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Watson Passes Fading Giants tnta June 16.1974 MAMARONECK, N.Y. tAP) - Tom Watson's face was wearing a funny little smile-- part brash challenge, part shy emharassmeat. ·'I've been in this position before, you kaow. This time, I hope to hang on to it," he said. Watson, a red-haired, freck- lefaced youngster in only his second year on the pro tour, had just taken a one-shot lead-- sweeping past Arnold Palmer and Gary Player--in Saturday's third round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship. He did it with a round of 69, one stroke under par. It was only six subpar rounds recorded so far in this national championship. Watson obviously was look- ing ahead to Sunday's showdown for golf's most highly prized crown. And he was coasideriflg a history of failure under pressure. He has yet to win. He's led going into the final round in two tournaments in his brief career. He's been in prime position to make a move in a half-dozen others. Something happened--a ball in the water, a shot out of bounds, a hope- wrecking score on some hole down the stretch--every time. "I think it's because I've been too impatient," Watson said. "I've been too eager to win. I've tried to play too fast. I think that's the big thing I've got to try to guard against Sunday--not to get too impatient." Someone observed that U.S. Opens usually are woo by u- metested, pressure-proof veterans. Did Watson think he could hold up? Did he think he could win? "Absolutely." he replied- SJIl-Yard Terwr The 24-year-old Watson, a Stanford University product now in his second year on the pro tour, put together a 54-hole total of 213, three over par on the 6,%1-yard terror called the Winged Foot Golf Club course. It was good for a one-stroke lead over Hale Irwin, a 29-yearold tour regular who emerged from the multiple- man scramble to take second place with a 71 and a 214 total. Palmer, the 44-year-old liv- ing legend who is sryicg to fight his way oat of tae deepest, most frustrating slump of his storied career, once heW sole control of the lead before blowing to a 73-216. three shots back going into the last round of this most prestigious of all the world's golf championships. "1 finished both nines very badly," Palmer said. "1 played some good golf, but I also played an awful lot of bad golf." " Player, the doughty little South African who won the 1974 Masters, struggled and strained to a whopping 77. It virtually destroyed his glory dream of the Grand Slam, a one-year sweep of the Masters, U.S. and British ARNOLD PALMER SURROUNDED BY PERISCOPES AND 'ARMY' Veteran Still in Contention at Six Over Par Two Bad Holes Ruin Barney Opens and the PGA--something never before accomplished. And, with Player at 220,10 over par and seven shots out of the lead, it still seemed oat of reach. Jim Colbert, frank Beard and Bert Yancey followed Palmer at 218, five shots out of the lead and the only others in the surviving field of 66 with much chance of catching the stubby Watson in Sunday's final round. Beard had a 72, Yancey a 74 and Colbert matched Watson's 69 as the best rounds of a mild, sunny, breezy day. Palmer, Player. Invin and Ray Floyd started third-round play in a tie for the top spot. Floyd, a former PGA champion, bogeyed his first four holes and finally limped home with a 78-221." He was tied at that figure with British Open king Tom Weiskopf, who had a 72. Johnny Miller, the defending U.S. Open champion, was out of it at 225. He had a 74. his best round of the tournament. Jack Nicklaus, holder of a record 14 major tournament titles and the man picked- most likely to succeed in this one, blew to an incredible 76 and also was out of championship consideration at 225. Lee Trevino, Billy Casper and England's Tony Jacklin failed to qualify for the final two rounds. Massive Gallery Beautiful spring weather and a head-to-head clash between Palmer and Player--they were paired together in a renewal of a rivalry stretching back to the 1950s--lured a massive gallery of perhaps 20,000 to the suburban New York course that has proved to be one of the toughest the pros have encountered in many, many years. They all flocked to the side of Palmer and Player, who were playing just behind Watson and just ahead of Irwin. Those two were all but overlooked by the f a n s , who climbed over Watson to get a vantage point for a glimpse of Palmer and Player. Others blocked the path of the unemotional, business-like Irwin as he went about the course in ' something approaching solitude. For a time--the first eight OPEN LEADER REACTS TO BIRDIE Tom Watson Fires a 69 to Take Lead holes, it appeared as if the two old masters would provide them with the glimpse of the glory they sought. Palmer", hitching his britch- es in the old, familiar manner, rammed home birdie putts of about 18 feet on the second and fourth holes. It sent happy shouts echoing through the woods and gently rolling hills. By Bob Baker .,. MAMARONECK, N.Y. -If you could toss.^t.two.hblesiv Barney Thonripspn of Bar.-., boursville would have" shot] a good score Saturday -in?$He): U.S. Open. - - ' .''.:·;.·. -W But two bad holes sent : Barney's score soaring to 80 in the third round. He now has a to- tal of 229 - 19 over'par at Winged Foot::..-·.. ··,... Thompson took a double bogey six oh the 435-yard 14th bole and then really had troubles for a quadruple bogey eight on the 417-yard 15th hole. He went six dyer par on the two holes. "I don't feel the pressure but I just lose control of the. club," Barney said dejectedly in the locker room after; his round. "I hit some goodfshots but I can't keep "the same : rhythm all the.time. I've got to learn to do it." ·-. · . ' · · . * · + · · » ' · · ... BARNEY HIT a beautiful two-iron on; the 212-yard 13th 1 he Attociated Pfeti The Los · Angeles Dodgers cashed in, on .two checked swings Saturday, but then New York-Mets southpaw Jerry Kbosman canceled their attack for his; first victory over the National League West ; leaders since 1969. "I said; 'Oh here we go again,'" Kossman said recalling Dave Lopes' checked- swing double and Bill Russell's checked-swing single ·that gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead with none out in the first inning of the nationally televised game. But from then on the game belonged to Koosman, and the struggling Mets, with Rusty Staub driving in two runs with a single and a homer, won 4-1, snapping a four-game losing streak. "All you can do is say to yourself, 'Bear down. If they were just checked-swings, maybe the pitches were too tough for them.'" Kossman, 6-4, bore down and held the Dodgers in check the rest of the way. In breaking a losing streak .to the Dodgers dating back to Aug. 22, 1969, he won for the first time since May 25 and pitched tlie Mets' first complete game since June 1. Staub singled home the Mets' second run in the first inning and hithis ninth homer in the fourth. There was a mild dispute in the fifth when knuckebali pitcher Charlie Hough relieved-Dodger starter Doug Rau. 5-2 ? after Felix Millan had singled in New York's third run. Catcher Steve Yeager went to the dugout for a larger glove and Mets ? Manager Yogi Berra questioned the legal size of the glove. Tom Gorman, umpire crew chief, ordered the glove measured between innings and it was found to be within the legal limit. Ran. who had won three straight games, walked Don Harm to open the Mets' First, and Felix Millan .singled Hahn Sec Boxscoret on. Page 8D to second. George Theodore sacrificed both, runners, and Millan scored on Cleon Jones' grounder. Staub then singled.: giving the Mets the lead. Millan's single in the fifth scored Hahn, who had doubled with one out. INDIANS 5, TWINS 1 -. Oscar Gamble smashed a two- run double in the first inning and Jack Brohamer and Dave Duncan later added home runs, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Cleveland winner Steve Kline,-5-8. was removed from the game in the seventh inning because of a pulled shoulder muscle and Fred Beene finished up. ASTROS 8, CUBS 7 Pinch-hitter Cliff Johnson's two-run homer capped a five- run eight-inning rally that carried the Houston Astros to an 8-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs. TIGERS 11, ROYALS 9 Aurelio Rodriquez' two out, three-run homer capped a wild five-run rally in the ninth inning and gave the Detroit Tigers an 11-9 victory over the Kansas City Royals. The rally wiped out a four- run uprising in the Kansas City eighth that gave the Royals a 9-6 lead going into the final inning. Phillies 5, Reds 2 - Philadelphia's Jim Lonborg fired a five-hitter for his fourth consecutive victory to lead the Phils to a 5-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. It was the fifth consecutive complete game for Lonborg. 8-5. The 1967 American League Cy Young Award winner also chipped in offensively with a double and a single. Jack Billtogam. 6-5, was the loser. Braves 7, Carts J -- Henry- Aaron triggered, a five-run first inning uprising with a two-ran single and the streaking Atlanta Braves defeated the SL Louis Cardinals 7-1. The victory was Atlanta's fourth straight, seventh in their last eight outings, and 21st in 28 games. Buzz Capra, 6-2, was the winning pitcher with eighth- inning relief help from Joe Niekro. Orioles 4, White Sox 3- Boog Powell belted a home run in the llth inning to power Baltimore to a 4-3 victory over Chicago behind the four- hit pitching of Dave McNally. Powell's fifth homer of the season off White Sox relief ace Cy Acosta, 2-2, was a two- put shot into the left field . seats. A's 9, Yankees 1 -- Joe Rudi hit a grand slam homer and Sal Bando cracked a three-run shot, powering the Oakland A's to a 9-1 victory over the New York- Yankees. Vida Blue, 6-6, stopped the Yankees with the help of reliever John "Blue Moon" Odom. hole .only six feet from the pin and holed the putt for a birdie .top. That.put him only three over par for the day.Then dis- as v ter struck. ; ' . Thompson drove in the fairway on the 14th hole but pushed his second shot into a trap around the green. Barney's explosion shot rolled over, the-green into the rough. He chipped to -seveafeet and then two-putted'-for a ,six. '·".that was the first double bogey I've had in the Open," Barney pointed out. But the 15th hole was the real killer. He hooked a three- wood off the tee into the woods on the left. His ball wound up in some rocks and Barney had to take an unplayable lie penalty. He dropped the ball within two club lengths. "I just .tried to chip out to the fairway but I hit it fat," Barney said. His ball stayed in ^ the rough behind a tree. He had to play to the right of the green on his fourth stroke. His filth shot rolled over the green, he chipped to eight feet and two-putted for an eight. "I felt sick," Barney said later. "It's a shame," said Bill Campbell of Huntington, who was watching Barney play. *.* * THOMPSON ALSO had hooked a three-wood off the tee on the 382-yard llth hole into the woods. He had to take an unplayable lie penalty that time, too, but managed to escape with a bogey five by one- putting. "You have to play your rear off on this course just to shoot 80," remarked Barney with a shake of his head. Thompson's day wasn't all bad, however. He boomed out a 275-yard drive on the first hole and then really unloaded with a 295-yard drive on the 466-yard ninth hole. Marshals said both drives were-the longest of the day so" far on the two holes. Thompson birdied the 515-yard fifth hole by pitching up only a foot from the pin. He had bogeys on 3,4,6, 8,11 and 17 in addition to the disasters at'14 and 15. : Barney played with Bobby Nichols," who also 1 shot an 80. "Bobby, I'd like to ask you a couple of questions about my swing," Barney asked him after the round. Nichols said he would be happy to answer them. What does Nichols, a former PGA champion, think of Barney's future on the tour? "He's a good player. Sure, he'll make it on the tour," Nichols replied. PRESSURE Arnie Labels Watson 'Good, Strong Player' By Bob Baker MAMARONECK, N.Y. . Tom Watson has never won a major golf tournament. Can he hold up under the pressure to win the U.S. Open? · Watson and Arnold Palmer both feel he can. "I've been in this position before/This time I hope to break through/' Watson said. "Tommy is a good, strong player," Palmer commented. "A lot of kids like Tommy have held up under pressure in the past and won the Open." Watson appears confident about his game but he admits, "I'll probably have a little trouble trying 1 to sleep tonight." Watson holds a one-stroke lead over Hale Irwin. and a three-shot margin over Palmer going into today's final round of the Open. Palmer feels his chances are still good. "At this stage and the way this,course is playing, three shots are really nothing," Arnie said. "Sunday, anyone can win from a lot more back than three shots. The one playing BASEBALL standings National Ltiguc Saturday's Games Results Houston 8, Chicago 7 New York l, Los Angeles 1 Philadelphia 5, Cincinnati 2 Atlanta 7, St. Louis 1 Montreal 6, San Diego i San Francisco at Pittsburgh Friday's Games Chicago 10. Houston 7 Atlanta 6, St. Louis 1 San Oicuo 5. Montreal 4 Los Angeles 3. New York 2 PWsburgh J, San FranciSCO 2 Cincinnati 7. Philadelphia 1 E*st Tt»m._ _¥» L Pet. Philadelphia 33 28 .541 St. Louis 30 29 .508 .Montreal 77 27 .500 ·Chicago : 2 32 .179 New York 71 35 .107 Pittsburgh 72 31 .393 West Los Angeles *3 20 .683 Cincinnati ' 31 21 .584 Atlanta 31 26 .567 Houston 37. 3: .533 SJP Francisco 31 33 .*W 'Z ! /» S»n Diego 26 « -394 IS* American League Saturday's Games Cleveland 5, Minnesota 1 Detroit 11, Kansas City 9 Oakland 9, New York 1 Baltimore 4, Chicago 3, 11 innings Milwaukee at Texas Boston at California Friday's Games Minnesota 8. Cleveland 2 Baltimore 2, Chicago I Kansas City J. Detroit 3 Texas 7, Milwaukee 2 Ne-.v York 5, Oakland 1 Caliiornia J. Boston 3, 15 inninas GB 2 2'A 6V3 U Boston Cleveland Baltimore Detroit Milwaukee New York Oakland Texas Kansas City Chicago Caliiornia Minnesota East W L 33 26 30 28 30 29 30 59 28 28 31 32 West 33 28 31 29 30 29 26 29 77 3* 74 31 Pet. .559 .517 .508 .508 .500 -«2 .541 .517 .508 .473 .03 .29 GB 3 3 3'/3 4 V/J 2 4 i, 6'/J 17. S. Open Scores MAMARONECK, N.Y. IAP) - Third- round scores Saturday ot the'74lh U.S. Open Golf Championship on the 6,961- yard, par-70 Winaed Foot Golf Club course (a-denotes amateur) Tom Watson Hale Irwin Arnold Palmer Frank Beard Bert Yancey Jim Colbert Forrest Fezler Gary Player Lou Graham Ray Floyd Bud Ailin Dale Douglass Tom Weiskopf Tom Kite John Mahaffey Mike Reasor J. C. Snead Bobby Mitchell Hubert Green Lanny. Wadkins David Graham Larry Ziegler Bob E. Smi'h . Jerry Heard David Glenz Jim Jamieson Johnny Millar Kermit Zarley Jack Nicklaus Bruce Crampton Rik Massengale Mark Hayes Jirn Masserio Larry Hinson Mike McCullcugh Rod Funseth BOP Stone Leonard Thompson Tom Ulozas Jack Rule, Jr. Steve Melr.yk Chi Chi Rodriouez Jerry McGee" Homero Blancas Don Iverson Roy Pace Alan Tapie Jim Den' Lynn Jansor. Son Cerrnas Charlies Win With 3 in 9th 73-71-69-213 73-70-71-211 73-70-73-216 77-69-72-216 76-69-73-218 72-77-69-218 75-70-71-21? 70-73-77-220 71-75-74-220 72-71-78-221 76-71-74-221 77-72-77-221 76-73-72-221 71-70-77-221 74-73-75-222 71-76-76-223 76-71-76-223 77-73-73-223 81-67-76-224 75-73-76-221 73-75-76-224 78-68-73-224 77-71-73-221 73-77-75-225 76-71-75-225 77-73-75-275 76-75-71-225 71-73-73-225 75-71-76-225 72-77-76-725 79-72-71-225 73-77-76-226 75-75-76-226 75-76-75-226 76-76-71-226 73-75-73-226 75-71-77-226 TOLEDO, Ohio - Jackie Hernandez ripped a two-run double in the ninth inning, propelling the Charleston Charlies to a 6-3 victory Saturday night over Toledo. Following the two-out double by Hernandez, winning pitcher Wayne Simpson drilled a single to score an insurance run and collect his second RBI of the International League game. The double down the left field line by Hernandez scored Tony LaRussa. who was on with his third hit of the game, and Pete Koegel, who drew the second walk of the game issued by loser Chris Zachary. Hernandez was in the lineup in place of Tom Matchick. who injured a hand on a piece of metal while visiting his family, which lives in Toledo. The victory enabled the Charlies to close the four- game series with the Mud Hens with three victories. They move on to Pawtucket tonight to open a four-game set. Toledo pulled into a 3-3 deadlock with an eight inning run coming on Terry Martin's single, his steal of second and a base hit by Dick Wissel. * * * SIMPSON CRASHED his first homer of the season, a solo shot, to cap a three-run burst by the Charlies in the second "inning. It followed a pair of runs manufactured on Dave Augustine's single. LaRussa's RBI double, a ground out and a passed ball. Alan Bannister scored Toledo's first two runs after singling in the first inning and walking in the fifth. International League NativMi L.«*gvt San Francisco (Bradley 6-6) at Pittsburgh (Socker 2-5), 1:35 P.m. Los Angeles (Messersmifb fr2) at New York (Server 3-5). 2:05 p.m. San Ofeso (Palmer 0-5) at .Wntreal (Rente 4-6), 2:15 p.m. Si. Louis (WcGioth*n $-3» at Atlanta (Morton 7-5). 2:» p.«i. HousWr. (Oste«n 5-4) 91 Cniwgo (Revs- cne* 3-s:. 3:15 p.m. PMsSeipW* (Rufl-ven J-3) a» Cincinnati (Nelson 3-* or Herman 5-5). 7:15 o.rr,. Sarney Thomcson obby American Lcagut Minnesota !Aibury 2-5 ard Goliz M) at Cleveland (Peterson 3-3 and J. Perry S-5. ity (Dal Canton 3-3) at Ostro* J*n BUCK* 7-7). 1 :30 p.m. Chjr.e, SrfforS CK-C890 iwooa 10-7) at Baltimore £«* P«are« ?Pa; 3-7). 7 o.m. J 'T S '; TW!S New York (Pagan 0-1? at Oakland a-Jay Haas ( Hunter 8-7 ). 4 :30 p.»n. I 0 " 1 ^ 3 * . Scswi (Cievelanfl *-5: a' California oave Stockton n e 2-7i, 5 p.m. (CcJDorn 2-3) at Te*ss 77-71-77-728 78--5-75-27S 78-75-75-728 73-7780-229 77-77-80-729 77-73-79-279 75-76-78-729 76-77-76-229 73-73-83-779 77-76-76-779 75-71-M-130 77-77-81-730 Charleston Toledo Player ab r h bi Pljytr ab r n Oi Moreno ri 5 0 1 0 Bnnstr ss Fiwe^S If 3 0 0 0 $!icto 26 Howe 30 1 0 0 0 Mrtin c! · - - - 0 Jhnstn rf 0 Wisse'. If 3 1 Essian c C 0 lore IS 1 2 Sntr.a 36 7 2 Cle« ph S S Clark 36 wnace p ZcWy p 3o . 16 i 0 0 , Agstine c! 1 1 1 . LaRssa 26 4 2 ' 3 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 C 0 C 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 3 1 3 0 3 Totals 33 3 7 3 Charleston 03C DOS OC3-6 Toledo l«e 010 JJD-3 E--Wisse!. OP --Charleston LOB -Charleston i, Toledo 8 78--Johsstooe. La Sasia. H?r^tS»i ('·', S3-33r:ri3?*r. «ar- Saturday's Games CHARLESTON 6. Toledo 3 Memphis 7, Pawtuc^e! 3 Tidewater at Rochester, pnd. Ricnmon! at Syracuse, nod. : ram ·am Simpsn p * Friday's Results CHARLESTON i-9. Toledo 2-2 Vernphis !0-7. Pawtucket 3-6 Richr^ono 5. Syracuse 1 Rochester 6. Tidewater 4 Thr Standings Hortntm Division Ciob ----- ........ _...» L Pet. Rochester ....... 31 '9 .670 Syracuse ....... 32 ?} 593 Toledo ....... ...... '' 37 .-"8 Pawtucket ....... 16 36 .303 Southern Division 1Mb ----------- W L Pel. ........... - ......... 79 , PitdMr IP 78-73-79-230 StmpswiW 5-1; 9 77-74-75-73! Zac!«ry!i5: £2.3 7e-74-78-J3t Wailate 1 3 77-74-79-737 79-72-32-233 H3P-- Sly Simpson 7- I4X R E R 6 B S O 3 3 * 5 4 4 7 7 S 0 C I s-.v rs-Ev ,S» 5» 315 Sontfiy's G»rs« CHARLESTON a! if well Sunday will win." Irwin also likes his chances. "I feel like I'm in excellent position," Hale remarked. "It's going to be interesting." MOST OF THE gallery followed the twosome of Palmer and Gary Player Saturday, feeling that one of them would take charge of the Open. But instead, the little-known Watson sneaked past both of them with a 69 round. Watson is 24 ; in his third year on tour, a native of Kansas City and a 1971 psychology graduate from Stanford University. He has twice led tournaments with 18 holes to go and not won. What has he learned? "It is very important not to get impatient," Watson answered. "Let things happen. If I get impatient, I'll rush shots and that will hurt me . .. This is not an offensive golf course. You can't attack this course." What did he learn f r o m being a psychology major? "My psychology is to try and win," he joked. "Actually. I feel confident. I've got my game under solid control." Watson added. "I feel good over the ball. I saw myself in my hotel mirrow Thursday night and learned that I was setting up with too much weight on my right side. I changed that and my game fell into place." Palmer felt he was heading for a good round when he birdied two of the first four holes. "There was no reason to stop but I did," Arnie commented. "But when I drove the ball in the rough. I couldn't get aggressive or offensive. I was in trouble." Palmer added, "I know what is wrong with my game but I don't know if I can correct it. My timing goes ka- pooeey every once in a while. I'm going out to practice.'' Invin was perturbed over a mental mistake he made on the fifth hole. "Arnie was having trouble on this hole and we had to wait." Hale said. "I sat on my bag and let my mind wander -- something I should never have done -- and I wound up making a stupid bogey." Gary Player fell back with a 77 round but doesn't feel he is out of H. "I'm shooting at the flag. I want to win the tournament." Gary said. "I'm very optimistic. If I can shoot 68 and get it up on the board. I can wTn the tournament. I thin* 288 will win." . 08 GB

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