Bench and his partner Bob Trumpy were near the lead at four under after the first eight holes on opening day, but then a tall, blonde girl arrived. "She literally came right out of the bushes," recalled Trumpy, with wonder. "And that was the end of us. John found it pretty hard to swing a golf club with her sitting on his lap."
On the final two days of the tournament the girl stayed at poolside, drawing half the gallery from the course, and Bench and Trumpy concentrated on golf. They did better, shooting a 60 and then a 61 to finish in fifth place. "With the girl we were five under par," Trumpy noted. "Without her we were 21 under. Now I know why the coaches lock us up in hotels on the nights before a football game."