A few weeks ago, when the format became known, Ed Sneed, one of the tour wits, said, "Why does Jack want to run the risk of putting himself in the semifinals? He ought to seed himself into four up on the back nine of the finals."
The Japanese crew shot something like 100,000 feet of film each day, which is the rough equivalent of six Gone with the Winds and three Duel in the Suns with a couple of All in the Families thrown in. No one paid much attention to what went on until the semifinals, naturally, but what was typical of the play, since all of the guests were guaranteed a minimum of $2,500, was an incident in a match between Jerry Heard and Eddie Pearce. Heard hit a tee shot in the water and won the hole because Pearce followed it up by hitting two shots nobody could ever find. The nontournament ended up as the Japanese wished, with Nicklaus beating Weiskopf in the finals 2 and 1 to take the $25,000 first prize.
"I didn't win a dime," Jack protested. "That money all goes into next year's tournament."
The highlight of the nontournament involved Ken Venturi, who was present in the role of a commentator for both the Japanese TV series and the film special that will be seen on CBS. Venturi did the introduction and the explanation about the two competitions. It was all filmed in a matter of minutes.
"Do you realize," Ken said, "that I'm going to have on the same sport coat for 52 weeks in Japan?"
Venturi had labored hard on what he would say and how he would say it. He had versions for a one-minute opening, a 30-second opening, a two-minute opening, etc. The first take ran 56 seconds.
"Was it O.K.?" he said to Shingu-san.
"Very good," said Shingu-san.
"I can do it shorter.... Longer...? Anything else you want me to get in?"
"No problem," said Shingu-san. "We use Japanese voice, anyway."