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MFT Tour — Land of Lincoln Open at Medinah

Floyd Ray Floyd Ties Medinah course record with first round 63

Course Conditions:: Course normal, Greens normal, US Open Rough, and moderate wind from the Southwest.  The flags were in the red locations.

Raymond Floyd was the story on the first day of the tournament, tying an 85 year course record 63 shot by “Light Horse” Harry Cooper in the 1930 Medinah Open. Floyd birdied the first three holes, sinking impressive 27′ and 15′ putts.  He parred the next five holes, scrambling from around the geen on two of them and three putting from 46′ for a par on the par 5 7th hole. Floyd punched a beautiful 8 iron from under some trees in the right rough on the 8th hole to birdie and move to minus four on the front.  He went out in 32. Then he really cuaght fire.  He snaked a 29′ eagle putt on the 10th and dropped a 28′ birdie putt on the 11th to move to seven under par with seven holes to play. A hooked tee shot into some trees earned him is first birdie of the round and dropped him to -6.  But then regroupped and penciled in three birdies in a row.  He hit a beautiful 5 iron to four feet for birdie on the dangerous par 3 13th,.  He then two putted for birdie on the par 5 14th. Then holed an 18′ birdie putt on the 15th to move to -9 — tied for the course record with three holes to play.  The word had gotten out to the gallery and it swelled to a wall lining the final three holes.  he parred number sixteen and then flirted with an ace on the par three 17th and tapped in for a birdie to go to -10 and only needed to par the 18th for a new course record.  But he hooked his tee shot over the heads of the gallery into to some trees, then found a fairway bunker with this recovery shot.  From there he stuck his approach shot into a deep right side bunker and would have to scramble to save bogey.  He did, blasting to within 7′ and dropping the putt to tie Cooper’s ancient record.  A little disappointed, but the leader in the clubhouse.

Even at that, Floyd has company at the top of the leader board on a day in which the venerated course was forgiving.  Charles Coody shot 35 going out then tore up the back nine, shooting 31 to card a 66 (-6) and three strokes back of Floyd. Coody’s round was highlighted by back-to-back eagles on the par five 14 and the short par four 15th.  He dropped a 28′ putt on the 14th, then drove the green on the 15th and holed a 12′ putt for his second eagle. Don January also had a brilliant first round. He sank putts of over 20′ on the 2nd, 6th and 7th holes, then flirted with a hole in one on the 8th for a short birdie putt to shoot 32 going out.  He birdied the 11th to go five under, but then three putted the 12th from 51′ for go back to minus four.  He also drove the 15th and two putted for birdie and finally birdied the 17th to come in with a 34 for a 66 (-6) tied for second place.

Five golfers, count ’em—five, shot 67 (-5) which on most days would put them at the top of the leader board. South African, David Frost shot 33-34 and would have also shot a 66 if not for bogeying the 18th hole. Gene Littler only had one blemish, a bogey on the 11th, to shoot 33-34 67. Chi Chi Rodriguez got to -8 after driving 15 and sinking an 11 footer for eagle. But then bogied the 16th and three putted the 18th for double bogey to shoot 33-34  67. Mike Souchak was even par on the front side, then eagled the 10th hole to go to -2  Later he strung together three birdies on the 14th through the 16th and shot 36-31  for his 67. Dow Finsterwald birdied the 4th to shoot 35 on the front. Then he went eagle-birdie on the 10th and 11th to move to -4. He put together back to back birdies on the 14th and 15th, but bogied the 16th to finish 35-32  67.

Three golfer lurk at  -4, Dick Mayer, Jack Nicklaus, and Al Balding.  Nicklaus aced the 13th to highlight his round.

   Gene Littler Grabs 36 Hole Lead with 69 for 136 (-8)

Round 2 — The course was still normal, but the greenskeep trimmed the greens a little closer to make them fast.  There was wind again from the northeast the white flags were a little less approachable.  Medinah to some extent reclaimed its dignity, as no one broke 68 and the stroke average climbed about half a stroke to 73.78.

Gene Litter who had an excellent round of 67 yesterday, followed it up with a three under 69 to seize the lead going into the weekend. Although he struggled on the front side, shooting 37, not being able to get the short stick working, he warmed up coming in. He dropped a seven foot putt on eleven to go back to even par on the day, then holed a 14′ putt for birdie on the 14th to move to -6. On the 16th he made the putt of the day, a long, breaking 59 footer for birdie to move to -7. Having all the confidence in the world in his putting, he jammed home a 22 foot putt on the difficult to putt 18th to go to -8 and take the lead. Dow Finsterwald moved a peg up on the leader board with his round of one under 71. He bogied the third hole, then birdied on five and six, two putting for birdie on the par five fifth and sinking a 29′ birdie putt on the sixth. From there he shot twelve straight pars to finish at -1. Billy Maxwell shot 69 on Thursday and repeated that today for 138 (-6). He bidied the 5th through 7th holes on the front to shoot 33 going out and moving to -6 heading into the back nine. He two putted for birdie on the 14th and sank an eleven footer for birdie on the 15th to move to -8.  But the finishing holes hurt him. He found the lake on the 17th, but managed to save bogey. His short game deserted him on the 18th and he had a sink a 6′ putt to save bogey.  He finished at six under. John Mahaffey, like Maxwell, shot twin 69s to move to 138 (-6).  He birdied three of the first four holes to move to minus six, but then missed a six foot putt for par on the 7th and three putted on the ninth to shoot 35 on the front. On the back he birded the par five 10th, but then bogeyed the 11th and 13th to fall to -3 where he started.  He drove the par five 14th in two and dropped an eight foot eagle putt to go to -5. On the finishing hole, he snaked a 17 footer for birdie to finish at -6. Hubie Green, who shot 69 on Thursday, carded a consistent 70 today.  He balanced a bogey on the 7th with a birdie on the 8th to go out in even par.  On the back nine he birdied the 10th, then drove the 12th green and two putted from 58 feet for birdie to come in in 34 for his 70, five under for the round. Ray Floyd woke up on Friday and by the end of the round must have thought his opening round was a dream.  He missed a four foot putt for par on the third, then took a penalty drop on the 7th to bogey that hole and fall to -7.  He rallied, nailing a 51′ putt on eight and went out in 37, -8 for the event.  The back nine was brutal to the first round leader.  He three putted from 48 feet for bogey on the 12th, then missed a five footer to save par on the 13th.  He got one of those strokes back with a birdie on the 14th at sat at -7 with four holes to play.  He had issues getting up and down out of a trap on the 15th an bogeyed the hole. He three putted the 16th from 26 feet for bogey and limped in with 39 for a four over 76 and three strokes out of the lead which he held by three strokes starting today’s play.

The cut was an unusually high +4 to play on the weekend.  Many notables didn’t make the cut.  Bob Goalby, Orville Moody, and Tom Kite were at +5; Gary Player was at +6; Tom Watson, Fuzzy Zoeller, Ben Crenshaw, Payne Stewart, and Curtis Strange were +7. Last week’s champion, Jay Hebert is at 72-74  146 m(+2).

 New Leader, John Mahaffey 69-69-70  208 (-8)  Ray Floyd 63-76-70  209 (-7)  Billy Maxwell 69-69-71  209 (-7)

Round 3 — A light rain fell overnight and softened the course and greens back to first round conditions. However as the last few golfers finished, the wind and warm day had again hardened the course and greens, which were putting faster.  A harbinger of what the golfers might expect tomorrow.  The wind stayed up from the northeast and the blue flag locations were in play. The scores lowered again, reflecting the effect of the rain overnight.

Gene Litter wasn’t having the best of rounds when he reached the 12th hole, in fact he was two over for the round and had dropped out of the lead at -6. His tee shot was fine, down the middle, leaving him a 4 iron into the green.  He caught the four iron fat and pushed it, sickenly watching it hop sideways down the hill and trickle into the lake.  He took a drop and hit the same shot with the same disastrous results.  Then it seemed like Groundhog Day had descended on Littler as he hit two more four irons into the lake.  By the time the nightmare ended, Litter drug himself to the 13th hole having penciled in a 12 on the 12th hole and had fallen out of all contention at +2.  He would finish shooting an 82 before the day was done.   Littler’s collapse opened the door. Billy Maxwell led for most of the round, but  fell back and Mahaffey dropped a 14′ putt for birdie on the 15th to take the lead. Billy Maxwell went out in 33 and then birdied the 10th to move to -10 and a three stroke lead. But the rest of the back nine caught up with him. A hooked tee shot cost him a stroke on the 12th and he made bogey. A poor approach shot with his wedge found the deep bunker on the front right of the green on the 14th and he couldn’t get up and down and took another bogey.  He missed a six foot putt for par on the 16th and ended his slide at -7, a shot behind Mahaffey.  He would go on to come in at 38 for a total of 209 (-7).  Ray Floyd found his stroke again and climbed back into contention with a 70. He went out in even par 36 and had bogeyed the 12 to fall to +1 for the round and -4 for the tournament.  But then the first round Floyd emerged.  He bounced a 50 yard pitch off the flag stick on 14 and tapped in for birdie.  Then rapped in a nine footer on the 15th for another birdie to go -1 for the round and -6 for the event. He ended his comeback round by hitting a beautiful 8 iron into the final green and sank a nine foot putt for birdie to come in at 34 for 70 and a be only a shot back at 209 (-7). Charles Coody shot an impressive 69 to get back in the thick of the chase, after carding a 75 on Friday. He sank 25′ and 38′ putts for birdies to go out in 35 and move to four under.  He got to minus five with a birdie on the 10th, but then got his ball wet on the 13th and gave the stoke back.  He finished strong dropping a 13 footer for birdie on the 15th and hit a magnificent six iron into the 18th green to two feet from the hole and birdied to finish the day at 69 and -6 for the event. Other than having trouble getting up and down from the sand on the sixth, Billy Casper had a terrific and consistent round. He dropped a monsterous 44 foot putt for birdie on the third hole and a 12′ putt on the fourth to go to minus five out of the gate. But he couldn’t get up and down on the sixth and went out in 35. That bogey on six would be the only blemish on his scorecard.  He nearly holed an eight iron from a hundred and forty yards on the 10th to tap in for birdie, then dropped another long putt on the 16th to come in at 34 for a round out 69 and six under heading into Sunday. Dow Finsterwald held service and shot an even par 72 to stay at -6 for the event. Jack Nicklaus, who shot 69 on Saturday, lurks at minus four heading into the last round, as does Lionel Hebert who is also at -4, having shot a 70 on Saturday.

 Champion, John Mahaffey 69-69-70-69  277 (-11)

John Mahaffey reclaimed the lead at -8 on the 4th hole and took over the last round and the tournament.  He shot 33 on the front side and had a three stroke lead at -11 by the turn.  Finsterwald, the only golfer to dog his heals, pulled to within two strokes by the 11th hole, but fell back again to four back going into the 16th hole, and running out of time. Mahaffey put the tournament away on the 16th when he pared while Finsterwald, pressing hard, double bogeyed to give Mahaffey an insurmountable six stroke lead with two holes to play.  Mahaffey bogeyed in, but still won the championship by three strokes.

The final stroke play stop in the Midwestern swing of the MFT will be Oakland Hills near Detroit for the Cadillac Championship.

 

Pos

Golfer

Tot

Thru

Today

R1

R2

R3

R4

Str

Prize

Pts

1

John MAHAFFEY (United States)

-11

F

-3

69

69

70

69

277

$900,000

550

2

Dow FINSTERWALD (United States)

-8

F

-2

67

71

72

70

280

$540,000

315

T3

Graham MARSH (Australia)

-4

F

-2

71

75

68

70

284

$290,000

170

T3

Billy CASPER (United States)

-4

F

+2

70

71

69

74

284

$290,000

170

T5

Dick MAYER (United States)

-3

F

-2

68

72

75

70

285

$175,625

101

T5

Lee TREVINO (United States)

-3

F

-2

71

71

73

70

285

$175,625

101

T5

Billy MAXWELL (United States)

-3

F

+4

69

69

71

76

285

$175,625

101

T5

Ray FLOYD (United States)

-3

F

+4

63

76

70

76

285

$175,625

101

T9

David FROST (South Africa)

-2

F

-1

67

74

74

71

286

$115,714

70

T9

Tommy BOLT (United States)

-2

F

-1

73

69

73

71

286

$115,714

70

T9

Bobby NICHOLS (United States)

-2

F

-1

71

74

70

71

286

$115,714

70

T9

Arnold PALMER (United States)

-2

F

-1

74

73

68

71

286

$115,714

70

T9

Ted KROLL (United States)

-2

F

+1

71

72

70

73

286

$115,714

70

T9

Jack NICKLAUS (United States)

-2

F

+2

68

75

69

74

286

$115,714

70

T9

Lionel HEBERT (United States)

-2

F

+2

71

71

70

74

286

$115,714

70

T16

Bruce LIETZKE (United States)

-1

F

-4

77

68

74

68

287

$82,500

56

T16

Bernhard LANGER (Germany)

-1

F

E

69

74

72

72

287

$82,500

56

18

Charles COODY (United States)

E

F

+6

66

75

69

78

288

$75,000

53

T19

Jerry McGEE (United States)

+1

F

-3

75

72

73

69

289

$54,375

49

T19

Johnny MILLER (United States)

+1

F

-2

76

72

71

70

289

$54,375

49

T19

Bud ALLIN (United States)

+1

F

-1

71

70

77

71

289

$54,375

49

T19

Seve BALLESTEROS (Spain)

+1

F

-1

73

70

75

71

289

$54,375

49

T19

Tommy JACOBS (United States)

+1

F

E

73

74

70

72

289

$54,375

49

T19

Hubie GREEN (United States)

+1

F

+2

69

70

76

74

289

$54,375

49

T19

Bob MURPHY (United States)

+1

F

+2

75

69

71

74

289

$54,375

49

T19

Frank BEARD (United States)

+1

F

+3

73

72

69

75

289

$54,375

49

T27

Chip BECK (United States)

+2

F

+1

72

73

72

73

290

$37,000

43

T27

Tim SIMPSON (United States)

+2

F

+3

70

71

74

75

290

$37,000

43

T27

Larry MIZE (United States)

+2

F

+5

75

71

67

77

290

$37,000

43

T30

Jay HEBERT (United States)

+3

F

E

72

74

73

72

291

$31,750

40

T30

Art WALL, Jr. (United States)

+3

F

E

75

71

73

72

291

$31,750

40

T30

Gene LITTLER (United States)

+3

F

+1

67

69

82

73

291

$31,750

40

T30

Dave STOCKTON (United States)

+3

F

+4

74

72

69

76

291

$31,750

40

T34

Charlie SIFFORD (United States)

+4

F

-1

70

75

76

71

292

$27,000

36

T34

Peter OOSTERHUIS (England)

+4

F

E

72

75

73

72

292

$27,000

36

T34

Bernard HUNT (England)

+4

F

+2

71

72

75

74

292

$27,000

36

T37

Gay BREWER (United States)

+5

F

+5

75

69

72

77

293

$23,000

33

T37

Dick LOTZ (United States)

+5

F

+5

71

75

70

77

293

$23,000

33

T37

John SCHLEE (United States)

+5

F

+6

70

71

74

78

293

$23,000

33

T37

Jerry HEARD (United States)

+5

F

+6

74

69

72

78

293

$23,000

33

T41

Chi Chi RODRIGUEZ (Puerto Rico)

+6

F

E

67

77

78

72

294

$14,964

24

T41

Dave RAGAN (United States)

+6

F

E

73

73

76

72

294

$14,964

24

T41

Andy BEAN (United States)

+6

F

+1

76

71

74

73

294

$14,964

24

T41

Roger MALTBIE (United States)

+6

F

+1

73

73

75

73

294

$14,964

24

T41

Leonard THOMPSON (United States)

+6

F

+1

73

75

73

73

294

$14,964

24

T41

Johnny POTT (United States)

+6

F

+2

71

76

73

74

294

$14,964

24

T41

Bob ROSBURG (United States)

+6

F

+3

69

73

77

75

294

$14,964

24

T41

Jim JAMIESON (United States)

+6

F

+3

75

70

74

75

294

$14,964

24

T41

Tom WEISKOPF (United States)

+6

F

+4

74

69

75

76

294

$14,964

24

T41

Calvin PEETE (United States)

+6

F

+4

74

70

74

76

294

$14,964

24

T41

Al GEIBERGER (United States)

+6

F

+4

74

72

72

76

294

$14,964

24

T41

George BAYER (United States)

+6

F

+4

72

74

72

76

294

$14,964

24

T41

Ed SNEED (United States)

+6

F

+5

73

71

73

77

294

$14,964

24

T41

Bert YANCEY (United States)

+6

F

+7

69

73

73

79

294

$14,964

24

T55

Doug SANDERS (United States)

+7

F

+3

70

74

76

75

295

$11,350

15

T55

Don JANUARY (United States)

+7

F

+4

66

74

79

76

295

$11,350

15

T55

Hal SUTTON (United States)

+7

F

+5

74

70

74

77

295

$11,350

15

T55

Jerry PATE (United States)

+7

F

+7

70

72

74

79

295

$11,350

15

T59

Lanny WADKINS (United States)

+8

F

+1

73

74

76

73

296

$10,800

9

T59

David GRAHAM (Australia)

+8

F

+1

76

72

75

73

296

$10,800

9

T59

Mason RUDOLPH (United States)

+8

F

+3

74

72

75

75

296

$10,800

9

T59

Julius BOROS (United States)

+8

F

+4

73

72

75

76

296

$10,800

9

T59

Al BALDING (Canada)

+8

F

+5

68

78

73

77

296

$10,800

9

T59

Ken VENTURI (United States)

+8

F

+6

69

73

76

78

296

$10,800

9

T59

Larry HINSON (United States)

+8

F

+7

73

74

70

79

296

$10,800

9

T66

Jack BURKE, Jr. (United States)

+9

F

+2

74

74

75

74

297

$10,100

2

T66

Tony JACKLIN (England)

+9

F

+4

74

73

74

76

297

$10,100

2

T66

Don POOLEY (United States)

+9

F

+6

70

73

76

78

297

$10,100

2

T66

Mike SOUCHAK (United States)

+9

F

+6

67

77

75

78

297

$10,100

2

T66

Paul HARNEY (United States)

+9

F

+6

72

75

72

78

297

$10,100

2

T66

Tommy NAKAJIMA (Japan)

+9

F

+6

71

76

72

78

297

$10,100

2

T66

Bruce CRAMPTON (Australia)

+9

F

+7

70

74

74

79

297

$10,100

2

T73

George ARCHER (United States)

+10

F

+3

71

72

80

75

298

$9,350

1

T73

Scott SIMPSON (United States)

+10

F

+3

73

75

75

75

298

$9,350

1

T73

George BURNS (United States)

+10

F

+5

72

72

77

77

298

$9,350

1

T73

Roberto de VICENZO (Argentina)

+10

F

+5

72

73

76

77

298

$9,350

1

T73

Bill KRATZERT (United States)

+10

F

+6

72

74

74

78

298

$9,350

1

T73

Ken GREEN (United States)

+10

F

+6

69

79

72

78

298

$9,350

1

T73

Jim THORPE (United States)

+10

F

+7

73

70

76

79

298

$9,350

1

T73

Peter ALLISS (England)

+10

F

+8

78

69

71

80

298

$9,350

1

T81

Rex CALDWELL (United States)

+11

F

+5

72

73

77

77

299

$8,850

1

T81

Wayne LEVI (United States)

+11

F

+5

71

77

74

77

299

$8,850

1

T83

Charles COE (United States)

+12

F

+3

78

70

77

75

300

$8,600

1

T83

Miller BARBER (United States)

+12

F

+5

71

75

77

77

300

$8,600

1

T83

Hale IRWIN (United States)

+12

F

+7

70

78

73

79

300

$8,600

1

T86

Bob CHARLES (New Zealand)

+13

F

+3

69

79

78

75

301

$8,300

1

T86

Doug TEWELL (United States)

+13

F

+3

72

76

78

75

301

$8,300

1

T86

Gary KOCH (United States)

+13

F

+7

71

76

75

79

301

$8,300

1

89

Dave MARR (United States)

+16

F

+9

70

77

76

81

304

$8,100

1

90

Tom SHAW (United States)

+24

F

+10

75

73

82

82

312

$8,000

1

 

 

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