Jack Newton, Tom Watson’s opponent, golf master, who lost his hand due to the plane screw, has died at the age of 72.

Tom Watson from the USA's Australian Jack Newton shakes hands before the playoffs to decide the winner of the British Golf Open.

Tom Watson from the USA’s Australian Jack Newton shakes hands before the playoffs to decide the winner of the British Golf Open.

Jack Newton, the Australian golfer who lost to Tom Watson in the 1975 British Open playoffs before his professional career ended with a screw crash, has died at the age of 72.

Newton died early Friday morning of “health problems,” according to a statement from his family. He was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

“(He) was a fearless competitor, a iconic Australian who paved the way for his professional golf career,” added his family. “He struggled with great misery as only he could.”

Newton won the US PGA Tour’s Buick Open in 1978, the Australian Open in 1979, three tournaments in Europe, and his career, almost his life, ended when he entered the propeller of a small plane about to take off. At Sydney Airport. July 24, 1983

His right arm was amputated, he lost the sight of his right eye, as he received severe injuries in the abdomen. The doctors gave him only 50-50 chances to survive, he spent about two months in intensive care, he demanded a long recovery from injuries, before learning to play golf with one hand.

“Everything was not so good for me. “I knew that from a priest walking around my (hospital) bed,” Newton said later. He was 33 years old at the time of the accident.

Newton recovers from near-fatal screw crash to play golf again with one hand - GETTY IMAGES

Newton recovers from near-fatal screw crash to play golf again with one hand – GETTY IMAGES

Despite his death attempt, Newton and his happy personality returned to public life. He became a popular golf commentator on television, radio, newspaper, golf course designer, and Jack Newton, President of the Junior Golf Foundation, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for future golfers in Australia.

The foundation’s annual tournament attracted some of Australia’s most famous professional golfers, many of whom wore strange costumes, as Newton encouraged each year.

In order not to give up playing his favorite game, he taught himself to play golf without a number by swinging the club with his left hand with his right hand. He regularly scored for 18 holes in the mid-1980s. This translates to about 12 or 14 disabilities, which most aspiring amateur players will strive for.

Newton became a professional on a European tour in 1971, winning his first tournament the following year, the Dutch Open. One week later, he won another tournament in Fulford, England, in the 1974 Round Championship.

The Australian lost in the playoffs at the 1975 British Open in Carnusti after Watson made a series of rather accidental shots. The metal wall kept Watson’s ball in the eighth hole, and the American hit the 14th hole for the eagle, capturing Newton by firing on Claret.

“I have always felt that if I was in good shape, I could be dangerous,” Newton said. “That’s how I played golf. “When I raised my tail, I was not afraid of anyone.”

Australian PGA CEO Guine Kirkman has praised Newton’s influence on Down Under.

“Jack has been such an influential figure in Australian golf that his contribution and legacy will live on for decades to come,” said Kirkman. “He was as tough off the field as he was. At the heart of it all, though, was his passion for golf, the positive impact it could have on the lives of people, especially young people. ”

Newton is survived by his wife, Jackie, two children, Christine և Clint, and six grandchildren.

Christine was a professional golfer, and Clint Newton, who was born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, played rugby league in Australia, representing the United States in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

“His passion for the sport, for helping future generations of golfers, for the Australian community, reflects the character of our father, a loving husband, a proud brother, a loving grandfather, and a raging mate,” his family said in a statement.

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