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The British Open in the 1970s

Take a look back at the British Open in the 1970s in photos.

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Doug Sanders, left, ducks as the putter thrown high in the air by Jack Nicklaus, right, comes down to narrowly missing him, during the British Open Golf tournament at St. Andrews, Scotland, July 7, 1970.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Jack Nicklaus follows the flight of the ball after hitting out of the bunker on the fifth fairway in the British Open play-off on July 12, 1970 at St. Andrews, Scotland. In background is his play-off opponent, Doug Sanders. Nicklaus captured the title by one stroke.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Jack Nicklaus, holding his trophy, hugs his wife Barbara after winning the 1970 British Open.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Lee Trevino shows off his trophy at the 1971 British Open at the Royal Birkdale in Southport, Eng. Trevino also won the American and Canadian open championships, establishing a golfing record by winning all three titles in the same year. In the background is second place finisher Liang Huan Lu, of Formosa.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Jack Nicklaus lines up a putt on the sixth green during the first day's play of the 1971 British Open at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Jack Nicklaus signs autographs for young fans before going on practice round of the 1972 British Open in Muirfield Golf Course, Scotland. Nicklaus was trying for a Grand Slam after already winning the U.S. Masters and Open titles in 1972.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Lee Trevino kisses the British Open Golf Championship cup after he won the title for the second year running in Muirfield, Scotland, on Saturday, July 15, 1972.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Gene Sarazen kisses his ball after a hole-in-one at the opening round of the 1973 British Open in Troon, Scotland.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Johnny Miller misses a putt on the 18th in play at 1973 British Open.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Gary Player, center, and Peter Oosterhuis shake hands after the final of the British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Anne's in Lancashire, England, July 13, 1974. Oosterhuis finished four strokes behind Player, 286, who won the British Open for the third time.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Gary Player kisses the British Open Championship trophy after winning his third Championship at Royal Lytham and St. Anne's in Lancashire, England, on July 13, 1974.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Tom Watson reacts on the 18th green after sinking a 25-foot birdie putt to force a playoff with with Jack Newton in the 1975 British Open at Carnoustie, Scotland. Watson won the 18-hole playoff by one stroke, 71 to 72.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Tom Watson, left, and Jack Newton shake hands before the playoff to decide the winner of the 1975 British Open, in Carnoustie, Scotland.

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Arnold Palmer is covered by sand as he hits out of a bunker on the 6th hole in the 1975 British Open in Carnoustie, Scotland.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Johnny Miller drives from the first tee during the 1976 British Open.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Johnny Miller throws his golf ball to the crowd after winning the 1976 British Open at the Royal Birkdale golf course in Southport, England. Miller won the Open with a six-stroke victory from Jack Nicklaus and Spain's Severiano Ballesteros, who tied for second place. Miller went round in 279, Nicklaus and Ballesteros in 285.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Johnny Miller kisses the British Open trophy after winning the title by six strokes at the Royal Birkdale golf course in Southport, England, July 10, 1976.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Jack Nicklaus, left, and Tom Watson sit on rocks on the beach below the 9th green when play in the 1977 British Open is stopped for a time when a sudden storm hit the Ailsa Course in Turnberry, Scotland. Watson went on to win the title with a score of 268.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Arnold Palmer appears to be urging the ball on during the first round of the 1977 British Open at Ailsa Golf Course near Turnberry, Scotland. Palmer had just made a put on the fourth hole.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Tom Watson blasts out of bunker on Ailsa Course in third round of the 1977 British Open at Turnberry, Scotland.

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Tom Watson acknowledges applause and cheers from the gallery after winning the 1977 British Open in Turnberry, Scotland. Watson won the tournament with a record 268 total 12 under par and beat Jack Nicklaus by one stroke.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Arnold Palmer holds up two fingers as he comes in at the end of play in the 1978 British Open at St. Andrews, Scotland. Palmer was 6 under par at one time; he took seven strokes at the 17th hole, and birdied the 18th to stay in contention.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Tom Watson walks past the scoreboard during his play in the 1978 British Open at St. Andrews, Scotland. The scoreboard shows Watson leading the field at this stage. He finished level with Peter Oosterhuis, Great Britain, as joint leaders five under par.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Isao Aoki, of Japan, drives from the 18th tee toward the Royal and Ancient Club House at the 18th green in Friday's play in the 1978 British Open at St. Andrews, Scotland.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Jack Nicklaus, left, hugs his caddie Jimmy Dickinson after Nicklaus won the 1978 British Open at St. Andrews, Scotland. Nicklaus took the title with a seven under par total of 281, a two stroke lead over the rest of the field. It is the third time Nicklaus has taken the British Open title.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Severiano Ballesteros, of Spain, raises his arms in response to the cheers from the crowd as he wins the 1979 British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Anne's in Lancashire, England.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Severiano Ballesteros, of Spain, holds the 1979 British Open trophy cup after winning with 283 at Royal Lytham and St. Anne's in Lancashire, England, on July 21, 1979.

Published on May 17, 2011