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4 Part III Monday, January 19, 1981 flosAnflelec Slimes HOPE : lietzke Stays an Front, Wins by Two Continued from First Page from Bob Gilder on the second day he was never caught. Pate pulled to within one stroke Sunday but just when it appeared he might catch Lietzke, a two-stroke turnaround on the 13ih hole put the winner in front to stay by two strokes. Fate Sinks 20 -Footer Pate had just birdied No. 12 with a 20-foot putt and seemed to have the momentum. Lietzke had been making pars but seemed hesitant about his shots, playing to hold his lead rather than trying to stretch it out. The 13th is a 554-yard par 5. Pate's third shot stopped about 10 feet from the hole, a relatively easy birdie putt. Lietzke drove into the left rough, hit a 3-iron into the right rough and his sand wedge third shot ended up 35 to 40 feet from the flag. "I was thinking birdie for sure," said Pate, 1980's No. 1 putter on tour. "Bruce was so far away I thought he'd lag up but he walked around and around like he was planning to make it. I couldn't believe he really thought he could make it. Then he knocked it in the hole for his birdie. It was unbelievable." It also was a two-stroke lead when Pate's putt slid past the hole. It also set the pattern for the remaining five holes. PatVcontinually put his putts close to the hole but could not get the ball to fall in the cup. Putts Break Toward Indio The rule of thumb for putting in Coachella Valley is that "everything breaks toward Indio." Time after time Pate's putts broke off near the hole toward Indio. "I can't believe it," Pate said increduously after missing one putt after another. "I can't believe that putt broke to the right." Indio was to the right. Lietzke credited five days of sunny, windless days for his record. He said he felt he actually played better golf in 1977 when he shot 343 (17 under par) and lost to Massengale. "Conditions in Palm Springs are usually ideal but you've always got to allow for the wind," said Lietzke. "This week it never blew and we could hit everything right at the pin." Lietzke Hard to Catch Conditions were so good that 18 players broke par for 72 holes and didn't even make the cut for Sunday's final round. When Lietzke gets in front early, as he did Wednesday when he and Gilder had 65s, he is all but impossible to catch. Three of his previous five tour wins, Tucson and Hawaii in 1977 and Colonial last year, were also wire-to-wire. "The only time I have any fun playing golf is when I'm ahead or right with the leaders," said Lietzke, who once quit the game after leaving the University of Houston because he was tired of it. "I guess that's why I play so well when I'm in front, I'm having fun. I said Saturday it was my tournament to win or to lose and McNeil, Easley Lead West Win YOKOHAMA, Japan UR-Il was UCLA day at Yokohama Stadium Sunday as Bruins' running back Freeman McNeil and his teammate, defensive back Kenny Easley, led the West to a 25-13 victory in the sixth Japan Bowl. McNeil, aided by an Easley interception, slashed for two touchdowns in the final six minutes, giving the West its fourth victory in the only college all-star football game played outside the United States. "Getting two touchdowns against the likes of Bubba Green (of North Carolina State) and Hugh Green (defensive end from Pittsburgh and the Lombardi Trophy winner) was a real thrill," said McNeil, who gained 74 yards in 19 carries and was named the best offensive player of the game. Two Interceptions for Easley Easley, a three-time All-American, tormented Indiana quarterback Tim Clifford throughout the game, recovering a fumble and intercepting two passes. He was named the best defensive player for the second week in a row, following his stellar performance in the Hula Bowl, won by the West, 24-17, with many of the same players who played in the Japan Bowl. Playing before a capacity crowd of 30,000, the East took a 7-0 lead when Purdue quarterback Mark Herrmann connected on a 12-yard scoring strike to Florida All-American receiver Chris Collinsworth only 64 seconds into the game. "We decided to run the ball more in the second half," said Warren Powers of Missouri, who coached the West team, along with Ron Meyer of SMU, "and that opened up our passing attack." The game, played before an enthusiastic crowd led by USC cheerleaders, was the last amateur college appearance for the players before the National Football League draft in the spring. SCORE BY QUARTERS Clark 9-3Z East Murray 8-2 Stone West ... .7 0 3 1525 923- East 7 3 0 31? PASSING: Welt-Flick 12-20-1; J J.'' 1T Bradley 7-15-1. East Herrmann B-u- East Coltlnsworth 12 pass trom ojhbIU-u-O Herrmann ICastro klcK) RECEIVING: West CHappelle 11- .w;,"S.hlpp,J et," pm """ ' Bouia 4-55. East-ColllSsworth 7- Bradljy INaber kick) lw. Burre ,.n East FG Castro 30 West FG Nober 23 T,,m East FG Castro 45 Wt East West McNeil 2 run (Naber kick) First downs 25 16 West McNeil 2 run (Tyler pass Yards rushing 127 SS from Flick) Xa.r(,s '"""a m Attendance 30,000 Return yards n 115 STATISTICS Pa!jei "-3M ,4-31-2 STATISTICS puntJ 3.20J 3.3)0 Individual Leaders Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1 RUSHING: West McNeil 19-74; Penalties-yards ... 0-0 1-5 that's the way I felt all day Sunday." Bill Rogers, Lietzke's former roommate at Houston, was one of those in the futile chase but he wasn't sur-prisea at the results. "Vvp known Bruce a long time and he's always been one of the o?st front-runners I've ever known," said Rogers, who finished with a 72 and tied for fourth with J. C. Snead and D. A. Weibring at 342. Third was little David Edwards, 71-341. Lietzke's only bogey on the last day came from a 3-putt green on the eighth hole. He made four birdies with an IE-foot putt at No. 4, a 7-iron that landed five feet from the hole on No. 5, the miracle putt at No. 13 and 20-footer to seal the win at No. 16. Pate Reaches Final Green in Two The last birdie, which moved Lietzke in front by three shots, took an added significance at the 505-yard 18th hole when Pate unleashed two tremendous wallops to put him on the par 5 green in two shots. Lietzke missed the fairway with his second shot and was nearly stymied by a tree. His sand wedge third shot ended up 40 feet from the hole in easy 3-putt range. Lietzke was still four feet away from a par when Pate lined up his 35-foot eagle effort. The ball rolled true toward the hole until only a couple of feet remained when it curled away. "If Jerry had made that eagle putt, that four-footer would have been a little longer," conceded Lietzke. "It would have put a lot more pressure on me. When it missed I had breathing room." Like a true champion, however, he rolled it in, breaking the record by two shots. Pate was nonplussed at his loss. He has not won since the 1978 Southern Open yet he won $222,000 last year, sixth best on the tour. "The other fellows kid me about making all that money and not winning a tournament," said the 1976 U.S. Open champion, "but I'm at the stage now where I'd play for nothing if I was sure I'd win a tournament. It's ridiculous, to shoot 23 under par and not win." This morning, his $50,000 check in his pocket, Lietzke will head toward Phoenix, cruising across the desert in his Trans-Am. He's playing there this week but he'll be back for the San Diego and Los Angeles Opens. The only West Coast tournament Lietzke will miss is the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am in two weeks. Where will he be? "I'm going to Pomona for the Winternationals (a National Hot Rod Assn. drag race). 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