Quick 9: The most bizarre moments at The Open

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To say anything can happen at The Open is no exaggeration. Keel Timmins rounds up the most interesting anecdotes from down the years

6. Tommy Nakajima, 1978 St Andrews

It’s fair to say that Tommy Nakajima isn’t a fan of the infamous Road Hole bunker.

In 1978, he was just one-shot off the lead in the third round when he inexplicably putted into the dreaded bunker on the 17th.

What followed wasn’t pretty…

It took the Japanese four shots to get his ball out, where he would eventually make a quintuple bogey.

5. Tom Watson, 2009 Turnberry

At 59-years-old, Tom Watson was in contention with a chance of becoming the oldest major champion in history.

With five Open Championships already under his belt, Watson led by a stroke after 54 holes and continued his fine play into Sunday. With a birdie at the 17th hole, he made his way to the 18th tee needing only a par to win.

His approach shot took an awkward bounce and rolled off the back of the green, where he was unable to get up-and-down.

Stewart Cink would then go on to beat Watson in a four-hole aggregate playoff by six shots.

4. Ian Baker-Finch, 1995 St Andrews

Is this the worst golf shot ever hit?

The first fairway at the Old Course is one of the easiest fairways to hit in golf. In fact, it’s almost impossible to miss the short grass as it measures over 100 yards wide.

Yet that didn’t stop Ian Baker-Finch hooking his drive out of bounds at the 1995 Open.

To make matters even worse, a gust of wind blew off his hat to make him look, somehow, even sillier…

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