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Jack Nicklaus, with a last-round 69 in which he hit all 18 greens and put his second shot on two par 5s—just in case anyone thinks he is over the hill—finished at 286, with Hallberg, Bruce Lietzke and Craig Stadler. Lee Trevino and Tom Watson, both of whom had their chances, wound up in a group tied for 10th.
When play began on Thursday there were early 70s by two amateurs, John In-man (whose brother, Joe, is a pro), and Sam Randolph of Southern Cal. But by late afternoon the leader board reeked of old money: Watson 69, Trevino 70 and Nicklaus 71. Meanwhile, the nouveaux riches were struggling, TPC champion Calvin Peete to a 75, Mark O'Meara to a 73 and Strange to his 80.
Hallberg took the lead with his 68 and told the press that his hat aided his concentration because he could avoid looking at fans. He's a man of this techno-golf age, and he credited his fine play to a recent visit to a physics professor. Remember when pros went to pros?
Only a shot behind were Stewart and Watson. Stewart, in his hot pink and powder blue knickers, is a devotee of acupuncture. He has three needles in each ear, and he rubs them to control anxiety, increase concentration and alleviate stress. What's more, he says, they improve reception on his Walkman.
There was a feeling the grand old course could be had on Friday when both Sandy Lyle of Scotland and Strange posted early 65s. But when Thursday's leaders began their second-round trek, the mood changed.
At the end of 36 holes, Stadler, Watson and Stewart were tied at 140, four under. But all the names atop the leader board became yesterday's newspaper on Saturday when none could break 75.
Strange, meanwhile, roared around in 68, fueling speculation that his first round might have been shot by his identical twin, Allan. And in the midst of this, Langer edged up the ladder with the same score. Langer was four over par for the tournament after five holes on Saturday, but caught fire with four birdies plus an eagle on the 13th, where he skipped a shot over the creek. Someone asked him what the German word was for "yips." "There isn't any," he said. "Germans don't have the yips."
Floyd moved into the lead a stroke ahead of Strange, with Langer and Ballesteros another shot back. All told, 21 players were within five shots of the lead.
Strange looked invincible during the early going on Sunday with birdies on the 2nd, 4th, 7th and 8th holes. He three-putted from 40 feet at the 10th, but got that back with a seven-iron to 20 feet and a birdie putt at 12. Then came the calamitous 13th, and the calamitous 15th, Who will ever forget them?
Certainly not Bernhard Langer. After a two-putt birdie at 15, he saved par with a deft downhill putt from the back edge of the 16th, then birdied the 17th. Walking to the 18th tee, his playing companion, Ballesteros, clapped him admiringly on the back. Even a final-hole bogey couldn't tarnish Langer's victory. With his wife weeping softly on his shoulder, Langer watched Strange's final attempt for a birdie at 18 turn into another bogey. Then he walked up the hill to receive his green jacket. It was a perfect fit.