “Duel in the Sun.”
1984, St. Andrews – Seve Ballesteros ends the challenge of Tom Watson by willing a birdie putt into the hole on the 18th then celebrating with an iconic, matador’s fist pump.
1995, St. Andrews – Constantino Rocca produces one of the great shots in the history of The Open at the 72nd hole, sinking a putt from the “Valley of Sin” to force a play-off with John Daly.
1999, Carnoustie – Jean Van De Velde’s meltdown, blowing a three-shot lead on the final hole before losing in a three-way play-off to Paul Lawrie who closed with 67 and then birdied the 17th and 18th in extra holes.
2000, St. Andrews – Tiger Woods completes the career Grand Slam by obliterating a stellar field to win by eight shots, breaking a multitude of records in the process.
2007, Carnoustie – Padraig Harrington comes from six shots behind to defeat Sergio Garcia in a four-hole playoff after Sergio’s par putt on the 72nd green defies gravity and fails to drop.
2009, Turnberry – 59-year-old Tom Watson set up a golfing fairytale with a chance to win his sixth open. Athough he just missed out it was one of the most exciting climaxes to any tournament.
2013, Muirfield – Phil Mickelson charged through the field, posting a round of 66 on the final day, including four birdies in the final six holes and a simply incredible second to the par-5 17th.
It’s now up to you to decide which of these incredible climaxes stands above the others as The Greatest Open Finish.
You can do so by voting at G. Voting will be open until the 15th of July with the winner announced on the 16th; the penultimate day of this year’s tournament.
Fergus is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and it was concentrated by his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin (also of Golf Monthly)... Fergus once shanked a ball from just over Granny Clark's Wynd on the 18th of the Old Course that struck the St Andrews Golf Club and rebounded into the Valley of Sin, from where he saved par. Who says there's no golfing god?
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