Nasty? Not Always
A look back at Carnoustie's six British Opens reveals the course hasn't always lived up to its fearsome reputation
• Argentinean Jose Jurado needed only a 39 on the final nine holes to better Armour, the leader in the clubhouse. But when Jurado dumped his tee ball on 17 into the burn and bogeyed 18, he came up a stroke short.
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• Under a heavy, bone-chilling rain, final-round scores ballooned, including a 76 from Sam Snead and an 80 from Henry Picard. In such dreadful conditions, Cotton's 71 was, he said, "one of the greatest rounds of my life."
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• On the morning of the final two rounds, Hogan had a brutal cold, and his legs, which had been crushed in a car accident four years earlier, were in extreme pain. Still, Hogan persevered, winning by four.
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• Player credited one swing above all for his two-stroke win: a 3-wood second shot over the "Spectacles" bunkers at the par-5 14th in the final round. When the ball came to rest it was three feet from the hole, setting up an eagle.
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• In benign conditions, the field went low with a smattering of 67s, 66s and a then-course record 65 from Aussie Jack Newton. Newton and Tom Waton finished tied, but, under a steady rain, Watson took the next day's playoff by one.
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• Some whined about the impenetrable rough, others the narrow fairways. Scotsman Paul Lawrie kept his mouth shut and made up a 10-stoke deficit in the final round to sneak into a four-hole playoffÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬"and history.
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