Duel in the Sun: One of the greatest contests in history

Updated 9:48 AM ET, Fri July 21, 2017

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Story highlights

  • Turnberry 1977 remembered as the "Duel in the Sun"
  • Watson & Nicklaus battled in a final-round shootout
  • The Championship was decided on the last hole

(CNN)The red-hot summer of 1977, the year a gap-toothed twenty-something from Kansas took down golf's greatest in a final-round scrap like no other.

Forty years on and it is a battle which is still regarded as one of the finest sporting duels in history.
Last year's British Open thrilled and captivated as Henrik Stenson versus Phil Mickelson unfolded at Royal Troon in an extraordinary contest where records were broken.
It is Stenson versus Mickelson which has the numbers, the history-making scores. Stenson's 20-under 264 is the lowest score in major history and the 41-year-old Swede's final-round eight-under-par 63 equaled the lowest score for a major championship round.
But that shootout did not come down to the final putt.