No, his name wasn't Jack Nicklaus, it was Tom Watson.
From 1975 to 1983, Watson would win no fewer than eight Majors, including an incredible five Open Championships, during a purple patch in a long and distinguished 70-win career.
And by long, we mean long – in 2009 (and nearing 60) Watson had an eight-foot putt to win the Open for a sixth time. But shorts putts had become Watson's Achilles Heel over the years and he missed his chance and would go on to lose the play-off, thus depriving the sport of one of the most emotional and popular wins of all time.
Unusually for an American weaned on beautifully manicured target golf courses, Watson was a master of links golf and tee-to-green is still one of the greatest players there is.
As affable as he is competitive, Watson thrived in the team environment of the Ryder Cup, leading the USA to victory as captain in the 1993 edition at The Belfry. It was no surprise then that he was named the US captain again for the 2014 event at Gleneagles.
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