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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 285
JACK V ARNIE – THEIR LAST GREAT DUEL G OLF doesn’t tend to lend itself to rivalries the way other sports do. But when it does, the battles generally become the stuff of legend. Whether it be Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson or Ben Hogan and Sam Snead, there has never been a greater – or friendlier – rivalry than the one that existed between Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. It was during this corresponding week in 1970 that Nicklaus and Palmer fought their last great duel – and it happened at the Byron Nelson Classic. After the opening round had been rained out at Preston Trails Golf Club, tournament officials decided to conclude with a 36-hole Sunday. Palmer, 40, wasn’t thrilled by this. While Nicklaus, who was 10 years his junior, said: “I could go all day.” The younger – and more powerful – man led for most of the day, but Palmer eventually drew even and forced a playoff. Nicklaus must have smiled to himself when he learned that the 555-yard par-5 15th had been chosen as the first extra hole. The Golden Bear was pin high in two shots, while Palmer found the putting surface in three. “Arnie’s Army” was out in full force. But it wasn’t able to help him sink a 12-foot birdie putt and Jack tapped in from less than two feet for the win. Nicklaus and Palmer shared a unique rivalry and friendship that extended well outside the ropes – and it lasted until Palmer’s death in 2016. “I’ve said many times, ‘I always had to fight Arnold’s gallery – his Army – but I’ve never had to fight Arnold,” Nicklaus recalls. “Arnold was always a gentleman and a friend and a competitor. And he loved the competition as much as I loved the competition.” 1970 THIS WEEK IN ... WATCH: JACK NICKLAUS REMEMBERS ARNOLD PALMER WORDS BY MICHAEL JONES • The Beatles release “Let It Be” – their 12th and final studio album. • The 96th staging of the Kentucky Derby takes place. Mike Manganello wins aboard Dust Commander in a time of 2:03.4. • The New York Knicks win the 24th NBA Championship, defeating the LA Lakers four games to three. • Sandra Haynie wins the Shreveport Kiwanis Golf Invitational on the LPGA Tour. ALSO MAKING NEWS THIS WEEK IN 1970
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