IBM statistics of the U.S. Open, where Hogan made his evaluation of the putt vs. drive maxim, tend to support his view. Orville Moody, who emerged the Open champion, was tied for 35th in fewest total putts. But in hitting drives onto the fairways he was tied for 15th and was fourth in hitting greens on schedule. In fact, the first five finishers—Moody, Geiberger, Beman, Rosburg and Murphy—were all among the top 15 in number of drives on the fairways. The same five ranked thus in fewest total putts: tie 35th, tie 14th, second, tie 14th, tie 56th.
CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT RETIRES
In the rash of retirements that have popped out across the body of professional sports in recent months, the reasons may vary but the atmosphere attendant with the announcements seems to follow an emotional pattern: tearful, heartfelt, somber.
Not so with the irrepressible Alex Hawkins, the night-crawling captain of the Baltimore Colts' special kickoff and receiving teams, who sat down in one of his favorite watering spots the other evening and, sucking on a pencil, wrote down 10 reasons for quitting—"one for each year I played."
"1. If Joe Namath doesn't play, neither will I.
"2. The Colts can join the American League, but I won't.
"3. When Tom Matte goes to the Pro Bowl, it's time for everyone to quit.
"4. Pete Rozelle frowns on unsavory characters, and I don't have a friend who's not one.
"5. John Unitas had to bar me from his restaurant." (Actually, that's where Alex had his retirement party.)
"6. I'm allergic to Astro-turf.