Kel Nagle

1920 – 2015

Australian golfing great Kel Nagle passed away, aged 94.

Nagle, winner of the British Open in 1960, was with his family when he died early Thursday morning 29th January 2015  in Sydney’s Mona Vale hospital.

“It’s a sad day for golf, we’ve lost a champion of our game,” chief executive of the Australian PGA, Brian Thorburn, said.

Nagle, born in North Sydney in 1920, secured a record 61 wins on the Australasian PGA tour after turning professional in 1946.

As well as beating American legend Arnold Palmer to win the British Open in 1960, Nagle was runner-up in the US Open in 1965 after a losing a play-off with Gary Player.

He had the incredible record of winning a tournament every year from 1949 to 1975.