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Dr. Morgan rockets to
four-stroke lead in PGA

BETHESDA, Md. (A' -
Longshot Dr. Gil Morgan, a
non-practicing optometrist and
the son of a tombstone dealer,
shrugged off muggy heat and
growing pressure with a solid,
two-under-par 68 that staked
him to a four-stroke lead yes-
terday halfway through the
58th PGA national champion-
ship.
"I've played pretty good
golf-for me," said the 29-year-
old Morgan, a Wewoka, Okla.
product who required two tries
to gain his tour playing rights.
He has yet to win a title and
gained exempt status last sea-
son only with a strong per-
formance in the last tournament
of the year.
HIe put together a 36 hole to-
tal of 134, six shots under par
for two trips over the hilly, 7,-
054-yard Congressional Country
Club course, a playground of
presidents in suburban Wash-
ington, D. C.
"A good score," mused Jack
Nicklaus - the defending
champion and still the man to
beat in this national cham-
pionshin - after a long,
thoughtful look at the leader-
board showing the relative
positions of the pacesetters.
"Not bad. Not bad at all,"
said Nicklaus, holder of a
record 14 major professional ti-
tles and grimly determined to
turn around a less-than-im-
pressive season with a fifth
PGA title here.
Ie's well-placed at 140, even
par.
"Fine," Nicklaus said after a
back nine rally produced a 32
and a second-round 69. "I'm in
good position."
He continued, in answer to a
question:
"I assess my position by
the number of players ahead
of me, by a look at the other
good players and what they're
doing, by what I estimate
may happen."
Although Morgan was in an
unaccustomed position atop the
field, the likeable, articulate
man insisted he wouldn't fold.
"I've always felt I'm a
steady player," he said. "I
don't feel any great pressure
because of being the leader. I
plan to play my regular game
Saturday and Sunday."
Later, however, another side
of his thinking crept into his
conversation.
The Standings
Second round scores Friday in
the 58th PGA Championship on the
7,054 yard, par 70 Congressional
Country Club course:
Gil Morgan 66-68-134
Tom Kite 66-72-138
Gary Player 70-69--139
Tom Weiskopf 65-74 139
Don January 70-6-139
Gene Littler 71-69-140
Bob Zender 69-71-140
Jack Nicklaus 71-69--140
Ben Crenshaw 71-69-140
Ray Floyd 72-68-140
Jerry McGee 68-72--140
Charles Coody - 68-72-140
Bill Collins 70-70-140
Mark Hayes 69-72-141
Joe Inman 72-69-141
George Cadle 71-70-141
Mike Morley 69-72-141
David Graham 70-71-141
Grier Jones 71-70-141
Jerry Pate 69-73-142
Don Padgett 71-71-142
Bud AIin 71-71-142
Dave Stockton 70-72-142
Lyn Lott 70-72-142
Mike Hill 72-70-142
Leonard Thompson 73-69-142
hale Irwin 69-73-142
Lee Elder 68-74--142
Dave ill 76-66--142
Bert weaver 73-70-143
Joe Porter 72-71-143
Rik Massengale 71-72-143
Hubert Green 73-70-143
Jack Kiefer 72-71-143
John schlee 71-72-143

"I'm in a position now
where I need to make some
money, five or six thousand,
to lock up the top 60 a posi-
tion in the top 60 money - win-
ners and an exemption for
next year," he said.
Also in front of Nicklaus are
Tom Kite, alone at 138; Tom
Weiskopf, Don January and
Gary Player tied at 139. They
were the only other players un-
der par.
Kite, a curly haired blond
who has played his career in the
shadow of his University of
Texas teammate Ben Crenshaw,
managed a 72 despite four bo-
geys in a row that, he said,
"just killed me."
Weiskopf, the first round
leader, blew from a 65 to a 74
that included a double bogey
six on the sixth hole, where he
made eagle two on Thursday.
This time he hit his third shot
in a hazard and one-putted for
a six.
"I missed three greens in the
first eight holes and played
them four over par," Weiskopf
said. "But even with a 74 I
didn't shoot myself out of it.
There's still two rounds to go.
A lot of things can happen."
January, a slow moving,
easy - going, 46 - year - old
veteran who capped a come-
back from retirement with a
victory in the prestigious Tour-
nament of Champions, and the
doughty little Player, winner of
eight major professional titles,
each managed a 69.
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Friday the 13th just wasn't Tom Weiskopf's lucky day. Here, he's pictured on his way to a double
bogey on the sixth hole in the second round of the PGA, yesterday. Weiskopf finished the day at
4 over par, leaving him 5 strokes behind the leader Dr. Gil Morgan.
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