SYDNEY – The PGA of Australia says former British Open winner and U.S. Open runner-up Kel Nagle has died. He was 94.
The PGA said in a statement Thursday that Nagle, who won the British Open at St. Andrews in 1960, its centenary year, died overnight at a Sydney hospital. It did not give a cause of death.
The Australian golfer won a tournament every year for 26 years after turning professional in 1946, collecting 61 victories on the PGA Tour of Australasia and two on the U.S. tour,
He finished second to Gary Player at the 1965 U.S. Open at Bellerive in St. Louis, losing an 18-hole playoff to the South African. Player said then that Nagle was "one of the best short-game players" he had seen.
Nagle also won the Australian PGA championship a record six times.