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1960 British Open
Recap and Scores for the 1960 British Open Golf Tournament

Arnold Palmer's appearance in the 1960 British Open at St. Andrews is generally credited with re-establishing the Open Championship on the international golf scene - which is to say, bringing the tournament back to the attention of the American golf community.

The Open Championship had always been the biggest tournament in Europe. European, Australian, Asian golfers always recognized the tournament's major status - it was the major for such golfers. But until the 1960s, most American stars skipped the tournament, or played it only once or twice in their primes. The travel expenses were so high (and the tournament purses so comparitively low) that a golfer could win the Open yet lose money on the trip.

But when Arnie - The King - made the trip in 1960, at the height of his talent and fame, the British Open became of major importance again on the American golf scene, too.

In reality, Palmer's appearance didn't guarantee that American golfers followed; Palmer himself skipped the Open Championship a few more times in the 1960s. But Arnie opened the door, made the British Open "cool" again, and American stars began to show up with regularity - led by Jack Nicklaus, who couldn't imagine missing an Open Championship - over the next decade.

What Palmer didn't do at the 1960 British Open was win. Despite a final-round charge with a 68, he was pipped at the finish line by Australian Kel Nagle, who shot 71 in the last round and won by a stroke.

Nagle was 39 years old when he won the 1960 British Open, and had never finished in the Top 10 in a major before. He was close to an unknown outside of the Australasian Tour. But his win here - his only major - wasn't a fluke. Nagle won around the world throughout the 1960s, well into his 40s, with multiple Top 10s in majors. He lost an 18-hole playoff to Gary Player at the 1965 U.S. Open.

The 1960 Open was the 100th anniversary of the tournament's founding in 1860 (due to interruptions from two wars, however, this was not the 100th Open played).

1960 British Open Scores
Results from the 1960 British Open golf tournament played on The Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland (a-amateur):

Kel Nagle 69-67-71-71--278
Arnold Palmer 70-71-70-68--279
Roberto De Vicenzo 67-67-75-73--282
Harold Henning 72-72-69-69--282
Bernard Hunt 72-73-71-66--282
a-Guy Wolstenholme 74-70-71-68--283
Gary Player 72-71-72-69--284
a-Joe Carr 72-73-67-73--285
a-David Blair 70-73-71-72--286
Eric Brown 75-68-72-71--286
Dai Rees 73-71-73-69--286
Syd Scott 73-71-67-75--286
Peter Thomson 72-69-75-70--286
Harry Weetman 74-70-71-71--286
Ramon Sota 74-72-71-70--287
Fidel De Luca 69-73-75-71--288
a-Robert Reid Jack 74-71-70-73--288
Angel Miguel 72-73-72-71--288
Ian Smith 74-70-73-71--288
Peter Mills 71-74-70-74--289
Ken Bousfield 70-75-71-74--290
a-A. M. Deboys 76-70-73-71--290
George Low 72-74-71-73--290
John MacDonald 76-71-69-74--290
Ralph Moffitt 72-71-76-71--290
Bill Johnson 75-74-71-71--291
Sebastian Miguel 73-68-74-76--291
Laurie Ayton Jr. 73-69-75-75--292
Fred Boobyer 74-74-73-71--292
Geoffrey Hunt 76-69-72-75--292
Jimmy Martin 72-72-72-76--292
Tom Haliburton 77-70-74-72--293
John Jacobs 74-71-75-73--293
Leopoldo Ruiz 72-77-73-71--293
Peter Butler 76-72-75-71--294
David Miller 75-73-74-73--295
Christy O'Connor Sr. 80-67-76-72--295
Peter Shanks 70-73-77-75--295
E. Bert Williamson 75-70-73-77--295
Jose Maria Gonzales 72-74-75-76--297
a-W.D. Smith 74-71-78-74--297
Tony Coop 76-73-75-74--298
a-Ronnie Shade 75-74-77-73--299
Bobby Verwey 73-76-74-76--299
Marcelino Sota 73-75-76-76--300
a-Frank Deighton 74-70-75-83--302
a-Raymond Munro 72-77-82-77--308

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