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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 131
The turning point in his career came in 1951 when he decided to change his swing. He shortened his backswing to three-quarter length and while he lost a little distance he was finding more fairways and greens. He also developed a new putting stroke, which would become the envy of every golfer he ever played with. Undoubtedly the highlight of his career came in 1960 when, at the age of 39, he held off Arnold Palmer to win The Open Championship at St Andrews by a single stroke. “The build-up to the 1960 Open at St Andrews was more exciting than usual. Arnold Palmer was coming over for the first time, having already won the Masters and the US Open. He was going for the third leg of the Grand Slam, so it was a huge thing for him to play in Scotland,” Nagle recalled in an interview with Golf Australia magazine in 2013. “But I got in his way. I can’t say there was any special satisfaction in beating him. I was just pleased and honoured to win in such a special year and at such a special venue.” Nagle was far more than a one major winner player. When he claimed his final title – the 1977 West Australian PGA at the tender age of 57 – had had accrued a winner’s resume that read 81 victories worldwide, including wins in Europe and one on the US PGA Tour. “Winning is winning. It becomes a habit, like anything else,” he would say later. “I had a good temperament for it, I guess. I was there to win and I liked to win. I was determined. But if I was beaten, it was ‘good luck’ to the other guy. It was never everything to me.” Which is probably why everyone who ever met Kel Nagle liked him. When he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in a special ceremony at Sydney’s Concord Golf Club in 2007, there was hardly a dry eye in the clubhouse. And, if there was, it only took another well delivered tribute from his mate Thommo to kick start the tears. “Of all the people I have met in the world of golf, this fellow is the finest,” Thomson said. No one could argue with that. RIP Kel Nagle. OTG KEL NAGLE 1920-2015 A BRILLIANT CAREER A BRILLIANT CAREER ACCOLADES ACCOLADES HALL OF FAME SPEECH HALL OF FAME SPEECH
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