Activities Sports & Athletics 1962 British Open: Two In a Row for Arnie Share PINTEREST Email Print A slate scoreboard, marked in chalk, shows 1962 British Open winner Arnold Palmer three ahead of runner-up Kel Nagle. Palmer won by six. 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Nagle was another seven shots ahead of the third-place golfers, Brian Huggett and Phil Rodgers. So Palmer was 13 strokes better than the third-place finishers. How dominant was Palmer? There were only five rounds in the 60s the entire tournament, and Palmer had three of them: He finished 69-67-69. (One of the others was by Huggett, and the fifth by Peter Alliss, who tied for eighth.) It was Palmer's second consecutive win in the British Open, and Palmer was so popular that the R&A had to institute much more stringent crowd control measures in every Open after this one. Roping-and-staking of fairways, and fencing of course boundaries, began at the 1963 Open because Palmer had drawn so many fans to this one. Palmer never finished higher than seventh in a British Open after this, and he won just one more major (the 1964 Masters). His victory here was Palmer's sixth of seven career majors. Palmer was just the second golfer (after Ben Hogan in 1954) to win The Masters and the British Open in the same year. And his 276 total lowered the tournament scoring record by two shots and stood until 1977. Sam Snead played the British Open only five times. Two of those resulted in missed cuts when Snead was well past his prime. He finished 11th in 1937 and won in 1946. And here, in 1962, at age 50, Snead tied for sixth place. And there was a significant - very significant - debut at the 1962 British Open. Jack Nicklaus made his Open Championship debut here, finishing tied for 32nd. Nicklaus had rounds of 80 and 79, and even scored a 10 on one hole. Nicklaus went on to win this tournament three times, with seven more second-place finishes. A note about the British Open format: All players had to play two rounds of qualifying to get in. In other words, there were no exemptions into the field (and never had been in Open history). But this was the last Open where that was case. Exemptions were introduced the following year. 1962 British Open Golf Tournament Scores Results from the 1962 British Open golf tournament played at the par-72 Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland (a-amateur): Arnold Palmer 71-69-67-69--276 Kel Nagle 71-71-70-70--282 Brian Huggett 75-71-74-69--289 Phil Rodgers 75-70-72-72--289 Bob Charles 75-70-70-75--290 Sam Snead 76-73-72-71--292 Peter Thomson 70-77-75-70--292 Peter Alliss 77-69-74-73--293 Dave Thomas 77-70-71-75--293 Syd Scott 77-74-75-68--294 Ralph Moffitt 75-70-74-76--295 Jean Garaialde 76-73-76-71--296 Sebastian Miguel 72-79-73-72--296 Harry Weetman 75-73-73-75--296 Ross Whitehead 74-75-72-75--296 Roger Foreman 77-73-72-75--297 Bernard Hunt 74-75-75-73--297 Denis Hutchinson 78-73-76-70--297 Jimmy Martin 73-72-76-76--297 Christy O'Connor Sr. 74-78-73-72--297 John Panton 74-73-79-71--297 Tony Coop 76-75-75-72--298 Donald Swaelens 72-79-74-74--299 Brian Bamford 77-73-74-76--300 Lionel Platts 76-75-78-71--300 Guy Wolstenholme 78-74-76-72--300 Hugh Boyle 73-78-74-76--301 Keith MacDonald 69-77-76-79--301 George Low 77-75-77-73--302 Harry Bradshaw 72-75-81-75--303 Harold Henning 74-73-79-77--303 Jimmy Hitchcock 78-74-72-79--303 Doug Beattie 72-75-79-78--304 Eric Brown 74-78-79-74--305 Jack Nicklaus 80-72-74-79--305 John Johnson 76-74-81-76--307 Don Essig 76-72-79-81--308 a-Charlie Green 76-75-81-76--308 David Miller 76-74-81-78--309 1972 US Open: Nicklaus Wins At Pebble Beach The Worst Golf Chokes and Collapses Arnold Palmer in the Majors: His Wins and Near-Misses 1962 US Open: 'The Big Guy Is Out of the Cage' 1989 British Open: Calc Wins In a Playoff Arnold Palmer at The Masters: His Wins and Yearly Results Arnold Palmer: Biography of 'The King' 1982 British Open: Clampett Goes to Pot, Watson Wins His 4th 1973 US Open: 63 Reasons Johnny Miller Won 1973 British Open: Weiskopf Keeps Cool for Win Farmers Insurance Open Golf Tournament 7 Tournaments Where Arnold Palmer Had A Huge Impact On Golf 1994 US Open: Ernie Els Arrives on the Scene 1966 US Open: A Famous Charge, an Infamous Collapse 6 Greatest Masters Golfers of All-Time 1974 U.S. Open: 'The Massacre at Winged Foot'