Blast from the past: Player outguns ‘Golden Bear’ to lead champions duel

Today in SA sports history: February 22

21 February 2021 - 17:20 By david isaacson

Today in SA sports history: February 22

1966 — Gary Player defeats Jack Nicklaus by five strokes in Bloemfontein in the second match of their 108-hole contest dubbed the challenge of champions duel. After both had shot 69s at Zwartkop in the opening match the day before, Player now had a five-shot lead with four matches remaining. Nicklaus complained about his putting. “Oh, those greens — I couldn’t read them.”..

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