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Thursday, July 2 1977

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CANADIAN OPEN STARTS TODAY

Jack seeks to end streaks

OAKVILLE, Ont. (M - Jack
Nicklaus will seek an end to
two streaks - streaks that are
good but not good enough -
in the $225,000 Canadian Open
Golf Championship that gets
underway Thursday.
Although he has broken the
tournament scoring record in
each of his last two starts, he's
finished second in each, by one

stroke to Tom Watson in the
British Open and by the same
margin to Ray Floyd last week
in the Pleasant Valley Classic.
"Two weeks in a row I set
the record; two weeks in a
row I finish second," Nick-
lads mused. "Not good
enough."
His other streak involves this
national championship. It's one

of the few important titles he
has failed to acquire in his un-
matched career. Four times
he's finished second. But he
hasn't won.
"It's something that is un-
done," he said.
He has an excellent opportun-
ity to end those runner-up
strings this week. He's obvious-
ly playing very well; he's moti-

vated by Watson's challenge;
and he's playing on a course of
his own design.
THE SPONSORING Royal
Canadian Golf Association com-
missioned Nicklaus four years
ago to construct for them a
permanent site for the Cana-
dian national championship
that, in the decade of the 70s
and grown enormously in sta-
ture.
The 7,t29 yard, par-72 Glen
Abbey Golf Club about 25
miles southwest of Toronto,
was the result. In many re-
spects it resembles Nicklaus'
Muirfield Village course in Co-
lumbus, Ohio; rolling, wooded,
difficult with huge, man-made
mounds and amphitheaters
around the greens to provide
viewing for thousands of spec-
tators.
"It would be a little bit em-
barrassing not to play well on a
course you designed," Nicklaus
said.
His credentials are all in
order. He's won three times,
been second in the same num-
ber of tournaments, hasn't
finished out of the top 10
since March and is second on
the season's money-winning

list with an impressive $242,-
841.
He needs a victory here, and
the $45,000 first prize, to go
past the absent Watson, who
leads the list with $274,178.
While Watson, the Masters
and British Open champion and
winner of four other interna-
tional events this year, is
among the missing, the 156-
man field offers more than am-
ple competition.
Heading the list are Floyd
and long hitting Bruce Lietzke,
each a two time winner this
season; and Tom Weiskopf,
who has won two of the last
four Canadian Open titles; and
defending champion Jerry Pate.
PATE, PLAGUED by a neck
injury all year, has only won
$5144 since he captured the
first event of the year in Phoe-
nix. After his superb rookie
season last year which included
the U. S. Open crown, people
expect more of the 23-year old
Houston graduate.
Pate insists he is ready to
fulfill those expectations, and
is irritated by those who doubt
his ability to come back.
"I'm sick of hearing about
it," Pate said. "The problem is
solved."

Ali-Shavers bout set

NEW YORK (A') - Muham-
mad Ali will defend his heavy-
weight boxing title against
fifth ranked challenger Earnie
Shavers in a 15-round bout to
be held Sept. 29 at Madison
Square Garden and to be shown
on home television by NBC.
"I'm ecstatic about getting
the fight," declared Shavers.
"It's the greatest opportuunity
of my lifetime. I finally got
what a want and I'm glad the
fight is in Madison Square Gar-
den."
The 35-year-old All will re-
portedly receive more than
$3 milion for the bout, with
Shavers, 31, getting upwards
of $300,000.
"It's been a long, hard road
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John Condon, the Garden's vice
president of boxing. "It's been
a lot of blood, sweat and tears,
but we finally got it."
Shavers, who has a 54-5-1
record with 52 knockouts, had
signed on May 16 to fight Ali at
the Garden for an estimated
$200,000. He later signed with
Top Rank, Inc. for $300,000 for
the same bout. Court action fol-
lowed in an effort to untangle
the situation, but what finally
did it apparently was the Gar-
dens decision to add $100,000 to
Shavers' purse.
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JACK NICKLAUS eyes the result of a shot during practice round for the Canadian Open which
starts today and will run through Saturday. Nicklaus is the favorite to win the event, which he
has never captured but has finished second in five times. The tourney will be held on the Glen
Abbey course 25 miles from downtown Toronto, a course which Nicklaus helped redesign
three years ago to become the permanent home of the Open.

Season grid tickets gone
for first time ever
If you expected to buy a season ticket .for University of
Michigan home football games this year so you'd be able to
go to the Ohio State game, forget it. You're too late. .
Al Renfrew, Michigan's ticket manager, said season ticket
sales to the general public were cut off yesterday. However,
30,000 student seats have been set aside; though not officially
sold yet.
THERE HAVE BEEN 55,000 season tickets sold for the
101,701 seat Michigan Stadium.
A University spokesman said this is the first time Mich-
igan has had to cut off season ticket sales.
Four of the defending Big Ten champion Wolverines
seven home games have been sold out. Single game tickets
remain available for only three games: Sept. 17 versus Duke
(home opener), Oct. 29 vs. Iowa, and Nov. 5 vs. Northwestern.

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