Plaque to Watson unveiled at Turnberry.

It was on July 9, 1977 that Tom Watson struck his most famous 7-iron shot, a laser from 178 yards on the 18th fairway of the Ailsa course at Turnberry. The then-27-year-old saw his ball finish two feet from the cup — and all but clinched the second of his five Open victories.

Jack Nicklaus, Watson’s playing partner and nearest challenger, wasn’t quite finished. Minutes after slashing his own approach from the edge of gorse bushes right of the fairway to the edge of the putting surface, the Golden Bear holed from about 30 feet for an unlikely birdie.

Suddenly,

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