Thursday, June 14, 1973 THE SUMMER DAILYr
Nicklaus favored in C
OAKMONT, Pa.' ) - J a c k
w w Nicklaus, who seems to thrive on
challenge, has a fresh one in
front of him as he seeks an un-
scaled peak of accomplishment
in defense of his American na-
tional golf championship.
't This time it's the tall, quick-
striding figure of Tom Weiskopf
who has 'eurst into golfing ma-
turity with the speed and strength
of the simmer storm that raked
the manicured acres of the Oak-
mont Country Club.
"I've always said he had the
most talent of any nlaver on the
tour,' Nicklaus said of the bald-
in, 30-year-old Weiskopf. 'He's
been slow to use it.
"J'm snirnrised it's token him
this lone to pvly this ood. He
Y is int now re ching his noten-
tial. The test for Tom will be in
winning a msior ch-mnionshio."
And that test starts todav in
the first ro'md of the 73rd Unit-
ed States Open. Nicklaus is de-
fe-ding the crowd he won at
Pebble Beach, Calif.. last year,
and is heavily favored.
Shoild he win a.sin, he'd wine
out from the books one of the
ame's most cherished records:
Bobby Jones' ac-mnlation of 13
It wold also enable him to
slrrass Walter H-tgen's record 11
mrjor orofessional titles; tie
Jones, Ben Hogan and Willie
Anderson with four U.S. Open
: titles and make him the first
player since Hogan in 1951 to
successfully defend in this most
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A STUDY IN CONCENTRATION is Gary Player seen here practic- golf titles.
ing for today's opening round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont, Pa. in s150 mi nthe secodThe soie-
times tempermental man, w h o
NOW SHOWING! DOUBLE FEATURE! insists he has come of age, is
"THE NIFTIEST C1l'ASE SEQUENCE SINCE playing the best golf of his ca-
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Z _eos w the hottest streak in the game.
thCntur-fo ntsHe has won his last two starts,
ury at prEsEnts inel'iding last week's romp in the
THE FRENCH Philadelnhia Clasic. He's won
three of his last four starts and
was second in the other. He's
collected $117,145 in winnings in
his last four appearances.
IN THE GREAT TRADITION But he's never won a major
OF AMERICAN THRILLERS. championship and faces t w o
kinds of pressure - the pressure
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pressure of fighting for the big-
s gest title the game can offer.
"Someone, I don't remember
who, but someone said we all
create our own pressure," he
said. "I believe that's true. If
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of all the trouble you can get
SOther' into, you're going to get in
7:30 p m 79 r30 p.m. "But if you stand over a shot
and say 'You have the ability
to execute this shot, then commit Casper and Bobby Nichols, Chi
yourself to it, well, that's some- Chi Rodriguez and JC. Snead.
thing else" But primarily there's Nicklaus.
But it's far from a two-m a n At 33 he's generaly considered
race over the 6,921-yard, par 71 to be the world's premier per-
Oakmont layout, site of Nick- former, the very best there is.
laus' 1%2 playoff victory over Many think he's the greatest of
Arnold Palmer for the Open all time. And he's still improv-
title, the first of Jack's 48 Amer- ing.
ican tour triumphs. "I don't think I've reached my
There is an extremely strong peak yet. I think my best is still
foreign threat in Australian in front of me," he said.
Bruce Crampton, South African He has a history of playing
Gary Player and Tony Jacklin his best when challenged. After
of England. asserting his superiority over
The strong, stocky Crampton Palmer in the middle 60s he went
was the early-season sensation of into a decline.
the American tour, reeling off He went 2% years without win-
three titles and three seconds. ning a major title. He droped out
He's having his best year in al- of his usual spot as the game's
most two decades of U.S. com- leading money winner. It took
petition and ranks second to Nick- him three years to win six in-
laus on the money-winning list. dividual titles on the U.S. tour.
Lee Trevino, Palmer and Tommy During that time Trvino burst
Aaron, the surprise winner of the on the scene with all the color
Masters, have to be considered. of a Mexican sunrise. He w as
There's the youth threat of Player of the Year and P r o
23-year-old Lanny Wadkins, win- Athlete of the Year after his
ner of two titles and more than blitz of the American, British
$220,000 in less than two years and Canadian Opens in 1971.
as a profesional, and 21-year-old It was the spur Jack needed.
amateur standout Ben Crenshaw He shook off the lethargy of the
of Texas late 60s and reasserted his posi-
And there's the always-potent tion of dominance. In the last 18
field of tour-tested veterans: Bert months he's won 11 titles - in-
Yancey and Bob Murphy, Gene cluding two majors - and more
Littler and Frank Beard, Billy than one-half million dollars.
North edges South
in lacrosse action
Last Saturday Michigan hosted the third annual Midwest
Club Lacrosse All-Star Game on Ferry Field which saw the
North All-Stars edge the South 9-8.
The North, led by Bowling Green's Pete Farell, stood off a
furious last quarter rally by the South who garnered three
goals in the final stanza but fell one short. For the North
it was the first win in the young series and a fine crowd of over
400 saw all the action.
Michigan was well represented in the contest with several
Wolverines figuring prominently in the outcome. Goalie Tim
Cotter made 14 saves in his stint while Jim Kilkowski and
Pete Drehmann combined for three of the squad's nine
For the first time in the short history of the classic two com-
petitors were chosen as Most Valuable Player. For the North,
it was Farell on the strength of his two goals and one assist.
Columbus' Roy Lyle of the South, was picked for the duo-honor
for his part in the rally. Lyle chipped in four assists to help the
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