Jack Nicklaus moved into a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the United States Professional Golf Championship (PGA) on Saturday -- and was within an ace of becoming the greatest major tournament winner of all time.
SV Jack Nicklaus drives off then misses putt (3 shots)
SV Mason Rudolph puts from a birdie on the ninth hole
SV Don Iverson drives and puts (3 shots)
SCU spectators applauding.
CU On Iverson being interviewed
GV Denny Lyons missing putt for course record
SV Bruce Crampton putting shot... and holes it crowd applaud (2 shots)
Commentary: The "Golden Bear" came up with a second-stroke threa-under 68 to be within one day of becoming golf's all time top winner of major championships. Nicklaus ignited his search by hitting the ninth green in two. He missed the putt but made the birdie, starting a string of three-in-six holes that put him in the lead. He has a fifty-four hole score of 208. Twenty-nine-year old Mason Rudolph who hasn't won a tournament in three years, birdied the ninth to go thirteen to finish with a 70, one shot behind Nicklaus. Tied with Rudolph is Don Iverson, a 28-year-old Wisconsin pro playing in his first major championship. He was a cold leader in the first two rounds, and could have had the led today but for a double-birdle in the fifteenth. Facing the pressure of the final round, I asked him how he'd relax tonight.:
Iverson: I dunno... I'll have to wait and see if I can relax. There's nothing I can do until tomorrow. I still feel good. I had to bash out today... I can't think about that. I played very well today. I'm pleased with the way I played. I had another good day at putting. I drove the ball well. I've just got to go out tomorrow and play the way I did today. I've nothing to really worry about. You know, I'll just go out and play it hole by hole, and let what fall what may."
Commentary: Denny Lyons, the club pro from Niagara Palls, came this close to breaking the course record... his sixty-seven left his two shots off the land. Bruce Crampton, the tour's leading money-winner, also tried the course record of 67. He and Jim Sobers were three shots off the best.
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Background: Jack Nicklaus moved into a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the United States Professional Golf Championship (PGA) on Saturday -- and was within an ace of becoming the greatest major tournament winner of all time.
Victory here would give Nicklaus his 14th win in to tournaments -- one more than the record held by the late Bobby Jones. And Nicklaus, the "Golden Bear", duly delighted his fans the following day with a magnificent four-stroke victory.
But the issue was far from settled on the Saturday. At the end of the third round, Nicklaus achieved his slender one-stroke lead with a three-under-par 68 at the Canterbury Golf Club in Cleveland, Ohio. Right behind him, trying for second place, were Don Iverson and Mason Rudolph, the joint leaders at the end of the second round.
This coverage includes a National Broadcasting Company commentary, transcribed below, and an interview with Iverson. And alternative commentary is provided overleaf:
SYNOPSIS: Jack Nicklaus, already golf's top money winner, moved to within an ace of becoming the winner of the world's greatest number of major tournaments on Saturday -- taking a one stroke lead at the end of the third round of United States Professional Golfers Championship at Cleveland.
But he was hard pressed by a man who hasn't won a tournament for three years -- twenty-nine-year-old Mason Rudolph, joint leader at the end of two rounds, who finished a stroke behind Nicklaus.
Don Iverson, who had been sharing the lead with Rudolph after two rounds, also finished this third round with a seventy -- to tie in second place behind Nicklaus. He was asked how he assessed his chances of final victory.
Denny Lyons from Niagara Falls, came close to breaking the course record with a sixty-seven -- but stayed two shots behind Nicklaue.
Bruca Crampton of Australia was three shots behind. But the following day, Nicklaus left them all standing, recording a magnificent four-stroke victory to achieve his record series of championship wins.