Blasts from the past
Today in sports history: February 22
1966 — Gary Player defeats Jack Nicklaus by five strokes in Bloemfontein in the second match of their 108-hole challenge of champions duel. After both had shot 69s at Zwartkop the day before, Player now had a five-shot lead with four matches remaining. Nicklaus complained about his putting. “Oh, those greens — I couldn’t read them.”
1966 — South African rugby boss Danie Craven’s nose is out of joint after Hamiltons and Villagers, the two oldest clubs in the country, refuse to change the date of their annual derby to accommodate the Stellenbosch centenary rugby match, the Markotters versus the Rest of South Africa. “I am hurt. I never expected this,” said Craven, who had wanted an SA Rugby Board meeting to coincide with the Maties match on April 2. It was too late to reschedule it to the week before. “We will have to call a special meeting to discuss the explanation offered by the Hamilton and Villager joint committee meeting. Had they come to us with a similar request we would have cancelled everything for an historical Hamiltons-Villagers celebration.”
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