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June 17, 1978 - Image 15

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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, June 17, 1978-Page 15
Anger, frustration
torment golfer Bean

DENVER (AP)-Fiery Andy Bean,
who blew the final round of the U.S.
Open with a 79 in Tulsa last year,
passed a temper test Friday that in-
cluded a loud stereo, a dizzying roller-
coaster ride of birdies and double
bogeys, and an inquiry if he was for
real.
Bean, the hottest player on the golf
tour with successive victories at the
Kemper and Memphis tour stops,
plucked six birdies from Cherry Hills
on the second day of the 78th U.4 Open
but also was staggered with two double
bogeys and three bogeys. He finished
with a second straight r-over-par 72.
"I was like a damn yo-yo out there
... uh ... pardon me, I was like a yo-yo
out there," said Bean, who struggles to
keep his volcanic temper under control.
"I was three over par at one time and I
could have thrown in the towel. But I
don't do that anymmore."
Bean was steaming because of an in-
cident on the 17th fairway of a par 5 that
has a green surrounded by water and a
road running parallel to the hole.
"I had 80 yards to the flag. for my
third shot with a sandwedge and this
damn car rolls by real slow," said
Bean. "Just as I start to hit my shot
somebody turns the stereo up. I waited
30 seconds or so but I could still hear the
thing a quarter mile down the road."
Bean dunked the ball in the water and
a double bogey 7 to go from 1-under to 1-
over.
"I'm learning one thing," saidl Bean.
"After I hit a shot it's history. I'm
beginning to realize it. That's why I
think I'm playing better."

A broadcast journalist shoved a
microphone in Bean's face and asked
"Is this the tournament where we find
out if Andy Bean is for real?"
Bean stared at his questioner and an-
swered calmly and slowing, "If I win it,
Andy Bean is for real ... if I don't, Andy
Bean is for real. .. Andy Bean will be
around a long time."
Bean still keeps up a running com-
mentary with himself between shots.
Asked' if he was talking to himself,
Bean said, "No, I was scorning myself.
When you hit a bad shot, you've got to
get your thoughts together."
Bean had made 11 birdies in two days
yet is 2-over par but said "If I keep
making birdies, then the leader board
had better watch out."
He added, "I don't like to get beat by
anybody. When I tee up, I tee it up to
win. And now my thinking is better."
Bean said "I've calmed down the last
couple of years."
With that Bean walked to a nearby
electric golf cart, sat down, thought a
second and said some unpleasant words
about the 17th hole.

APPEARING MONDAY at
SECOND CHANCE
Masquerade
not Struttin, as advertised
in Thursday's Michigan Daily

AP Photo
JACK NICKLAUS DRIVES off the fourth hole Friday afternoon in the second
round of the United States Open Golf Championships. Nicklaus' 69 gave him an
early round lead over Lee Trevino at even par 142. See related story on page 16.

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