Nasty? Not always

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Nasty? Not Always A look back at Carnoustie's six British Opens reveals the course hasn't always lived up to its fearsome reputation 1931 CHAMPION TOMMY ARMOUR SCORE 296 • Argentinean Jose Jurado needed only a 39 on the final nine holes to better Armour, the leader in the clubhouse. But when Jurado dumped his tee ball on 17 into the burn and bogeyed 18, he came up a stroke short.
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1937 CHAMPION HENRY COTTON SCORE 290 • Under a heavy, bone-chilling rain, final-round scores ballooned, including a 76 from Sam Snead and an 80 from Henry Picard. In such dreadful conditions, Cotton's 71 was, he said, "one of the greatest rounds of my life."
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1953 CHAMPION BEN HOGAN SCORE 282 • On the morning of the final two rounds, Hogan had a brutal cold, and his legs, which had been crushed in a car accident four years earlier, were in extreme pain. Still, Hogan persevered, winning by four.
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1968 CHAMPION GARY PLAYER SCORE 289 • Player credited one swing above all for his two-stroke win: a 3-wood second shot over the "Spectacles" bunkers at the par-5 14th in the final round. When the ball came to rest it was three feet from the hole, setting up an eagle.
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1975 CHAMPION TOM WATSON SCORE 279 • In benign conditions, the field went low with a smattering of 67s, 66s and a then-course record 65 from Aussie Jack Newton. Newton and Tom Waton finished tied, but, under a steady rain, Watson took the next day's playoff by one.
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1999 CHAMPION PAUL LAWRIE SCORE 290 • Some whined about the impenetrable rough, others the narrow fairways. Scotsman Paul Lawrie kept his mouth shut and made up a 10-stoke deficit in the final round to sneak into a four-hole playoffâ€"and history.