Catch up on earlier installments. Both driving distance and driving accuracy will be important this week. He thought Arnold was going to snap out of it. I think 290 [10 over par] was the basic bet. Palmer struggled early before shooting a 73 to fall three strokes out of the lead, but Player shot himself out of it with a 77. ", Sandy Tatum: The atmosphere after the first day was absolutely electric. Things like that happen on a golf course, and you wish you could block them out, but I couldn't and didn't. Bryson DeChambeau recaps his third-round, even-par 70 at the 120th U.S. Open at Winged Foot. I was maybe three or four yards ahead of Jack. Reed started … That gave the USGA carte blanche to do what they wanted with the course. I said, "Yeah, I was pretty fortunate." I had a car, he didn't. The tournament after that was the Western Open. Back then the USGA didn't allow pros to use their tour caddies at the Open; players were required to use club caddies (a practice that ended after the next year's Open at Medinah). 1 Dustin Johnson won at 30-under par in the Northern Trust, 21-under par at the Tour Championship and 19-under at the Travelers. Dad was in the men's grill one day and said, "I'm taking all bets, all comers.". What protects the par 70 course is its length (7,477 yards), tiered greens and rough that players expect to be in the five- … Sandy Tatum: After setting up the golf course for the second day at the crack of dawn, I went back to the hotel and encountered a group of pros coming the other way heading to the course. Byron Nelson approached me. No question, these were automobile tire tracks. I was pretty much out of my league at that stage. Frank Hannigan (then the USGA assistant director, later executive director): I don't care what Sandy said or says, I loved seeing them humiliated. One player under par: I'm sure others have screamed as well. Hale got $35,000 for winning, and I didn't get 10 percent, but I definitely got more than 2 percent [the normal fee for many at the time, which would have been $700]. Jim Colbert: In the second round with Nicklaus, 14 or 15, we're both out there in the fairway. Watson's 69 gave him a one-stroke lead over Irwin. Coming off an opening-round 66, Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau. New to betting? Especially considering the reality … Peter McGarey: I'd rather not say how much I got paid. We played a practice round at Winged Foot, and I remember hitting it like 15 feet, 10 feet or 12 feet from the hole and putting it 10 or 12 feet past every time. I was having a difficult pregnancy and staying home in St. Louis. It was fine. Everybody I meet these days says the same thing: "Why don't they have a requirement for straight hitting?" He said, "I thought I was the greatest player in the world. None of this is new to Winged Foot, which boasts a pair of A.W. Reed started on No. I spoke to Hale only one time after that week; it might've been the very next year in Arizona. Reed started on No. Just beautiful. Hale Irwin: I know I've had that feeling several times in my career. I hadn't hit one out of play, but I was done after 7½ holes. The guy could barely advance it. Amateur champion and current muscleman, powered and putted his way to a 68, the lowest score on a day Winged Foot played to an average score of 75.25.. After an opening round in which 21 players broke par, Winged Foot allowed only three players under par. Played in five. I had him sign a copy of that book, Massacre at Winged Foot. . The A. W. Tillinghast designed course underwent renovations starting in 2017 under … I wasn't convinced it had happened. RELATED: U.S. Open 2020: Ranking the top 100 golfers competing at Winged Foot. Jack said, "What did you hit?" I was positioned in the last row of the grandstand to the right of the 18th green the last day. Jay FitzGerald (Winged Foot member and former Golf Digest president and CEO): I was sitting in the grandstands when McGee's group came through. The greens will be exceptionally fast and undulated. We got to the first tee, and Bert Yancey walked up and said, "Mind if I join you?" And Hale Irwin, 29, was about to win the first of his three Opens. Tom Watson: I was losing a lot of shots to the right, which was my Achilles' heel at the time, and you just couldn't play out of that rough. A two-putt par from 20 feet clinched Irwin's two-stroke victory. But Winged Foot was sort of a different beast. Hale Irwin said of his 1974 U.S. Open win: "I've come away bloodied, bruised and kicked, but I've enjoyed Winged Foot.". Johnny Miller: Everybody was telling me it was my fault. Before that I was just trying to finish in the top 16 so I could get back in the Open and play in the Masters the following year. Gary Player led at even-par 70, but what most everyone at Winged Foot was talking about that day was Jack Nicklaus putting a ball off the front of the first green. I knelt down and touched the putting surface before a marshal chased me away; I’d not imagined such perfection was possible in grass. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images. Players and caddies at Winged Foot were picked by lottery. They stood and watched me cut the green, and after I was done you would not have known that a car had driven across it. Reed started on No. I was stationed in the scoring tent at that time as players finished and signed their cards. In one way or another, all of those events left a mark. The players started arriving Saturday and Sunday, but Miller wasn't there yet. That tournament was the last major championship that any golfer has won without shooting under par for any of the four rounds. Guess who won the tournament that week? When Jack hit his putt, at impact we both said, "Jack is.". Jay Haas (low amateur at 27-over-par 307): I played 72 holes and made only one birdie. Far more than any other modern Open, Winged Foot was remembered not for shotmaking but for how damn hard it played. The cut was a whopping 14-over-par 154 after 43 more rounds in the 80s. He never got flustered by bogeys and made enough birdie putts and key saves for an even- When I caddied in the 1972 Women's Open at Winged Foot, my lady [Jane Booth] came in sixth, and I think I got 65 bucks for the week. Coming off an opening-round 66, Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau. In order to save par at a tough course, players must hit fairways and greens. One of my fondest memories as a kid is running those 300 yards so we could get in position to see the champion crowned. In 1970, he published PRO: Frank Beard on the Golf Tour, a candid chronicle of the previous year’s leading money-winner week by week. Coming off an opening-round 66, Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau. Copyright 2020 © Action Network Inc, All Rights Reserved.Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | AdChoices. Bobby Jones won the … The media was very much on it; there was an element of virulent criticism. Some fans had had a few beers and gave it a few tee-hees: "These are supposed to be professional golfers?" Johnny Miller: Forget the six—I know six-inch rough. I've always liked tougher conditions. I'm thinking, Here's the greatest strategist of all time. I don't get out to tournaments anymore at my age [94]. And that’s not the only change players will face. Reed started on No. I came back to Arizona, and one of the things I did with the money was buy my mom new tires for her car. At Winged Foot in '74 the average was 80 yards; all you did was hit wedge or sand wedge out. Winged Foot has been waiting while world No. A lot of players got so upset they were fighting the golf course instead of just taking it and dealing with it as Hale did. I was headed toward the drinking fountain, and Watson said, "Great win, great win. Tom Watson: I didn't even think about that, didn't pay attention. Winning was not an altogether unheard of thing. Leonard Thompson: Hale rode from Philadelphia [the previous tour stop] with me. Dave Stockton: They put out a sign informing players there was damage to the first green, so I started to worry about it. I think what happened was someone who'd parked in the field between No. Further … That's how the week started. It varied from six to a legitimate 10 inches. Butch Harmon (son of Claude Harmon, Winged Foot's head professional at the time): Dad was convinced nobody would break par. For Byron to come up and offer his services -- not his services, but his friendship -- has been a blessing to me and my career, my life. It was like he was hallucinating. We were going, "All right, when is Jack ever going to make a par? Colbert was pretty intense; he kind of scared me at first. I want to be careful not to detract one iota from Johnny Miller's performance, because what a performance it was. Frank (Sandy) Tatum (then chairman of the USGA's championship committee): It has come up fairly frequently, but what happened the year before had nothing whatsoever to do with the setup of Winged Foot. Some of the fans were razzing him. Being able to get up and down from off of the green is a must at this year’s U.S. Open. My family went to Mexico for vacation that week; I went to Winged Foot and drew Hale Irwin in the pool. Then in 1974, Schaap enlisted a dozen reporters, including Dave Anderson, who later won the Pulitzer Prize, to help record a minute-by-minute account of the pivotal U.S. Open called Massacre at Winged Foot, which led USGA championship chairman Sandy Tatum to say for the first time: “We’re not trying to embarrass the best players in the world; we’re trying to identify them.”. ", Tom Callahan: I was sitting next to Nelson Cullenward, a writer from San Francisco who was supposed to be a pretty good player, when Colbert came in to the interview area after his round. The caddiemaster was a cranky Irishman named Gene Hayden, and he thought I looked like Johnny Miller, used to call me Johnny Miller. In a U.S. Open where the winner will potentially be over par, there will be plenty of bogeys to go around. Jim Jennett (an ABC director): Our producer, Chuck Howard, thought the storyline was Arnold Palmer because the course was playing so difficult it would favor a more experienced player. It was just conditions. Please upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or use a Back then, including tip, you'd get about eight bucks when you caddied for a member. Everyone else was hanging on for dear life. I had it in my head, if this is it, baby, I need to either really improve or find something else to do. Reed started on No. Patrick Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot on Friday to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau after the second round of the U.S. Open. Maybe they'd had a few beers, or maybe not, but I think it was pure accident. The course features Poa Annua greens, which often play differently on the East Coast compared to the West Coast. My good friend Bill Ogden [fellow Chicago-area club pro] starting calling me "Piano Keys." McGee's ball was 25 yards from the green, and he told the guy, "I'll give you three swings, give you $100 if you can hit one of them on." Coming off an opening-round 66, Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau. In this configuration the 514-yard (470 m) converted par five ninth hole … —Jerry Tarde, RELATED: U.S. Open 2020: The Winged Foot Mystique. But we still talk to each other at least once a month. Corporate tents and automatic sellouts were not yet part of the landscape for the Open, though IBM provided a new level of statistical analysis. 10 and turned in 1-over 36 and opened his back nine by stuffing it close for birdie on No. A crowd estimated at 17,000 converged on Winged Foot for the third round, and it seemed that most in the gallery followed Palmer and co-leader Gary Player. If I take a guest out to the club and he takes a couple shots to get out, I'll say, "You're two better than Johnny Miller.". The best round at the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot was a 68, and the winning score there that year was 5-over par. Total strokes gained in category in past 24 rounds: Winged Foot is very long and narrow. Arnold Palmer, among others, moved into contention with a 70. That will come when I'm dead and gone. He hits it down the middle of the fairway and has a 6-iron to the green. Reed started on No. He doesn't do that. On the fourth hole the pin was in the back middle right, a really tough location, and Jack put a brilliant shot in there right of the hole. Johnny Miller: I kept trying to get cute with it; it was only a 25-foot bunker shot. The golf course opened in 1923. That's how firm and fast those greens were that week. They started calling me Anvil Hands. That’s not an atypical response to this Tillinghast gem that dates to 1923, which has been lengthened 213 yards and will play as a 7,477-yard par 70. He grabbed my arm and pulled me over to him and said, "Fortunate, my ass; you just gutted it out." If anything, it just made my resolve that much tougher. The course is now a 7,477-yard par 70. Many players had blocked out the damage, but others were willing to revisit painful memories. He lost ground. Gary Player led at even-par 70, but what most everyone at Winged Foot was talking about that day was Jack Nicklaus putting a ball off the front of the first green. He said, "Five-iron? It kind of shocked the world. He was late one day and got chastised for that and kind of learned a lesson, but it was fine. Bryson DeChambeau, a former U.S. There was still a lot of dew on the grass, so it was easy to see. Winged Foot Golf Club, West Course: Tour(s) PGA Tour: Statistics; Par: 70: Length: 6,930 yards (6,337 m) Field: 155 players, 63 after cut: Cut: 147 (+7) Prize fund $596,925: Winner's share: $94,000: Champion; Fuzzy Zoeller: 276 (−4), playoff I kept putting up Watson and Irwin, and he kept asking for Palmer, and I couldn't figure out why. I'd paced off the course: every tree, bench, ball washer–everything. Right over the flag. It must've been one of them. I said to my dad, "We've got to get up there by the green'' to see the finish. The responsibility for the setup at Winged Foot was thoroughly mine, and I was never uncomfortable with it. Tom was polite, but he was still a little upset in a way—not that he was acting up, but he didn't say much, even though he heard me. Tillinghast layouts that rank among the best in the world. Our family moved to Scottsdale after that, but I wrote the club and said I wanted to come back and caddie in the Open. We both knew Bert, and he was kind of different. Patrick Reed has surged to the lead in a difficult second round at the U.S. Open. I gave him a club in a practice round that still had a clump of mud from his last shot, and he said, "Son, the only thing I told you was to always give me a clean club. We built a good relationship that is still good. Coming off an opening-round 66, Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau. That's when I kind of knew we had done something right, from my perspective. I hit my 5-iron on the green, a good shot. The only reason he knew it was me was because my jumpsuit had his name on the back. Mark Mulvoy (then a writer at Sports Illustrated, and later the managing editor): I had been Jack's ghostwriter for five or six years on some instruction articles and was following him the first day. RELATED: U.S. Open 2020: This exclusive drone tour of Winged Foot will show you exactly how brutal it will play. Lanny Wadkins: We were sort of hootin' and hollerin' in the locker room. Hale Irwin: I've come away bloodied, bruised and kicked, but I've enjoyed Winged Foot. Jack Nicklaus couldn't believe it when he putted off the green on the first hole of the 1974 U.S. Open at Winged Foot. Hale Irwin: I went back to the White Plains Hotel, and Dale Douglass and his wife were staying there. I hit my tee shot on 9, and it was cutting back across the fairway when a guy ran from the long rough across the fairway, and the ball just nailed him. Johnny Miller, the defending champion, was still in contention on Friday until he found the front-right bunker on the seventh hole and took four shots to get out, making a quadruple-bogey 7. When Hale hit his tee shot on 18, we were off to the left side. The best player won. He was out of the bag and running. We said, "Sure." In June 2006, one of the most memorable of these anniversary pieces was drawn again from the 1974 U.S. Open, but this time retold by veteran reporter Peter McCleery through the words of the observers. I didn't hit a green coming in, but I made some great saves on 15, 16 and 17. Hale suggested I'd better get some tennis shoes. My two tasks during the Open were to cut three or four greens in the morning, and then go with USGA officials to cut holes for the day's play. I was embarrassed and took a lot of ribbing for my score. On Monday I drew a club pro from Iowa, Brad Schuchat, who missed the cut [80-77]. I said, "Good, honey.". Hale Irwin: At that point I didn't have a regular caddie on tour. "If you ever need any help with your game, give me a call." The course features Poa Annua greens, which often play differently on the East Coast compared to the West Coast. Before the final round at Oakmont, the irrigation system did not malfunction, but the water had been left on by error. It's been good to me. I shot 17 under in 1965, and I shot even par in 1966. You probably wouldn't want to get Winged Foot's greens any faster than we did that week. After the first hole, he bogeyed the next two. Chris Mara, then age 17, now a member of the New York Giants front office: My family were members, and I caddied in that tournament. A brute of a course that last graced our screens on the US Open rota in 2006, the key here will be patience. 1 on the West Course had somehow gotten onto the service road that ran behind the first green. In my mind and heart I was convinced it would be the ultimate test of what the elite players could do. No. Only three players break par in the second round at Winged Foot, and an even-par 70 is enough to put Patrick Reed atop the leaderboard. I mean, hey, it was Arnold Palmer. I was involved with some of the early holes, and in those days I could feed him only two golfers at a time. The 2006 U.S. Open also produced the fewest average birdies per round of any major in the past 14 years (1.8). Winged Foot is a mammoth par 70 measuring in at 7,469 yards. Hearing all the complaints—I shouldn't say complaints, but observing the behavior and most of the comments—it was going to be extremely taxing on patience, and over par was going to win. I said, "He's probably going to do the same thing." No matter how hard the USGA sets up Winged Foot this year, there is no way it'll be as tough as it was in 1974. Chris Mara: To this day I call that Johnny Miller's bunker. A muny player who had never seen a country club course up until that time, I was astounded by the length and depth of the rough. Winged Foot doesn’t present much in the way of hazards. Tom Weiskopf: There was a lot of betting going on about what the winning score might be. Geez if he doesn't three-putt that. We were getting a little rowdy at Jack's expense. It has a brutal finishing stretch of five straight par-4s, none less than 425 yards. In fact, my guess is quite a few did. That's what a major championship is supposed to find out: Who is the best striker? Reed started on No. Hale Irwin: I remember going to the last day and thinking, You've got a solid chance to win this thing, but you've got to avoid the costly mistake. All I want is the yardage to the middle of each green and a clean club on every shot.'' This is often a strong indicator of which golfers are in the best form heading into any given tournament. Hubert Green: The members at Winged Foot said, "This [63] isn't going to happen to our golf course." Everybody thought the fix was going to be in, and I was going to be the one who got Johnny Miller. Coming off an opening-round 66, Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau. Nine others shot even. Editor’s note: In celebration of Golf Digest's 70th anniversary, we’re revisiting the best literature and journalism we’ve ever published. I was grateful to still be within shouting distance. A moment after I sat back down, there was this amazing eruption of cheers, and the grandstand literally shook. It was like a backhanded compliment. Let’s take a look at several key metrics for Winged Foot to determine which golfers boast top marks in each category over their last 24 rounds. And I remember Pat Fitzsimons talking to himself [after an 81]. 10 and turned in 1-over 36 and opened his back nine by stuffing it close for birdie on No. "Arnie holed it for a 2," we heard. Did I think it was wrong? September 19, 2020. The tracks ran from the back of the green to the front, right down the middle. Please try again. Bogeys at the 15th and 16th pushed Irwin to seven over par, cutting the lead over Fezler to one stroke. Below, I’ve reported overall model rankings using a combination of the five key statistical categories previously discussed. . Believe me, I was very satisfied with what I got. Year: Site: Scores: To Par: Finish: 2020: Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course) 73-72-72-74--291 +11: 30: 2019: Pebble Beach Golf Links: 72-70-74-72--288 +4: T-52: 2018: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Reed only hit five fairways on a tough scoring day at Winged Foot but made a slew of stunning recoveries and needed only 25 putts en route to an even-par 70 that left him at … a long week. Reed takes lead as Winged Foot bites back at U.S. Open. Jim Colbert (paired with Nicklaus and Hubert Green): I remember getting on the green and having a 30-footer for par. Jim Colbert: The tour went to the American Golf Classic the next week, and I won in a four-man playoff. Forrest Fezler is presented his check for finishing second to Hale Irwin. This service is intended for adult users only. Gary Player: I'd love to see an Open like that again. Bill Erfurth (whose 88-84 was the highest score for anyone who finished 36 holes): That was the last Open I tried to qualify for. A marshal told me that Fezler had bogeyed 18, but how does he know? Bryson (70): 'One of my governors broke down'. Thomas, the 2017 PGA champion, has … It always causes problems at Winged Foot. There was a silence. . Coming off an opening-round 66, Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau. Did the course change? The pin was front-center, and he hit it about 30 feet behind the hole and putted it right off the green. The club hired Gil Hanse to oversee a significant restoration of the course in 2017. Coming off an opening-round 66, Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau. It was pretty intense trying to watch the golf as well. I remember him telling me later, "I wasn't in much of a mood to talk." . When will sports betting be legal in your state? Hubert Green: When Jack putts the ball off the green, you say, "My God, what are we mere mortals going to do out here?". 10 and turned in 1-over 36 and opened his back nine by stuffing it close for birdie on No. When that thing quit rolling, he was stark white, the color of my shirt. His even-par 70 gave him a one-shot lead as only six golfers end the second round in red numbers. I went back and told Ted Horton, and we drove back out there with one of the USGA officials. Turned out, I could've cut that green without telling anyone, and no one would've ever known that a car had driven across it. I drove out to cut the first green early Friday, and I see tire marks right down the center of the green. Watson hadn't been alone in his troubles at Winged Foot. Sure, there was some heartbreak in losing at the time, but something good came of it. He was still away, maybe 35 feet. That Open was full of memories for everyone who attended, as McCleery’s story demonstrates almost a half century later. See all of the bets Action Network experts are making in real-time, covering the big games and the hidden gems. I’ll never forget that. Steve Garagiola (son of former baseball player and broadcaster Joe Garagiola, caddie for Jim Colbert, and a newscaster): I was 19 years old and either playing golf or caddieing every day. I said, "Five-iron." Peter McGarey (Hale Irwin's caddie, then age 16, and later a real estate developer in Cincinnati): I had been caddieing at Winged Foot since I was 9 years old growing up in Larchmont. If Hale doesn't want to tell you, I'll keep it between us. 10 and turned in 1-over 36 and opened his back nine by stuffing it close for birdie on No. Forrest Fezler: I didn't realize Hale had bogeyed those two holes coming in until later that night. Hale dreams a lot, and they're very vivid. He told me, "Don't ever tell me what club to hit, because I hit every one of them 10 different ways. I didn't realize there were 88 keys on a piano. Tom Watson, the 54-hole leader, was disappointed with his collapse at Winged Foot, but got encouraging words from Byron Nelson. Easily calculate your winnings for straight bets and parlays using American, Decimal, or Fractional odds. Check out our betting education hub, which ranges from beginner tips to advanced strategies. It wasn't like he was mad, but puzzled, amused, frustrated. And if they didn't play it effectively, they were going to pay a penalty. Watson. George Zahringer: I don't remember if there were Stimp readings back then, but if I had to guess, I'd say they were rolling at 13 or 14 compared with today. He wrote, "Steve, you did a great job. Some of my friends hoisted me on their shoulders and carried me around in a victory lap like you would a coach or something. Led by Justin Thomas’ 5-under 65 – the lowest round ever recorded in a U.S. Open contested at Winged Foot – 21 players posted sub-70 scores on the 7,416-yard, par-70 West Course designed by A.W. Andy Bean: I was a junior in college, hitting the ball really good and had a share of the lead after 26 holes; I'd birdied the fifth hole in the second round to tie for the lead. Tom Jenkins: I almost turned around and went back in the clubhouse and didn't even start the U.S. Open. It just got away from them just a little bit.". Sandy Tatum contended that Winged Foot was not made to be more brutal because of the results the year before at Oakmont, where Johnny Miller shot 63. I got Jim to autograph it years later. Players vowed they would never come back. Boy, was I sheltered. AP Photo/Charles Krupa. I'm not defending myself; if I'd done something I regretted, I'd be telling you. Peter McGarey: He must be talking about the day I was trying to sneak a peek at Arnold Palmer coming up the ninth hole. Most of them did. I kept hitting the lip. George Zahringer (2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and member of the 2003 U.S. Walker Cup team): I had worked full-time on the Winged Foot greens crew in the summer of 1973, and the next year Ted Horton asked me to come back when I got out of school. Gary Koch: I got there Monday and played a practice round with Andy. It was his last hurrah. It was a typical knee-jerk reaction by the USGA. I don't think I complained about it. No sweat. Take 1965 and 1966, when I won the Masters both years. Gary Player, 38, had Grand Slam aspirations after winning the Masters and taking the first-round lead at Winged Foot; later that year he would win the British Open and finish seventh in the PGA. Hale Irwin: I knew I was either in the lead or near the lead, but they didn't have leader boards all around like they do now. Previously in 2006, Geoff Ogilvy won with a five-over-par 285; and Hale Irwin won with 287 (+7) in 1974, later dubbed the "Massacre at Winged Foot.". Six years later Bobby Jones won the U.S. Open there. Hard but still great. With its sixth U.S. Open, only Oakmont Country Club and Baltusrol Golf Club have hosted the tournament more times. I made a bogey or double bogey, and everything after that is just a blank. Winged Foot, which is a par-70 with only two par-5s, presents a tall challenge this weekend. The first-round carnage produced a scoring average of nearly eight shots over par; 44 players shot 80 or worse. For USGA championships, the West Course has been typically set up at par 70. On 17 I drove it in the left rough, chopped it out and had a full wedge left. Oakmont was supposed to be the hardest course in America. Hubert Green: It was like going against Ali in his prime; you keep getting knocked down, and you get back up. It was as if somebody had dropped a bomb on the place. Bob Sommers (former USGA communications official): I'll never forgive Schaap for that. We were very proud of the fact that that was the first Open that had uniform six-inch rough. And the majority said they'd rather see players struggle, because they could relate to it. If I'd known, I might have been nervous. one of them said. Ted Horton: They had trouble finding their ankles, much less the golf ball. . Ted Horton: I was out there watching Jack. What, did seven over par win the tournament? It's never been seen before or since. If they played a hole at an extraordinarily effective level, a birdie was available. When I walked into the locker room, I bumped into Watson. oh, i added instead of sub- tracted.” This is Nicklaus, the guy who taught everybody about yardages. 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