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Stockton collects PGA title

METHESDA, Md. OP) - "It was in all the
way;" Dave Stockton said of the 15-foot par-sav-
ing putt on the 72nd hole that won him the PGA
national championship yesterday.
"I'll tell you, I was thinking about that play-
off.
"They said we'd go back to No. 13 to start
it and I'd just butchered 13 and 14. I sure didn't
want to play them over again. I was working
as hard as I could on that putt at 18.
"I looked up when the ball had gone
about two feet from the putter. It never left
the center of the cup. When it was five feet
away I knew it was in. And it was one hell-
uva feeling."
Stockston, pro golf's supreme scrambler, had
to make that putt to avoid a three-way sudden
death playoff with veteran Don January and
Masters champion Ray Floyd, who had finished
ahead of him at 282. Stockton shot a final round
70 and had a 281 total, one over par on the
Congressional Country Club course.
"Actually, when I went to the 18th tee I
thought I had a two-stroke lead," said Stockton,
now a two-time PGA champion. "It was rather
shocking news when I found out two guys were
in at 282."
But he was equal to it, scrambling, scratching
and fighting his way out of trouble. He played
his last 36 holes at one under par 139 and he
one-untted 21 times.
"When you're as short off the tee as I am,
and crooked besides." Stockton grinned, "man,
you're in a whole lot of trouble."
.t this time he maneed to rake the best of
his miafsrtimes and capit-ized on the donble
ho-ev dissster that struck down three earlier
leaders.
"When I heard abont the troublas every-
body else was hnving, well. it inst tore me up
something mful," he said, dead-panned as
could be.
The chink" Floyd shot a last-ro'md 71 and
January, a slow-moving, easy-going 46-year-old

comeback king, had a 72 in the final round that
was postponed from Sunday by a violent thunder-
storm. They were watching by the 18th green,
hoping to gain a playoff spot, when Stockton's
par putt won it outright.
Defending champion Jack Nicklaus, Australian
David Graham, John Schlee and rookie Jerry
Pate, the U. S. and Canadian Open champion,
were another stroke back at 283. Pate had a 69
-the only subpar round of the day-Schlee a 70,
Graham 72 and Nicklaus a struggling 74, four
over par.
Tom Weiskopf, Ben Crenshaw and Jerry Mc-
Gee were at 284. Crenshaw matched par 70
while Weiskopf and McGee had 72s in the mild,
sunny, gorgeous summer weather that was in
sharp contrast to the violent storms that had
plagued play over the weekend.
All had a chance to win this, the last of the
year's four major international tests of golf-
ing greatness. All fell by the wayside.
Nicklaus, January and Charles Coody, the for-
mer Masters champion who led through 54 holes,
were the major casualties. Each held sole con-
trol of the lead, at one time. Each blew it with
a double bogey.
Coody, who finished with a fat 77 and a 284
total, was the first victim. lie drove into the
rogh, still wet from the storm that forced a
noston'ement of Sunday's play, on the third
hale. flew his third shot over the green and made
six.
l-t-,t r 5t Nickl-us alone in the lead.
And the Golden Bear, seeking a re-ed-match-
i- fifth PGA crown, pmned his second shot
in the w;ster on the sixth hole. It was another
N"v .tanuarv. who en'ned his comeback
fron retirerert with a 'ieltry in the Tourna-
e11-t of chern-ions ertlie" in the year, was
in snle enatrol t lnsted lon' "ntil he reach-
ed the 10th. And bse. too, found the water.
^"nths- nlhle logev six.
'1,Tt I-ft Sto-tn alone in the lead.
Ile ne-er let it go.

Chile, USSR may meet in
Spain or West Germany

LONDON () -- Spain and
West Germany were reported
ready to host the Davis Cup in-
ter - zone tennis final between
political arch-rivals, Chile and
the Soviet Union.
"The Spaniards have offered
to stage the match and we've
heard reports today that the
West Germans may agree to
stage it," David Gray said yes-
terday. Gray is general secre-
tary of the London - based In-
ternational Lawn Tennis Feder-
ation (ILTF) which supervises
the Davis Cup.
The Soviet Union qualified for
the inter - zone final against
Chile, the American zone win-
ner, by defeating .Hungary in
the European Zone A com-
petition on Sunday in Tbilisi,
USSR.
THE OTHER inter - zone final
pits European Zone B winners,
Italy, against Australia, vic-
tors in the Eastern Zone.
The winners of the inter-
zone finals will play for the
Davis Cup.
The draw setting the Soviet
Union against Chile creates an

awkward political situation.
The Soviets severed political
relations with Chile after Marx-
ist president Salvador Allende
was overthrown in a 1973 mili-
tary coup. They refused to play
Chile in a World Cup soccer
match that same year.
BUT SOVIET withdrawal
from the Davis Cup could prove
embarrassing at this moment
with attention focused on the
1980 Olympic Games in Mos-
cow.
"The Soviet minister of sport
said during the Montreal Olym-

pics that any country in good
standing with the International
Olympic Committee would be
welcome to participate in the
1980 games," said Gray. "And
that includes Chile."
The offer of a neutral terri-
tory, such as Spain or West
Germany, would skirt the poli-
tical difficulties. "Nations usu-
ally negotiate such "things
among themselves and then no-
tify us," said Gray. The Soviet-
Chilean match is scheduled for
late next month. The dates have
not yet been specified.

NOTHING LIKE WAITING to the last minute, as Dave
Stockton sinks a 15-foot par putt on the final hole to clinch
the 1976 PGA championship. Stockton shot an even par on
Monday to finish at 281-one over par.

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