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NICKLAUS: The putt on 9 set me up. I'm feeling good. I birdie 10 and 11. Then on the 12th hole I get a real good break on a real bad chip shot. I had a good lie back of the green after my tee shot had gone over. But as soon as I hit the chip I figured, "Oh, oh, it's going to stop way short." When I dared look up the ball was scooting much closer than I thought it would. I ended up with a six-footer instead of the 12-footer that I had expected, and sunk it.
PLAYER: Four straight one-putt greens for Jack. That's what took care of the old situation, believe you me. Not that I was giving up right here. I was still only three strokes behind.
PALMER: I was 4 down at the 14th when I sank a 20-footer, my only real good putt of the day. "Maybe I've got it going again," I said to myself.
NICKLAUS: On 15 I got another break. My tee shot went way to the left, but it hit into the crowd and kicked back to the edge of the green. I got an easy par 3. Well, yesterday Arnold got the breaks. Today I'm getting them. It occurred to me that only Gary wasn't getting any breaks at all. Not yesterday. Not today.
PLAYER: I wasn't thinking much about Arnie anymore. Not that I wasn't worried about him. But Jack was leading. He was the guy we had to catch.
NICKLAUS: My second shot on 16 was the first time I began to think about playing it safe. I could afford a 6, but I sure couldn't afford a 7 or 8 by hitting into the water. So I hit the second shot way to the left and short, and the third to the left side of the green, away from that water.
PALMER: My approach on 16 was an excellent shot. I figured maybe Jack had oversafed himself and I could pick up some ground. But that approach shot that had looked so good rolled 35 feet past the hole. I had taken chances all day. I certainly didn't quit, you can be sure of that. But you know how it is sometimes when things won't work. To be honest, I didn't play particularly well either day. I guess I've got to blame my putting.
NICKLAUS: I'm still playing safe on 17, so I use a one-iron off the tee to be sure I am well short of the two fairway traps. I hit the shot quite well, not "fat" the way I heard Bob Rosburg, who was doing the television announcing, describe it on the air.
PLAYER: Right up to the 17th I honestly felt I could still do it. If I birdie it and he bogeys it I am only one stroke behind. But Jack played so well. He's the longest hitter in the world, and I mean it. He plays like there isn't any rough. Jack just slammed the door on me and Arnold on 17 with a great four-iron to the green after his good tee shot. I hit what I thought was a wonderful shot that stopped about 12 feet from the pin, but again I couldn't make the birdie putt. Now I was playing for second money—that $15,000—and I knew it. And let me tell you, I certainly did want to finish second instead of in a tie with Arnold. I felt, well, if you can't win, be second.
NICKLAUS: I didn't really think I had it won until I stepped up on the 18th tee with a three-shot lead. When Arnie hit his second shot on that hole I turned to somebody and said, "Did you think he was going to sink it?" Then you saw what Gary did. He almost did sink his iron shot. By the time I got to the green I knew I'd have to take an awful lot of putts to lose, so I decided that I might as well try to sink my 15-foot birdie putt, and I did sink it. That was that.