Other Sports Board Games - 1971 Apba Golf
Derek Kraft - Aug 18, 2017 - 02:52 PM
Post subject: 1971 Apba Golf
As if TV Pro Wrestling and SOM Basketball aren't enough, I have taken on another game, Apba golf! I have the 1971 PGA golfers and will be using the Apba rules and both Apba and ASG courses. I have a 16 event schedule, which includes mostly real events at the time, but also a few events that did not exist in 1971. 8 golfers will play each event, with a cut down to hopefully 6, but I will play that by ear.
I have divided the golfers into 4 groups: (1) the big 4, Jack, Arnie, Lee and Gary, who will each play 14 events; (2) a group of about 12 golfers (George Archer, Gene Littler etal) who will play a few events, (3) another group of 12 who will play 1 or 2 events, and (4) guys who won't play at all. If someone won an event they will at least get 1 start, and if that event is part of my schedule they will play that event. Charles Coody for example won the 1971 Masters so he will play that event. I have left open slots in the majors and other big tournaments (Players, Match Play) for guys in groups 2 and 3 who play well.
The season-opening tournament is the D.C. Open, being played at Congressional (Apba course Metro DC). First place prize money for the event is $25,000! And our good friends at Winston have promised a year's supply of smokes to the first golfer to make a hole-in-one on tour!
Derek Kraft - Aug 18, 2017 - 04:11 PM
Post subject: 1971 D.C. Open 1st round
The first round of the 1971 DC Open is complete. The conditions were normal but the wind was blustery at Congressional, and the pin position was the extremely difficult 5, and this caused some high scores. Note that the 11th was played as a par 5.
Jack Nicklaus missed two 5' putts and a 6' but still finished -2, the only player to finish under par.
Gary Player had the most interesting round, bogeying 3 and 6 before holing out from 80 yards on the short par 4 8th (which played as the easiest hole at -6), birdying 9, 11 and 13 and bogeying 10, 12, 14 and 18 (which played as the most difficult hole, +9, with only Jack not getting a bogey or worse).
Arnold Palmer had a nice round going until he lost a ball in the trees AND found the water on 18.
After round 1 the leaderboard looks as follows:
Jack Nicklaus -2
Gene Littler +1
Gary Player +1
Johnny Miller + 2
Lee Trevino +2
Dave Eichelberger +4
Arnold Palmer +4
George Archer +5
Derek Kraft - Aug 18, 2017 - 04:12 PM
Post subject: 1971 D.C. Open round 2
Scoring conditions were easier on Day 2 as the course played Normal with Calm winds and the much easier Pin Position 4. All but Eichelberger shot a better round than they did on Day 1.
Player and later Nicklaus played the best as each shot a -5 67. Player shot 4 under on the front and made 2 24' birdie putts on the back 9 par 5s before hooking his 2nd shot into the water and doubling 18. Nicklaus only hit 5 Fairways but it didn't matter when your short stick was as hot as his. Jack holed a bomb from 49' and also sank one from 25'. But it wasn't just from distance - he made mid-range putts look easy too, including one from 11' and three from 10'!
Trevino shot a 70 to keep himself in it and Littler a 69 to get to red numbers.
Arnie and Eichelberger will not play the weekend
Leaderboard after round 2
Nicklaus -7 (70)(67)
Player -4 (73)(67)
Littler -2 (73)(69)
Trevino E (74)(70)
Archer +3 (77)(70)
Miller +3 (74)(73)
Palmer +5 (76)(73)
Eichelberger +9 (76)(77)
Derek Kraft - Aug 22, 2017 - 10:38 AM
Post subject: D.C Open round 3
The 3rd round is complete. It was another benign day of Normal conditions, Calm winds and pin position 2. On moving day 2 players made big moves, but in opposite directions.
George Archer was impressive, shooting a -5 67, matching the best round for the tournament. He had 5 consecutive 1-putts on the front and twice hit the green with his second shot on a par 5.
Jack Nicklaus doubled both the par 4 12th (drove into trees, had to play safe, then butchered a wedge) and the par 4 18th (water!). He also had 3 birdies and 3 bogies and finished with a disappointing round of +4.
Any of 5 players can now win on Sun (I don't think Miller has a shot) after Archer's great round and Nicklaus's poor one.
Nicklaus -3 (70)(67)(76)
Littler -3 (73)(69)(71)
Archer -2 (77)(70)(67)
Player -2 (73)(67)(74)
Trevino -1 (74)(70)(71)
Miller +2 (74)(73)(71)
Derek Kraft - Aug 26, 2017 - 01:53 PM
Post subject: 1971 D.C. Open 4th round
What a Sunday it was here at Congressional (Metro DC Apba course), site of the opening event of the 1971 season, the D.C. Open. All but one player shot under par and the best round of the tournament was posted.
Conditions: Calm, Normal Wind, Pin Position 6
Johnny Miller and Lee Trevino were the first out. Miller had an up and down front 9 with 3 birdies and a bogey and was out in a -1 35, putting him at +1 overall. Lee on the other hand was hot, hitting all but one fairway AND green and had 3 birdies, including one from 31', and shot a 33 on the front, putting him at -4 overall.
George Archer and Gary Player were next. Archer opened with 8 straight pars but the rest of his day was a struggle and he never challenged, shooting a +4 76 and finishing +2 overall. Gary bogeyed 1 then parred five consecutive holes before jump-starting his round w/ a 27' birdie on 7. He followed up w/ a 14' birdie on 8 and shot a -1 35 on the front, placing him in contention at -3 overall.
The overnight leaders at -3, Jack Nicklaus and Gene Littler were the final group. Each bogeyed and birdied a hole early. Gene hit all but one green on the front. He birdied three consecutive holes, 5, 6 and 7, and then for good measure 9, thanks to great iron play and hot short range putting, sinking putts from 8', 7', 4', and 9' respectively. Littler shot a sizzling 32 going out and was -7 overall. Jack hammered a 350 yard drive on the par 5 6th then sank a 45' eagle putt. He followed up w/ an 8 Iron to 4' on the next hole, adding a birdie. Nicklaus shot a 33 and was -6 overall at the turn.
Johnny Miller caught fire on the back, birdying 11 after knocking a 100' lag putt to 2', and then sticking his irons and making his putts on 12 (11'), 13 (6'), 14 (5') and 16 (6'). Miller was -4 overall and had to be contemplating the most unlikely of comebacks. Alas, it was not to be, as he found the trees, the sand and the rough on 17, doubling the hole. He finished with a 68 and -2 overall.
Trevino and then Player birdied the short par 5 11th. Player then birdied the following hole, putting each at -5. Littler dropped a shot when he went over the green on the difficult par 3 10 and couldn't get up and down. Nicklaus did worse, finding the water and a double bogey. Both bounced back with birdies on the par 5 though. Jack was -5 and Littler was -7 w/ a two shot lead over 3 chasers.
Trevino parred 12-15 to remain at -5. Player dropped a shot at 13 but birdied both 14 and 15 to move to -6. Littler parred 12-15 and remained at -7. Jack went par, bogey, birdie, par over 12-15 and was -5.
Lee went for the green on the par 5 16th, ended up in the sand, and hit his wedge to 15'. He then sank the birdie putt to move one stroke back at -6. He parred the difficult 17th.
Player also went for the green on the par 5 and found the sand. He knocked his wedge even closer, 8', but couldn't sink the putt. Player then missed the green on both his 2nd and 3rd shots on 17, and had to settle for a bogey, dropping him to -5. He would end up parring the 18th.
Jack had to be disappointed with a par on 16 especially after bombing a 350 yard drive. But not as disappointed as Littler who needed 4 shots to find the green and 2 putts to complete the hole dropping to -6 and a share of the lead w/ Trevino.
Trevino found the green w/ his 5 iron 2nd shot on 18 but was 41' away. With the clutch subtraction he MADE THE PUTT!!! Trevino was in the clubhouse w/ a 66 and -7 overall.
On the 17th, Nicklaus was 70' away from a birdie and got to within a 1', but it wouldn't fall. He would birdie 18 to finish at 69 and -6 overall, one back of Lee.
That left Littler, who came into the round tied for the lead and led by 2 strokes at the turn. He found the rough w/ his 2nd on 17 then needed to make an 8' putt to stay within a stroke. MISS! Gene would bogey and then par 18 to finish w/ a 70 and -5 overall. I don't know if Gene was thinking about the money or the certainty that a Masters' invitation would be waiting for him if he could win this one, but whatever it was, he fell apart late. You have to feel for him.
The winner of the opening event of the 1971 season, LEE TREVINO!!!
Final leaderboard and earnings:
Lee Trevino -7 (74)(70)(71)(66) $25,000
Jack Nicklaus -6 (70)(67)(76)(69) $12,500
Gene Littler -5 (73)(69)(71)(70) $4,500
Gary Player -5 (73)(67)(74)(69) $4,500
Johnny Miller -2 (74)(73)(71)(6 $1,500
George Archer +2 (77)(70)(67)(76) $1,000
The tour will now take a west coast swing for the Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open, the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, and the Hawaiian Open. Hope to see you there!
Derek Kraft - Sep 06, 2017 - 01:28 PM
Post subject: 1971 GC-LA Open round 1
The Tour begins its West Coast Swing with the Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open at Riviera Country Club (Apba Los Angeles). The winner receives not only $22,000 but also the coveted Rhinestone Jacket.
Day 1 featured a Firm course, Moderate winds and Pin Position 1.
Gary Player and JC Snead were the 1st group out. The South African birdied the opening 2 holes then carded another on 5. Through 8 holes Player was -3 with 1 putts on EVERY hole. He proceeded to 3-putt on 9 and bogeyed. Snead parred everything on the front except for a bogey on 7. Player drove into the trees on 12 and had a Lost Ball. After finding the sand with his 2nd, and then hitting to 30’, he had to settle for a disappointing double bogey. He birdied and bogeyed one more each coming in and finished with an even par 71. Snead went bogey, birdie, bogey to begin the back but then birdied 15 and 16. He also finished at even par 71.
Arnold Palmer and Dave Stockton were next. Coming off a missed cut, Arnie was determined, birdieing 1 and 2, grinding out a tough bogey on 5 after hitting into the trees and being forced to play safe, and finding red numbers again on 6 and 9. He was -3 at the turn with only 10 putts. Stockton stuck a 4W on the easy par 5 1st (Snead was the only player who didn’t get at least a birdie on the hole) to within 6’, then sank the putt to open with an eagle. He then found the trees on his drive on the 2nd and went backwards after hitting a trunk with his 2nd, which he ended up doubling. Stockton then made a 51’ putt from the fringe on 4 and followed up with 2 more birdies on 5 and 6. He bogeyed 7 after failing to hit the green then made a pair of 10’ par putts on 8 and 9. He was -2 after 9. Arnold parred the first 5 holes on the back, missing makeable birdie putts of 7’ and 8’. He then made birdies on 15 and 16 after knocking 8Is to 10’ and 7’ respectively. Palmer finished with a birdie on 18 and carded an excellent -6 65. Stockton had 2 birdies and a bogey on the back and finished nicely with a -3 68.
Miller Barber and Billy Casper were the 3rd group. Barber bombed his tee shot on 1 and knocked a 4I second to 7’, two-putting for a birdie. He found the trees and had an unplayable lie on the 2nd, which led to double. He boarded the bogey train at the end of the front 9 beginning on 7, where he had a poor lie in a fairway bunker and failed to advance the ball. He was +4 at the turn. Casper hit all but 1 fairway on the front nine and had 3 birdies, including a 28’ putt, and no bogeys. On the back Casper chipped in from 20 yards and added another birdie and one bogey, finishing with a fine 67 (-4). Barber rallied a bit, carding a pair of birdies and no further blemishes and finished with a 73 (+2).
The final group consisted of Lee Trevino, winner last week in our nation’s capital, and Bob Lunn (who won the “real” 1971 GC-LA Open). Trevino got off to a birdie, bogey, bogey, birdie start and was -1 at the turn. Lunn birdied the opening two holes then gave them back with bogeys on 5 and 6. He was even after 9. Trevino birdied the difficult par 3 10th (the only player to do so) and followed it up with the same on the par 5 11th. He saved par with a 13’ putt on 13 and hit a 7I to 3’ on 16 but missed the putt. Trevino reached the clubhouse with a -3 68. Lunn had 3 birdies on the back, but also 5 bogeys. A 3-putt from 15’ on the par 5 17th was a killer. He finished with a +2 73.
The leaderboard after Thur:
Arnold Palmer -6 (65)
Billy Casper -4 (67)
Dave Stockton -3 (6
Lee Trevino -3 (6
Gary Player E (71)
JC Snead E (71)
Miller Barber +2 (73)
Bob Lunn +2 (73)
Derek Kraft - Sep 12, 2017 - 07:46 PM
Post subject: 1971 GC-LA Open round 2
What a fun round Friday was at the Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open. Arnold Palmer opened the day with a 2 shot lead but at various times 3 others shared the lead, and 2 of those guys each had the solo lead for a spell. At the end of the day, 5 players were within 2 shots of the leaders.
Conditions: Course = Firm, Wind = Calm, Pin Position = 4
Lets's start with the 2 players that missed the cut, JC Snead and Bob Lunn. Snead dug himself into a hole with a double bogey on 2 and never recovered, finishing with a +1 72 for the round and +1 overall. Lunn began the day at +2 and only birdied 2 holes in his second round, finishing with a +1 72 as well (+3 overall). Snead was last seen wandering down Hollywood Boulevard and drinking from a brown paper bag. Lunn - on his way to the San Fernando Valley, holding a map to the stars, with the address of Linda Lovelace highlighted.
Miller Barber was +2 after his first round, and after nine indifferent holes on Friday dropped another shot. He then birdied 11 and 13, bogeying 12, and finished the round with a birdie, birdie, birdie finish. He shot a -3 68 and was now -1 overall and would survive to play the weekend.
Gary Player shot the best round of the day (67) and had the fewest putts (25). He had 3 birdies and 1 bogey on each side. But because he started the day at even par, he never challenged the lead. As it was though, Player finished the day at -4, only 2 shots back going into moving day.
Arnold Palmer began the day with a 2 shot lead but ended it tied for the lead. In between he scored 4 birdies but offset them with 4 bogeys, the worst of which was the missed 3' par putt on 6. The unplayable lie in the trees on 12 wasn't one to write home about either.
Dave Stockton was -3 after his first round. He birdied 3 of the opening 4 holes on Friday and then after sinking an 11' birdie putt on 6, watched his playing partner Palmer bogey, giving him the solo lead. Stockton immediately lost the lead as he bogeyed 2 of the next 3 holes and 2 more on the back (offset with a single birdie), finishing with a -1 70 (-4 overall).
Trevino began the day 3 shots back but after birdying 1, 6 and 7, was tied for the lead. He then proceeded to bogey 9 and 10, the latter by 3-putting from 15'. But he rallied with 2 more red numbers, including a 28' putt on 14, and finished with a -3 68, matching his first round score (-6 overall).
That leaves Billy Casper, who shot the craziest round of the day, despite the record reflecting it being a mundane even par 71. But it was how he got there that was the story. Casper opened birdie, bogey, birdie, bogey, birdie. After parring 6 and 7, he found himself in the middle of the fairway 145 yards from the green. The wind was swirling. He hit a knockdown 8 Iron. He rolled on his average I, got to take 5 yards less left and the ball was rolling slowly on a line towards the pin. The wind roll was +5 carry and + 5L, but it was a knockdown shot so the wind is 50% less AND rounded down (so 2.5 carry and 2.5 left are 0). The ball was oh so close to the cup. The roll for 12 less the dice total resulted in a double 6 or 12! HOLE OUT! Casper was your solo leader. He immediately gave it back on 9, regained it on 12 with a birdie, and then bogeyed 3 more holes on the back. An even par 71 left him at -4 and with a bad taste in his mouth. Oh, what might have been...
Palmer -6 (65)(71)
Trevino -6 (68)(68)
Casper -4 (67)(71)
Stockton -4 (68)(70)
Player -4 (71)(67)
Barber -1 (73)(68)
Snead +1 (71)(72)
Lunn +3 (73)(72)
Derek Kraft - Sep 26, 2017 - 01:17 PM
Post subject: 1971 GC-LA Open round 3
The 3rd round of the 1971 Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open is complete. Course conditions remained Firm for the 3rd day in a row and the wind was Calm. The pins were placed in position # 5.
Miller Barber (beginning the day at -1) and Gary Player (-4) were the first out. Barber birdied the easy par 5 1st, saved par with a 15’ putt on the 2nd, then tapped in on the 3rd after hitting a 7 Iron to 2’. He parred the rest of the front and was out in -2. Player also birdied the 1st then followed up with a birdie on the par 4 2nd after hitting a 4 Iron to 6’. On the 5th Player hit a 7 Iron from 155 yards, he got his average, the ball was on the pin, and then he rolled a double 6 to get the eagle hole-out! He parred the rest of the front nine and was out in -4.
Barber sank a 10’ putt on the 10th then knocked a 3 Wood to 6’ and made the short eagle putt on the par 5 11th. He made a 27’ birdie from the fringe on 14 to record another red number and had no blemishes except for a bogey on the final hole. Barber finished with a 66 (-6 overall).
Player two-putted from 51’ for birdie on the 11th, three-putted for bogey on the par 3 14th, and then went on a birdie binge to finish. He made a 13’ birdie putt on the 15th, and 11’ birdie putts on 16, 17 AND 18, matching his 4 under on the front. An incredible 63 (best round of the early season) put Player in the lead at -12 overall.
The next group paired Billy Casper (-4) with Dave Stockton (-4). Casper opened birdie birdie and looked on his way to an excellent round but bogeyed 5, 6 and 8 going out, and 12 and 15 coming in. He did manage to chip in from 20 yards on 18 and finished with a 73 (-2 overall).
Stockton birdied the 1st, parred the next 5 holes, then bogeyed the 7th before sticking a 9 Iron on 8 (4’ birdie) and sinking an 8’ birdie putt on 9. Stockton was unable to build on that though, bogeying 3 holes on the back with only a single birdie to offset. He finished with an even par 71 and remained at -4.
The final group was Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino who began the round tied for the lead at -6. Arnie was the only golfer to fail to birdie the opening hole, but birdied the 2nd (6 Iron to 6’), 3rd (sank 17’ putt) and 5th (9 Iron to 5’). He bogeyed the par 3 4th by three-putting from 54’ and also the par 4 9th when he found the sand twice. Palmer was -1 for the round at the turn. Trevino birdied 3 of the opening 4 holes, sticking an 8 Iron within 2’ on the 3rd and draining a 13’ putt on the 4th. He then birdied the short par 4 8th before finding the trees with his second shot on the 9th and bogeying. Trevino made the turn at -3 for the day.
Palmer bogeyed 13 after finding the trees on his drive to drop back to -6 overall. But he rallied on the finishing holes, birdying 15, 17 and 18 for a 68 (-9 overall). Trevino bounced back from the bogey on the 8th with birdies on 10, 11 and 12. He almost holed out from 160 yards on the 15th but had to “settle” for a 1’ birdie putt to move him to -13 overall. He parred the remaining holes to finish with an excellent 64, one shot for the day more than Player but one shot less for the tournament.
Lee Trevino -13 (68)(68)(64)
Gary Player -12 (71)(67)(63)
Arnold Palmer -9 (65)(71)(68)
Miller Barber -6 (73)(68)(66)
Dave Stockton -4 (68)(70)(71)
Billy Casper -2 (67)(71)(73)
FrankC - Sep 27, 2017 - 10:13 AM
Post subject: APBA Golf
Derek, I am enjoying your write ups on the APBA Golf. I was a big fan of APBA games especially the Baseball and Horse Racing. I tried out the Golf Game back in the 80's. In fact we were on a trip through the Amish Country and stopped in Lancaster to visit APBA Company when they were on Millersville Road. I bought the game during that visit.
I never finished one round with the game. I kept going back but could not stay with it. Six or seven years later I tried it out again playing the same tournament but it didn't work for me. When I was still playing the same tourney for 7 years it is an odyssey.
When I worked with Gary Stishan on the Computer APBA Horse Racing I tried out the APBA Computer Golf. At least I got further with the game but I still couldn't stay with it. By the way, some of the old APBA Journals would print cards that you could copy. I still have some.
I like your results and your write-ups. Thanks for sharing,
Derek Kraft - Sep 27, 2017 - 01:14 PM
Thanks, Frank, I appreciate it!
I got interested in the game after seeing a FB page entitled The TGA Tour where the members each get a golfer and play a tournament. Apba redid their golf game about 5 years ago and made it better from what I understand. I don't know whether they made it easier or just more realistic as I never had the old game. The box for the old game looks beautiful though. I monitor it on ebay and if I can ever get it cheap...
But yes, it took quite a few rounds before the game got easy to play. Even now, after 10 practice rounds and almost 2 8 man tournaments, I still have a handful of questions. I am going to post them on the delphi forum after I finish this tournament. I play a pair of golfers at a time and I don't think I have played a full round in one sitting yet, but it takes a while to play this game. That is why the TGA tour seems like such a good idea-you can actually play an entire tournament in a short amount of time because you have a bunch of people each with one golfer. Anyways, I bet a single round with one golfer could be played in an hour or two, depending on how fast you like to play and how well the golfer is playing (the more you are in the trees or miss the green the longer it takes).
ASG has a version of their game. I think the guy was involved with Apba but broke off, so the game is similar. I bought some of their courses and will be trying them out next. Some people say that game is better. But I chose Apba because I want to try the TGA Tour.
Long way of saying thanks, Frank, haha!
Derek Kraft - Oct 09, 2017 - 05:02 PM
Post subject: 1971 GC-LA Open final round
It rained on Saturday night so Riviera played Soft for the final round of the Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open. The wind picked up (Blustery) and played havoc with the players. Pin position 6 was used. Scoring wasn’t great and there wasn’t the back and forth that occurred at Congressional, so the summary below is more straightforward.
Billy Casper (beginning the day at -2) and Dave Stockton (-4) were the first out. All 6 golfers birdied the easy opening hole, but Casper only had two more red numbers, which were offset by 3 bogeys. He finished the tournament where he started the day, at -2. Stockton had himself to -9 after 14 holes, having made a couple of bombs (a 72’ putt on 6 and 60’ putt on 14) but then bogeyed 15. A 4 under 67 is nothing to be ashamed of though and Stockton finished at -8 overall.
Miller Barber (-6) and Arnold Palmer (-9) were next. Barber birdied the opening 2 holes and look poised to make a challenge but 3-putt bogeys from 24’ on 4 and 40’ on 10 ended those hopes. Some nice short putting allowed Barber to recover from wayward tee and approach shots on the back nine as he had 6 consecutive 1-putts, including four from between 8-10’. Miller finished with a one under 70 and -7 overall. Arnie also birdied the opening 2 holes then had a setback with a three-putt, Palmer’s occurring from 43’ on the 6th. He then couldn’t find the green on the par 4 8th until his 4th shot and had another square on his card. He made a nice run at the end of his round, birdying 3 of the final 4 holes, but a double bogey on the par 5 11th after finding the trees and having an unplayable lie really thwarted his chances of contending. Palmer finished with a -2 69 and -11 overall.
The final group was Lee Trevino (-13) and Gary Player(-12). They had a strange start to the round with each matching the other on the opening 6 holes (birdy, bogey, birdy, par, bogey, par). Trevino missed a 4’ par putt on the 2nd then had to play safe after a wayward drive into the trees on the 5th. Player had to settle for birdy on the 1st after missing a 7’ eagle putt and then found those same trees on the 5th. Player dropped to 2 back after finding the trees again on the 7th but Trevino did him a solid by bogeying the 8th. Each birdied the 9th and it was a one shot lead at the turn just as it was when the day began.
The 10th hole proved pivotal as Trevino hit a Wedge from the rough on the short par 4 to 12’ then sank the putt. Player also hit a Wedge from the rough but he only found the sand and failed to get up and down. The lead swelled to 3. Lee parred 11-17 while Player birdied 11 before giving it back with a bogey on 14. Gary parred the remaining holes so Trevino’s bogey on 18 had no effect. Trevino finished with an even par 71 and -13 overall and Player a one over 72 and -11 overall.
Trevino follows up his win at Congressional with a win at Riviera. Impressive, Lee!
Final Leaderboard and earnings:
Lee Trevino -13 (68)(68)(64)(71) $22,000
Gary Player -11 (71)(67)(63)(72) $10,500
Arnold Palmer -11 (65)(71)(68)(69) $10,500
Dave Stockton -8 (68)(70)(71)(67) $5,000
Miller Barber -7 (73)(68)(66)(70) $3,000
Billy Casper -2 (67)(71)(73)(72) $2,000
The tour heads down the road to the venerable Pebble Beach (ASG course) for the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. Lee Trevino will try to make it 3 wins in a row but will have to outduel the returning Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Weiskopf, Hale Irwin, Frank Beard, Tom Shaw (who won the real 1971 event) and Robert Goalby. See you at the 19th hole!
Derek Kraft - Nov 07, 2017 - 01:09 PM
Post subject: 1971 BC (Pebble) 1st rd
Welcome to the 1971 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am at the beautiful [ASG course] Pebble Beach. An interesting first round is in the books. Course conditions played Normal and the Wind was only Moderate, which created ideal scoring opportunities (ASG courses tell you which pin to use in each round).
The winner of the opening 2 events, Lee Trevino, was first out, along with his playing partner Frank Beard. Lee rolled in a 24’ birdie on the 1st and never looked back, going out in an impressive 30. Trevino added 2 more birds on the back, and with no blemishes (the sole player not to record a bogey on the day) finished w/ an awesome 8 under 64. Lee hit 17 out of 18 greens to give himself a plethora of chances. Beard bogeyed the opening hole but righted the ship on 2 and added 2 more red numbers on the front, going out in 34. His flatstick was hot the entire round, as he took only 23 putts and made a 10’ and 13’ putt as well as 7 putts between 6’ and 9’. 2 birdies on the back gave Beard a 4 under 68.
Hale Irwin and Tom Weiskopf were next. Whereas Irwin had 3 birdies on the opening 5 holes and looked primed to shoot a great score, Weiskopf was even par after a bogey and single birdie. Weiskopf then hit a 4I to 5’ on the par 5 6th and sank the putt for eagle, while Irwin took 3 shots to find the green and settled for par. Tom parred the remaining holes on the front while Hale bogeyed 7 and birdied 8 and 9. So Hale was out in 32 and Tom in 34. Weiskopf had 3 birdies and 1 bogey on the back to finish with a 68 (-4). Irwin’s excellent round was lost on the 10th when he drove the ball in the hazard then on his 4th shot w/ a sand wedge found the hazard again. What could be worse than a triple bogey? How about a 3 putt from 5’, which Irwin managed on the par 3 12th (he rolled the dreaded “54” 2x). 2 red numbers coming in offered little solace (though upon reflection left him well on the desired side of the cut line) and Irwin finished at 71 (-1).
Tom Shaw and Jack Nicklaus were the third group out. Shaw birdied the 6th and 9th going out, and also the 16th and 18th coming in, but 5 bogeys, including 3 straight from the 13th through the 15th, and a double on the par 3 5th, did him in. Shaw shot an ugly +3 75. Jack doubled the 4th after struggling w/ a buried lie in the sand and bogeyed the 11th and 18th, but his bad holes were more than offset by 10 birdies. Nicklaus had not one but TWO runs of 4 birdies in a row (5th-8th and 13th-16th)! The Golden Bear was stroking it too, needing only 23 putts and 1-putting each of the first 8 holes. Jack finished with a -6 66.
The final group consisted of the South African Gary Player and the Illinoisan Robert Goalby. I think it would be fair to describe the latter’s round as up and down, with little in between, as Goalby soared to 6 birdies, and plummeted to 7 bogeys PLUS a double, with only 4 pars. Like Irwin, Goalby’s double occurred on the 10th where he found the cliffs twice. Goalby shot a +3 75. Player opened with a pair of birdies then eagled the par 5 6th after hitting a 5W to 6’. Another birdie on the 8th had him thinking he might do something extraordinary but Player then found the cliffs on 2 straight holes, 9 and 10, bogeying each, and missed a 5’ par putt on the 11th. Somehow, Gary overcame those 3 straight bogeys and birdied 13 and 15 and miraculously, eagled 18, after AGAIN hitting his trusty 5W to 5’!!! So Player WAS extraordinary, grabbing 2 eagles in the same round! He finished with a -6 66.
Leaderboard after 1:
Trevino -8 (64)
Nicklaus -6 (66)
Player -6 (66)
Beard -4 (68)
Weiskopf -4 (68)
Irwin -1 (71)
Shaw +3 (75)
Goalby +3 (75)
Derek Kraft - Dec 13, 2017 - 06:12 PM
Post subject: 1971 BC (Pebble) 2nd rd
Round 2 of the 1971 Big Crosby National Pro-Am is complete. The conditions remained the same at Pebble Beach as the mild weather continued (Normal course, Moderate wind). Despite this, the course played tough, as only 3 of the 8 golfers managed to shoot under par. But one of those who shot low really shot low and had the greatest of highlights, a hole in one, earning the coveted year supply of smokes from our good friends at Winston.
Let’s start with the bad, the two guys who missed the cut. Robert Goalby began the day at +3 and needed a good round. He didn’t get it, shooting a 77. What was interesting was how he got there. He birdied 3, 4 and 6, before bogeying 7 and finishing the front nine in a -2 34 (+1 overall), giving himself a chance. He found the cliffs off the tee on 10, doubling the hole, and the wheels came off as he bogeyed 4 more holes on the back plus doubling 16 after driving into the trees and missing a 3’ putt (rolling the dreaded 54). Goalby shot a 43 on the back.
Hale Irwin woke up at -1, confident he could shoot a good round and play the weekend. Not so fast, Hale! A bogey on 1, 2 more front side bogies and a double on 4 were too much, even with 2 birdies. The back nine was similar as he too drove into the hazard, doubling 10. Hale shot 39s on each side.
Tom Shaw began the day over the cut line at +3 but rectified that on the opening holes, scoring on each of the first 6 holes, including an eagle on the short par 5 2nd. He bogeyed 8 and birdied 9 to finish the front in 29 strokes. He struggled on the back, hitting the lip in bunkers on BOTH 14 and 16, but still finished with a more than respectable 67, moving him to -2 overall.
Tom Weiskopf played some great iron shots, hitting to 2’ from 125 yards on 3, 4’ from 30 yards in the rough on 5, 2’ from 95 yards on 7 and 4’ from 165 yards on 18. But he double 9 after finding the hazard on his 7-iron 2nd shot, and finished with a 73, putting him -3 overall.
Jack Nicklaus was only 2 shots back to begin the day but never really got going on Friday. He had 3 birdies and 4 bogeys, hit into the cliffs on both the 10th and the 18th, and had 29 putts for the round. He shot a 73 and found himself at -5 for the tournament.
Like Jack, Gary Player began the day at -6. He made 7’ and 8’ birdie putts on the 1st and 2nd, and looked to be on his way to a stellar round. Alas, it was not to be. He parred the rest of the front then had 2 birdies and 2 bogeys on the back, finishing with a 70.
It was a strange round for the 1st round leader (and winner of the first 2 tournaments of the season) Lee Trevino. He birdied the easy 2nd before bogeying the next 2 holes, finding the hazard off the tee on the 4th. He then birdied three straight, parred the 8th and bogeyed the 9th after again finding the hazard, this time with a 6-iron approach. He parred 10-16, bogeyed 17 and looked like he was about to give another stroke back after hitting a 3-wood 2nd shot into the trees. He ended up having to play safe then hit a so-so wedge that still wasn’t on the putting surface. Nevertheless he grabbed his putter and salvaged par from the fringe. Lee shot an even par 72.
The round of the day, and really the round of this young season (sure, Player shot a 63 in LA), was shot by the unlikeliest of suspects, Frank Beard, who began the day at 4 under. Frank began his assault on the 2nd with a 5-wood from 230 yards that settled 2’ from the cup. He tapped that in, parred 3, then birdied 4, 5 and 6. The 4th was especially interesting as he hit a poor Sand Wedge (you could see him stomping his foot in disgust after the swing) but he caught a gust of wind that brought his ball back and ended up only 6’ from the pin. The 95 yard 7th though was where the magic really happened. He threw a Wedge straight up in the air, the wind moved it 5 yards left and dead on the pin. One bounce and GULP, the hole swallowed the ball, the crowd cheered and Frank Beard had an ace and a year’s supply of the world’s finest cigarettes, Winston. He parred the remaining holes on the front (matching Shaw’s 29) then had 2 birdies and a bogey on the back, finishing with a 64 and moving not only into first place but four shots clear. Breathtaking!
Leaderboard after Friday:
Beard -12 (68)(64)
Player -8 (66)(70)
Trevino -8 (64)(72)
Nicklaus -5 (66)(73)
Weiskopf -3 (68)(73)
Shaw -2 (75)(67)
Irwin +5 (71)(78)
Goalby +8 (75)(77)
Derek Kraft - Dec 28, 2017 - 03:21 PM
Post subject: rd 3 1971 BC (Pebble)
Perhaps the most interesting fact about Moving Day at the 1971 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am is that, for the 3rd day in a row, the wind was only Moderate (there is only a 1/6th chance each round of getting Moderate winds with 5/6ths Blustery). Paired with Normal course conditions, scoring was possible, but only 2 of the 6 players who survived the cut managed to shoot in the 60s.
Tom Shaw began the day at -2 and had a decent -1 round going when he doubled the tough par 3 17th (missing the green, hitting a poor Wedge, then missing a 3' bogey putt when he rolled the dreaded "54"). He then was forced to play safe after driving into the trees on the 18th and bogeyed, finishing with a 74.
Tom Weiskopf began at 3 under and was at the same number after 9 holes. He missed a 3' putt on 10 to drop a shot, made a short putt off the green on 11 to birdie, then hit a great 4-Iron on the par 3 12th and sank an 8' putt. Tom missed the green on 13 then chipped to 6', but missed the putt. Weiskopf bounced back with a birdie on 14 after after sticking a Wedge to 2'. He then birdied 15 and hit a 5-Wood 2nd to 16' on the difficult 18th, birdying again. Weiskopf shot a fine 69.
Jack Nicklaus shot the round of the day, a magical 65 after beginning the day at -5. He opened with 4 straight birdies, including a putt off the green from 22' on the 3rd. He added another red number after hitting a 6-Iron from 195 yards to 3' on the 8th. Jack chipped in from 10 yards on the 12th and grabbed another birdy on the par 5 14th after laying up then sticking a Wedge to 5'. The Golden Bear had chances to go even lower but missed a 5' putt on 13, a 9' putt on 16 and a 7' putt on 18. At the end though his card was unblemished and he was in perfect position to challenge on Sunday.
Lee Trevino (-8 after 2 rds) played with Jack and matched him on the opening 3 holes, birdying each. He bogeyed the par 3 5th after missing the green but got the shot back after hitting a 9-Iron to 5' on the 8th. After another birdie on 11 Lee was sitting pretty, but he struggled coming home, bogeying 3 of the final 4 holes, including the 18hth, where he shockingly missed a 3' putt. Trevino finished with a 71.
Gary Player began the day 4 shots back of the leader, like Lee, but dug himself into a hole after bogeying the 1st and 3rd. He got one back after hitting a 5-Iron to 6' on the par 3 5th, then eagled after hitting a magnificent 3-Wood second to 6' on the par 5 6th. He birdied 9 and was -2 for the round at the turn. He experienced neither the highs nor the lows on the back as he parred every hole, finishing with a 70.
Frank Beard was the overnight leader at -12 after shooting a 64 on Friday. Beard made a pair of par putts from 10' and even one from 24' on the front, and had to feel lucky going out in -1 after a birdie on the 6th. Beard hit a great knockdown 6-Iron on the 10th, which led to a birdie, before bogeying 11 and 12 (missed both greens, hit a bad chip on 11 and missed from 7' on 12). Beard bounced back by using his short stick to make birdies from 12' and 11' on the 13th and 14th respectively. He parred the rest of the way and finished with a 70.
With 4 players within 5 shots of the lead things are shaping up for a compelling finish.
Leaderboard after Saturday
Beard -14 (68)(64)(70)
Nicklaus -12 (66)(73)(65)
Player -10 (66)(70)(70)
Trevino -9 (64)(72)(71)
Weiskopf -6 (68)(73)(69)
Shaw E (75)(67)(74)
vwm85341 - Dec 29, 2017 - 05:54 AM
I thoroughly enjoyed your recap of your tourney and look forward to reading the Sunday recap as well.
APBA golf is a pretty good game that I think is underrated. I have several seasons myself and enjoy playing, especially the greats from different eras against each other.
Looking forward to Sundays final day!
Derek Kraft - Jan 07, 2018 - 10:49 PM
I thoroughly enjoyed your recap of your tourney and look forward to reading the Sunday recap as well.
APBA golf is a pretty good game that I think is underrated. I have several seasons myself and enjoy playing, especially the greats from different eras against each other.
Looking forward to Sundays final day!
I appreciate it, thanks! I am just about finished up with the final round and it is going to be a tight finish. BUT, I joined a group on Facebook called The TGA Tour. We each draft one or two players and play 6 tournaments over the next few months. Each tourney takes 2 weeks then a week off before the next one. Anyways, the first two rounds were due today and I got busy with work this week so couldn't start playing until Fri evening. I will finish the final round of the 1971 Bing Crosby this or next week and post results. But then I will take a little sabbatical from the 1971 tour and focus on the TGA Tour. Check it out on the FB page if you are interested. Or if you want to join!!! I ended up with the 1st pick in the draft and took Tiger and my second round pick was the 1971 Lee Trevino. Thanks again!
Derek Kraft - Jan 12, 2018 - 09:52 AM
Post subject: Pebble Beach final round
It was a Blustery Sunday afternoon at Pebble Beach, after 3 days of Moderate winds. The course played Soft after overnight rain. Frank Beard got out of bed after a sleepless night as the leader, closely followed by Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and 2-time 1971 tour winner Lee Trevino.
Tom Weiskopf and Tom Shaw were first out and, beginning the day 8 and 14 shots back respectively, were just trying to finish on a high note. Shaw birdied 2 and 3 and was optimistic but his round came apart on the 8th when he hit a 3-iron 2nd into the hazard and then found a buried lie in the sand with a wedge. He tripled that and finished with a +3 75.
Weiskopf had a wild ride, with 3 bogeys and 5 birdies in the opening 8 holes, finally scoring his first par on the 9th. After birdying 10 and 12, he had himself to -10 and had to be thinking, “if I could just post a number…” Alas, he failed to find the green with a 9-iron on the next and missed an 11’ par putt. But he did birdie one more coming in and finished with a very solid 68, putting him at -10 overall.
Lee Trevino had 5 birdies in the final round but never was able to mount a challenge. He bogeyed the 4th after sailing a wedge over the green into the canyon, doubled the 10th after driving into the hazard, bogeyed the par 5 14th after the wind took his wedge, and bogeyed 15 after 3-putting from 25’. He finished with a 72 final round and -9 overall.
Gary Player got off to an auspicious start with a bogey on the 1st then failed to make it up when he rolled a dreaded “54” on a 5’ birdie putt on the following hole. A great 4-iron on the difficult par 3 5th and an accurate chip on the par 5 6th led to birdies. Player then birdied the turn when he stuck a 5-iron on the 9th and made an 11’ putt on the 10th. At that point he was -13 and very much in contention.
The final pairing was Jack Nicklaus (-12) and the leader Frank Beard (-14). Both birdied the par 5 2nd but after Beard bogeyed the 3rd and 4th, and Jack had a par and birdie, it was the Golden Bear who found himself atop the leaderboard. Nicklaus then hit a 5-iron off the tee to 7’ on the 5th. Beard steadied himself and proceeded to plop a 4-iron 10’ from the cup. Both birdied. On the par 5 6th, Jack had to settle for par after 3-putting from 51’. Beard missed the green with his second but chipped in close and tapped in for birdie, drawing even with Nicklaus. Jack parred the rest of the front while Frank birdied 8, momentarily taking the lead, then bogeying 9 to fall back into a tie. Both players made the turn at -15.
Jack parred the 10th through the 13th, while Beard bogeyed the 10th and parred the following 3 holes. Player parred 11 through 13. So after 13 it was Nicklaus -15, Beard -14 and Player -13. On the par 5 14th Player went for the green, missed, but then stuck a wedge and got the bird. Beard laid up but found the trees, though he was able to salvage par. Nicklaus went for it, missed into the trees, then caught a limb on his third, leading to a bogey. We had a three-way tie at -14 after 14!
The par 4 15th proved pivotal. Both Player and Beard missed the green, chipped close and tapped in. Jack’s drive left him 120 yards from the pin. Without consulting his caddy or anyone else save perhaps the golf Gods, Nicklaus selected a gap wedge, checked the wind (none), swung, hit the ball 125 yards directly past the pin and watched the ball spin back 5 yards into the cup for a hole-out eagle (rolled double 6s) to take a 2-shot lead into the final 3 holes!!!
On the par 4 16th, Player knocked a wedge to 4’ and tapped in for a birdie, moving within a shot to -15. Beard failed to find the green with a 9-iron then couldn’t get up and down and bogeyed, falling to -13. Jack played conservative, finding the fairway with a 5-wood. He then inexplicably hooked a 7-iron into the trees, where his lie forced him to play safe. Jack dropped a shot and into a tie with Player. Hmmm…
On the long and difficult par 3 17th, Gary Player hit a poor 5-wood made worse by a strong crosswind (+20) and found himself out of bounds. Minutes later he recorded a double bogey 5. Nicklaus and Beard both parred (both used bounceback points DESPITE the fact that neither’s tee shot would find the green – that is how tough 17 played!).
So stepping up to 18 Player was -13, Beard was -13 and Nicklaus -15. Gary knew he needed to score and hit a nice drive then a beautiful but risky 3-wood to 24’. He struck the putt too hard and slid 6’ past, then missed the comebacker and had to settle for par and a 69 final round score.
Beard found a fairway bunker off the tee and Jack the fairway itself. After Beard laid up, and knowing he had a 2-stroke lead, Nicklaus also played it short. Each hit a wedge into the green with Jack 12’ from the pin and Beard ’16. After allowing Beard to find only 6 fairways and 5 greens all day, the golf Gods had enough and he sank his putt for birdie, finishing with an even par 72. Jack 2-putted for a 1-stroke victory and a 69 final round. Congrats to the Golden Bear!
Final leaderboard and earnings:
Jack Nicklaus -15 (66)(73)(65)(69) $27,000
Frank Beard -14 (68)(64)(70)(72) $15,000 + year’s supply of Winston cigarettes for his hole-in-one
Gary Player -13 (66)(70)(70)(69) $8,000
Tom Weiskopf -10 (68)(73)(69)(68) $4,000
Lee Trevino -9 (64)(72)(71)(72) $2,000
Tom Shaw +3 (75)(67)(74)(75) $1,000
Next up is the Hawaiian Open at the beautiful Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. All 4 members of the Big 4, including the returning Arnold Palmer, will compete. None of them want to miss a trip to the islands! Again, I will be taking a break to play the TGA Tour (check it out on Facebook!) but will recommence the 1971 PGA Tour in the spring.
Derek Kraft - Jun 07, 2018 - 09:10 PM
Post subject: 1971 Hawaiian Open
Aloha! The tour returns and we are at the beautiful Waialae Country Club for the Hawaiian Open. All 4 members of the big 4 have made the trip to Oahu. They are joined by Jerry Heard, Bruce Crampton, George Archer and Tom Shaw. Blustery winds are plaguing the picturesque course on round 1, and scorecards are reflecting the difficult conditions. Scores to be posted soon.
Derek Kraft - Jun 11, 2018 - 01:07 PM
Post subject: 1971 Hawaiian Open - round 1
Blustery winds, well-defended greens and tricky doglegs made Waialae Country Club a formidable challenge in round 1 of the Hawaiian Open. And while Hawaii may be paradise, it would take more than a set of dashboard lights for the players to see it. Only 2 of the elite 8-man field broke par on Thursday.
Jack Nicklaus, the winner at Pebble, and Jerry Heard were the first twosome on the course. The Golden Bear failed to hit a single green in his opening 4 holes, but scrambled successfully on each. The Golf Gods smiled on Jack on both the 5th and 6th holes, where he sank consecutive long-distance birdie putts (a 30’er on 5 and a 24’er on 6). A thunderous drive on the par 5 9th and an accurate 4 iron led to a 2-putt birdie. A shank and strong wind caused Jack’s only bogey of the day on the par 3 11th. But he stuck a 9 iron on the 14th and birdied and hit a 5 iron to 8’ and made the putt on the 17th. Nicklaus was the beneficiary of another minor miracle, the making of a 22’ par putt on the 15th. Nicklaus shot the round of the day, a -4 66.
Heard hit a beautiful 5 iron approach on the 3rd but a strong gust of wind blew it offline and he bogeyed the hole. He birdied the 6th after hitting a 5 iron close out of the sand and chipped in from 10 yards on the 8th for another red number. He bogeyed the 9th after a 30-yard wind took his drive out of bounds. Heard bogeyed 3 holes on the back, including both par 3s (on the 11th he missed a 5’ putt and on the 17th he needed 2 strokes to get out of the bunker) and birdied 1 (hitting a nice 7 iron on the 16th and sinking a 9’ putt). Heard finished with a +2 72.
The next pairing was Lee Trevino, who won at both DC and LA, and Bruce Crampton. Trevino had the most interesting round of the day. He hit the most greens BY FAR (13, Jack was next with 9) but needed the most putts (30). He found the sand on his approach on the 1st and couldn’t get anywhere near the hole w/ a buried lie, leading to a bogey. He tossed a dart from 160 yards w/ a 7 iron on the 2nd, kicking in from 3’ then sank a 13’ birdie on the 3rd. Trevino proceeded to settle in for 6 straight pars, with 5 of the 6 being 2-putts originating from 20-29’. The backside is where things got really interesting as Trevino managed exactly ONE PAR. He birdied 10 (stuck a wedge), 12 (13’ putt), 16 (hit a 5 iron to 3’) and 18 (12’ putt), and bogeyed 11 (short-sided), 14 (wind took his 2nd shot), 15 (3-putt) and 17 (rolled the dreaded “54” on an 8’ putt). Lee finished with a 69, 1 under.
The day did not go well for Bruce Crampton. A poor lie in the rough led to a bogey on the 1st. A great 8 iron on the 3rd was ruined by a strong gust of wind, leading to another bogey. Bruce drove out of bounds on the 5th (double) and got another poor lie on his 2nd on the 6th (bogey). He birdied the par 5 9th and par 3 11th but bogeyed 10 (missed a 6’ par putt) and 14 (trees, 4 shots to reach green). He then doubled the 15th after driving into the trees and finding no way of playing the ball forward. A birdie on 16 provided little comfort for a poor round. Bruce shot a +6 76 and was last seen staring off into the sunset and clutching a Mai Tai.
Arnold Palmer and George Archer were next out. You can’t help but say after witnessing their rounds that it was a lesson in handling adversity. Palmer bogeyed the 1st, 4th, 6th and 7th, and Archer opened bogey, bogey, double. After 7 holes each man was +4. The King then hit a 7 iron to 3’ on 8, sank a 48’ monster on the 9th, hit a wedge to 6’ on 10 and made the putt, and hit a 4 iron to 9’ and made the putt on 11. Palmer got back to even after the 11th! Archer bogeyed 8, birdied the par 5 9th (hitting a perfect 2 iron from the rough, but missing the 6’ eagle putt), bogeyed the 11th and doubled the 12th after 3-putting from 10’!!! A bogey, another double and a birdie gave Archer a +9 79, the worst round of the day. Not even a cold Mai Tai and the good company of Bruce Crampton could comfort Archer. Arnold ran into a bad lie on the 15th and a strong wing on the 16, and bogeyed each, but he did get one back on the par 5 18th when he found the green in 2. Palmer shot a very respectable +1 71.
The final group was Tom Shaw and Gary Player. Both men had excellent front 9s, making 3 birdies and only 1 bogey, and each made a long birdie putt on the par 3 4th (Shaw from 44’ and Player from 27’). The wheels came off on the back 9 for Shaw as he shot a 41 with 4 bogeys and a double. He finished at +4 74. Like Trevino, Player made only 1 par on the back, but his 3 birdies were not quite enough to offset the 5 bogeys. Player was the only golfer to bogey the par 5 finishing hole. Nevertheless, Gary ended up with an even par 70.
Scoreboard after round 1
Nicklaus -4 (66)
Trevino -1 (69)
Player E (70)
Palmer +1 (71)
Heard +2 (72)
Shaw +4 (74)
Crampton +6 (76)
Archer +9 (79)
Derek Kraft - Jun 28, 2018 - 01:22 PM
Post subject: Hawaiian Open rd 2
Round 2 of the Hawaiian Open at the lush Waialae Country Club is in the books. 4 men (as opposed to only 2 on day 1) shot under par and they were certainly helped by the wind calming down (from Blustery on day 1 to Moderate on day 2).
George Archer followed up his miserable opening round 79 with a 77. There wasn’t a red number to be found on his card. He clearly had given up at the end as he bogeyed each of the final 4 holes. It should be noted that George 3-putted 3 holes and needed a whopping 35 strokes on the green alone! Archer finished at +16.
Tom Shaw was +4 after his first round and matched it on the front on Friday as he bogeyed 1, 2, 4 and 5 with nary a birdie. He birdied 10 and 11 after hitting a wedge to 5’ and a gorgeous 4 iron to 4’. A double bogey on the par 4 13th stopped that momentum as he encountered a buried lie in the sand and struggled on the green. 3 more bogeys coming home gave Tom a 77 of his own and left him at +11 overall.
Bruce Crampton shot an opening round 76 and after bogeys on the 2nd and 5th on Friday was near the cut line. He then hit a 7 iron to 6’ and made the putt on the 7th, knocked a 5 iron close on the 8th and sank the birdie, holed out from the greenside bunker for EAGLE on the par 5 9th and stuck a wedge and made the putt on the 10th. He birdied 2 more and bogeyed 2 coming in, giving him the round of the day at 67 and leaving him +3 for the tourney, nowhere near the cut line.
Jerry Heard began the day at +2 and struggled with his game but managed to hold on. He was deep in the trees on the 5th and shanked a 3 iron from the rough on the 6th, but a couple of birdies helped to salvage his front 9. He found the trees on the 14th then missed the green with a chip, leading to a double, but he parried his way home and finished with a 74 and +6 overall.
So it was Archer and Shaw who would miss the weekend. Don’t feel too bad for them as Hawaii is not a bad place to spend a few days with nothing to do.
That brings us to the guys who are thinking about winning this tournament, though to be sure 3 of them have some work to do on Saturday or need the 4th to falter.
Gary Player overcame a double bogey to follow up his opening round 70 with a -2 68. He salvaged par from a buried lie in the sand on 1, hit a 7 iron to 4’ and made the birdie putt on 2, bogeyed the 3rd but had to feel a little fortunate after just missing driving into the drink and doubled the 5th after finding himself short-sided and needing 3 putts from 32’. But he got 2 back and finished the front at even par after knocking a 6-iron to 3’ and tapping in on the par 3 7th and birdying the par 5 9th after finding the green with his 2nd shot. Gary parred 10 through 16 then hit a 5 iron to 5’ on the 17th and made a short putt from the fringe on the 18th. Player finished the day at -2 for his round and the tournament.
Lee Trevino was looking forward to the day after shooting a 69 on Thursday. Plus, he’s an optimistic guy anyways. A 17’ birdie make at the 1st had him smiling. He gave it back on the 5th after driving out of bounds. He found the green in 2 on the par 5 9th and made his short birdie putt to put him at -1 for the day and -2 overall. Excellent iron play gave him birdies at 10 and 12 and had him challenging for the lead at -4 but bogeys at 13, 14 AND 15 (including missed par putts from 6’ and 7’) pushed him back. Lee finished with a 70 and ended the day where he began it at -1.
Arnold Palmer had to be feeling déjà vu after bogeying the opening 3 holes of his round (he was +4 on Thur after 7 holes). But just like in round 1, the King bounced back, birdying 4 of the next 6 holes and going out in 35, even par for the round. He birdied 14 and 15 with putts from 12’ and 10’, but gave a shot back when he missed a 5’ putt (rolled a “54”) on 17. Overall though, a 69 left him at even for the tournament and certainly earned him his namesake beverage, maybe one with a jigger of the hard stuff.
Jack Nicklaus was the overnight leader, having shot an opening round 66. He missed a 5’ birdie putt here at the 3rd, which must have irked him as he then missed the green and needed 2 putts for bogey on the par 3 4th. Jack found some magic in his short stick near the turn. He drained a bomb from 43’ for a birdie on 8 (rolling a “66”). He then found the green w/ a 4 iron on his 2nd shot on the par 5 9th and almost made the 44’ eagle putt, settling for a tap in birdie. On the 10th his wedge settled 25’ from the cup but he confidently rolled the birdie putt in (rolling an “11” this time). He dropped a shot on the 14th but his putter saved him repeatedly as he sank par putts of 10’ on the 13th, 8’ on the 15th, 7’ on the 16th and 11’ on the 17th. He hit driver and 5 wood on the par 5 finishing hole and nestled his long eagle putt close to the hole for another birdie. The Golden Bear shot a 2 under 68 to move him to -6 overall and 4 shots clear.
Scoreboard after round 2
Nicklaus -6 (66)(68)
Player -2 (70)(68)
Trevino -1 (69)(70)
Palmer E (71)(69)
Crampton +3 (76)(67)
Heard +6 (72)(74)
Shaw +11 (74)(77)
Archer +16 (79)(77)
Derek Kraft - Jul 13, 2018 - 12:58 PM
Post subject: 1971 Hawaiian Open - round 3
Moving day at the Hawaiian Open saw a player at the bottom of the leaderboard shoot a great score and the leaders make it a 2-horse race. The hot weather dried out the course, which made it play shorter (+20 Fairway), but also made it difficult to get the ball close to the pin (+10 Green). When the Moderate wind kicked up Waialae was anything but paradise.
Jerry Heard (+6) and Bruce Crampton (+3) were first out. Crampton hit the most fairways (9) and Heard the most greens (11), but really there is only 1 statistic that matters, and that is the score. Crampton struggled to a +4 74, the worst round of the day. He got off to an atrocious start, bogeying 4 of the opening 6 holes (and birdying 1). He got a bit unlucky, having to play out of poor lies in the sand on 1 and 5 and a buried lie on 4. His birdie came with the putter from the fringe, 12’ away from the cup. He will be ruing missed 8’ and 9’ birdie putts on the 8th and 9th. Crampton birdied 10 and 11 then missed makeable putts on 12 through 14. 2 more bogeys coming in left Crampton with a disappointing 74.
Heard shot the round of the day, a 65, birdying 8 holes and bogeying 3. Highlights included a hole out from a poor lie in a greenside bunker on the 5th, excellent putting from midrange on the front 9 (11’ birdie on 2, 11’ par on 4, 14’ par on 6 and 13’ birdie on 8), a 6 iron to 2’ on 11 and a chip in from 15 yards on 13. That doesn’t even account for birdies on 17 and 18. Great round for Jerry!
Lee Trevino (-1) and Arnold Palmer (E) came into the day hoping to get themselves in contention, but instead shot pedestrian rounds that left them with little chance on Sunday. Palmer continued his tradition of struggling on the opening holes, bogeying the 1st and 5th and doubling the 3rd. The double bogey was especially painful as he found the fairway with a 3 wood then put a pitching wedge into the water. He hit his driver on the 6th and just missed the bunker, then caught a good bounce and rolled another 50 yards down the fairway. This time his pitching wedge did not let him down, leaving him with a 3’ birdie. He hit a so-so 7 iron on the par 3 7th but then sank a bomb from 36’. From there Arnie managed 1 birdie and 1 bogey, but will be thinking about missed birdie putts on the par 3s on the back (8’ on 11 and 6’ on 17). Palmer hit only 4 fairways, the least of any player, and finished with a +2 72.
Trevino bogeyed 2 holes on the front, the 1st after having a poor lie in the sand and the 6th after hitting an 8 iron in the trees. He birdied the 3rd after a pinpoint 9 iron and the par 5 9th after rolling a 5-iron onto the green and 2-putting from 23’. He continued the up and down play on the back. He birdied the par 3 11th after hitting a 6 iron to 12’. But he followed it up w/ a 3-putt bogey. He bogeyed the 14th then hit a poor chip from 10 yards on the 17th, bogeying again. A nice 3 wood 2nd on 18 put him on the green and he 2-putted for a birdie. Surprisingly for such a good putter, Lee needed the most strokes on the green, 30. He shot a +1 71.
The final group consisted of Gary Player (-2) and Jack Nicklaus (-6). The Golden Bear’s 4-shot lead was halved after he bogeyed the difficult 1st (only Player and Heard didn’t) and the South African birdied the 2nd. And after Player sank a 27’ birdie on the par 3 4th, the lead was 1 and IT WAS ON. On the par 4 6th Jack hit his 6 iron to 5’ while Gary missed the green with a 7 iron. Nicklaus sank the birdie putt and Player failed to get up and down, missing a 5’ par putt. On the 8th, both men found the green but Player made his 6’ birdie while Nicklaus needed 3 strokes from 18’. Each man birdied 9, 10 and 12 while parring 11, 13, 14 and 15. On the par 4 16th, Jack found himself with a buried lie in the greenside bunker but hit a great sand wedge to 7’ and made the putt. Player missed the 16th green with his 8 iron approach then failed to get up and down, falling 2 strokes back. Both men parred the closing holes but Player had to feel let down after missing birdie putts from 4’ and 6’! Player finished with a 66 and Nicklaus a 68.
Scoreboard after round 3
Nicklaus -8 (66)(68)(68)
Player -6 (70)(68)(66)
Trevino E (69)(70)(71)
Heard +1 (72)(74)(65)
Palmer +2 (71)(69)(72)
Crampton +7 (76)(67)(74)
Derek Kraft - Jul 25, 2018 - 11:11 AM
Post subject: 1971 Hawaiian Open - round 4
The sun rose on Sunday at the Waialae Country Club in Oahu and it was breathtaking. Those who stuck around for the afternoon were treated to perhaps the best finish to this young season as the final group battled for supremacy in paradise. The course played Normal and the wind was Moderate.
Bruce Crampton began the day at +7, 15 shots back. It took him only 7 holes to reach +7 for the round, as he bogeyed 1, 6, 7, and 8 and tripled the 3rd, finding the water twice on the par 4. Bruce managed to birdie the 2 par 5s, but another pair of bogeys and a double left him with a 79 and +16 overall.
Arnold Palmer began the day at +2 and went backwards on the front, shooting a 37. A loose 7 iron and poor chip led to bogey on the 2nd and a buried lie in the fairway bunker led to another on the 6th. The highlight of the day was a 4 iron hit to 2’ on the par 3 11th, but 4 bogeys on the back, including 13 through 15, left Palmer with a 75 and +7 for the tournament.
Taking a birds-eye view, Jerry Heard had a good day. He woke up on Sunday morning at +1 and went out and shot a perfectly respectable 71. But that doesn’t begin to tell the half of it. He doubled the 2nd after driving into the drink, birdied 3 holes on the front and bogeyed 3 holes, including the 7th and 8th where he missed par putts of 5’ and 8’ respectively. On the par 4 10th Heard had 90 yards to the pin, took dead aim with a wedge, stuck it, and the ball rolled into the cup for eagle. He missed the green on the par 4 12th but then chipped in from 10 yards. Trees, an under the lip sand lie and 3 putts gave him a double bogey on the 15th. And then he missed a 10’ par putt on the 16th but made a 10’ birdie putt on the 18th. Jerry finished at 2 over.
Lee Trevino won the 1st 2 tournaments of the season and began the day at even par, 8 shots back of the leader Jack Nicklaus, the winner of the 3rd event. He needed to get off to a good start to have the slightest of chances. He didn’t. He short-sided himself on the 1st then failed to get up and down and drove into the water on the 2nd, making a 40’ putt for bogey. He did manage a few birdies on the front and made the turn at E. On the 12th hole, just after playing partner Jerry Heard chipped in, Trevino trickled in a chip from 10 yards. Lee was short-sided again on the 13th and couldn’t et up and down, then sank a 14’ birdie putt on the 16th. Trevino shot a 69, the best round of the day, and finished at -1.
Which brings us to the main characters in the play – Jack Nicklaus (-8 to start the day) and Gary Player (-6). Each man took his road, but after 9 holes they were still separated by 2 strokes. Jack birdied 3 holes, including the opener and the par 3 7th, and bogeyed 4 holes, including the par 5 9th. Player bogeyed 4 and 6 but birdied the par 5 9th for a 2-shot swing. Nicklaus drove out of the bounds on the 10th and bogeyed, momentarily moving Player to within one, but a birdie on the subsequent allowed Jack to regain his 2-stroke lead. On the 13th, both men missed the green, but Nicklaus was able to get up and down, sinking a 12’ par putt, while the short-sided Player was not, settling for a tap-in bogey. Both played the 14th excellently and each walked away with a birdie.
So coming down the stretch Nicklaus led by 3 strokes. The par 4 15th proved key. Nicklaus sprayed a pitching wedge then missed an 8’ par putt. Player hit his wedge to 7’ and rolled in the birdie putt, putting him only 1 behind. The 16th was uneventful with each man hitting the green and 2-putting for par. Both men felt the pressure on the difficult par 3 17th as each pushed his shot to the right. Player had a poor lie in the bunker and needed a chip to find the green, sinking a 7’ bogey putt. Nicklaus flopped a wedge to 13’ but couldn’t save par either.
Nicklaus let by 1 on the 18th tee. Player drove the ball straight and 295 yards down the fairway. Nicklaus hit it long but wild, finding the right rough. Player hit his 3 wood a little too well and went over the green. Jack hit a 5 wood short and landed in the bunker. Player chipped to 14’ of the pin. Relief could be read on the Golden Bear’s face as he saw that his lie was perfect (-50%) and he hit out of the trap to 4’. The South African made his putt, moving him to -6 and a tie for the lead, but all Jack needed was to make a 4’ putt. He rolled a “54” (the WORST roll for a putt) and MISSED! Frustration was now the predominant feature on Jack’s face, but he tapped in to send it to sudden death.
Golf carts transported Player and Nicklaus back to the 17th. Player hit a 4 iron to 23’. Nicklaus sprayed his 5 iron bad and found himself with a difficult lie. Nicklaus chipped to 30’ then came up way short on his putt. Player had 2 putts to win and he lagged to 2’ and tapped in for the victory. Gary Player is the champion of the 1971 Hawaiian Open!
Final scores and prize money
Player -6 (70)(68)(66)(70)($40,000)
Nicklaus -6 (66)(68)(68)(72)($17,000)
Trevino -1 (69)(70)(71)(69)($10,000)
Heard +2 (72)(74)(65)(71)($6,000)
Palmer +7 (71)(69)(72)(75)($4,000)
Crampton +16 (76)(67)(74)(79)($2,000)
Derek Kraft - Jul 25, 2018 - 11:12 AM
Post subject: money list
The 1971 PGA Tour season is ¼ over. With his victory in Hawaii, Gary Player joined Lee Trevino and Jack Nicklaus as winners on the tour. We have 2 events left before the first major, the Masters. First is the Doral-Eastern Open Invitational, played on the Blue Monster course at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Doral, Florida (ASG course). The field includes Nicklaus, Player, Arnold Palmer, JC Snead, Miller Barber, Dave Eichelberger, Billy Casper and Labron Harris, Jr. Second is the Florida Citrus Invitational, played at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Bay Hill, Florida (APBA course). The field there includes Trevino, Nicklaus, Palmer, Frank Beard, Hale Irwin, Tom Weiskopf, Bruce Crampton and DeWitt Weaver.
The Money List
Gary Player $63,000
Lee Trevino $59,000
Jack Nicklaus $56,500
Frank Beard $15,000 (plus a year’s supply of smokes)
Arnold Palmer $14,500
Jerry Heard $6,000
Dave Stockton $5,000
Gene Littler $4,500
Tom Weiskopf $4,000
Miller Barber $3,000
Billy Casper $2,000
Bruce Crampton $2,000
Johnny Miller $1,500
George Archer $1,000
Tom Shaw $1,000
Derek Kraft - Aug 16, 2018 - 03:07 PM
Post subject: Doral-Eastern Open Invitational Round 1
Welcome to the 1971 Doral-Eastern Open Invitational, the first stop on the Tour’s Southern Swing. The course is the Blue Monster at Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Doral, Florida. Conditions were ideal as the course played Normal and the wind was Calm. Thank you to our sponsor Eastern Airlines who has offered a pair of round trip tickets to anywhere that Eastern flies in the continental United States to any player who makes an eagle (limit 1 prize per golfer). With Jack Nicklaus, the winner at Pebble Beach, and Gary Player, the winner at last week’s Hawaiian Open, in the field, this should be an exciting tournament.
Nicklaus and Labron Harris were the first group out. Harris struggled on the front with 4 bogeys and a double on the par 3 4th after finding the water off the tee. Harris was on pace for a score in the 80s after bogeying the 10th, but he birdied the 11th in a most unconventional fashion. His tee shot found a poor lie in a fairway bunker. He duffed his 4 iron, moving only 5 yards forward AND remaining in the sand. For his third shot he used the same club, this time to better effect, holing the shot from 190 yards! Labron steadied himself with some pars, then birdied the 17th and the difficult 18th, hitting a 5 wood second shot to 11’ and making the putt on the final hole. Harris finished with a respectable +3 75.
Nicklaus birdied the 2nd after sticking an 8 iron but like his playing partner, he found the water off the tee on the par 3 4th. Unlike Harris, he ended up tripling the hole after hitting his third into the greenside bunker and failing to get up and down. Birdies on the closing holes on the front left Jack even at the turn. He needed 4 shots to find the green on the long par 5 10th and missed an 11’ par putt. A 6 iron second on the 11th left him with only 7’ and he drained the birdie putt. He also birdied the par 5 12th despite laying up. He hit another bunker on the 17th and found himself under the lip. He couldn’t get up and down from there and bogeyed. Nicklaus finished with an even par 72. The Golden Bear couldn’t have been pleased overall but he must take some solace in his putting stroke as he needed only 24 strokes with the short stick, the fewest by any player.
Miller Barber and Billy Casper were next out. Boy, the 1st hole is so long that even a big 315-yard drive like Barbers wasn’t enough for him to go for the green on his second. A nice 3 iron layup and wedge to 3’ still resulted in a birdie. He gave it back after finding the rough off the tee on the 2nd and a trap with his approach. That same formula (rough + trap) resulted in another bogey on the 5th. Barber missed the green on the 7th and dropped another shot when he couldn’t’ convert from 11’. It was more of the same on the back with 2 bogeys as Miller found the water off the tee on the 10th and missed the green on the long par 3 13th. An excellent 4 iron approach and 5’ birdie on the last will have taken some of the sting out of the round. Barber finished with a +3 75. He is going to need to hit more than 5 fairways if he wants to make the cut.
A drive into the trees and poor chip led to a bogey on the 2nd for Casper. But then he got hot and made 3 birdies on the front. He hit a 3 iron to 8’ on the par 3 4th. His drive landed in a fairway bunker on the 5th but an excellent 7 iron, and helpful wind, left him with a tap-in. And he found the green with a 3 wood second on the accessible par 5 8th. Casper made the turn at 2 under. The backside wasn’t as friendly. He bogeyed the par 5 12th after 3-putting from 28’ (rolling the dreaded “54” on his second putt). He couldn’t get up and down after missing the green on the long par 3 13th. Then on the short par 3 15th he missed the green wide right with only an 8 iron and hit a poor chip. He birdied the short par 4 16th after hitting a 3 wood off the tee and an excellent wedge approach. He had clearance issues on the 18th, was forced to lay up and couldn’t get up and down. Casper was 3 over on the back and finished with a +1 73.
Dave Eichelberger and Gary Player were the third group. Eichelberger’s driver was his undoing, as he found only 4 fairways off the tee on the day. He was the only player not to at least par the par 4 3rd, driving into the water and double bogeying. He found the sand off the tee on the 12th, 13th and 14th (all bogeys) and the trees on the 18th (bogey). But a 3-hole birdie binge from 15-17 kept him in the tournament. Dave finished with a +3 75.
Player came in feeling pretty good after his victory in Hawaii, and after birdying the 3rd, 5th and 8th was feeling great. On the 5th, he short-sided himself with his approach but then holed the wedge from 30 yards. A bogey on the difficult par 3 9th (3 golfers bogeyed the hall) gave him a 34 on the front, matching Casper’s frontside score. Player parred 10 through 14, then hit a 7 iron to 11’ and made the putt on the par 3 15th, and stuck a wedge approach on the following hole to get to -4. And that is how he finished, the round of the day, a 68.
The final group on Thursday was JC Snead and fan favorite Arnold Palmer. Snead’s round was interesting, to say the least. He saved par on the 2nd by hitting a chip to 2’ from 30 yards. On the 5th his 7 iron approach was sent wide by a gust of wind, but he managed to get up and down. On the par 4 6th he found the trees off the tee then short-sided himself and bogeyed. On the par 5 8th he hit his drive into the sand then duffed the bunker shot, moving it only 15 yards, another bogey. On the par 3 9th he hit a 5 wood to 13’ and sank the putt. Snead followed up that birdie with another on the 10th, laying up then hitting a 9 iron to 8’. He missed a 6’ birdie putt on the 11th but made an 11 footer on the 15th. Snead hit every fairway and every green on the back. Should he have scored a little lower? He finished with a one under 71.
The King’s round was far from perfect but mostly good. He hit a poor chip from 15 yards on the opening hole but still managed a par. His 4 iron on the par 3 4th stopped 4’ from the pin and he made the putt. He hit a booming drive on the par 4 7th, 350 yards dead center, and hit a wedge to 12’, but he missed the putt. He birdied the par 5 8th but then overcooked a 2 iron off the tee on the par 3 9th, bogeying. Palmer made the turn at -1. He moved back to even after short-siding himself in the sand on the 11th. But he birdied 12 after laying up, hitting a wedge to 13’. Then he used a 5 wood on the par 3 13th and stuck it to within 2’. A wedge from 90 yards left him an easy birdie on the 16th. And a nice 7 iron and 11’ make on 17 tied him with Player. Alas, a poor approach and chip on the 18th resulted in a bogey. But a -3 69 is an excellent opening round score.
Leaderboard after round 1
Player -4 (68)
Palmer -3 (69)
Snead -1 (71)
Nicklaus E (72)
Casper +1 (73)
Harris +3 (75)
Barber +3 (75)
Eichelberger +3 (75)
Derek Kraft - Sep 06, 2018 - 06:21 PM
Post subject: Doral rd 2
The second round of the Doral-Eastern Open (being played at the Blue Monster at Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Doral, Florida) is complete. The course again played Normal and the wind was Calm. Yet despite such glorious conditions scoring was difficult. On the other hand, the leaderboard is tight, so the weekend should be exciting.
Three players, Dave Eichelberger, Miller Barber and Labron Harris, were 3 over after round 1 and only one would stay on the good side of the cut line. Eichelberger teed off first and was +3 on his round after only 5 holes, having had a buried lie after driving into the rough and a poor chip from 15 yards on the 1st, short-siding himself on the difficult par 3 4th, and losing his focus and missing a 4’ putt on the 5th. Dave hit a 6 iron to 8’ on the 7th and another 6 iron to 7’ on the 12th, birdying each. He used the same club on the par 3 15th but wasn’t as accurate, leaving a 35-footer. He drained it! Coming into the final holes, Eichelberger was +2 for the tournament. He drove into the fairway bunker on the 17th and then the greenside bunker. He failed to get up and down. The 18th is a difficult driving hole, long in length and with water just off the fairway to the left. With the pressure on Eichelberger drove it left and into the lake. He ended up doubling. Eichelberger shot a 74, which left him at +5 for the tournament. Did he blow it at the end?
Things went wrong quickly for Miller Barber. He hit his 2nd shot into the water on the 3rd and carded a double bogey. He missed the green with a 3 iron on the par 3 4th then missed a 9’ par putt. He bogeyed the 5th after needing 4 shots just to find the short grass on the par 4 6th. He found the water again on the 7th then missed an 8’ bogey putt. The par 5 8th also saw Barber land in the water, resulting in another bogey. Miller played the back 9 in one under but the damage was done with his frontside 43. He finished with a 78. Barber was +9 overall and would not make the cut.
Labron Harris was last out of the three fighting to make the cut. He bogeyed three holes early, finding a questionable lie and tree issues on the 2nd, hitting his 2 iron off the tee into the water on the 4th and inexplicably missing a 3’ putt on the 6th. Bogeys on the 10th (water) and 11th (three putt) left Harris at +8 and on the wrong side of the cut line. He then got hot. He hit a 4 iron approach to 2’ and tapped in on the 14th. He selected a 7 iron on the 15th and hit it to 7’, making another birdie putt. And on the 16th he hit a 9 iron to 5’ and made the putt. Labron was at +5 for the tournament, tied with Eichelberger, and with two holes to go. He missed a 7’ par putt on the 17th. Then disaster struck as he drove into the water on the 18th. He ended up tripling the hole. Harris shot a 78 and finished +9.
Billy Casper and JC Snead will each remember this day for the eagle he made, earning a free trip to anywhere that Eastern Airlines fly. Casper began the day at +1. He had 4 bogeys early and looked like he might find himself battling to make the cut. But then on the par 5 8th he hit a 280 yard drive then a fabulous 3 wood that trickled to 11’. He made the eagle putt! He followed it up with a 3 iron to 2 on the par 3 9th. Casper had 1 birdie and 2 bogeys on the back, shooting a 74.
JC Snead was +1 after round 1. He almost holed out with a 6 iron second on the 3rd but had to settle for a tap-in birdie. He found the sand off the tee on the par 4 5th, mishit a 7 iron, moving the ball only 100 yards, and 3-putted from 16’. Double bogey! His 6 iron 2nd on the 7th landed in the water and he dropped another shot. He found the green with his 2nd shot on the par 5 8th and two-putted from 61’ for a bird. Then the magic happened. His 3 iron on the par 3 9th looked good in the air, the ball hit the green and bounced perfectly towards the hall, and yes, it went in – HOLE IN ONE!!! Snead couldn’t take advantage of his good fortune and challenge for the lead (he bogeyed three holes on the back and birdied only one), but he finished with a solid 73 and was at even par going into the weekend.
Snead’s playing partner was Arnold Palmer, who began the day in second place at -3. He played steady on the front, parring every hole until the par 5 8th, which he birdied after laying up. He actually hit first on the 9th, and was left with only 5’ to the hole after an excellent 3 iron. Perhaps he got too excited after Snead’s hole in one, as the King then proceeded to miss the short birdie putt. His confidence was shook and he bogeyed both the 13th and 14th, missing par putts of 10’ and 6’. He stepped to the 15th at -2 for the tournament and selected an 8 iron. It was the perfect club. The ball hit the green just before the pin, bounced once, and found the bottom of the cup – HOLE IN ONE!!! Palmer parred his way in though his putting woes continued. On the day, Arnie missed makeable putts of 13’, 12’, 10’, 7’, 6’, and 5’. Boy, what could have been. As it is Palmer shot what turned out to be the second-best round of the day, a 71, leaving him -4 for the Doral-Eastern Open.
Gary Player was the overnight leader. It looked like he meant business when he hit a wedge 70 yards to 3’ on the par 5 1st, tapping in for a birdie. Looks can be deceiving. Player succumbed to the same problem as Palmer – an inability to wield the short stick. The South African missed a 5’ birdie on the 3rd, a 7’ par putt on the 4th and a 6’ par putt on the 5th. Another dropped shot on the 6th dropped him to -2 overall. He birdied the easy par 5 8th after laying up. Player then hit an excellent 3 iron to 5’ on the par 3 9th and looked to have put his struggles behind him. He didn’t and missed the putt. He three-putted from 21’ on the 13th, dropping one shot, birdied the 14th, missed an 8’ birdie on the 15th and sank a 12’ birdie on the 17th. Gary hit the most greens on the day (14) but needed the most putts (32). Still, he began the day at -4 and that was were he would finish after an even par 72.
Jack Nicklaus arrived at the 1st tee even par. He would find only 4 fairways today (only Labron Harris hit less) but would need only 26 putts (best on the day). He boomed his opening drive 320 yards but failed to take advantage. He birdied the 2nd after his 7 iron approach stopped a mere 1’ from the hole. He missed a 7’ par putt on the 3rd then bogyed the following hole after failing to find the green and hitting a poor chip. He rolled one in from the green on the 6th for a birdie (27’) and hit another excellent 7 iron on the 7th and made a 5’ birdie putt. He needed 4 shots to settle on the green on the par5 8th and parred. Jack missed a 5’ par putt on the 9th. He was one under on his round at the turn. He birdied the 11th and bogeyed the 14th. Nicklaus looked to get one back on the 15th after an excellent 8 iron but he missed the 5’ putt. He missed the green on the 16th but chipped in from 15 yards. Jack followed it up with a 23’ birdie make on the 17th. Nicklaus drove into the water on the 18th and ended the day with a sour bogey taste. But his 70 was the best round of the day and it left him at -2 overall. Most impressive perhaps was that the Golden Bear played the par 4s -4 on the day with 6 birdies.
So we head into the weekend here at Doral with Player and Palmer tied for the lead, Nicklaus 2 strokes back and Snead within 4 shots of the lead.
Leaderboard after round 2
Player -4 (68)(72)
Palmer -4 (69)(71)
Nicklaus -2 (72)(70)
Snead E (71)(73)
Casper +3 (73)(74)
Eichelberger +5 (75)(74)
Harris +9 (75)(78)
Barber +9 (75)(78)
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