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Earlier in the week PALMER beat Phil Rodgers by five strokes and Jacky Cupit by seven in a playoff for a berth in the World Series of Golf where he will meet Jack Nicklaus, Julius Boros and Bob Charles for the $50,000 first prize.
HARNESS RACING—COFFEE BREAK ($3.60), with George Sholty in the sulky, pulled away in the stretch and won the $32,300 Empire Pace at Yonkers by 1� lengths over Adora's Dream. Coffee Break paced the 1�-mile distance for the first time in his career and clipped [2/5] of a second off the track record with a 2:30[4/5] clocking.
At Sportsman's Park in warmup races for The Hambletonian, Keith Waples drove CHOIR BOY ($29.80) to an upset photo-finish win over favorite Glidden Hanover in the $15,000 American National Stake. STAR ACT, handled by Jim Dennis, beat Dee Major to the wire by 2� lengths in the $6,073 Breeder's Filly Stake.
HORSE RACING—TRAFFIC ($17.60), with Manuel Ycaza aboard, beat favorite and previously undefeated Amastar to the wire by a length to win the $111,375 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga (seepage 48). The victory, worth $72,393.75 to Owner Reginald N. Webster, was Traffic's second in 10 starts.
With Carry Back withdrawn because of a torn ligament in his left ankle, CRIMSON SATAN ($6.80), under Herberto Hinojosa, rallied from last place and survived a claim of foul to win the $113,150 Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park over Piper's Son.
MOTOR SPORTS—British world champion GRAHAM HILL drove an Italian Ferrari across the finish line a bare car's length ahead of countryman Mike Parkes, also in a Ferrari, to win the 28th Royal Auto Club Tourist Trophy race in Goodwood, England. It was the fourth straight year that the Italian factory had won the T.T. race, the oldest of its kind in the world.
SHOOTING—At the nine-day 64th Grand' American trapshoot in Vandalia, Ohio ALBERT G. KEES, a 61-year-old Richmond, Ind. machinist who had never won anything before in trapshooting, shattered 100 straight targets to win the sport's biggest prize—the Grand American Handicap.
SWIMMING—The powerful UNITED STATES swimming team again dimmed Japanese Olympic hopes by taking 11 of 13 events at a dual meet in Osaka. Three world records were bettered as California's Don Schollander, 17, broke his pending world 200-meter freestyle mark by 1/10 of a second with a 1:58.4 clocking. The U.S. 400-meter medley relay team stroked the distance in 4:00.1, chopping 1.5 seconds off the world record, and Philadelphia's Carl Robie, 18, once again bettered the world 200-meter butterfly time with a 2:08.3.
TENNIS—Repeating their Davis Cup feat (SI, Aug. 26), DENNIS RALSTON and CHUCK McKINLEY outlasted defending champions Rafael Osuna and Antonio Palafox 9-7, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 11-9 to win the National Doubles title at the Long wood Cricket Club in Brookline, Mass. Aussies MARGARET SMITH and ROBYN EBBERN came back from a first set loss to surprise defending titlists Darlene Hard and Maria Bueno 4-6, 10-8, 6-3 in the women's championship. In the men's senior division, WILLIAM F. TALBERT, 44, and GARDNAR MULLOY, 48, beat Chauncey D. Steele Jr. and Nicholas Sharry 8-6, 6-1.
TRACK & FIELD—"I knew one of these days 17 feet wasn't going to look too high, and it couldn't have happened in a better place than here at home," said JOHN PENNEL, 23, after breaking the world pole vault record for the seventh time this year with a leap of 17 feet� inch in Miami (see page 16). The Northeast Louisiana State College senior is the first person to clear 17 feet.