Arnold Palmer, golf's biggest money winner of the year, and Australian Peter Thomson, five times winner of the British Open, clash at Wentworth tomorrow (Saturday) in the final of the GBP16,000 sterling Piccadilly world match-play championship.
GV Wentworth Course.
SV Player drives off, ball in flight (2 shots).
SV Thomson drives off, ball in flight. (2 shots)
TV Player drives from fairway, ball in flight (2 shots).
TV Thomson sinks a very long putt.
SV Player sinks 3 yard putt.
SV Players walking on course.
SV Palmer chips from off the green, ball goes past the hole, Palmer throws away his putter in disgust.
SV Palmer misses return putt (he conceded this hole).
TV Player walking to 18th green.
STV Palmer sinks about a 3 1/2 yd. putt, and shakes hands with Caper, they walk off together.
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Background: Arnold Palmer, golf's biggest money winner of the year, and Australian Peter Thomson, five times winner of the British Open, clash at Wentworth tomorrow (Saturday) in the final of the GBP16,000 sterling Piccadilly world match-play championship.
Palmer beat fellow American Billy Casper three to two today (Friday) while thomson dethroned Gary Player winner for the last two years, tow and one, in a tenses match which was nearly as dramatic as yesterday's (thursday) 39-hole quarter-final between Player and Gay Brewer.
Player, the little South African with a reputation as the biggest recovery expert in golf, was all square with Thomson at the 33rd hold of the 36-hole semi-final.
But Thomson went one up on the 34th and on the 35th Player sealed his own fate when he hooked his drive out of bounds and Thomson took the match.
Palmer's semi-final was not so eventful but both Americans played brilliant golf. The turning point came at the 24th when Palmer broke the sequence of halves, winning the hole with a birdie three.
He completed the hat-trick of birdie three wins at the 26th to reach the final turn five up.
Casper kept his slender hopes alive by winning the 30th and 32nd but Palmer, who won the championship in 1964, halved the 33rd and 34th holes, at which point he was ten under par.
Tomorrow's final is over 36 holes.