Golf Films’ focuses the lens on one of the coolest periods in the sport’s history with the upcoming one-hour special, Summer of ’76, premiering Tuesday, July 18 at 9 p.m. ET following Golf Central Live From The Open.
In July of 1976, America celebrated its Bicentennial. At the same time, the golf world’s best players descended on a sweltering Royal Birkdale along England’s West Coast, where two of the game’s transcendent figures collided. Johnny Miller was the California golden boy, at one time appearing to be the heir apparent to Jack Nicklaus atop the sport. A fiery and charismatic Spaniard with an uncanny feel for the game, Seve Ballesteros was just 19-years-old, but well on his way to becoming the Arnold Palmer of European golf. In the end, Miller won the Open, Ballesteros won the hearts of fans, and the ultimate winner was professional golf.
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