The way Bolt and Wall teamed up throughout the 54-hole event, it wouldn't have made any difference if Snead had Tom Watson for a partner. Bolt and Wall bogeyed only two holes. When they went out on Sunday morning they quickly began their brother-in-law act, with Art always letting Tommy play first because "he's looser that way."
Art birdied the 1st and 4th holes, and then Tommy birdied the 7th. Art birdied the 8th, 9th and 10th, after which Tommy birdied the 13th and saved par with a fine long-iron shot to the 14th green. By then they already had the two-stroke lead they would win by.
Having made a bunch of birdies and an eagle the previous day, Slammin' Sam Snead, the West Virginia hillbilly, and lean Don January could only manage a one-under 69 on Sunday. Just a day earlier January had chipped in for an eagle three on 18 to give them the three-shot lead that Bolt and Wall had to overcome.
"I figured we were the favorites all along," Bolt said later. "And I'll tell you, this $35,000 is the most money I've won since I used to hustle at Memorial Park in Houston."
Part of the charm of the Legends of Golf is seeing the names that have meant so much to the wire services through the years. The teams for last week's tournament included: squire Gene Sarazen and Australian Jim Ferrier; bespectacled Jerry Barber—or diminutive, one always forgets—and lame-armed Ed Furgol; mighty-mouse Bob Toski and long-hitting Chick Harbert; Walter Burkemo, the match-play king, and burly Mike Souchak; Little Poison Paul Runyan and Lighthorse Harry Cooper, always a bridesmaid; deliberate Chandler Harper and squat Ted Kroll; Dr. Cary Middlecoff, the golfing dentist from Memphis, and long-hitting George Bayer; fast-playing Doug Ford and methodical Bob Hamilton; Dan Sikes, the golfing lawyer, and Gardner Dickinson, Ben Hogan's prot�g�; colorful Jimmy Demaret, golf's goodwill ambassador, and gentlemanly George Fazio; Freddie Haas Jr., the former amateur veteran, and handsome Dick Mayer; rapid Robert Rosburg and unknown Jack Fleck, a municipal-course pro from Davenport, Iowa; Australian Peter Thomson and Australian Kel Nagle; Jackie Burke Jr., the pro from Boys Town, and determined Bob Goalby; Arnold Palmer, comma, and steady Dow Finsterwald; trumpet-playing Lionel Hebert and combat veteran Jay Hebert; Slammin' Sam Snead and lean Don January; phlegmatic Julius Boros and Roberto de Vicenzo, the happy Latin gaucho; and the winners, Tempestuous Tommy and silent Art. One amateur team was entered, the distinguished Bill Campbell and the mysterious Lew Oehmig.
The only legends who have continually been missing from the Legends are Bantam Ben Hogan, the wee icemon, and Lord Byron Nelson, the mechanical man of golf.
In a way, the real spirit of the Legends tournament was in the Onion Creek locker room, where Lighthorse Harry Cooper, always a bridesmaid, spent his time getting everyone's autograph, where long-hitting Chick Harbert would watch Palmer's television golf lesson and holler out, "Oh my God, it's in the water," and where everyone marveled at how the presence of Arnold Palmer, comma, had tripled the Austin galleries over the two previous years.
The colorful Jimmy Demaret, who in many ways is the guiding force behind the tournament, highlighted Sunday's action by oversleeping and being late for his tee time. In a thousand years in the game, it was the first time Demaret had ever been late, even though he had never missed a party during his fertile years as a star. So the gentlemanly Fazio went out alone and parred the 1st hole. Demaret showed up on the 2nd tee and immediately led the team to four straight bogeys.
Squire Gene Sarazen also overslept, but people figured that was O.K. because Gene is 78. His partner, Australian Jim Ferrier, didn't par the 1st hole; Ferrier made an eight. Sarazen joined him and they steadied themselves for a 77, nailing down last place by eight shots.
What the Legends has done, of course, is start a trend toward a "senior tour." There will be at least four other $100,000 tournaments in the U.S. this year for the 50-and-overs.