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Saturday, July 24 1976


Page Eleven

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George Burns dejectedly contemplates his score-
card during a lull in the action at Essex Golf
Club in Windsor, Ont., in the blistering heat of yes-

terday's second round of the Canadian Open. After
blazing into the lead Thursday with a five-under
65, Burns struggled to a five-over 75 and a total at

Nick/aus takes lead in Open

By BILL STIEG Burns slipped off the leader
Special To The Daily board with a 75 for a two-
WINDSOR, Ont.-Unwavering round total of even-par 140.
Jack Nicklaus shot his second Arnold Palmer, who was see-
straight 67 yesterday to take a ond after an opening 66,
two-stroke second round lead scored an uninspired 71 and
over a somewhat faltering field now stands three strokes be-
at the Canadian Open. hind Nicklaus.
While Nicklaus calmly drop- And Jerry Heard, who also
ped his 36-hole score to six un- opened with a 66, managed only
der par, many others, including a par 70 after playing the front
first-round leader George Burns, nine in three under. He is in
wilted in the steamy heat of second place, two strokes back
Windsor's Essex Golf and Coun- of Nicklaus.
try Club. Those who did put on a
Nicklaus s all set

charge were too far back at the
start of yesterday's round to
catch Nicklaus. J.C. Snead,
Jerry Pate and Bobby Wynn
shot 66, 67 and 68, respectively,
to tie Heard for second at 136.
Gene rally, scores were
slightly higher yesterday than
Thursday, largely due to dry-
er greens and the muggy
weather. Nicklaus may have
had a slight advantage play-
ing in the morning before the
sun came out in full force.
"I think the greens were get-
ting harder in the afternoon
when it got real hot and the
wind came up," said Snead,
who matched Tony Jacklin for
the day's best score. He birdied
four holes, including both par
fives, and had no bogeys.
Nicklaus pointed out, however,
that the early morning dew kept
him from putting proper spin on
the ball. And of the top seven
players, only three played in
the morning.
"I don't think I played as well
as Thursday," said Nicklaus,
'but I also think I played bet-
ter. How do you explain that?
Wel, I didn't hit it quite as solid
as yesterday, but I had it closer
to the hole. It was a good round
but I gave away some shots."
Nicklaus started on the back
nine, getting three birdies and

one bogey before double bogey-
ing the par-three seventeenth
to turn the corner at even par
for the day.
On the front nine, Nicklaus
birdied three holes and avoided
bogey for a 32-35-67 afternoon.
On Thursday, Nicklaus played
the front nine first and carded
Palmer was unimpressed with
his round, though he was the
closest player to Nicklaus until
the afternoon scores came in.
"I didn't putt well today,"
said Palmer. "In fact, the best
putts I made were to save par
-on one I made an eight-footer
and I made a five-footer at sev-
enteen. Those were the only
ones I made."
Wynn, a rather obscure pro
from California, had five birdies
and two bogeys for his second
consecutive 68.
U.S. Open champion Pate
missed only one fairway in
yesterday's round, bogeyed
only once and made four bir-
dies for his 67. Pate says he
still hasn't settled down com-
pletely from the excitement,
of winning the Open, and be-
cause of his lack of concen-
tration, used the wrong club
four times. "I'm just not
thinking," he said.
Tied with Palmer at 137 is

Australian B r u c e Crampton,
who shot 69. Ben Crenshaw leads
a group of seven tied at 139.
Defending champ Tom Weis- -
kopf shot even par for a 142
total. Johnny Miller, who pre-
dicted bigger things after an
opening 69, slipped to a 72 for
The predicted rain never fell
yesterday, and the heat and
wind are making the greens a
bit harder.
"The course played harder
this afternoon than yesterday
morning," said Pate, "be-
cause the greens firmed up.
They're getting harder as the
tournament goes, the way an
O p e a championship should
Heard, like almost every
player at Essex, thinks the
greens are excellent and will
hold up. Heard has been putting
very well, though the rest of his
game has him frustrated.
"My iron play has been awful
. . . I hit every shot dead right
-but I'm putting super, just
super," Heard said.
The cut came at 144, four
over par. Among those missing
the cut are Doug Ford, a two-
time winner, 1974 winner Bobby
Nichols, and Fuzzy Zoeller, who
finished first and second in his
last two starts.

for a run
Speelm To The Daly
WINDSOR, Ont. - "I don't
see any reason why I won't keep
playing well. I can play even
better." -
Jack Nicklaus, probably the
best golfer ever, was calm and
confident yesterday as he re-
viewed his round and assessed
his changes of winning his first
Canadian Open.
"I've played well," he said.
"I can't be too unhappy with
134 after two rounds."
The Canadian Open is one
title that has somehow eluded
Nicklaus. He's certainly come
close-he's finished second
three times, third once and
fifth once. One of those second
place finishes was last year
when he lost a sudden death
playoff to Tom Weiskopf.
"It's one of the few major
tournaments I haven't won,"
Jack said matter-of-factly. "It's
the national championship of
this country, so it means a lot--
I'd like to win it."
If he keeps playing like he did
Yesterday, he'll surely finish on
top. Nicklaus started on the
back nine and promptly birdied
the tenth, a par five where he
was on in two shots and two-

at t'itle
After a bogey at eleven,
Nicklaus parred three straight
holes, He then sank birdie
putts of 12 and 20 feet on fif-
teen and sixteen, both short
par fours.
One the front nine, he birdied
the par four first hole, the par
five third and the par three
seventh on putts of five, four and
12 feet, respectively.
Meanwhile, Arnie's Army did
not have nearily as much fun
as Jack's Pack. Palmer, chip-
ping and putting poorly, shot 71
after an opening 66.
"Chips cost me every bogey
I made," said Palmer. "I'm
going too strong at them. I al-
ways think I'm going to be
short, and end up going too

Attention Voters from
Ward 1, Precinct 2, South Quad
Your POLLING PLACE for the August 3, 1976, primary
election has been moved from South Quad to

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