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MFT Tour — American Links Classic at Bethpage Black

MFT Tour — American Links Classic at Bethpage Black

Round 1

NICKLAUS AND PALMER CO-LEADERS AFTER FIRST ROUND

                        Nicklaus and Palmer

Co-Leaders Joke for Press after First Round

With a steady wind blowing up from the South and the course hard and the greens fast, the field knew that a par round of 70 would look mighty good on Bethpage Black. The breeze subsided about noon, but still the course did not disappoint.  When the dust from sand trap blasts disappeared, the two most dominate golfers of their eras were perched atop the leader board.

Nicklaus blasted out of the chute, with birdies on four of the first six holes. He knocked an 8 iron to 6′ on the first hole for a birdie, then drained a 28 footer on number two.  He scrambled for par on the tough par three 3rd hole by blasting out of the front right trap and sinking a 20′ putt. Then he birdied the par five 4th with a brilliant pitch to within two feet to move to three under.  He scrambled again to save par on the 5th after hooking his drive into the trees. He went four under with a 9′ birdie putt on the 6th.  Nicklaus went out in 31, four under par.  He immediately made that minus five on the 10th with an eleven foot birdie putt. The Golden Bear returned to earth on the 12th, which played hard all day, with his first bogey on the day.  He sliced his tree shot into the deep rough and could only hack his way back onto the fairway, leaving himself a pitching wedge into the green.  He hit that to 16′ from the pin, and missed the putt to save par, falling back to four under. He recovered and got the stroke back on the 13th, a long, thin par 5, with a 90 yard pitch and a 9′ birdie putt. He sat on top the leader board at -5 heading into the home stretch.  Uncharacteristically, he faltered coming home.  He rolled his tee shot over the back of the par 3 17th, leaving himself a very delicate pitch up to an elevated green with the pin cut close on a downhill slope.  He managed to stop the ball at 11′ from the cup, but miseed the par putt to fall to -4 going into the finishing hole.  He hit an eight iron safely on the green 36′ from the hole and proceeded to three putt from there to finish at 31-36  67, three under and tied with Palmer who had just birdied the 15th to move to minus three.

Arnie’s round was a little more dramatic.  Palmer birdied the first with a 7 iron to 5′ for an easy birdie putt.  He went two under on the par five 4th. He went for the green in two with a 2 iron and rolled it over the back.  He chipped to within five feet for the birdie.  He holed a 10 footer on the 6th to go to three under and went out in 32.  He got to minus four by sinking a tricky 16′ butt on the 10th.  But then he stumbled and fell on the next two holes.  He double bogeyed the 11th, being unable to negotiate a terrible lie in the rough behind the green, then bogeyed the 12th, playing the sand traps up the fairway and missing a 9′ putt to save par. He resolutely birdied the par five 13th with a nice wedge and a seven foot putt, now back to minus two. He missed a 22′ birdie putt on the 14th.  His putter didn’t fail him on the next two holes.  He drained a 27′ on the 15th to move into a tie with Nicklaus and a 28′ birdie putt on the 16th to get back to -4, a shot up with two holes to play.  He pared the 17th in regulation, but like Nicklaus, was tripped up on the 18th green, three putting from 36′ to end the round with a bogey and tied with the Golden Bear.

Ken Green got in the clubhouse early at -2 to lead the first round until eclipsed by Nicklaus.  Christy O’Connor, playing his best golf to date, lead or was a stroke off the lead half way through the back nine at minus four.  He had birdied the first four holes, but then bogeyed the last four holes to fade to a 31-40 round of 71, one over.  Tony Jacklin challenged the leaders, getting to minus three, but bogied the 17th from behind the green, like Nicklaus, and finished a stroke off the lead at minus two.  Charles Coe aced the 8th to get to minus three, but finished, also, at two under, a stroke back.  George Burns got to -4 and lead the first round for a time, before bogeying the 16th and 17th to finish at minus two.   Both Dave Hill and Tommy Aaron got to -3 but struggled on the final three holes to shoot 68 and 69, respectively.

Although Nicklaus and Palmer sit at the top of the heap, there are six competitors at -2, a stroke back and ten golfers at -1, two strokes back.  The championship is still very much up for grabs.

Round 1 Leaderboard

ASG   Golf MFT   Tour v3.1.0.6

 

American   Links Challenge Round 1 Leaderboard

 

Pos Golfer Tot Thru Today R1 R2 R3 R4 Str Prize Pts
T1 Jack   NICKLAUS (United States) -3 F -3 67 67
T1 Arnold   PALMER (United States) -3 F -3 67 67
T3 Ken   GREEN (United States) -2 F -2 68 68
T3 Tony   JACKLIN (England) -2 F -2 68 68
T3 Charles   COE (United States) -2 F -2 68 68
T3 Kermit   ZARLEY (United States) -2 F -2 68 68
T3 George   BURNS (United States) -2 F -2 68 68
T3 Dave   HILL (United States) -2 F -2 68 68
T9 Bobby   NICHOLS (United States) -1 F -1 69 69
T9 Phil   RODGERS (United States) -1 F -1 69 69
T9 Deane   BEMAN (United States) -1 F -1 69 69
T9 Keith   FERGUS (United States) -1 F -1 69 69
T9 Homero   BLANCAS (United States) -1 F -1 69 69
T9 Jim   THORPE (United States) -1 F -1 69 69
T9 Bob   GOALBY (United States) -1 F -1 69 69
T9 Ken   VENTURI (United States) -1 F -1 69 69
T9 Tommy   AARON (United States) -1 F -1 69 69
T9 Peter   ALLISS (England) -1 F -1 69 69
T19 Seve   BALLESTEROS (Spain) E F E 70 70
T19 Lee   TREVINO (United States) E F E 70 70
T19 Don   JANUARY (United States) E F E 70 70
T19 Ray   FLOYD (United States) E F E 70 70
T19 Billy   MAXWELL (United States) E F E 70 70
T19 J.C.SNEAD   (United States) E F E 70 70
T19 Tom   WATSON (United States) E F E 70 70
T19 Craig   STADLER (United States) E F E 70 70
T19 Doug   FORD (United States) E F E 70 70
T28 Andy   BEAN (United States) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 Jack   FLECK (United States) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 Jerry   PATE (United States) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 Jay   HEBERT (United States) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 Bobby   CLAMPETT (United States) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 Fuzzy   ZOELLER (United States) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 David   FROST (South Africa) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 Bob   GILDER (United States) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 Lee   ELDER (United States) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 Art   WALL, Jr. (United States) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 Jack   RENNER (United States) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 Bernhard   LANGER (Germany) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 Harold   HENNING (South Africa) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 Dan   SIKES (United States) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 Lanny   WADKINS (United States) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 Don   POOLEY (United States) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 R.H.SIKES   (United States) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 Tom   KITE (United States) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 Christy   O’CONNOR (Ireland) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 Mark   HAYES (United States) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 Larry   MIZE (United States) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 Dave   MARR (United States) +1 F +1 71 71
T28 Ted   KROLL (United States) +1 F +1 71 71
T51 Johnny   MILLER (United States) +2 F +2 72 72
T51 Bruce   LIETZKE (United States) +2 F +2 72 72
T51 Tony   LEMA (United States) +2 F +2 72 72
T51 Jay   HAAS (United States) +2 F +2 72 72
T51 Bruce   DEVLIN (Australia) +2 F +2 72 72
T51 George   ARCHER (United States) +2 F +2 72 72
T51 Larry   NELSON (United States) +2 F +2 72 72
T51 Andy   NORTH (United States) +2 F +2 72 72
T51 Jim   JAMIESON (United States) +2 F +2 72 72
T51 Al   GEIBERGER (United States) +2 F +2 72 72
T51 Julius   BOROS (United States) +2 F +2 72 72
T51 Bob   ROSBURG (United States) +2 F +2 72 72
T51 D.A.WEIBRING   (United States) +2 F +2 72 72
T51 Chi Chi   RODRIGUEZ (Puerto Rico) +2 F +2 72 72
T51 Jerry   McGEE (United States) +2 F +2 72 72
T51 Roberto   de VICENZO (Argentina) +2 F +2 72 72
T51 Gil   MORGAN (United States) +2 F +2 72 72
T51 Paul   HARNEY (United States) +2 F +2 72 72
T51 Gary   PLAYER (South Africa) +2 F +2 72 72
T51 Frank   BEARD (United States) +2 F +2 72 72
T51 Mason   RUDOLPH (United States) +2 F +2 72

 American Links Classic at Bethpage Black — Round 2

Ken Green Tops Log Jammed Leader Board

K. Green  2nd Round Leader — Ken Green 68-67  135 (-5)

Jacklin      Jamieson      Nicklaus      Palmer

Jacklin, Jamieson, Nicklaus, and Palmer — One Stroke Back at 136 (-4)

With rain overnight to soften the course and slow the greens, along with calm winds, Bethpage Black was more giving today as more golfers put up low rounds. The conditions allowed some golfers to shoot up the leaderboard and into contention. Jim Jamieson challenged the course record minus seven and carded a 64, six under par to climb to a shot off the lead.  Art Wall, Jr. and Andy Bean shot 66 to move two shots off the lead.  Peter Jacobsen shot 65 to get back to even par.  A total of seven golfers shot rounds of -4 or better.

For longshot, Ken Green, a 67 today combined with a 68 in the first round was good enough to place him at the top of the heap at 135 (-5) going into the weekend. The Connecticut native, who grew up in Honduras, went out in one under 34, prior to a wild back nine in which he went birdie-bogey-birdie-birdie-bogey-birdie to shoot 33 coming home.  A thirteen foot birdie putt on the 16th leap frogged him into the lead.

Yesterday’s illustrious leaders, Nicklaus and Palmer, both shot 69 for a two day total of 136, minus four, one stroke back.  Nicklaus went out in 34 to head into the back nine four under. But he again struggled periodically with his short game and could only shoot par on the back side.  He again bogeyed the par 3 seventeenth to fall to -4, what ended up being a shot back.  Palmer shot 33 on the front to take the lead at -5 at the turn. He played well on the back but couldn’t get the short stick working, missing five birdie chances under twenty feet.  Like Nicklaus, he was tripped up on the 17th, and bogeyed it to shoot a 33-36  69, a shot back.

Jamieson rocketed up the leader board with his beautiful round of 64, pristine with three birdies on each side and no blemishes for a nicely symmetrical 32-32  64.  Rimming out a 15′ birdie putt on the 17th, which would have tied the course record, he is tied with Nicklaus and Palmer, one back.  Joining this group is the Brit, Tony Jacklin.  He matched his 68 on Thursday with another 68 today to make a four-way tie for second, one back of the leader.

Five more contestants sit at -3, only two strokes back.  They include: Dave Hill (68-69), Keith Fergus (69-68), J.C. Snead (70-67), Art Wall, Jr. (71-66), and Andy Bean (71-66).  An even dozen golfers are either at -2 or -1, within spitting distance of the lead.  This is shaping up to truly be a horse race.

The cut came at+4, 144 and sent the likes of”A List” golfers Tom Kite, Tommy Bolt,  Al Geiberger, Gene Littler, Tony Lema,  Curtis Strange, Kel Nagle, Julius Boros,  Dave Marr, Dow Finsterwald,  Charles Coody, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Weiskopf, Bob Charles, George Archer Dick Mayer Scott Simpson, and Peter Thompson home for the weekend.

ASG Golf MFT Tour v3.1.0.6
American Links Challenge Round 3 Leaderboard
Pos Golfer Tot Thru Today R1 R2 R3 R4 Str Prize Pts
T1 Billy MAXWELL (United States) -5 F -3 70 68 67 205
T1 Ken GREEN (United States) -5 F E 68 67 70 205
3 Arnold PALMER (United States) -4 F E 67 69 70 206
T4 Art WALL, Jr. (United States) -3 F E 71 66 70 207
T4 Jack NICKLAUS (United States) -3 F +1 67 69 71 207
T4 Jim JAMIESON (United States) -3 F +1 72 64 71 207
T7 Craig STADLER (United States) -2 F -6 70 74 64 208
T7 Phil RODGERS (United States) -2 F E 69 69 70 208
T7 J.C.SNEAD (United States) -2 F +1 70 67 71 208
T7 Tony JACKLIN (England) -2 F +2 68 68 72 208
T7 Dave HILL (United States) -2 F +1 68 69 71 208
T12 Jodie MUDD (United States) -1 F -3 74 68 67 209
T12 Bernhard LANGER (Germany) -1 F -1 71 69 69 209
T12 Mark HAYES (United States) -1 F E 71 68 70 209
T12 Bruce DEVLIN (Australia) -1 F +1 72 66 71 209
T12 Keith FERGUS (United States) -1 F +2 69 68 72 209
T17 Hal SUTTON (United States) E F -2 76 66 68 210
T17 Peter JACOBSEN (United States) E F E 75 65 70 210
T17 Jack BURKE, Jr. (United States) E F +1 73 66 71 210
T17 Roberto de VICENZO (Argentina) E F +1 72 67 71 210
T17 Bobby NICHOLS (United States) E F +2 69 69 72 210
T17 Peter ALLISS (England) E F +2 69 69 72 210
T23 Jumbo OZAKI (Japan) +1 F -3 76 68 67 211
T23 Mike SOUCHAK (United States) +1 F -3 74 70 67 211
T23 Bruce LIETZKE (United States) +1 F -1 72 70 69 211
T23 Fuzzy ZOELLER (United States) +1 F E 71 70 70 211
T23 Homero BLANCAS (United States) +1 F +1 69 71 71 211
T23 Johnny MILLER (United States) +1 F +2 72 67 72 211
T23 Jay HEBERT (United States) +1 F +2 71 68 72 211
T23 Bobby CLAMPETT (United States) +1 F +2 71 68 72 211
T23 Andy BEAN (United States) +1 F +4 71 66 74 211
T32 D.A.WEIBRING (United States) +2 F -1 72 71 69 212
T32 Lanny WADKINS (United States) +2 F -1 71 72 69 212
T32 David FROST (South Africa) +2 F E 71 71 70 212
T32 Larry NELSON (United States) +2 F E 72 70 70 212
T32 David GRAHAM (Australia) +2 F E 73 69 70 212
T32 Charles COE (United States) +2 F E 68 74 70 212
T32 Andy NORTH (United States) +2 F +2 72 68 72 212
T32 Bob GOALBY (United States) +2 F +2 69 71 72 212
T32 Ken VENTURI (United States) +2 F +2 69 71 72 212
T41 Bud ALLIN (United States) +3 F -1 75 69 69 213
T41 John MAHAFFEY (United States) +3 F -1 76 68 69 213
T41 Ray FLOYD (United States) +3 F E 70 73 70 213
T41 Ed SNEED (United States) +3 F E 75 68 70 213
T41 Gary PLAYER (South Africa) +3 F E 72 71 70 213
T41 Rik MASSENGALE (United States) +3 F E 73 70 70 213
T41 Bill ROGERS (United States) +3 F +1 73 69 71 213
T41 Lee TREVINO (United States) +3 F +1 70 72 71 213
T41 Dale DOUGLASS (United States) +3 F +1 75 67 71 213
T41 Donnie HAMMOND (United States) +3 F +2 73 68 72 213
T41 Tom WATSON (United States) +3 F +4 70 69 74 213
T52 Rex CALDWELL (United States) +4 F E 75 69 70 214
T52 Gay BREWER (United States) +4 F E 74 70 70 214
T52 Tommy JACOBS (United States) +4 F E 74 70 70 214
T52 Deane BEMAN (United States) +4 F E 69 75 70 214
T52 Hale IRWIN (United States) +4 F E 74 70 70 214
T52 Al BALDING (Canada) +4 F E 75 69 70 214
T52 Jack RENNER (United States) +4 F +1 71 72 71 214
T52 Chi Chi RODRIGUEZ (Puerto Rico) +4 F +1 72 71 71 214
T52 Calvin PEETE (United States) +4 F +1 76 67 71 214
T52 Frank BEARD (United States) +4 F +1 72 71 71 214
T52 Lee ELDER (United States) +4 F +2 71 71 72 214
T52 Paul HARNEY (United States) +4 F +2 72 70 72 214
T52 Lionel HEBERT (United States) +4 F +3 73 68 73 214
T52 Jim THORPE (United States) +4 F +4 69 71 74 214
T66 Billy CASPER (United States) +5 F +1 73 71 71 215
T66 Bob ROSBURG (United States) +5 F +1 72 72 71 215
T66 Kermit ZARLEY (United States) +5 F +1 68 76 71 215
T66 Dan SIKES (United States) +5 F +2 71 72 72 215
T66 Mason RUDOLPH (United States) +5 F +2 72 71 72 215
T66 Tommy AARON (United States) +5 F +3 69 73 73 215
T66 Payne STEWART (United States) +5 F +4 74 67 74 215
T66 George BURNS (United States) +5 F +5 68 72 75 215
T74 Bernard HUNT (England) +6 F +2 73 71 72 216
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