Nickname: Kel is his nickname, short for Kelvin
Australasian Tour: 61
• British Open: 1960
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Kel Nagle Biography:
In 1960, Kel Nagle was one of those golfers. He had played in only two majors before, the 1951 and 1955 Open Championships, and was widely unknown outside of Australia and New Zealand.
Plus, 1960 was the year in which Arnold Palmer revitalized the British Open by making his first trip to play the tournament. And at St. Andrews, no less. And Palmer put on a great show, making a final-day charge that included a birdie on the last hole.
But it was Nagle, with a solid par on the final hole, who held the Claret Jug.
Nagle was born in North Sydney, Australia, and turned pro in 1946. His first big win was the 1949 Australian PGA Championship. In 1954 and 1959, Nagle and Peter Thomson, as Team Australia, captured the World Cup of Golf titles.
Nagle would go on to win 61 times in Australasia, including multiple victories in the region's biggest events: Australian PGA Championship (six wins), Australian Open (one win), New Zealand PGA Championship (eight wins) and New Zealand Open (six wins).
Following his British Open victory in 1960, Nagle came close several more times to winning another Claret Jug. He was sixth in 1961, second in 1962, fourth in 1963, fifth in 1965 and fourth in 1966.
Nagle finished second in the 1965 U.S. Open, losing a playoff to Gary Player - who once called Nagle "one of the best short-game players I ever saw" - 71 to 74. He had one other Top 10 in the U.S. Open. Those were his best finishes in majors outside the British Open.
During the '60s, Nagle posted a couple wins in Europe, including the French Open and Swiss Open in 1961; and won once on the PGA Tour (1964 Canadian Open).
He continued winning back home into the mid-1970s, and in the U.S. claimed three PGA Senior Championships in the early to mid-70s.
Nagle was voted into the World Golf Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 2007.