By Michael Corcoran
There are few moments in sports when it is clear to one and all that a torch has been passed. The 1977 Open Championship at Turnbury was one such event. The weather was uncharacteristically warm, British golf fans bared their pink skin to the unfamiliar sun, and the course played hard and fast.
Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson were tied after the first two rounds. Nicklaus shot a blistering 65-66 over the last two days to post a 72-hole score that set a tournament record; but Watson, paired with Nicklaus over those fateful 36 holes, looked Jack in the eye and shot 65-65 to win by a stroke.
Author Michael Corcoran takes the drama of this rare moment in golf history and brings it to vivid life. He draws on his interviews with competitors, caddies, commentators, and spectators to tell the magnificent story of this epic duel in all the rich detail any fan of golfing drama could ask for.
Duel in the Sun is an unforgettable tale of the rise of a hero and the grace of an older champion welcoming him to the summit of the game.