Mason Rudolph of Lehigh Acres, Fla. won his first PGA tournament in nearly four years when he played four sub-par rounds on the San Joaquin Country Club course to take the 525,000 Fresno ( Calif.) Open.
HARNESS RACING—BIG JOHN ($13.50) unexpectedly won the mile Volomite Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings at Roosevelt Raceway when the favorite, Arthur Nardin's Speedy Count (winner of eight straight races), broke stride when bumped to finish fifth.
HOCKEY—CHICAGO ran its unbeaten streak to six games, with two ties (Detroit 2-2, Montreal 1-1) and a 4-1 win over New York to open up a four-point lead in the NHL. MONTREAL moved into a second-place tie with TORONTO (1-1 for the week) by defeating Detroit 6-4. In that game Gordie Howe of the Red Wings scored one goal to tic Maurice Richard's lifetime total of 544. Jacques Plante shut out Boston 2-0 for the only NEW YORK victory of the week, and BOSTON won its first game of the season, after six straight losses, when Ed Johnston shut out the Maple Leafs 2-0.
HORSE RACING—The $55,150 Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Handicap, the richest U.S. race of its kind, was won by Mrs. Stephen C. Clark Jr.'s AMBER DIVER ($5.20), with Joe Aitcheson up, by 2� lengths at the United Hunts meeting at Aqueduct.
Wheatley Stable's CASTLE FORBES ($10.80), with Ismael Valenzuela aboard, finished fast to win the $168,460 Gardenia Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Garden State Park, N.J. by a head. Tosmah, the unbeaten favorite, came in a dismal eighth.
HORSE SHOW—For the fifth straight year the U.S. EQUESTRIAN TEAM won the international jumping championship at the Pennsylvania National in Harrisburg. The U.S. took seven of the 10 events and earned 120 points to overwhelm Ireland (52 points), Argentina (48) and Canada (42). Defending Champion FRANK CHAPOT of Wallpack, N.J. won the individual title.
MOTOR SPORTS—JIM CLARK, the world driving champion, gained an early lead and kept it to win the Grand Prix of Mexico for the second straight year. Clark drove his Lotus-Climax an average 93.30 mph in the 202-mile race in Mexico City to become the third driver ever to win six Grand Prix events in one year.
Rodger Ward of Indianapolis took the lead on the 13th lap and went on to win his third Sacramento USAC 100-mile big-car race at the California State Fairgrounds. He averaged 92.17 mph and finished 4.3 seconds in front of A. J. Foyt.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: ED DUDLEY, 63, seven-year PGA president (1942-1948), of a heart attack in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was on three Ryder Cup teams (1929, 1933 and 1937), was the first and only pro at the Augusta National Golf Club, site of the Masters, from 1931 through 1957, and head pro at the Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs for the last 22 years.
DIED: The Class A PIONEER LEAGUE, in its 25th year. "It was the end product of high bonuses," said League President Claude Engberg.