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Weiskopf, Nicklaus, Miller Set Showdown Weiskopf Takes One Shot Lead; Miller Fires 65 JACK NICKLAUS blasts from a trap during the third round of the Masters. He shot a one over par 73 and lost a five stroke lead to Tom Weiskopf going into today's final round. JOHNNY MILLER firing super rounds , the super star capable of , Just missed the Augusta SPORTS Sunday, April 13, 1975 Provo, Utah —Page 11 'Swing Round' Pufs Tom Weiskopf in Lead AUGUSTA, Ga. (UPI) -Tom Weiskopf believes in practicing what he preaches. "The third round is the swing round," said Weiskopf who came from six strokes back to take a one-stroke lead over fellow Ohio State alumnus Jack Nicklaus in Saturday's third round of the Masters golf tournament. "A great round puts you back in the tournament and a bad round puts you out of contention. They're all important, but I feel the third round is the most important." Weiskopf turned in a 6-under- par 66 Saturday while Nicklaus was shooting a 73 and led the four-time Masters champ by 207 to 208 after 54 holes of play. It was almost a replay of two weeks ago in the Heritage Classic at Hilton Head, S.C., where Weiskopf, trailing by six strokes after two rounds, outshot Nicklaus, 69-75, in the third round to tie for the lead. However, Nicklaus won the Heritage by three strokes. "I sure hope this tournament doesn't turn out like that one," Weiskopf said. "I never led the Masters before," said Weiskopf who has finished tied for second here three times in the past six years and twice in the past three. "I led the British Open all four days when I won there (1973). "I can't be worried about any individual tomorrow. I just got to go out there and play my game, swing as I have been swinging. There's still a lot of golf left and like Jack said yesterday, you've just got to play your best and try to make it happen." Weiskopf, winner at last week's Greater Greensboro Open which Nicklaus skipped, said he never conceded this Masters when Nicklaus took his five- stroke lead. "Five shots is nothing here with the caliber of players we have. I'm sure he wasn't happy with his bad round. But he had s two super rounds (68-67) and could afford one bad round. "Jack's not just a good player, he's a great one. He'll have no trouble getting ready for tomorrow." Weiskopf played the first two rounds in 69-72-141 and started Nuggets Win, Grab 3-2 Edge Over Stars DENVER (UPI) - Dave Robisch, making his first start of the season, led six Denver players in double figures with 22-points Saturday night as the Nuggets, humiliated by Utah in the last two games of the ABA Western opening round playoffs, beat the Stars 130-119 to take a 32 lead in the series. The two meet at Utah Monday. If a seventh game is needed it will be in Denver Tuesday afternoon. The series winner meets the winner of the San Antonio-Indiana playoff. The game was extremely redeeming for Denver's Ralph Simpson, who had 20 points after scoring only two in Friday's 132110 loss at Utah and just 11 in Wednesday's 122-102 loss to the Stars. Mack Calvin had 19 points and 10 assists for Denver and Mike Green scored 21 and had seven rebounds. Utah was led by John Roche with 27, but the story was Roche's sporadic play. The 63 guard from South Carolina scored 19 of his points during the final seven minutes of the first quarter, hitting six of six two- point field goal attempts, his lone three-point shot and all four of his free throws. But that was all he scored in the first half. And that was reflected in the score. Before Roche got hot, Denver held a 16-6 lead, which was cut to 36-33 at the end of the first period. And with Roche not even taking a shot in the second quarter, Denver enjoyed leads of up to 18 and was up 67-53 at the half. Jim Eakins had 16 for Utah and Moses Malone hit for 22 and '11 rebounds. Saturday's play six strokes back. He remained in that position until he birdied the par 3 sixth, which Nicklaus parred; cut the margin to four strokes when he birdied the par 5 eighth; then was just three strokes back when Nicklaus bogeyed No. 9. Weiskopf moved to two back with a birdie at No. 10 and was only one away when Nicklaus bogeyed No. 11. Nicklaus widened that to two again with a birdie at No. 12 but Weiskopf birdied 13 and 16 to catch up. Weiskopf took the lead for the first time in the tournament when he rammed home a 15- foot putt on the final hole of the round —jumping for joy when the ball went into the cup. But that lead wasn't safe until Nicklaus missed a similiar birdie putt on the same hole about a half hour later. "I knew, the way Jack had been playing, I had to shoot a super round today," said Weiskopf. "It was just a matter of finally making some putts. It happens that way. If you are making putts, you have more confidence. "I knew I had to put a good score on the board. I couldn't afford a 74 or 75." But Weiskopf said he tried not to pay attention to what Nicklaus was doing. "You can't worry about what other people are doing," he said. "You have enough troubles with your own game." Weiskopf said getting birdies on three of the four par 5s at Augusta National was the key to his game plan. "That's where I have the advantage," said the long-hitting Ohioan. "I messed up on several of the par 5s Friday and was hoping that wouldn't happen again." He missed a three foot putt on the only par 5 he didn't birdie, but said he didn't let it bother him. "I just missed it. I knew I had to forget it and get on to the next hole." That miss obviously didn't bother him since he birdied two of the last three holes with 15- foo tens. "I just hope I can play the same way Sunday." National record by one shot when he fired a 65 during the third round of the Masters. Nicklaus Has Been There Before AUGUSTA, Ga. (UPI) Jack Nicklaus slipped to second place in the Masteis, but it wasn't the end of the world. He has one big thing going for him in his attempt to catch and pass fellow Ohioan Tom Weiskopf, leading him by a single shot, and that's the memory of what happened only two weeks ago in the Heritage Classic at Hilton Head, S.C. Weiskopf trailed Nicklaus by six strokes going into the third round there, the same as he did here, and he caught him, but Nicklaus ultimately won by three shots. Nicklaus had a 73 in Saturday's third round here and Weiskopf AUGUSTA, Ga. (UPI) -Jack Nicklaus did something Saturday hardly anybody thought he would. He lost a five-stroke lead. Just one day after he had been conceded a record fifth Masters championship by almost everybody else, Nicklaus found himself in second place. He got there with some help from a friend, fellow Ohioan Tom Weiskopf, who shot a six-under- par 66 to move ahead by one stroke. Nicklaus, five up on the field and six in front of Weiskopf when play started Saturday, had a 73, which was not all that bad. "I'd say 29 out of 30 times it (the lead) would hold up," he said. "This time it didn't. Tom played a tremendous round of golf, and you have to give him credit for that." Weiskopf, Nicklaus' former teammate at Ohio State, was one of the few people around Friday night and Saturday morning who did not think the tournament was over. "All I need is one great round in the last two," he said before he started. He got it. Tall Tom made seven birdies and a lone bogey at the 360- yard third hole where he took three putts from 30 feet. He finally forged ahead by sinking a 15-foot birdie putt at the 420- yard 18th, and then thrust his putter skyward and did a little jump for joy for the national television audience. The 66 was the best round Weiskopf, three times a runne- rup here, has shot in eight appearances in the Masters. "The way Jack was playing, I knew I couldn't afford to shoot a 72 or 73, "he said. After 54 holes, Weiskopf, whose previous rounds were 69 and 72, stands at 207, nine under par, Nicklaus, who started 6867, is at 208. Johnny Miller, the man who was supposed to be challenging, finally got his act together and shot the tournament's best round, a 65, to move into third place at 211. Tom Watson was fourth at 72212 and Bobby Nichols, the first round leader, and Billy Casper were at 213 following Saturday rounds of 72 and 73, respectively. Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino headed a group at 215 and Gary Player, last year's winner, was at 219 and out of contention. Palmer played with Nicklaus in the day's final twosome and the two all-time greats were followed by a gallery that quite possibly was the largest ever to watch one group play in a golf tournament." Estimates of the Palmer- Nicklaus gallery, most of it cheering lustily for Arnold, ranged to 25,000-plus. Veteran Masters-watchers said it was the biggest crowd they ever had seen but all the galleryites saw was Jack's 73and Arnold's 75. AUGUSTA, Ga. (UPI) - The leaders' cards in the third round of the Masters golf tournament: Par Out 454343454-36 In 443 545 344-X-72-216 Weiskopf 445342444-34 343445243-32-66-207 Out In Niddaus Out In J. Miller Out In Watson Out In 544343455-37 452 545 344 -36 -73 -208 443232354-30 4434453(4-35-65-211 545343444-36 454544334-36-72-212 Bobby Nichols BUy Casper Hubert Green Allen Miller BudAUln Lee Trevino Arnold Palmer Ralph Johnston Dave Hill Gene Littler J.C. Snead Tom Kite Bobby Cole Dave Stockton Forrest Fezler Halelrwin Miller Barber Art Wall Jerry Heard Ben Crenshaw Larry Ziegler Rod Curl Bruce Devlin GaryGroh Gary Player Bert Yancey Graham Marsh Victor Regalado HughBakxxhl A-George Bums Homero Blancas Pat Fltaslmons Lou Graham Tom Aaron Charles Goody Maurice Bembridge Bob Murphy A-Jary Pate Ray Floyd Lu Uang-Huan Richie Karl MasahlOzakJ A—denotes amateur 67-74-72-213 70-70-73-213 74-71-70-215 68-75-72-215 73-69-73-215 71-70-74-215 69-71-75-215 74-7M9-216 74-71-70-216 72-72-72-216 68-72-75-216 72-74-71-217 73-71-73-217 72-72-73-217 76-71-71-218 • 73-74-71-218 74-72-72-218 72-74-72-218 71-75-72-218 72-71-75-218 71-73-74-218 72-70-76-218 72-70-76-218 72-76-71-219 '72-74-73-219 74-71-74-219 75-70-74-219 76-72-72-220 76-72-72-220 72-72-76-220 7249-79-220 73-68-79-220 72-72-77-221 71-75-76-222 72-75-75-222 75-72-75-222 70-72-80-222 71-75-78-224 72-73-79-224 73-74-78-225 72-75-79-226 73-73-83-229 TOM WEISKOPF reacts to a birdie on the 18th green that put him into the Masters lead going into today's final round at Augusta National. Spurs Down Indiana INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (UPI) —The San Antonio Spurs, thanks to George Gervin's basket with only five seconds left, overcame a last period rush by Indana Saturday night to beat the Pacers, 110-109, forcing a fifth game in their best-of-seven series in the ABA Western Division playoffs. George McGinnis, the league's leading scorer, connected for 51 points, a record for the Indianapolis Market Square Arena, to keep the Pacers alive in the closing minutes. Indiana went ahead with 52 seconds left in the final period on a pair of free throws by McGinnis, 109-108, after managing to tie the game twice in the opening minutes of the period. The Spurs got the ball with 16 seconds to go and George Gervin connected on an 18- footer to put San Antonio ahead by one with five seconds to go. The Pacers took a time out but a last ditch effort to get a shot from McGinnis failed. San Antonio led 31-24 at the end of one period and 58-51 at the half before closing to 84-81 at the end of three. SAN ANTONIO (110) Jones 3 CM) 6, Dietrick 5 2-3 12, Natcr 10 0-3 20, Silas 9 7-8 25, Gervin 12 5-7 29, Freeman 4 1-29, Terry3349. Totals 46 18-27 110. INDIANA (1«) Knight 14 <H) 28, McGinnis 21 6-11 51, Orrore 3 (Ml 6, Buse 2 (M) 4, Joyce 6 04 12, Brown 24-48, Hillman 0 00 0 Totals 48 10-15 109. SaoAntODto 31 !7 «.»-119 24. 91.31. $-1(9 Eagles Gain 5-4 Triumph BrentMeeke'sgoalat 19:19of the third period gave the Salt Lake Golden Eagles a 5-4 victory over the Omaha Knights before more than 9,000 fans in the Salt Palace. The win gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead in games in the best of five Northern Division semifinal series. The series now moves to Omaha where games three and four will be played next Friday and Saturday. passed him with a 66. Johnny Miller, with his 65, was in third place four shots behind Weiskopf. "I'm not that unhappy with my round," said Nicklaus after finishing. "I played all right. I just missed all my putts, that's all. As far as I'm concerned, I played reasonably well. I thought the wind was a considerable factor. "Look at it this way: I started the round with a five stroke lead (over Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Billy Casper). I'd say 29 out of 30 times it would hold up. This time it didn't. Tom played a tremendous round of golf, and you have to give him credit for that." Nicklaus actually has Weiskopf right where he wants him —directly in front of him where his first-place presence serves as a nerve-nagging reminder that Nicklaus will have to get moving if he figures on winding up with his fifth Masters'title. "Jack likes the pressure," offered Dave Stockton, one of his fellow competitors here. "He isn't a good front-runner. I know that because he told me that himself once when we were playing in the World Series (of Golf) five years ago. "He was five-six strokes up and I carne back to catch him. He eventually won, and after it was all over, he said 'thanks for putting the pressure on me. It makes me work harder.'" In Saturday's round here, Nicklaus said he wasn't concentrating on either Weiskopf or Miller that much as he was on playing the course. "You can only do your own game," he said. Miller, on the other hand, would prefer to be in front anytime. "I like it when I'm 12 shots ahead with only two to go," he smjled. "I love to front-run because then I'm in the driver's seat. I don't wanna he the guy in the passenger's seat waiting for the pilot to have a heart attack.'' Johnny Miller Shoots Six Straight Birdies AUGUSTA, Ga. (UPI) "Jack better not make many mistakes. If he keeps it within four and I get it going again Sunday, I think I can catch him.." Johnny Miller, feeling his oats, was doing the talking Saturday following his electrifying seven- under-par 65 in the third round of the Masters Golf Tournament. He was talking about catching front-running Jack Nicklaus in Sunday's windup. Miller said he was "thinking more about the record than the tournament" during Saturday's round, and the record he meant was Augusta National's 64 held jointly by Nicklaus, Morris Bembridge and Lloyd Mangrum. "It never really occured to me that I might get close enough to get into contention," said Miller who saw his 11-point deficit dwindle to manageable size in his pursuit of Nicklaus, the second round leader. "I just wanted to play a good tournament so you guys (sportswriters) wouldn't say I was a dog this week." Miller, winner of 11 tournaments and $450,000 the past 15 months, was only two shots better than he needed to qualify for Saturday's play when he went 75-71-146 the first two rounds. But six straight early birdies Saturday vaulted him among the leaders. His front-nine 30 was a stroke lower than that stretch had been played before and his 7- under 65 was just one stroke off the 18-hole record. "It was a pretty good round of golf," said Miller. "The only green I missed was at No. 7 (where a 35-foot putt from 12 feet off the green rolled in for his sixth birdie). "My game needs inspiration and a little momentum. You just have to make some birdies and you get inspired real quick. "I figured I'd shoot 64,1 should have shot 64," Miller added. "But, I could have shot a 40 on the back nine. There are no gimmies there. I honestly believe no one will tear up the back nine today. There are four straight holes out there (12 through 15) where the wind is really tough." Miller ran off five straight pars before getting his seventh birdie of the day at No. 13 and then parred the rest of the way in. "I had a feeling I might have a better day when I almost got a birdie on the first hole," he said. "But six birdies in a row? Really. When I rolled in that 35-footer from that far off the green at seven, I thought to myself, 'I'm going to shoot nothing today. 1 By that time, the gallery was getting a little interested." Miller said he started thinking about the course record when he put a one-iron shot just a foot from the pin on the 190-yard, par 3 sixth hole. "I knew five birdies in a row wasn't too shabby." At the time Miller finished, Nicklaus was still four strokes ahead of him. It wasn't long after Miller said that the lead, then shared" by Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf, had been trimmed to two strokes over him. "I didn't play all that badly the first two days," said Miller. "I just wasn't making any putts. I went back to my old putter today and it seemed to make a difference. Maybe all that putter .needed was to be threatened"I figured that if I stayed patient that finally something would happen. Now, it all depends on what happens on the front nine Sunday."