It was a tight match, the closest in years.
The golfers were on the green at the final hole.
Nicklaus putted first. If he made a mistake, the British could win for the first time in more than a decade.
Nicklaus’s ball dropped into the cup.
The British golfer approached his ball next. It was only a “gimme” putt – just inches from the hole, the kind of putt normally conceded by an opponent – but the British player felt the pressure.
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If he made the putt, the match would end in a tie. It would be the best finish the British had had in years.
If he missed such an easy putt, it could have a devastating effect on his reputation.
Nicklaus had too much respect for his opponent to wish that kind of humiliation on him So he reached down, picked up the ball and thereby conceded the putt.
The match ended in a tie, and both men walked away champions.
A new definition of “winning”
In an article from the July/August 1991 issue of Multi-Images magazine, published by the Association for Multi-media International, scriptwriter and producer Todd Gipstein tells the moving story of how two disabled athletes inspired him:
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