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Nick Faldo’s Favorite Golf Gambling Story: Getting Into Jack Nicklaus’ Pockets

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  • Who: Nick Faldo
  • When: 1990 Open Championship
  • Where: Muirfield

Prior to The Open being contested at St. Andrews, four major champions arranged an off-site practice round at Muirfield. Faldo would use the momentum earned with this bet to later win The Open for a second time – after getting into the pocket of a fellow legendary competitor.

“I asked Jack Nicklaus to play a practice round with me.

“It ended up being with Andy North and Tom Watson and they always go at each other, so I partnered North against those two and beat Jack for twenty quid.

“On a side bet, Watson beat North out of forty quid. So North went down to the bank and got 40 pounds in 1p coins, so it weighed about 10 pounds in copper. He stuck it in his locker that week. Two giant bags of 1p coins.

“Then [Jack and I] played in The Open together and in the first round, he walked onto the tee and gave me my twenty quid.

“Like an idiot, I should’ve gotten him to sign it, shouldn’t I?

“I would’ve put that up on my wall, mate.”

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