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turdOY, June 18, 1977
EADS FIELD BY ONE:
Green leads

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Eleven

THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Eleven

By The Associated Press
TULSA, Okla.-Hubert Green,
elding an ancient, green-han-
d putter as his principal
,p on, emerged from a multi-
man scramble with a 67 and
nllished sole control of the
d yesterday in the second
id ' the 77th United States
en Golf ChampionshiP.
Green, who hasn't really re-

ceived the recognition deserved
for his 11 tour triumphs, noted
that he hasn't yet won a major
championship, a title he needs
to confirm his status as one of
the games leading performers.
"If I'm in this position to-
morrow, everybody is going to
be asking, 'Can he hold up?
Will he take the gas?'
"Well, I just hope I'm here so

Open
you can ask me."
Green, troubled by erratic
putting all year, one-putted
eight times before posting his
two-round total of 136, four un-
der par on the deceptively tough,
heat-scorched, 6,873-yard South-
ern Hills Country Club course.
Just one shot back halfway
through the chase for the most
prestige-laden and dearly-cov-
eted title the game can offer
was Terry Diehl, a one-tourna-
ment winner from Rochester,
N.Y., who composed a 68 and
had a 137 total.
"I'm just going to play like
hell for the next two rounds,"
said Diehl, who saved his card

in his rookie season with a vic-
tory in the 1974 San Antonio-
Texas Open, which he called
"your proverbial back-to-the-
wall story."
Green and Diehl were among
the seven men who shared the
first round lead. The others
lashed their ways to varied and
assorted fates while the biggest
gun in the game-awesome Jack
Nicklaus-wheeled into position
for a shot at a record-matching
fourth American National cham-
pionship.
Nicklaus, holder of a record
14 major professional titles
but hungry as ever to add to
that total, dropped a 15-foot
eagle putt on the 560-yard
16th hole on his way to a 68
that put him back in business
at 142, six shots back.
"That eagle gave me new life
in the tournament," he said.
"I'm definitely in it. A 142 is
never a bad score in the U.S.
Open. I can't remember an

Open in which 142 wasn't very
much in contention."
Tom Purtzet, one of the pre-
viously obscure young usen who
dominated the early season,
came on with a second consecu-
tive 69 and was third alone at
138.
Gary Player, the gritty little
South African who wants so
desperately to win this one
again, osce pitched in from
deep, clinging rough for a
birdie that highlighted his 67.
He was tied for fourth at 139
with veteran tourist Rod Fun-
seth and Sam Adams, who
cheerfully describes himself as
"the leading, left-handed touring
pro from Boone, N.C."
Funseth shot a 70 while the
lefty Adams scored four birdies
in a row, once coming within
one inch of holing out a seven
iron approach shot, in his 69.
Jay Haas, with a 68, and non-
stop talker Joe Inman, with a
70, were next at 140.

Hubie hits a bird

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