Born April 22, 1960
It was 40 years ago this year that a youth of 22 from California set the golfing world on fire.
It was in 1982 on the Troon golf course, that a tanned, blonde, curly-haired young man who looked like a perfect specimen for surfing on the beaches of his home State California was to leave a mark that would make him famous for the rest of his life. Wearing knickerbockers on the cold, wet, and windy west coast of Scotland Clampett led the British Open with a five-under-par first round of 67.
With the Open being accustomed to a first-day surprise start from a lesser-known competitor, it received little attention from the press and public.
In addition to that, one of the greatest icons in the history of the sport had achieved something special by playing a 71 under such grueling conditions.
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At the age of 53, Arnold Palmer found himself at the top part of the leaderboard once again.
But it was on the second day when the 22-year-old young star pushed on from the second round of the 111th Open golf championship with a two-stroke lead and extended his hold by five strokes that would make fame inevitable.
Having experienced the joys of a good old Scottish summer's day of rain and chilly wind whistling around his body on the first round, Bobby sensibly swopped the plus-fours for long pants.
On arriving on the 18th green smiling and reveling in the moment Bobby had the enthusiasm of both the local crowd and the onlooking world.
He shot 66, six under par for the Royal Troon Golf Club. His total was now133, just one stroke more than the 36-hole record set by Henry Cotton in the 1934 Open at Royal St. George's in England. At 11 under par Bobby was five shots ahead of nearest rival Nick Price of South Africa, who was on 138.
Disaster strikes on the third day
To lead the Open for three successive rounds is the stuff of dreams. Yet for the young American, it would be one of the greatest disappointments in his career.
The profound reply from Nick Price to a press question the evening before " I'm glad I'm not leading because I couldn't handle it. But today I realized, if I keep my head, I'll have a chance,'' said it all.
Winning from a position of leading is a gift that only a very few of the very best can handle, and a highly intelligent Nick Price was very aware of it.