The first day of play in the United States' Open Golf Championships at Medinah, Illinois, on Thursday (19 June) ended with two surprise field leaders...
The first day of play in the United States' Open Golf Championships at Medinah, Illinois, on Thursday (19 June) ended with two surprise field leaders...and a question-mark hanging over the continued appearance of one of the tournament's most famous names.
Over the eighteen holes of the first round, 24-year-old Pat Fitzsimons and 26-year-old Tom Watson -- both up-and-coming youngsters from the U.S. stable -- each carded a four-under par 67 to take the lead. Fellow-American Jim Wiechers lay in second place with a 68, and Britain's Peter Oosterhuis recorded the best foreign score with 69...along with three other players including veteran U.S. golfing star, Arnold ???Almer.
Pre-tournament favourite Jack Nicklaus only managed to produce a cautious ?? in Medinah's over-nineties Fahrenheit (mid-Thirties Centigrade) temperatures...as did "Super-Max" Lee Trevino.
But the biggest upset of the day came from another U.S. star, Tom Weiskopf. After a three-under-par over; the first five outward holes, Weiskopf disputed a U.S. Golfing Association official's ruling over what Weiskopf and playing partner Oosterhuis had called a bad lie behind the eighth green. Apparently upset by the decision, Weiskopf took five on that hold and seemed to lose interest, ending with a score of 75 which included missing a nine-inch (23 cms) putt on the last hole. At one point, the 32-year-old professional from Colombus, Ohio, threatened to walk out, but friends later persuaded him to stay.