Kel Nagle Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Kel Nagle Dead

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Golfing legend Kel Nagle has died at the age of 94, according to multiple reports coming out of his native Australia.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. He Suffered No Pain

Nagle in action in 1961. (Getty)

Nagle in action in 1961. (Getty)

In a statement, his family said that he passed away in Sydney’s Mona Vale hospital early on the morning of January 29. The Nagle family said that the golfing great suffered no pain. The Courier Mail in Australia had reported that Nagle was in “poor health.” Speaking to ABC, Australian PGA chief Brian Thorburn said “It’s a sad day for golf, we’ve lost a champion of our game.”


2. Throughout His Career, He Won More Than 80 Tournaments

Kel Nagle Interview (Part1)The following interview was done at the residence of Kel Nagle on the 30 September 2012 by John Furze (PGA, GSED) and Matthew Furze (G.M. Duntryleague Golf Club). This is a three part series and not to be missed. Kel Nagle, the gentleman of golf, talks about his life in golf, the Army, 1960 British Open Win at St. Andrews G. C., 1965 US Open, Canada Cup, Other Tournaments, Golf Equipment of today compared to yesterday and many other aspects of golf. It was indeed an absolute pleasure to be invited by one of Australia's most revered Golf Professionals and sit down and talk about his life in golf and in general. One of only six Australians to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Thank You Kel Nagle.2012-12-10T00:53:23.000Z

Throughout his career, Nagle won more than 80 professional tournaments. Between 1949 and 1975, he won a tournament every year. He was inducted into golf’s hall of fame in 2007. Nagle turned professional in 1946. Golf Australia reports that his close friend and teammate, Peter Thomson, had flown to Sydney to be with Nagle at the end.


3. It’s the 50th Anniversary Since Nagle Lost a Playoff to Gary Player in the U.S. Open

Gary Player battles Kel Nagle in the US Golf Open in Saint Louis, United States. HD Stock FootageCriticalPast is an archive of historic footage. The vintage footage in this video has been uploaded for research purposes, and is presented in unedited form. Some viewers may find some scenes or audio in this archival material to be unsettling or distressing. CriticalPast makes this media available for researchers and documentarians, and does not endorse or condone any behavior or message, implied or explicit, that is seen or heard in this video. Link to order this clip: http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675046634_US-Golf-Open_Gary-Player-battles_Kel-Nagle-hits-ball_both-players-shake-hands Historic Stock Footage Archival and Vintage Video Clips in HD. Gary Player battles Kel Nagle in the US Golf Open in Saint Louis, United States. The US Golf Open in Saint Louis, United States. A player hits a ball with a club. An audience watches the game. Gary Player battles Kel Nagle in the match. Both players shake hands. Location: Saint Louis. Date: June 24, 1965. Visit us at http://www.CriticalPast.com: 57,000+ broadcast-quality historic clips for immediate download. Fully digitized and searchable, the CriticalPast collection is one of the largest archival footage collections in the world. All clips are licensed royalty-free, worldwide, in perpetuity. CriticalPast offers immediate downloads of full-resolution HD and SD masters and full-resolution time-coded screeners, 24 hours a day, to serve the needs of broadcast news, TV, film, and publishing professionals worldwide. Still photo images extracted from the vintage footage are also available for immediate download. CriticalPast is your source for imagery of worldwide events, people, and B-roll spanning the 20th century.2014-06-16T07:37:32.000Z

In the U.S., he finished second in the 1965 U.S. Open. Famously, he lost that open in a playoff to fellow Southern Hemisphere great, Gary Player. His only major win came at the centenary British Open in 1960 when he was 39.


4. His Career Was Based Primarily Down Under

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According to his PGA profile, he made just $134,979 during his career in the U.S. His career in Australia and New Zealand was far more fruitful.


5. His Full Name Was Kelvin Nagle

Australian golfer Kel Nagle wins the 100th British Open Golf Tournament in St. An…HD Stock FootageCriticalPast is an archive of historic footage. The vintage footage in this video has been uploaded for research purposes, and is presented in unedited form. Some viewers may find some scenes or audio in this archival material to be unsettling or distressing. CriticalPast makes this media available for researchers and documentarians, and does not endorse or condone any behavior or message, implied or explicit, that is seen or heard in this video. Link to order this clip: http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675042242_100th-British-Open-Golf-Tournament_Ken-Nagle_torrential-rains_Arnold-Parmer Historic Stock Footage Archival and Vintage Video Clips in HD. Australian golfer Kel Nagle wins the 100th British Open Golf Tournament in St. Andrews, Scotland. British Open Golf Tournament in St. Andrews, Scotland. Kel Nagle, Arnold Palmer, and Roberto De Vicenzo battle it out to win the British Open Golf Tournament. Torrential rains disrupt play for a while. Kel Nagle goes on to win the title after defeating Palmer and De Vicenzo. Location: Saint Andrews Scotland. Date: July 11, 1960. Visit us at http://www.CriticalPast.com: 57,000+ broadcast-quality historic clips for immediate download. Fully digitized and searchable, the CriticalPast collection is one of the largest archival footage collections in the world. All clips are licensed royalty-free, worldwide, in perpetuity. CriticalPast offers immediate downloads of full-resolution HD and SD masters and full-resolution time-coded screeners, 24 hours a day, to serve the needs of broadcast news, TV, film, and publishing professionals worldwide. Still photo images extracted from the vintage footage are also available for immediate download. CriticalPast is your source for imagery of worldwide events, people, and B-roll spanning the 20th century.2014-06-12T03:51:03.000Z

He was a native of North Sydney, Australia, where he was born in December 1920 as Kelvin Nagle.