Kel Nagle

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Kel Nagle
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Kelvin David George Nagle
Born (1920-12-21) 21 December 1920 (age 93)
North Sydney, Australia
Height 5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  Australia
Career
Turned professional 1946
Former tour(s) PGA Tour of Australasia
European Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 80
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
PGA Tour of Australasia 61
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T15: 1965
U.S. Open 2nd: 1965
The Open Championship Won: 1960
PGA Championship T20: 1965
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2007 (member page)

Kelvin David George Nagle (born 21 December 1920) is an Australian professional golfer best known for winning The Open Championship in 1960.[1] He won at least one tournament each year from 1949 to 1975.

Biography[edit]

Nagle was born in North Sydney. Although he had won over 30 tournaments in Australia, and had won the Canada Cup for Australia in partnership with five-time Open champion Peter Thomson in 1954 and 1959, Nagle was a shock winner of The Open, as he was 39 years old but had never finished in the top-10 at a major championship before. He beat the rising star of American golf Arnold Palmer into second place, and it was Palmer who deprived him of his title in 1961. Nagle never regained The Open title, but he put together a string of six further top-10 finishes between 1961 and 1969. His best result in a United States major was second in the 1965 U.S. Open, the year after he won the Canadian Open; he lost in an 18-hole playoff to Gary Player. As late as 1970, the year he turned 50, Nagle was ranked among the top ten players in the world on the McCormack's World Golf Rankings, the forerunner of the modern world ranking system.

Nagle won 61 times on the PGA Tour of Australasia, giving him the most wins all-time on that tour, ahead by 30 wins over Greg Norman, who has 31 wins in second place.

Nagle played on the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour) in the U.S. in the 1980s when he was in his 60s. His best finished were a pair of T-3s: at the 1981 Eureka Federal Savings Classic and the 1982 Peter Jackson Champions.

In July 2007, Nagle was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame, and was inducted in November 2007.

Professional wins[edit]

Australasian Tour wins (61)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 9 Jul 1960 The Open Championship −10 (69-67-71-71=278) 1 stroke United States Arnold Palmer
2 2 Aug 1964 Canadian Open −11 (73-71-66-67=277) 2 strokes United States Arnold Palmer

Major championship is shown in bold.

Other wins (12)[edit]

Senior wins (5)[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1960 The Open Championship 2 shot lead −10 (69-67-71-71=278) 1 stroke United States Arnold Palmer

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T19 DNP DNP DNP T19 DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament CUT CUT CUT T35 T21 T15 CUT T31 T30 DNP
U.S. Open DNP T17 DNP CUT CUT 2 T34 T9 T52 CUT
The Open Championship 1 T5 2 4 45 T5 T4 T22 T13 9
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T20 CUT DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T30 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T32 T11 T31 T39 CUT T40 CUT DNP CUT DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 5
U.S. Open 0 1 0 1 2 3 9 6
The Open Championship 1 1 0 6 7 12 21 17
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
Totals 1 2 0 7 9 18 41 29
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (twice)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1965 U.S. Open – 1965 Open Championship)

Team appearances[edit]

  • Canada Cup (representing Australia): 1954 (winners), 1955, 1958, 1959 (winners), 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1960 Kel Nagle". The Open. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Gentleman golfer Kel Nagle celebrates 90th birthday with some of the greats". The Australian. Associated Press. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 

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