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Watson's triumph is Nicklaus' disappointment

Updated: July 18, 2003, 9:41 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

July 9, 1977

Exactly 11 years to the day after Jack Nicklaus wins his first British Open, he is not as fortunate.

Just like the 1966 tournament, it's the 17th hole that is decisive, but this time it's Tom Watson who registers the winning birdie in their epic head-to-head duel.

Nicklaus, the king, and Watson, the man who would be king, both shot 65 yesterday and are tearing up the Turnburry course again today. Tied for the lead at 17, Watson birdies. When both players ...

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