Ed. note: This look back at the 1920 U.S. Open – during the week that the 120th edition had been scheduled at Winged Foot – is the first in a series of remembrances of memorable years in tournament history.
The word “galling” is defined in my Shorter Oxford English dictionary (On Historical Principles, 1972 ed.) as meaning “chafing, irritating, harassing.” That could mean something like “it was a bit galling for me to get to the railway station and discover that the train I wanted to catch had left early.” Or it could mean, “it was a bit galling for me to get a B- in my exams when I was predicted an A+.”
Ask Scotsman Paul Lawrie what galling means to him and he would probably smile ruefully and say it aptly described his feelings after he had won the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie, not far from where he lived. Though his was the first victory in the Open by a Scot since Sandy Lyle in 1985 it came to be remembered as the one that the Frenchman Jean van de Velde threw away by his antics on the 72nd hole.
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