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tirhrdav, June 16, 1977 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
NICKLAUS, WATSON FAVORED:
Pros set for U.S. Open today

Page Eleven

By The Associated Press
tjlSA, Okla. - Jack Nicklaus, with a slight-
, sprained right ankle, and Tom Watson, with
he best record in golf, are solidly entrenched
he men to beat in the 77th U. S. Open Cham-
Athotit neither really needs an added in-
entice i the physically and mentally exhaust-
tg te tiat makes up the most prestigious of all
ie 1 W* tournaments, each has at least one.
g UK IE COURAGEOUS Watson, a Tom
nyr Who grew up to become the Masters
pin, there's the opportunity to extend his
hnnces for the unaccomplished Grand Slam of
Fnr Nicklatts. the greatest player the game
rh td it 'ced, there's the opportunity to acquire
d tnashing fourth national champion-
estoli still further his unequalled domina-
,o t-I Big Four events and again reassert
tei t elf's Uo. 1 performer.
Shnnld iter falter in the strength sapping,
t degree neat forecast for today's start of this
2-hole citase, there's an impatient, jostling
nrde of the world's finest shotmakers eagerly
teiting the tiniest chance, willing and able to
ite the longest gamble to acquire the crown
tr their own.
They cnme in assorted sizes and shapes and
ge, eich tired by his own special and distinct
red for tie title that confers instant star qual.
. to the Ilan who owns it.
TIIERSE'S JERRY Pate, who was transported
on the comfortable anonymity of a non-winning
okie to the hectic status of international celeb-
ity with his come from behind triumph in the
pen last year. He seeks to become the first man
nce Ben Hogan in 1951 to successfully defend
s Open championship.
There's Tom Weiskopf, a winner two weeks
to who gives every indication he's again the
o Terrific who scored such spectacular suc-
esses a cotiple of seasons back.

greatness has encountered the boulder sized ob-
stacle of his own temperament.
THERE'S SUCH standouts as PGA champion
Dave Stockton, that extraordinary scrambler; his
good friend Al Geiberger, author of the incredi-
file, record breaking round of 59 a week ago; al-
ways dangerous Ray Floyd; Hale Irwin, who
enjoys such gaudy success on the tougher
courses; cross-handed putter Bruce Lietzke, the
outstanding player in the early season.
There's Lee Trevino and Johnny Miller, each
on a comeback from his particular problems.
Trevino's consisting of major back surgery that
threatened to end his rags to riches saga, Mil-
ler's consisting of a mysterious slump that once
actually had him talking of retiring.
All have the credentials. All have the ability.
All must be considered major challengers in an
Open strangely lacking - so far - in confu-
sion, controversy and complaints.
Open courses, historically, have been the tar-
gets of grousing and grumbles by the touring
pros who unhappily comment in salty, unprint-
able terms of narrow fairways; deep, clinging
rough; glass slick greens; soft, quicksand bunk-
ers.
THOSE COMPLAINTS are missing this year.
The rough is there, but it's not so severe as
usual. The fairways are a little more broad.
But Jerry McGee took note of the thousands
of towering trees that line the gently rolling,
meandering fairways.
"They don't need the usual rough," he said.
"Get it a little off the line and you're in 60-foot
rough."
"THE GREENS are perfect," said the red
haired, freckle faced Watson, easily the out-
standing player in the game this year. "They're
holding like dartboards."

Gophers fallin series;
Sun Devils keep rollin'
OMAHA, Neb. - Clemson should have been wary when
California State-Los Angeles put its phantom drill on the
shelf.
In two previous College World Series games, the upstart
Diablos delighted fans with a pre-game routine in which
they took infield drills without a ball.
Tuesday night, they stuck with straight baseball and
eliminated Clemson 1-0 as Mike Sutherland pitched a
four-hitter with the aid of some great defense.
"We play it straight when we have to," said 39-year-old
rookie Coach Jack Deutsch. "This was the most exciting
and best defensive game of the year for us."
Top-ranked Arizona State also stayed alive in the series
Tuesday night, beating Minnesota 8-4 behind a 14-hit as-
sault led by walk-on Mike Henderson.
The two winners were idle last night, while the only
unbeatens left among the four-Southern Illinois, 40-10,
and South Carolina, 42-10-1 clashed in a late-starting
game.
Minnesota, rated with Arizona State as the co-favorite
when the eight-team, double-elimination tournament start-
ed, took a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
But in the next three innings, the Sun Devils struck
for 10 hits and seven runs. Minnesota, 39-12, never recov-
ered as Jerry Vasquez allowed only three scattered singles
over the final eight innings.
"We simply played a better ball club," said Minne-
sota Coach Dick Siebert.
Arizona State Coach Jim Brock was pleased the way
his club bounced back from a disappointing 3-2 loss to
Southern Ilhinos.
Tonight, South Carolina meets Arizona State and Cali-
fornia State-Los Angeles faces Southern Illinois. -AP

ABC expands
TV coverage
ABC plans 7% hours of U.S.
Open coverage this weekend,
and will cover all 18 holes of
the final round Sunday with an
unprecedented 4-hour show.

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The 76-hole tournament begins today and runs
"l'ttt playiog -ery Wvell right now, very well," through Sunday. ABC plans to televise the final
aid that deeply talented man whose climb to two rounds on Saturday and Sunday.
Slew owners facing probe

U
EvERYONE'S READING
DAILY CLASSIFIEDS
ARE YOU

By The Associated Press through the Wood Memorial in
EW YORK - Seattle Slew's April because Hill, Taylor, train-
mership, w h i c h apparently er Billy Turner and others were
c the Triple Crown-winning not licensed owners in New
g i violation of state rules, York.
eg investigated by the New Further, Dailey said, the in-
k State Racing and Wagering ationis trying to deter-
The pricipal subject of the mine whether Hill wilfully mis-
1be is Dr. James Hill, represented the New York
"rden State, N.Y, equine regulation which bars prac-
- acan whN euith ticing thoroughbred veterinar-
eyaa Tayojineforming ians from also owning horses
6icdt alorinetenforg which compete in the state.
e purchase of a $17,500 year- There is also a probe under-
4 which turned out to be way to sort out the complex fi-
ittle Slew. nancial arrangement u n d e r
Daley, director of rac- which Hill is part-owner of Slew.
I Racing and Wager- Karen L. Taylor, Mickey's wife,
Board, said Slew had been 'is the listed owner of Seattle
in apparent violation of Slew.
lt rules from last summer A board spokesman refused
MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH INSTITUTE
SEMINAR SERIES
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0 E DEPARTMENT OF ANATOMY
ENIVRSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SCHOOL
"ORGANOCYPIC CULTURE STUDIES OF
ABNORMAL BRAIN TISSUE IN
NEUROLOGICAL MUTANT MICE"
THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 1977
SEMINAR.3:45 P.M., Room 1057
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York Post report that New York
Gov. Hugh Carey intervened to
prevent the possible barring of
Seattle Slew from the Belmont
Stakes.

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