Kelvin David George Nagle AM (21 December 1920 – 29 January 2015) was an Australian professional golfer best known for winning The Open Championship in 1960. He won at least one tournament each year from 1949 to 1975.
|Full name||Kelvin David George Nagle|
|Nickname||"The Pymble Crusher"|
|Born||21 December 1920|
North Sydney, Australia
|Died||29 January 2015 (aged 94)|
|Height||5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour of Australasia|
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour of Australasia||7|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T15: 1965|
|PGA Championship||T20: 1965|
|U.S. Open||2nd: 1965|
|The Open Championship||Won: 1960|
|Achievements and awards|
Nagle was born in North Sydney. Because of five-and-a-half years of World War II military service (1939–45), Nagle got a late start on pro golf, as he played no golf between ages 19 and 24, and turned pro at age 25 (1946). He made up for lost time by winning at least one tournament each year from 1949 to 1975. During his early career, he had a long swing and was regarded as the longest hitter on the Australasia tour, as evidenced by the Australian press dubbing him as "the Pymble Crusher". By age 39 (in 1960, when he won The Open Championship), Nagle had shortened his swing and become a straight hitter with what Gary Player described as "the best short game out here".
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. Thomson told Nagle a few weeks prior to the 1960 Open championship that he "had the game" to win and that "you can beat me". 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. Although he never regained The Open title, Kel Nagle had six top-five finishes at the Open between 1960 and 1966 (ages 39 to 45). His best result in a United States major was second in the 1965 U.S. Open—the year after he won the Canadian Open—when he and Gary Player finished the 72-hole tournament in a tie. Nagle lost to Player the next day in an 18-hole playoff, during which Nagle hit a female spectator in the forehead on the fifth hole and was visibly affected to the point that he hit another spectator on the same hole. Player won the playoff by 3 strokes.
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 played on the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour) in the U.S. in the 1980s, when he was in his 60s and early 70s. His best finishes were a pair of T-3s: at the 1981 Eureka Federal Savings Classic and the 1982 Peter Jackson Champions. In his final round at the 1982 Charlie Pride Invitational (Four Hills CC Albuquerque, NM), he "shot his age" of 71. In July 2007, Nagle was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame, and was inducted in November 2007.
Nagle died in Sydney on 29 January 2015 at the age of 94.
- 1980 – Member of the Order of Australia for the service to the sport of golf.
- 1986 – Sport Australia Hall of Fame inductee.
- 2001 – Australian Sports Medal
- 2005 – Kel Nagle Plate, presented annually to the best performing rookie in the Australian PGA Championship.
- 2007 – World Golf Hall of Fame inductee.
Professional wins (94)Edit
PGA Tour wins (2)Edit
|Major championships (1)|
|Other PGA Tour (1)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||9 Jul 1960||The Open Championship||−10 (69-67-71-71=278)||1 stroke||Arnold Palmer|
|2||2 Aug 1964||Canadian Open||−11 (73-71-66-67=277)||2 strokes||Arnold Palmer|
PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||1965||U.S. Open||Gary Player||Lost 18-hole playoff;|
Player: +1 (71),
Nagle: +4 (74)
PGA Tour of Australasia wins (7)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||7 Jan 1973||New Zealand PGA Championship||−9 (66-73-70-66=275)||4 strokes||John Carter|
|2||6 Jan 1974||New Zealand PGA Championship (2)||−16 (67-64-64-69=264)||2 strokes||Walter Godfrey|
|3||22 Sep 1974||West End Tournament||−7 (70-70-68-73=281)||1 stroke||Tom Linskey, Rob McNaughton|
|4||5 Jan 1975||New Zealand PGA Championship (3)||−17 (65-67-65-70=267)||5 strokes||Lindsay Sharp|
|5||16 Feb 1975||South Coast Open||−8 (72-67-68-69=276)||1 stroke||Bob Shearer|
|6||28 Nov 1975||Otago Charity Classic||−14 (66-69-66-73=274)||4 strokes||Bob Charles|
|7||10 Apr 1977||Western Australia PGA Championship||−5 (73-71-69-70=283)||1 stroke||Barry Vivian|
Other Australia and New Zealand wins (69)Edit
- 1949 (1) Australian PGA Championship
- 1950 (1) WA Open
- 1951 (4) North Coast Open, New South Wales Close, WA Open, ACT Open
- 1952 (3) North Coast Open, WA Open, NSW PGA Championship
- 1953 (3) NSW PGA Championship, Adelaide Advertiser Tournament, McWilliam's Wines Tournament
- 1954 (5) Australian PGA Championship, North Coast Open, Lakes Open, ACT Open, Riverside and Tasmanian Tyre Services £500 Tournament
- 1955 (2) North Coast Open, NSW PGA Championship
- 1956 (1) NSW PGA Championship
- 1957 (4) New South Wales Close, New Zealand Open, New Zealand PGA Championship, Lakes Open
- 1958 (5) New Zealand Open, New Zealand PGA Championship, Australian PGA Championship, Lakes Open, Adelaide Advertiser Tournament
- 1959 (5) Australian Open, Australian PGA Championship, Queensland Open, NSW PGA Championship, Ampol Tournament (tie with Gary Player)
- 1960 (2) New Zealand PGA Championship, Caltex Tournament
- 1962 (3) New Zealand Open, Victorian PGA Championship, Adelaide Advertiser Tournament
- 1963 (2) Lake Karrinyup Bowl, Wiseman's Tournament
- 1964 (3) New Zealand Open, Queensland Open, Caltex Tournament
- 1965 (5) Australian PGA Championship, NSW PGA Championship, Forest Products Tournament, BP Tournament (tie with Peter Thomson)
- 1966 (4) Wills Masters, West End Tournament (tie with Murray Crafter), Caltex Tournament (tie with Peter Thomson), BP Tournament
- 1967 (3) Victorian Open, New Zealand Open, West End Tournament
- 1968 (5) New South Wales Open, New Zealand Open, Australian PGA Championship, West End Tournament, BP Tournament
- 1969 (4) New Zealand Open, Victorian Open, Garden City Classic, Caltex Tournament
- 1970 (3) New Zealand PGA Championship, NBN-3 Tournament, Otago Charity Classic
- 1971 (1) NSW PGA Championship
- 1972 (1) West End Tournament
European wins (11)Edit
- 1960 Open Championship
- 1961 French Open, Swiss Open, Irish Hospitals Tournament, Dunlop Tournament
- 1962 Bowmaker Tournament, Carling-Lancastrian Tournament
- 1963 Esso Golden Tournament
- 1965 Bowmaker Tournament
- 1967 Esso Golden Tournament (tie with Peter Thomson)
- 1971 Volvo Open
Asian wins (1)Edit
- 1961 Hong Kong Open
Senior wins (5)Edit
this list may be incomplete
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1960||The Open Championship||2 shot lead||−10 (69-67-71-71=278)||1 stroke||Arnold Palmer|
|The Open Championship||T19||T19|
|The Open Championship||1||T5||2||4||45||T5||T4||T22||T13||9|
|The Open Championship||T32||T11||T31||T39||CUT||T40||CUT||CUT|
|The Open Championship||CUT|
CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1974 Open Championship)
"T" = tied
|The Open Championship||1||1||0||6||7||12||21||17|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (twice)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1965 U.S. Open – 1965 Open Championship)
- "1960 Kel Nagle". The Open. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
- Howard, Al (10 October 1948). "Cremin Bashes Par to Bag Pro Purse". Truth. Sydney. p. 23.
- "Aussie golf great Nagle dies". SBS News. 29 January 2015.
- "Kel Nagle". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
- "Nagle beats Pickworth by one stroke". The Mercury. 22 November 1954.