GOLF—"Never in my life have I putted so well," said Toronto's AL BALDING as he sniffed tanked oxygen and led all the way to win the 135,000-peso Mexican Open in Mexico City by six strokes, with a nine-under-par 279.
Kathy Whitworth of Jal, N. Mex. won the final 1963 LPGA tournament, the Mary Mills Invitational in Ocean Springs, Miss., to make it two victories in a row and three in the last five tournaments. Her $2,325 first-prize money brought her year's earnings to $26,858, second to Mickey Wright's record $31,269 for 1963.
HARNESS RACING—Norman Woolworth's PORTERHOUSE ($10.40), guided by Earle Avery, survived a closing rush by New Hat to win the $50,000 American Trotting Classic by a head at Hollywood Park, Calif.
HOCKEY—CHICAGO went on a scoring spree and beat Boston 6-4, Montreal 5-2 and Toronto 6-0 ( Bobby Hull's first hat trick and Glenn Hall's second shutout) to increase its NHL lead to eight points. TORONTO moved up to tie the Canadiens for second place by defeating the Rangers twice (5-4 each time) and tying Montreal 2-2 to stretch its unbeaten streak to five games—before losing to the Black Hawks. MONTREAL took only one game—from Boston 3-2; NEW YORK beat the fading Red Wings 5-2 to break its seven-game losing streak; and last-place BOSTON managed a 1-1 tie with Detroit between two losses.
HORSE RACING—Little M Farm's SUNRISE FLIGHT ($29.90), with Larry Adams up, came from behind to win the $87,000 Gallant Fox Handicap by a nose from B. Major at Aqueduct.
HORSE SHOW—The WEST GERMAN EQUESTRIAN TEAM took six of 11 events to win overall international jumping honors at the National in Madison Square Garden (see page 92).
MOTOR SPORTS—GLENN (Fireball) ROBERTS had to stop for gas with only three laps to go in the $67,100 NASCAR race at the Augusta (Ga.) Speedway, but he still finished first, a few seconds ahead of Dave MacDonald.
SOCCER—SANTOS OF BRAZIL defeated Milan of Italy in two out of three matches for the world soccer club championship. Milan won the first game 4-2 on home ground, but when the teams moved to Rio de Janeiro, more than 155,000 fans packed Maracana Stadium and cheered Santos to two consecutive wins, 4-2 and 1-0.
TENNIS—The U.S. Davis Cup team, in a warmup for next month's matches, dominated the New South Wales Championships in Sydney, Australia.
Dennis Ralston and Chuck McKinley defeated their probable Challenge Round opponents, Roy Emerson and Neale Fraser, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in the men's doubles (the first victory by a United States team since 1932) while RALSTON beat Britain's Mike Sangster in the singles to become the first American titleholder in 12 years.