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LEADER IN THE CLUBHOUSE
Gary Van Sickle
June 10, 2002
Can you identify these third-round Open leaders, all of whom took gas on Sunday?
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June 10, 2002

Leader In The Clubhouse

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Can you identify these third-round Open leaders, all of whom took gas on Sunday?

1. In 1967 I became the sixth amateur to hold the 54-hole lead. With only a one-shot edge on Billy Casper, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, is it any wonder that I bogeyed the first three holes and closed with an 80?

2. In 1992 I was hotter than Couples and Love, moving to 12 under par through seven holes of the second round, becoming the first player in Open history to reach double digits. Unfortunately, I was 18 over the rest of the way.

3. I had a three-shot lead in 1969 and crowed, "They have to catch me; I don't have to catch them." When I bogeyed five of the first eight holes on Sunday, they had.

4. In 1989 I was in position to win my first major—until I got to the 5th hole on Sunday. I missed an 18-inch putt to make a triple bogey that blew me, Mr. Consistent, out of the sky.

5. Fuzzy Zoeller and Greg Norman put on a great show in 1984 after I got out of the way. With a one-shot edge over the Fuzz and two Open titles already to my credit, I thought I was the man to beat. Then I shot 79.

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