One of golf’s quiet men, Kel Nagle’s greatest triumph took place on the game’s grandest stage. The 1960 Open was the championship’s centenary and the occasion of Arnold Palmer’s momentous pilgrimage to St. Andrews. But once play began, it was the then 39-year-old Nagle who mastered the Old Course best with a game built on accuracy and precision.
In the final stages, Nagle was leading by one and facing a 10-footer for par on the Road Hole when a tremendous roar went up. Palmer had birdied the 18th, and Nagle now had to make his putt to stay ahead. He did, later calling it “the best putt of my life.” After a good drive on the home hole, his 9-iron approach to three feet – “the best shot of my life” – sealed the championship.