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Subject: Golfer Doug Sanders, four-time major runner-up, dies aged 86

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/13/20 at 2:09 am

American Doug Sanders, who was three feet away from beating Jack Nicklaus and winning the 1970 Open at the home of golf, has died of natural causes aged 86. Sanders suffered the disappointment of coming so close to lifting the Claret Jug and etching his name into history. Standing over the winning putt on the famous 18th green at St Andrews, he made an ugly stab at the ball, pushing it wide of the hole and falling into a playoff with Nicklaus. “And there but for the grace of god,” said renowned commentator Henry Longhurst.

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