Captain Arnie was a bit concerned. He had ridden up on a cart to say to Lee and J.C.: "I don't particularly like your position at the moment."
So J.C. took matters into his own hands and holed out a 50-foot bunker shot on the 13th and a 25-foot putt on the 14th to put him and Trevino ahead to stay.
The Americans celebrated their 4-0 lead by having lunch with their wives and each other instead of agents and corporate execs. And they continued to engage in what passed for fired-up chatter. "Wouldn't it be great if we could beat 'em 32-0," Weiskopf said. Overhearing this, a British journalist said with sarcasm: "Yes, just bloody marvelous."
Weiskopf was in the process of becoming one of the 1975 Ryder Cup heroes. He played brilliantly throughout the three days, winning all of his matches ( Graham would play almost as well in terms of low scoring and winning), and he claimed that it was going out with Nicklaus the first day that had put him in the proper mood.
Hitting the very first tee shot for America, Weiskopf flew his drive into a bunker. Nicklaus would have to play it out. Jack smiled as they went off down the fairway and said, "That was good thinking, T. These fairways are soggy and I'll have a better lie in the sand."
Later Weiskopf detailed a conversation he had with Nicklaus on the 12th hole. "He's the most positive guy that ever lived," Weiskopf said. "I hit a shot about 25 feet from the cup and I said, 'You can make that, can't you, Bear? You ever miss one that short?' Jack stared at me in all seriousness and said, 'I've never missed one in my mind. The ball doesn't always go in the cup, but I didn't miss it.' " Nicklaus made the 25-footer, incidentally. But then the U.S. team did not do too much of anything wrong.
Weiskopf's totals were imposing. After he teamed with Nicklaus to win the first match 5 and 4, he paired with Graham, and on Saturday, Miller, winning both times. And when he took the clincher Sunday morning he was six under par. Thus Weiskopf was undefeated and untied, always winning so easily he never saw the 17th tee. Moreover, in the two sessions he sat out, he was in the gallery rooting for his teammates.
Although the final score was a 21 to 11 U.S. rout, the visitors were not without a couple of mini-heroes. Oosterhuis defeated Miller and Snead in singles and teamed with Jacklin to defeat Casper and Floyd and get a draw with Casper and Miller.
And there was Brian Barnes, a big pleasant Scot who drives long and smokes a pipe even longer. He will forever be able to tell of that Sunday in Pennsylvania when he twice beat Jack Nicklaus (4 and 2, 2 and 1). Barnes, of course, can leave out the fact that the Ryder Cup was no longer a contest when he achieved this astonishing feat.
Somewhere in all this lies the real value of the present-day Ryder Cup matches. Anything that can get our heroes together sitting around in a grill room all dressed alike and being nice to each other is refreshing, if not necessary. For the British, it was an opportunity to compete head-to-head against the best golfers in the world, which is an honor if not necessarily a pleasure. And if their play did not lead to a sword touch on the shoulder, they avoided a boot in the behind. For the Americans, it was a chance to have some of the fun the game offers when the stake isn't $200,00.