Doug Sanders, among the hottest golfers in the world in early 1966, is shown here at that year's Masters. Photo: Augusta National, Getty Images
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Doug Sanders may be most remembered for his colorful attire, randy personality, and the 3-foot par putt that he missed on the final hole of the Old Course, which led to a loss of the 1970 Open Championship to Jack Nicklaus. But Sanders also won 20 times on the PGA Tour and was runner-up in four majors.
St Andrews wasn’t Sanders’ only brain cramp, though. Four years earlier, carelessness cost him what likely would have been another victory.
By 1966, Sanders had established himself as one of the best and most identifiable pros. His unusual short backswing weekend hackers could identify with. His wardrobe was awash in pastel from which he easily stood out from the standard white shirt...
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