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

( CNN) The red-hot summertime 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 competition where records were broken.

It is Stenson versus Mickelson which has the numbers, the history-making ratings. Stenson’s 20 -under 264 is the lowest rating 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. It did not involve Jack Nicklaus, the most decorated player in history, being taken down by a player who would become the greatest links golfer of them all.

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