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    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...

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    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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAO8CN3UC8NMA6BJ8VQ6BE03SL
    Media URN:
    VLVAO8CN3UC8NMA6BJ8VQ6BE03SL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/06/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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