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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, June 14, 1979-Page 11

Sweet Lou hurt

TOM WATSON: A different story than Nicklaus. AP roo
To-mmy an-d Jack:
comparisons unfair.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - It is inevitable that comparisons be made bet-
ween Tom Watson, currently golf's outstanding 'performer, and Jack
Nicklaus, the man who dominated the game so long.
Watson, who at 29 is Nicklaus' junior by a decade, says such com-
parisons are difficult if not impossible to make with any degree of accuracy.
"It's almost like apples and oranges at this stage," Nicklaus said before
a practice round for the 79th United States Open Golf Championship which
begins today on the Inverness Club course. "I'd won a couple of U.S.
Amateurs as well as the NCAA national title before I turned pro and then
won the U.S. Open as my first pro title.
"Tom had to do it differently. He had to go through the PGA Qualifying
School. He had to learn to qualify. Then he had to learn to make the cut. Then
he had to learn to make a check. Then he had to learn to win.
"There's no question that he's been the outstanding player in the game
for the last 2% years. But I think he'll tell ypu his place in the game depends
on what he does in the next few years, his record in the majors over the next
few years. There seems to be no doubt that he'll make it, barring injury or
something like that. But it has to be done."
"He's been out here for what? Eight years? And he didn't win for the fir-
st two or three. So it's really not quite fair to try to make a comparison
there."
The comparison is heavily weighted in Nicklaus' favor. Watson, at age
29, goes into the American National Championship with 13 PGA Tour titles to
his credit. His three major championships consist of two British Opens and
the 1977 Masters crown.
At age 29 Niclaus went into the 1969 U.S. Open with 27 PGA Tour titles.
He had seven majors - two U.S. Opens, three Masters, one PGA National
Championship and one British Open. In addition - and not included in those
figures - were two Australian Open crowns and three victories in the old
World Series of Golf.
"To be a great player;yoo must have a great record over a long span of
time, not just a few years," said Watson. "You must have a scoring average
over a long period of time. You must-win in the majors and you must win in
the majors consistently."
And there's another ingredient for greatness, one that has so far escaped
Watson. "With one exception - Sam Snead - you can't be considered a
great player if you haven't won the U.S. Open," Watson said. "This is the one
I've beenlooking forward to. This is the one I really want to win. I've had a
chance to wina couple of times. Maybe this is the year."
TOMORROW NITE
(CLAUDIA WEILL, 1978) 'GIRL FRIENDS' SVICKIPOLON
CAST: MELANIE MAYRON, ANITA SKINNER, ElI WALLACH BOB BALABAN.
An exploration of intimacy involving a day-to-day approach, on-screen per-
sonalities that-for a change-seem like real people, and flashes of humor.
Susan, a young photographer living in New York, feels betrayed when her
friend and roommate, Anne, gets married and moves out. Coping with new-
found loneliness, she tries out a new roommate, two attempted affairs (an
artist, then a rabbi), and emotional self-sufficiency.
"If 'kiss, kiss, bong, bang!' can describe the archetypal male movie, the
feminine film tends to turn away from the exclamatory to examine the
emotional territory in between."-Newsweek
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DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Tigers
second baseman Lou Whitaker was
placed on the 15-day disabled list after
X-rays yesterday showed a fracture of
the ring finger of his right hand.
Whitaker, who was the American
League's 1978 rookie of the year,
sustained the, injury Tuesday night
against the Oakland A's on, a throw
from the outfield.
The injury was discovered by doctors
at Henry Ford Hospital.
Dave Machemer, who was optioned
to the Tigers' top farm club at Evan-
sville, Ind. on May 4 and then sent to
Rochester, N.Y., was recalled to fill in
for the injured Whitaker.
Machemer was expected to report
Thursday in time for the Tigers'
scheduled 8 p.m. home game against
Seattle, club officials said.
Red Sox schuffle
BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox
traded first baseman George
"Boomer" Scott to the Kansas City
Royals for outfielder Tom Poquette
yesterday and acquired slugger Bob
Watson from the Houston Astros.
Scott and Poquette were to swap
uniforms last night as the Red Sox
wrapped up a three-game series in
Kansas City.
Scott had issued a play-me-or-trade-
me edict when he was benched last
month after going hitless in 25 times at
bat. Since May 25, he had one hit and
two Walks in three pinch-hitting ap-
pearances.
The slick-fielding 35-year-old first
baseman was hitting .224 with four
home runs and 23 RBI in 45 games.
Poquette, 27, an outfielder, was hitting
.192 in 21 games this year.
Watson was acquired for minor
league right-hander Peter Ladd, a
player to be named later, and an un-
specified amount of cash. The 33-year-
old right-handed power hitter has a
lifetime average of .299 in 10 major
league seasons, all with Houston. He
was hitting .239 in 49 games this season
with three home runs and 18 RBI. He
has 136 career homers and 764 RBI.
NBA adds three point play
WASHINGTON - The National
Basketball Association general
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managers and coaches voted over-
whelmingly yesterday to adopt the
three-point field goal next season in an
effort to create new fan excitement and
cut down on physical play underneath
the basket.
Both groups expected the club owners
to approve the proposal at their
meeting next week.
The general managers approved the
proposal by a vote of 15-7 while the
coaches voted 15-5 in favor of the three
point basket, one of the mainstays of
the old American Basketball
Association.
Both groups also voted over-
whelmingly against a proposal to
legalize the-zone defense, the other
major topic discussed during the two-
day annual meeting of the NBA general
managers, coaches, team doctors,
business managers and public relations
directors.
Ramsay also said the coaches voted
17-3 to keep three referees a game at
least for another year.
In other business, the general
managers agreed to create a commit-
tee to study the possibility of the NBA
affiliating with the newly-formed minor
league, the United Basketball
Association.

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