TH IHIA ALY
Fridoy, June 14, 1974
Player's 70 earns Open lead
- Masters champion Gary
Player, tight - lipped and
grim-faced, scrambled and
strained to a round of 70-
even par-and took the lead
yesterday in the 74th
United States Open Golf
The scoring was some of
the highest in the last two
decades despite the almost
ideal playing conditions-
balmy temperatures, bright,
warm sun, just the hint of
a breeze. It was the first
time since 1958 that a
round of par had led the
American National Cham-
"THE WAY they played it,"
observed a member of the Roy-
al and Ancient Golf Club, the
sport's ruling body in Great
Britain, "perhaps they should
change the name of the course
to Clubbed Foot."
The penalties were severe for
many of the game's great
names. Some 20 per cent of the
field shot in the 80s on the
Winged Foot Club course, 6,961
yards of subtle terror, trees,
traps and trouble nestled in the
gently - rolling hills of suburban
Defending champion Johnny
Miller - the sensation of the
tour this year with five vic-
tories and $203,000 in winnings
-bogeyed three of his last four
holes for 76.
JACK NICKLAUS, generally
recognized as the world's finest
player, bogeyed the first four
holes he played and had 75.
Lee Trevino took 78 strokes,
British Open champion Tom
Weiskopf struggled to 76, and
Billy Casper, who won the 1959
U. S. Open on this same course,
England's Tony Jacklin made
a 10-1 wager with a friend, 1,-
000 British British pounds to
100, that no one in the field will
break 280, par for four rounds.
"THE USGA couldn't have set
it up any harder," said Miller,
the defending champion, owner
of the Open scoring record.
"On every hole that was
downwind, the pins were in the
front of the green, tucked right
behind a bunker. You're going
downwind and you can't put the
spin on the ball to stop it.
"On every hole into the wind,
the pins were in the back, two
clubs farther away.
"I felt like I'd played 36
holes - not 18."
"THIS IS THE way golf is
supposed to be played," Player
said. "I was delighted to get
around in 70. No human being s
is going to get around without
making a bogey.
"You have to think and you
have to play all the shots and
if you miss a shot you're going
to get penalized.
"That's the way golf is sup-
posed to be. "You have to have
respect for every hole."
PLAYER SCORED his only
American Open championship in
1965. He's won two British
Opens, two PGAs and picked up
his second Masters title only
two months ago. He needs this
again to complete a double
sweep of all the world's major
Arnold Palmer, the 44-year-
old people's choice, thrilled the
huge gallery by shooting a 73.
over and out
The Wheels are spinning ...
BE.and dream of winning
THE WHOLE SCENE is slightly chaotic, and no one really knows
where they are going-much less where anyone else is going.
But gradually the pieces are beginning to fall together for the
Detroit Wheels and the fledgling World Football League.
I made my first visit out to the Wheels' camp on the Eastern
Michigan University campus yesterday and was surprised by a
lot of what is going on there. Players moving in and out of camp
almost as fast as you can cross one name off and scratch in
another, and scribes hustling about trying to find out who that
new halfback is or what's that new guy's number.
At the top, however, all the rough spots get smoothed out.
Head coach Dan Boisture and his assistants have a good line
on exactly what's going on, and what's going on is the birth of
a new football league.
Sure, there are a lot of obscure names running around. But
there are a lot of familiar ones, too. What Michigan fan could
forget Mike Taylor, the bone jarring all-American linebacker?
Or Warren "The Flea" McVea, the diminutive speedster who daz-
zled the nation in his collegiate days at Houston. And Bubba
Wyche, the quarterback who led Tennessee to a bowl bid not
so long ago.
There are some names not so familiar to the average football
fan right now that certainly will be by the middle of October.
Guys like Same Scarber, a bruising running back who roars
through the line like an Ed Shuttlesworth, only faster. Hubie
Bryant, a fleet-footed wide receiver, will catch a lot of passes and
excite a lot of fans before the twenty game WFL season ends.
THE WHEELS FACE a lot of problems, like the court action
being brought against linebacker Sam Britts, who still has an
option year remaining on his contract with the Edmonton Eski-
mos of the Canadian Football League. The league also will have
some hard times, such as the franchise switches that have al-
ready taken place and the continuing changes in rules and format.
A new rule adopted Wednesday calls for touchdowns to count
seven points with an extra point called the "action point" that
must be run or passed from the 2 yard line.
At times, things get so hectic no one knows what's hap-
pening. Yesterday, when a club spokesman was announcing
the latest player cuts, "We cut a guy named Kelly," he noted.
Then, with a half grin-half wince he admitted, "I don't even
know if we've got a guy named Kelly on the roster, but we
cut him anyway."
Coach Boisture best summed up what the Wheels hope to
accomplish in the next few months. "We're taking a bunch of
guys that aren't that well known but who have great morale. This
is the kind of group I like to have. We may beat a lot of teams
who have better individuals but who all are playing their own
game. Right now, I can't say how good we'll be, but at 10:15 p.m.
July 10th I'll know."
On July 10, the Wheels play their first WFL game against the
Memphis Southmen, once the Toronto Northmen. By that time
Boisture will, indeed, have a good idea of his team's capabilities,
just as the WFL will have a pretty good idea of its possibilities.
GARY PLAYER, one of the leading causes of the persistent
U.S. balance-of-payments crisis, holes his putt on the 2nd hole
at Winged Foot yesterday for a birdie, giving him a good start
on the way to a 70 and the first-round U.S. Open lead.
KANSAS CITY - John May- jas se
berry slugged a two-run homer sacrifi
in the first inning and Vada Pin- Patek
son hit a solo shot to trigger a his hit
three-run second that propelled games
the Kansas City Royals to a 54 The
victory o v e r the Milwaukee Splitto
Brewers last night. sixth
Mayberry followed a walk to singlet
Amos Otis with his 13th homer him wi
af the baseball season and Pin- homec
son led off the second with his whot
third of the year, a 315-foot shot. Scott's
Both blasts came off loser Jim
WITH ONE OUT in the sec- in the
tnd, Fran Healy walked, stole ted h
second and moved to third on double
Fred Patek's single. Cookie Ro- Split
Major League S
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Bston 3t 25 sea9 - Philade
cleveland 29 27 .518 3 St. Lou
Milwaukee 28 27 .50M 3% Montre
Detroit 29 28 .509 3% Chicat
New York 30 31 .491 4Y New Y4
Baltimore 28 29 .491 4% Plttsbu
Oakland 32 27 .542 - Los An
Kansas city 29 28 .509 2 Ciacda
Texas 30 29 .508 2 Atlanta
chicago 26 27 .491 3 Housto
california 26 34 .463 6% San Fr
Minnesota 23 31 A26 6% san Di
Yesterday's Results S
Kansas City 5, Milwaukee 4 saen FeY
Only game seheduledNOnly
Minnesota (Decker 6-4) at cleve- nous
land (Johnson 3-2), night. (1ooto
Chicago (Pitloek 2-1) at Bat- St. L
more (Grlsley 5-7), night. (Nieke
Kansas City (Btusby 7-6) at Or- San
troit (LaGrow 5-4), night. treats(
Milwaukee (Kobel 3-3) at Texas Los
(Bibby 9-3), night. York
New York (Tidrow 4-5) at Oak- San
land (Hoitzman 7-6), night. Pi(0s
noston (Tiant s-5) at California Phi
(Ryan 7-6), night. Cinein
at KO's Brewers;
futile in 1-0 loss
nt Healy home with a from Gene Garber in the sixth
ce fly and Otis scored inning. Bill Travers relieved
with a double, extending Slaton in the second and gave
ting streak to 11 straight up only four hits the rest of the
Brewers jumped on Paul a * *
rff for three runs in the
i n n i n g. Robin Yount Cubs Barred
I and John Briggsscored SAN FRANCISCO - Jim
ith a double. Brigg raced Barr scattered six Chicago hits
in a single by Don Money, and Gary Thomasson singled
then scored on George home the only run he needed
> double. in the seventh inning Thursday
NT PICKED up his third to give the San Francisco
of the game with two out. Giants a 1-0 victory over the
seventh inning, and trot- Cubs.
ome on Briggs' second
. BARR STRUCK out seven
torff needed relief help and walked two in outdueling
Bill Bonham, who pitched a
~.0~'~ n '0" a five-hitter but was the victim
of an errorbthat paved the way
tandinqs to the Giants' run.
Steve Ontiveros led off the
NATIONAL LEAGUE seventh with a grounder and
East reached second when first base-
elphia 31 27 2 man Billy Williams let the ball
Bs 30 27 .s2 1 go under his glove. Ontiveros
al 20 26 .500 21/ went to third on a wild pitch,
0 23 n -426 6 then scored when Thomasson
'ork 23 34 .404 8
rgh 21 34 .359 singled to center.
geles 42 19 .69 -
nati 33 24 .579 1
a 33 26 .55913
n 31 30 .5011 MORE
ancisco 31 32 A92 12
ego 25 40 .3919
ranelaro 1, Chicago #
'rk at Atlanta, ipd., rain
Today's Games S O T
ton (Roberts 5-6) at chicago
n 2-5), afternoon.
ouis (Gibson 3-6) at Atlanta
Diego (Splilner 2-1) at Mon- PA G E
MeAnally 4-5), night.
Angeles (John 9-1) at New
Koosman 5-4), night.
Francisco (Bryant 2-6) at
irgh (Ellis 2-5), night.
adelPhia (Scheeler 3-6) at
nati (Gullett 6-3), nIght.