Blasts from the past: Black Knight chops Golden Bear
Today in SA sports history: February 22
1966 — Gary Player defeats Jack Nicklaus by five strokes in Bloemfontein in the second match of their 108-hole contest dubbed the challenge of champions duel. After both had shot 69s at Zwartkop in the opening match 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 — SA rugby boss Danie Craven has his nose 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 SA. “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 Hamilton-Villager celebration.”
1992 — Jackie “Pressure Cooker” Gunguluza is stopped in four rounds by IBF junior-lightweight champion Jon Jon Molina of Puerto Rico at Sun City.
1998 — David Nyathi scores the winner as Bafana Bafana beat Morocco 2-1 in their African Nations Cup quarterfinal in Burkina Faso. Benni McCarthy had put SA ahead in the 22nd minute, but the North Africans drew level before halftime through Saïd Chiba.
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