The comparisons between the 1977 Open Championship and the 2016 Open Championship are almost too easy.
In 1977, Tom Watson outlasted Jack Nicklaus with a 65 in the final round to Nicklaus' 66. Both men had shot 68-70-65 in the first three rounds. Watson won by just one over Nicklaus but the third place golfer finished 11 strokes back. That sounds a lot like what happened at Royal Troon last week with Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson.
Stenson shot a 63 to Mickelson's 65 in what was one of the greatest performances in major championship history. Nicklaus weighed in via Facebook on what we all witnessed.
Nicklaus said quote-"I was fortunate to watch every second of today's final round of the Open Championship, and I thought it was fantastic. Phil Mickelson played one of the best rounds I have ever seen played in the Open and Henrik Stenson just played better--he played one of the greatest rounds I have ever seen."
Nicklaus added - "Phil certainly has nothing to be ashamed of because he played wonderfully,"