Victory eased Player’s pain of four days of unbearable pressure as daily leader. Gary stated after the tournament that it felt like a ten-day tournament and leading all the way was pure agony. “Nobody likes to lead and then lose in the last round and become known as a choker. The last day of the tournament you tee off at 3 o’clock, which really adds to the pressure.” This was the first time the Open was won with a black caddy, Rabbit Dyer. Player told Rabbit to wear his badge at all times. Rabbit responded, “Don’t worry laddie, I stick out like a fly in buttermilk. I don’t need no badge.”